Monday, October 12, 2009

Foodie Review: Kanin Club, Westgate Alabang


My tummy is growling as I check out Nikki’s review on Emerald’s Garden, then I remembered I have some snapshots of our lunch @ Kanin club, so I decided to up the ante of my HUNGER, and post a quick review as well.

Kanin or rice, is no doubt a must for Filipinos. I remember my HK trip with mom, where we ate nothing but all sorts of noodles and egg tarts, that by the time the Sweetie picked us up from the airport, the first thing I told him was to get me unlimited rice!

Kanin Club offers authentic Filipino dishes served with a twist. There’s much buzz about their food especially the cult favorite of crispy dinuguan (crispy blood stew), which I myself was so intrigued about. I have tasted, but NEVER liked dinuguan, just the thought of its ingredients scares me, but crispy? I MUST try it!

The first Kanin Club I visited was their branch in Paseo de Sta. Rosa, unfortunately, I was in the first phase of my South Beach diet then, so I ate nothing but Camaron Rebusado sans the breading and some clear sour soup, darn. So when they opened another one in Westgate Alabang, which is so near the office, I made sure me & my colleagues reserved some seats the next day, and see, or taste for ourselves.

We feasted on the following:


Me & one of my closest colleague, Lyza.
Exterior

The cult fave, CRISPY Dinuguan. (Crispy Pork Intestines in Blood Stew)


My personal fave, Seafood Kare-Kare. (Seafood in Peanut Sauce)


Sinigang na Tadyang (Beef Ribs in Sour Soup)


Dininding na Tilapia
(I REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW TO TRANSLATE THIS. HAHA!)

Vegetable Curry

Sticky Mango Rice - Sticky rics with Coco milk, Sweet Coco meat & ripe mangoes.


Halo-Halo Turon - Bananas with beans, sweet coco meat and jackfruit, in crispy egg wrapper.
(my most favorite turon in the world!)

So did I like it? 100% YES!
Likes:
- Authentic Filipino dishes, generously cooked with the best ingredients and with big servings!
- Some twist on some dishes such as the Crispy Dinuguan, and the Halo-Halo Turon
- Filipino owned - PRO Pinoy!
- Reasonably Priced; sorry, I forgot to take note of the actual prices per dish, but Php 300/person (About USD 6.00) is safe.
Dislikes
- Not actually a dislike, but I'm not a big fan of native interiors (but that's their theme, so it's okay), and the place in Alabang is so small, that it's almost always jampacked during lunch time. We have to call to reserve seats, and they forfeit it after 5 minutes of delay. =(
Will I come back? Definitely! This is actually on top of our list during office lunchouts =)
But don't just take my word for it, you should try it yourself, and let me know what you think.
Any other Filipino Restaurants you love? I'd love to hear about it!!
Much Love & Hunger,
The NeuroChiq
Visit Kanin Club at the ff.:
Paseo de Sta. Rosa
Paseo de Sta. Rosa,
Telephone: (63 49) 544-0332

Westgate Center
Ground Level,
Telephone: (63 2) 771-1400
U.P. Ayala Land Technohub
Ground Level, Quezon City

18 comments:

  1. Nagutom ako. Sheesh. Have been wanting to try this ever since I saw it in WG. As always, we're in WG naman to have coffee eh. :D

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  2. love Filipino Food galore! i love kare kare with loads of bagoong..hmm..sising..hmm...everything! but same with you, I'm not a fan of anything "kakanin" :)

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  3. waaa ang sarap ^_^ nakakagutom ang pix hehe ^_^

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  4. @ Teeyah: Let's have dinner before coffee next time =)

    @ Nikki: Nagutom nako with our posts! Their seafood Kare-Kare is really to die for, and yes, with bagoong =)

    @ Twinsouls: Sorry nagutom ka sis, don't worry, you're not alone! =P

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  5. I've heard of this! My friends who live in the south hanve been suggesting this to me. ako lang kce ang taga-north haha! But I'm moving down south soon so I'll finally get to try Kanin Club! Thanks for thsi post!

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  6. Sheesh. Kare-kare forever. And bagoong!

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  7. @ Gem: They have one in QC, though I haven't visited it yet. Try it when you move to the South, I'm sure you'll love it =)

    @ Teeyah: I don't eat kare-kare before!!! But now I'm loving it, especially the seafood kare-kare =)

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  8. mMM the sticky mango rice looks delish :)

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  9. @ Tammy: It is! especially if you're a slave to coco milk, like me =) Nice seeing you here!

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  10. I gotta try the Seafood Kare-Kare next time. Two thumbs up for the Crispy Dinuguan. YUM!Ü Have you tried the Sinigang Rice?

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  11. @ Russ: Yes, the Seafood Kare-Kare is really a must try =) Haven't tried the Sinigang Rice, thanks for the tip, I'll try it next time!

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  12. oooh they look yum! I don't think I've ever tried authentic Filipino dishes, more like fast food you get at festivals, but they look really really delicious! Btw I love the palette you got in your previous post, you have to let us know what the NYX lippy and the palette lookslike. I'm awfully curious about NYX cosmetics lately :D

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  13. Ive heard of this place and of their crispy dinuguan! its too bad im pescetarian. maybe ill drop by on a cheat day? hahahah okay im hungry now :/ lol

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  14. @ Julie aka Pop: I'm pretty sure you'll love authentic Filipino dishes =) Any plan of visiting Manila? =P And oh, I'll find time to review the palette & NYX lippie for you dearie =)

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  15. @ Charry: I hope I didn't make you hungry sis =P

    @ Sush: Wow, a pescetarian, is it tough? But LOL on the cheat day =P Take care sweets!

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  16. @dangski, missing eating with you at Kanin Club =)

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  17. @Lyza Tiong: Hey Lyze! I miss it too! :) and of course I miss you guys over there in Alabang! :D Meet-up soon?

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