When it comes to choosing a place to eat in, I usually stay away from Filipino-themed restaurants since I feel that my mom and dad can also excellently cook those dishes themselves. Why should I pay for something that can be had at home right? Well I thought I was right until I tasted what Kanin Club has to offer.
Located at the lush gardens of Ayala Triangle in Ayala Avenue, we usually just pass by this resto on the way to the more popular and always full Banapple. This time though, since it was an invite to eat there for L’s mom’s birthday celebration; we decided to forego Banapple and try out Kanin Club.
The Filipino themed resto’s original branch is located at Paseo de Sta. Rosa in Laguna, it has since expanded to three more branches in Westgate, Alabang, UP-AyalaLand Technohub in QC, and finally at the hip Ayala Triangle in Makati.
The façade of Kanin Club immediately says we’re gonna have some Filipino dishes; two rocking chairs like my gramma used to have were sitting out front and the wooden tables and chairs were framed by Bahay na Batoesque capiz windows and barandillas. Inside, the wooden furniture and the planked floors are cozily lighted by lampara’s and the colorful capiz and glass sliding windows reminiscent of my mom’s ancestral house in Cabanatuan nicely throws in a colorful touch.
We ordered and ordered and ordered. Our table was not enough for the amount of dishes we requested. Serving time was not that long considering the amount of food we asked for. The first one to arrive was their Crispy Liempo (Php142.00) appetizer; it was served in strips and came with three sauces. It was super crispy as in chicharon crispy! I love it, but was afraid of consuming too much as it looked very very bad for my heart.
Next up was Seafood Kare-Kare (Php298.00). I love Kare-Kare and I love seafood; simple math, combine the two and you got a superb dish!
We were also served with their veggie Lumpiang Sariwa (Php97.00) and their popular Crispy Pork Dinuguan (Php261.00). I totally adore their version of Pork Dinuguan! This is not you usual dinuguan with whole blood cakes, the pork blood is instead incorporated into the sauce and is mixed with bite sized portions crispy pork meat. I’m really not a fan of such dish but Kanin Club’s version actually makes me want to go back to their place.
We also had Camaron Rebusado (Php276.00) which is their Filipino version of tempura and Vegetarian Delight Soup (Php261.00) which is made of three kinds of mushrooms, banana blossoms and tofu in vegetarian oyster sauce. I didn’t like these two that much; the Camaron was a bit rubbery for me and the soup just didn’t fit with my personal taste (which was built for sinful foods haha).
I personally ordered my favorite dish of Crispy Pork Binagoongan. Unfortunately the one they serve was unlike the ones done by Lola Idang’s and Mozu Café. Their crispy pork belly was swimming in thin bagoong sauce which I think is fish bagoong similar to the ones served at Forest House in Baguio. I prefer my crispy binagoongan with sweet chili sauce so I didn’t like it that much. The last two on the table were their Lemon Chicken (Php224.00) and Stuffed Squid (Php224.00). The chicken was average with really nothing special going on but might suit those who like mild tasting dishes. Most were raving about the squid, but I also didn’t like it that much; the squid was okay but the chives stuffing was very tough and was hard to eat.
To say that we were totally and stuffingly full was an understatement. We were nine at the table including one kid and we totaled at Php3,000.00+, which translates to about Php300.00++ each including bowlful of rice and drinks. Kanin Club’s prices were a bit steep but considering their serving sizes which are already good for two persons (we even have to take home some stuff as we were unable to finish everything off), I guess it’s not too bad.
I love how Kanin Club manages to give new twists to old Filipino favorites. There were a few misses, but there sure were a lot more hits. I still can’t get over their Crispy Pork Dinuguan even weeks after and my mouth is watering now as I’m ending this piece. Hmmm, if only they have a branch near where I work!
Phone number: (049) 544-0332 | (02) 771-1400 | (02) 332-5978
Ayala Triangle Gardens
Makati Ave., Bel-Air, Makati City
Phone number: (02) 621-6109
Paseo de Sta. Rosa
Sta Rosa City, Laguna
Phone number: (049) 544-0332
Store Hours: Weekdays 11am-2:30pm | Weekends 5-10pm | Holidays 11am-10pm
Commercial Ctr., FAI Admin Bldg
Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Phone number: (02) 771-1400
Store Hours: Weekdays 11am-2:30pm | Weekends 5:30-10:30pm | Holidays 11am-10:30pm
UP Ayala Land Technohub
Commonwealth Ave. Brgy. UP Campus
Diliman, Quezon City
Phone number: (02) 332-5978
Store Hours: 11am-10pm Daily
Click to view Kanin Club Menu (From MunchPunch)