It’s one of the best things that happened during our technical training. Our class decided to treat our humble and beloved trainer, Sir Lito Cruz and the coolest team lead who had been of great help to us since day one, Ryan Acta. We picked Kanin Club as the venue for our dinner. Now that I mentioned it, here’s a review of Kanina Club Ayala Triangle
Kanin Club’s interior looks just like a native Filipino home; the walls, the tables, and the chairs are all made of dark-stained wood, the walls on each side of the room are covered with large mirrors framed by mock capiz windows, giving off the illusion that you’re looking out of the window, and the lights give off a bright but old-ish glow complementing the theme of the restaurant.
We had some difficulty finding seats because we were a party of twenty. Given our number we called Kanin Club for reservation days prior to our scheduled dinner. The sucky thing is, they don’t accept reservations for reasons unknown. So when we went there, the staff had trouble getting us in one place. We totally demanded that they take us to one table ’cause we didn’t want to be scattered about the room. The staff graciously complied, they pulled three long tables in the middle of the room, positioned them vertically and had it surrounded with twenty chairs. Problem solved.
Now on to the exciting part; the food. Most of the dishes at Kanin Club go from PHP200 above. A bit pricey but don’t worry they’re worth every penny. Kanin Club offers Filipino dishes with a modern twist. It means you’ll be eating food that at first may seem familiar until it hits your taste buds and realize there is something different about it.
Okay let’s begin…
I am not a fan of veggies so I am not exactly sure why of all vegetables my favorite happens to be the one that most people hate; bitter gourd (or bitter melon). Given this, I was one of the few who totally loved Ampalaya Salad (PHP 149). It’s bitter gourd tossed with onions, tomatoes, and vinaigrette sprinkled with powdered black pepper.
Aside from the regular rice we ordered a flavored one, Bagoong Rice (PHP 149). It’s a big serving, good for three people. It is topped with shreds of green mangoes, minced toasted garlic, and spring onion. It was so good you could live with this rice alone.
Despite knowing that the black sauce that characterizes dinuguan is actually from the blood of pig I was never squeamish about eating it. In fact, it is one of the purely Pinoy delicacies that I really love. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I’d been introduced to Kanin Club’s Crispy Dinuguan (PHP 261). It is exactly how it is named, the pork in this dark delicacy were fried to a crisp, which surprisingly makes it more flavorful. It’s my most favorite among all the dishes that we ordered.
The Kare-Kare (PHP 358) tastes quite delicious too. The sauce is thick and has this rich nutty flavor. According to my friend Rhoda it was even better than Gilligan’s.
The Vegetarian Curry (PHP 157) shares an uncanny resemblance with kare-kare. There were even moments during dinner when I mistook one for another, but don’t worry they don’t taste alike. It was a lot like pinakbet minus the pork. The vegetables were crunchy, which tells me that they’re fresh while the sauce was a bit spicy and salty.
Adobong Kangkong (PHP 97) takes the cake for the best-in-presentation category. The kangkong was piled at the center of the plate, sitting atop the thin brown sauce, and drizzled with bits of toasted garlic. Its light flavor offered a good pause from all the tasty foods that we had on the table.
Sizzling Squid (PHP 224) as the name implies, was served on a sizzling plate. I’m not sure if it’s the strong bell pepper flavor but among all the foods that we had, this one was the least favored.
Crispy Liempo (PHP 142) was a runaway hit. We couldn’t stop ourselves from gorging on the thinly sliced, crispy pork strips. It has a once-you-pop-you-can’t-stop quality to it.
There you go, my first review on a restaurant that offers authentic Filipino food dish, which in my opinion is still the best in the world. I will remember Kanin Club, not only for its great food but also for the good memories with the FTWWP, okay don’t ask what it stands for hahaha… If you are curious who are the FTWWP members, well, see the picture below.
Ayala Triangle Gardens
Makati Ave., Bel-Air, Makati
Telephone no.: (02) 621-6109
Business Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM