SPOONFUL - Livin' La Vida Locavore!

There's no denying that Brgy. Kapitolyo in Pasig has become a foodie heaven. In the past few years, hole-in-the-wall restaurants have sprouted in the quaint barrio and through word of mouth and social media, it rose to a certified foodie place. But one of the main problems in the famed streets of Kapitolyo, (particularly in East Capitol Drive where most restaurants are) is the crowded place. It lacks parking area and since it is a residential area, you can't just parked anywhere. And restaurants are really side by side so space is limited.

But Locavore Kitchen and Drinks had the better idea. Since the main street is so crowded, why not open in another part of the town away from the crowd? It might be a risk to open a restaurant away from where most people are but it's the delicious food and total experience that surely brought people to the far end of Brixton St.

I had the privilege of dining in Locavore the other night and this is truly an experience.

The name Locavore, according to the Chef Mikel Zaguirre or Chef Kel, Locavore is a neologism in the West where people eat food that is locally produced. But they also used the term "Locavore" as a play of the term carnivore or meat eater. Loca - local and Vore - eater. Locavore - Local Eater.

I went there last Tuesday with other bloggers to try some of their best sellers and their must try dishes. And every night is different with Locavore. it was an acoustic open mic night where people could jam with the band.

Locavore offers Filipino food but with a twist. According to Chef Kel, the twist is more on the techniques rather than the flavors of the dish to keep it more traditional and more Filipino.

Here are some of the dishes we have tried:

Singkamas, Mangga at Bagoong, 180 Php. One of the most classic Pinoy appetizers. The bagoong was delicious and the salt and chili flakes is perfect for the green mangoes.

Fried Oyster Sisig, 380 Php. One of my instant favorites! Each oyster was breaded and fried and cooked in a sizzling plate. Heaven!!

Street Food Platter, 200 Php. This was a cute take on our regular street food. The mini frying pan was anice touch to the presentation.

Boneless lechon belly, 550 Php. One of the best lechon belly's I've ever tasted. Cebu lechon with bagoong and pickled red onion. It was the perfect combo!

Tortang Talaba, 300 Php. Oysters were cooked perfectly and the arugula salad brought out the sweet and salty taste of the oysters really well.

Sizzling Sinigang, 530 Php. The beef short ribs were so tender. You could pull away its fibers. The sampaloc gravy was perfectly sour. Something which I would like in Sinigang.

Ginataang Kalabasa, 390 Php. Another one of my favorites! The squash puree was sweet and flavorful. You could reallt feel the creaminess of the coconut milk. The vegetables were very crisp.The porkchop was tender but still very crunchy. I could eat this all day!

Dinuguang Lechon, 550 Php. The lechon was perfectly crunchy and partnered with the blood sauce and fresh veggies. A new take on the classic Pinoy favorite.
Kare - Kare Wings, 290 Php. Chicken wings cooked in a rich, creamy and sweet peanut butter sauce. Served with singkamas, green mangoes and their delicious bagoong. This is another one of my favorites! The wings were very tender and creamy. If you're tired of buffalo wings, this is a great alternative.

Mac's Boneless Fried Chicken, 240 Php. Glazed boneless fried chicken which reminds me of Korean chicken very much,

Sugpo con Mayonesa, 650 Php. This is buttery and garlicky shrimp dish is perfect in every sense. The prawns were tender, the butter and mayonaisse sauce was creamy with a hint of lemon. Another new take on the pinoy garlic buttered shrimp.

Turon con Leche, 220 Php. The creamiest leche flan ever, wrapped in crispy puff pastry, served with a delicious salted egg caramel sauce, this is a dream come true. It was perfect. The pastry was flaky and crispy, the flan was creamy and sweetness is on the perfect level and the caramel sauce was to die for. The best dessert ever. 
See all that creamy goodness?? At first I was hesitant to try this because I thought it had bananas in it since it was turon (I don't eat bananas). But when it was sliced and I saw the leche flan inside, I was floored! Hands down, the best dessert ever.

Torta Mangga, 240 Php. Another one of their must try desserts. This was Locavore's take on the classic mango torte.

Bicho-bicho, 160 Php. Fried bicho bicho served with whipped cream and tablea and coco jam. Another delicious dessert!

With all these delicious offerings, Locavore is sure to be a top food destination. Not yet a year into the business but they surely have a lot of patrons already. Who could resist all these delicious food. I am sure to be coming back soon and I can't wait to be back.

Locavore Kitchen and Drinks is located at Brixton St. Bo. Kapitolyo Pasig City
For reservations call (02) 2469069