Tambayan sa Kanto, sometimes known as Sa Kanto by Il Ponticello, is a small Filipino restaurant found inside The Podium. It specializes in Ilocos cuisine. We decided to eat at this restaurant after paying a visit to the dentist.
I really don’t like it when I only manage to get one picture of the interior…
Menu: All day breakfast selections, Starters/sizzling lovers & bar chows, Kanto’s signature dishes, Kanto’s regional all-time favorites, Kanto’s short orders, Kanto’s desserts, and Beverages.
I had their Chicharon Bulaklak with a cup of plain rice. I haven’t had chicharon bulaklak in a really long time, so I enjoyed this dish.
Kanto Sidewalk Platter. This platter is an assortment of famous Filipino street food, including kwek-kwek, fishballs, kikiam, cracklings, and squid balls. After eating this, I have to say that I still prefer the greasy version being sold on the streets. But at least you can be 95% certain that the street food found in this platter is safe to eat, and cleanly prepared.
Kanto Style Chicken, which tastes like ordinary deep fried fastfood chicken (complete with pandan gravy dip).
Lastly, some Beef Oxtail Kare-Kare – Beef oxtail and tripe, with peanut sauce and vegetables. I got to try some of the kare-kare’s sauce, and it was… Slightly tasteless.
Well… The food was good, and the staff was accommodating (a little bit TOO accommodating, to be honest <_<) but nothing too special – I think it was good, but I prefer dining at other Filipino restaurants instead. Sorry!
Tambayan sa Kanto is located at G/F The Podium, 12 ADB Ave Highway Hills, Mandaluyong. Tel no: (02) 477-9045.