My mother has always wanted to visit Locavore ever since she learned about the restaurant’s reputation for cooking really great Filipino cuisine. And we finally granted her wish on her birthday, by having lunch here before checking in at a hotel nearby.
Just like most of the restaurants that I’ve been reviewing lately, Locavore proudly uses fresh, home-grown and organic ingredients for their food. If you’re a “locavore”, then this basically means that you love to eat dishes that are prepared using local ingredients.
Interior. As you can see, the resto also doubles as a late-night drinking spot. It also bears a similar look to Kanto Breakfast Club’s own interior.
More interior shots.
Menu: Pampagana (kinilaw, sisig), Ensalada (ulam), Panghimagas, Kanin, Extras, Merienda, and Bar Chow.
Kimchinigang – With pork belly, silken tofu, sigarilyas, taro, arugula, and a tamarind broth. Too sour for my liking.
Kanto BBQ Rib Fingers – Half-slab of ribs, Kanto-style BBQ, inihaw, singkamas, and mangoes. Ribs are grilled to perfection, and the tender meat cleanly falls off the bone.
Mac’s Boneless Fried Chicken – Glazed boneless fried chicken. I can’t find the right words to describe this dish… The skin had this lovely salty-sweet tangy glaze, with a very lovely crunch. The meat wasn’t too bland either. I could probably eat a whole bucket of these.
Sizzling Pandesal Pudding – Custard, pandesal, cheese, salted egg, dulce de leche, and topped with mantikado ice cream. Mmmm-mmm-mmm. Not too cloying, and the pandesal didn’t even get soggy from the melted ice cream/dulce de leche sauce combo.
After our lunch here, I’m happy to say that all of these reviews about Locavore were correct: It’s definitely one of the best Pinoy restaurants around the metro at the moment. I still have quite a handful of restaurants to try out in the Kapitolyo area, but I already can’t wait to come back here.
Food: 4.5/5 (taste) 5/5 (presentation)