Our Awesome Food Trip: 4 new must-try spots
MANILA, Philippines – Just before the holidays, Rappler got the opportunity to hang out with Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet. Our itinerary: to follow him around on a food trip marathon as he sampled the latest dishes from 4 new foodie destinations around Metro Manila (yup, that’s our dream assignment right there).
This particular food trip had a twist, though: it’s not just about enjoying all the delicious food, but also learning how we can indulge with less guilt! Thankfully, we found out that it’s not always about depriving yourself (READ: We took Metamucil's Fiber Challenge). Sometimes, it’s simply about taking in more of the right stuff. Upping your fiber intake, for example, can do wonders in improving your digestion and eliminating toxins (READ: Eat well: Food trips tips from a food blogger).
We visited The Wholesome Table in Salcedo Village, Adaäm & Yves in Fort Bonifacio, Buta + Wagyu in SM Aura, and Kite Kebab in Poblacion. Now you get to enjoy all our delicious evidence: watch the instavids featuring our sensible foodie advice below!
The Wholesome Table: Desserts can be good for you, too!
“Simple, clean, and fresh.” This is how Nikko Roa sums up every plate that comes out from his kitchen, which are created as much as possible using locally sourced produce. You’ll have a hard time saying no to The Wholesome Table’s new line of desserts, which are gluten-free and sweetened with brown sugar or honey. They’ve also got the perfect power breakfast in the form of the Superfood Sticky Rice: latik-and-honey-flavored bibingka generously topped with dessicated coconut, chia seeds, almonds, cashews, hemp, and quinoa.
Visit The Wholesome Table at G/F, The Infinity Tower, HV Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City. Open daily from 7 am to 11 pm
Adaäm & Yves: Don’t panic, it’s organic
This two-floor restaurant is a hidden gem tucked behind Fort Bonifacio’s Icon Plaza, and it’s fast becoming a favorite hangout spot for Manila’s posh pack of Instagram celebrities. But don’t let the contemporary-cool interiors intimidate you: the menu is filled with familiar, home-cooked fare, rebranded with quirky titles such as Pink Floyd (arroz caldo suffused with beet) or Noli Me Tangere (wagyu tapsilog). The Faux Gras is our favorite, because it’s actually a cruelty-free version of the infamous liver pate. According to owner Sean Go, you can tell the difference when it’s organic: greens look greener, yolks look yolkier, and everything tastes trés superb, too.
Visit Adaäm & Yves at Icon Plaza, 25th Street corner 6th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Open daily from 11 am to 10 pm
Buta + Wagyu: Meat fit for a king
If you’re a longtime patron of either Butamaru Ramen or Wagyu Japanese Beef, now there’s a spot in SM Aura Premiere that serves the best offerings of these two restaurants in one place. Owners Jerome Lim and Wesley Villarica have joined forces with friends and family to serve authentic, imported wagyu beef from Japan. Here, every gram served is Grade A5 quality – i.e. the best. They have a few expert recommendations on how to prepare the stuff – but it’s all up to you how to enjoy and finish it all off! Our lone tip: Don’t. Hold. Back.
Visit Buta + Wagyu at 5/F, SM Aura, 26th St cor McKinley Parkway, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Open daily from 11 am to 1 am
Kite Kebab: Chill out with the right combos
Who says only fancy dinners need exquisite pairings? In Kite Kebab, the formula is not as rigid, or boring. Thanks to Kian Kazemi’s vision to create a no-fuss chill out lounge of his own (his family runs Persia Grill), diners at Kite are spoilt for choice with top-notch kebab (chicken, beef, or lamb) and other Persian dishes. You can accompany everything with anything, thanks to an extensive drink list, complete with beer, whiskey, rum, and wine. It’s our new favorite Friday (and Saturday, and Wednesday, and Monday, and so on) stopover.
Visit Kite Kebab at 5772 Ebro Street, Poblacion, Makati City. Open daily from 11 am to 3 am
Wherever you end up on your next marathon food trip, follow our tried-and-tested advice to feast like a seasoned pro: control your portions, load up on fiber (to make sure the bad stuff are kept at bay), and don’t forget to share!
Have you tried out these restaurants? What did you think of them? Sound off in the comments section below. – Rappler.com