In case you missed it, we at Breakfast love food in all its forms. Here, we believe that our utmost duty to you, our dear reader, is to be the conduit of the greatest eats the gastronomic world has to offer—be it old or new. And so we thought it best to do a monthly round-up of the eats that made an impact on our being, shook us to our core, and made our tastebuds tingle with delight. This June, we’re celebrating loving local. Check out our top picks for our favorite Filipino dishes from proudly Pinoy restaurants.
1Manam’s House Crispy Sisig
We’re pretty sure Manam has perfected the formula to crafting arguably one of the best sisigs out there. And it all lies in the seamless interplay of flavors and textures that they’ve brilliantly put together. First, you’ll feel sprinklings of crunchy chicharon bits, then you’ll taste the savory meat—tendon, cartilage, crispy skin, and fat in the mix. Cloaked in a velvety sauce with hints of onions, garlic, and a kick of feist, you’ll be wishing for a second plate of this sinful delight in no time.
Manam has locations at BGC, Mall Of Asia, Quezon City, and Greenbelt 2.
2Aristocrat’s Chicken Barbecue with Java Rice
The restaurant has been an institution in Filipino dining since the ’30s, and still stands its ground today. The booths are always filled to the brim with loyal generations of happy customers—from balikbayans wanting a taste of home to lolos and lolas showing their grandkids how legendary barbecue is done. Aristocrat just knows how to do their meats so irresistably tender and succulent. And when it’s drenched in their signature java sauce with a helping of java rice, it feels a lot like heaven on earth.
Aristocrat has various locations at major malls in the Metro
3Locavore’s Sizzling Sinigang
Ahh, sinigang—how can we not love thee? Just thinking about the “asim-kilig” the broth brings makes our mouths water and brings tears (the happy kind) to our eyes. Chef Mikel Zaguirre’s rendition makes use of a French technique of cooking, with the flimsy broth reduced to a sour-gravy like sauce. One would think this is blasphemy on a revered classic, but frankly, it just brings sinigang up a notch and puts all other versions to shame.
Locavore has locations at BGC, Makati, and Kapitolyo.
4Victorino’s Old-Fashioned Ensaimada
Helmed by the Chef Heny Sison, her interpretations to Ilocos’ best fares feels close to home. Not to be missed, however, are her desserts in her desserterie and deli corner co-located in the restaurant. Here,you’ll find the old-fashioned ensaimada sitting pretty, waiting to be devoured. Laced with superfluous amounts of butter and dollops of cheese and itlog na maalat, this one’s bound to knock the air out of your lungs.
Victorino’s is located at 114 Scout Rallos cor. 11th Jamboree St. , Sacred Heart, Quezon City.
In the Filipino household, a meal won’t ever be deemed complete without some dessert. The same sentiment applies when eating out. When it comes to sweet tooth staples, bibingka’s got to be up there on the definitive list of Pinoy desserts, and lucky you, Christmastime is not the only available time to get it. Don’t miss out on Provenciano’s version. The long queues are testament to just how delicious these things can get.
Provenciano is located at Maginhawa, Quezon City.
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