To those of you who are or have been a university student like me, you would know the agony of waiting for your grades to be uploaded (and the frustration that comes along with the regular site crashes). If you were not born into the technological era, you might have also experienced the same wave of emotions while waiting for your professors to announce your grades.
After several hair-pullings and venting of my frustrations on Twitter, it brought me great joy to find out that I SURVIVED. All those tears and sleepless nights were worth it. God is indeed good. 🙂 I can finally exhale and say ADIOS to this term!
To celebrate a wonderful term and the fruits of my labor, I treated the best brother in the world, my ahia who I’ve missed so much, for dinner at Locavore Philippines!
Locavore. So hipster naman this.
Before I delve onto the dishes of the aforementioned place, let me first debunk the meaning behind its name.
A locavore is a person who is fond of eating locally grown food whenever the time permits.
This is the essence of Locavore and who it caters to. Locavore, true to its name, serves locally grown, locally produced, and locally made food, with the aim of introducing a fresh Filipino lifestyle and promoting local ingredients.
Upon hearing the name of the restaurant, my initial thought was that it was a very green place, with bright lights and an earthy motif (kind of like Green Pastures in Shang). However, much to my surprise, it was actually like a bodega turned into a bar/restaurant. Like magic.
The idea was ingenious, I must say. Walking into the restaurant, one can already feel the locality of the place due to the minimalist interior, the unpainted walls, and the blue tarpaulins (oh diba? To complete the look!) Perhaps one of the reasons behind the interior might be the fact that local ingredients like sacks of rice are stored in similar looking warehouses (sans the tables and chairs). Yes the place was almost bare, yet it felt wholesome. Less is more, as what they say.
It’s less noisy in the enclosed space with the bar. We were seated in the more exposed area, but it’s very chill. However, you might want to make your voice louder if you want to be heard.
A peek of the inside
At the start of 5:00pm, they begin the 1st seating at 5:00pm-6:45pm, 2nd seating at 7:00pm-8:45pm, and 3rd seating at 10:00pm onwards (which is most likely until 2am since they close at this time). A reservation is also recommended since the waiting list is long.
Oh life’s dillemas…(Good thing it’s not applicable to me haha)
Lights attached on bamboos
The Menu. They have pulutans, sandwiches, main dishes, panghimagas, and drinks.
Look at this guy being so happy because his sister is gonna treat him
The Arinola of Utensils. Ahia and I had a good laugh about this. Please don’t judge.
The Ethnic Rice bowl. So cute! I just had to take a picture!
IT’S NOW TIME FOR THE MAINS 😀
Lechon Oyster Sisig (P400.00). I’d give this one:
If you love lechon, oyster, and sisig, THEN THIS DISH IS FOR YOU. I am a sucker for sisig and when I saw that they had a fusion of lechon, oyster, and sisig rolled into one, I just had to order it, and boy was I not disappointed! The taste is perfect; it had just the right amount of tanginess that blended well with the oyster and lechon.
WOW. Another perfect dish. WHERE HAS THIS DISH BEEN ALL MY LIFE? It has a similar taste to Sarsa’s Sizzling Kansi. Short ribs, gravy, garlic confit, and french beans. ‘Nuff said.
Beef Pares Stew (P390.00). I’d give this one:
Oh, what’s this? Another perfect dish again! The marinate was so delicious that the flavor seeped through my tastebuds! It tasted like those Beef Brisket noodle soups that we find in Chinese noodle restaurants.
As vibrant as the dishes looked, so were their flavors! Every dish we tried was absolutely delicious that we repeatedly experienced food coma. I exclaimed in glee and cried inside because everything was just so good.
It is evident from the title, the captions, and the ratings, that I fell in love with the place and their food. I would absolutely love to bring my family and friends here! The place is so hip and so Filipino! They managed to incorporate the Filipino culture in their innovative style and cuisine. Locavore definitely represents what today’s Filipinos are all about. It’s certainly a great place to cap off the night! It has been a while since I’ve eaten Filipino food that’s as delightful and mouthwatering as the ones they have. After eating here, I can now call myself a proud locavore!
The Ong Siblings are finally back! plus the blue tarpaulin.
10 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Opening Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-2am (Mon-Sun)
Happy Hours: 5:00pm-9:00pm (Mon-Sun)
Budget: About P1600.00 for 2 persons
For reservations, contact them through their website: locavore.ph, their telephone number: (+632) 632-9600, or their mobile number: (+63) 923 588 9419.
Hooray for all the locavores out there!