Locavore Kitchen & Drinks in Pasig: Contemporary Filipino Flare with a Trendy Twist
Updated as of April 16, 2020
Locavore Kitchen & Drinks is undoubtedly one of Manila’s hottest and hippest local restaurants serving exquisite and contemporary Filipino fare with a trendy twist. This popular restaurant in Kapitolyo, Pasig prides itself on using locally sourced, grown and produced ingredients that are mostly organic.
Locavore got its unique name from local + vore, which means ‘a person who makes an effort to eat locally grown, locally made, locally produced food.’
Ensuring the distinctive flavors of the restaurant’s signature culinary masterpieces is renowned celebrity chef, educator and restaurateur, Chef Mikel “Kel” Zaguirre, who’s also the former head chef of La Regalade. Locavore is straightforward and casual with a cool modern vibe. This resto bar has a stylish industrial ambiance, an open bar with ample beverage selections, and an open kitchen where diners can catch a preview of the dishes to be served.
There is also an al fresco dining to accommodate more guests converting the restaurant into a hip night-out spot after the sun sets. By day, Locavore is frequented by casual walk-in diners who pack the area especially during peak hours and so having a reservation (maximum of 15-minute waiting period) is recommended.
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The servings are big and the selections are wide that include festive appetizers and sandwiches, meaty mains, and luscious local desserts and beverages. A must-try is the Lechon Oyster Sisig (Php 445) which consists of fresh oyster cuts and lechon (roasted pork) bits topped with chicken liver mayonnaise. This interesting fusion is a crowd favorite and is perfect with beer.
Lechon Oyster Sisig (Php 445)
Another creative dish is the Sizzling Sinigang (Php 580). This is not typical sour soup, meat and veggies menu as it’s made even more pleasant to eat with the sour sampaloc (tamarind) gravy riveted by the tender beef short ribs with sautéed French beans and garlic confit.
Sizzling Sinigang (Php 580)
Another surprising dish you can enjoy is the Kimchinigang (Php 580), which is a marriage of the Korean staple kimchi and the Filipino classic sinigang made with the 3-hour slow cooked pork belly, silken tofu, taro, sigarilyas, arugula and kimchi-tamarind broth.
Kimchinigang (Php 580)
Meanwhile, the Pho Lalo (Php 670) is a savory and aromatic hot dish that combines the flavors of bulalo, a Filipino favorite beef soup, and Vietnamese pho or Vietnamese noodle. This merging of flavors results to a rich and hearty noodle soup that contains bone marrow, beef shank, pho noodles, cilantro, bean sprouts and drizzled calamansi, perfect on a cold night, or any hour you feel like craving for something warm and savory.
Pho Lalo (Php 670)
Locavore also serves traditional and classic sweets with unique interpretations like the well-loved dessert specialty–the puff pastry Turon Con Leche (Php 220) with rich filling of leche flan and salted egg, dulce de gatas (milk) and caramel dipping sauce on the side.
Turon Con Leche (Php 220)
At Locavore, dining makes you discover the fineness of local dishes and the many possibilities of their flavors, making you turn into the locavore kind of foodie.
How to get here
- Locavore Kitchen & Drinks is located in Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
- From Ortigas Center, head south towards San Miguel Ave., and make a left onto Shaw Blvd., From there, head towards United St., and then make a right on Brixton St., Locavore is located near the Brixton Bespoke Bikes Head Office and Showroom.
This first appeared in Philippine Primer’s Japanese Magazine March 2020 and English Magazine April 2020 issues.
Images grabbed from Locavore’s official website