Taft Avenue, Manila is well known in the Philippines because of a prestigious university standing in the heart of it. The Archers, students of De La Salle University calls this place home. Taft Avenue has also made a name for itself for the number of good restaurants and bars located in its vicinity. Since I am studying in DLSU we got the chance to discover new food places in the streets of Manila.
Exile on Main St.
Leon Guinto St. Brgy. 727, Malate, Manila
Exile is a slightly hidden restaurant located in the streets of Leon Guinto that’s why even people studying in DLSU and DLS-CSB is not familiar with the place. This place made a name for itself for it’s chicken wings and homemade vanilla bean ice cream that’s why we gave it a try. After entering a huge gate a small restaurant with unusual interiors will amaze your eyes. An upside down table with a complete set will surely get your attention plus the beautiful paintings and art works on the wall will make creative people go crazy for this place.
Since the lighting was bad because it was a gloomy afternoon and we forgot to bring a camera we only had this photo of all our orders. We tried their famous Chicks Shall Fly chicken wings which comes in two flavors. The soy and honey coated Escape to China (left most photo) was a better version of Bonchon’s soy garlic chicken because this one was sweeter but with a spicy finish. We also tried the Escape to Texas (top center) which was their own version of a barbecue style chicken wings. We loved both flavors but Escape to China was our winner because of it’s addicting taste. We also gave a try of Lola Jacinta’s Bowl of Awesomeness (bottom center) because the name got us really curious. It did not disappoint our taste buds because it was really good with its unique taste though we can’t figure out what they used to make it. Finally I ordered the Monggo Tinapa Mo! (right most photo) because I’m I loved monggo beans with chicharon. Their version of this Filipino dish was so-so because I like my monggo beans served a little bit salty. It was very cheap though so I can’t complain about it.
Exile on Main Street is a perfect place to chill with your friends and enjoy good food. The price is also student-friendly and they serve generously. Though it’s a bit hidden there’s still it’s big sign that can be seen behind Burgundy Tower near Bagnet 8065.
For more information check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ExileOnMainStBarRestaurant/
911 Kapitan Tikong St. Corner, Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila
The neighbour of Exile on Main Street, Samgyupsalamat is a korean barbecue restaurant that’s also quite hidden to the public. You need to know the streets of Malate, Manila well to find this hidden treasure. If you’re looking for a restaurant unlike others in Leon Guinto street, this is the place for you! Samgyupsalamat offers the fun and excitement of cooking your own meat in front of you with a smoke ventilator at the top like all korean barbecue restaurants in the Philippines. This is our first time to eat in a korean barbecue restaurant though that’s why our meat in the pictures looks burnt! (lol)
We started our Samgyupsalamat trip with an order of a Beef Samgyupsal (sliced American beef belly) and we were surprised that in came with so many side dishes that we didn’t touch because we never liked Kimchi or vegetables at all. We did enjoy the sauce and wrapping the beef in lettuce. The sliced American beef belly was so good we decided to order another round.
Then we tried the Daepae Samgyupsal (sliced pork belly) which tasted like grilled bacon. Well in our case, it somehow tasted like burnt bacon because we suck at flipping the meat over to cook it. We concentrate on eating too much. I think Tim enjoyed this meal the most because she ate almost everything plus she finished her bowl of rice in an instant.
Samgyupsalamat will surely be loved by people studying in Taft universities because this restaurant gives a little thrill than the usual fastfood chain. Though it’s kind of pricey for a student we recommend this place to all Korean cuisine lovers out there.
For more information check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Samgyupsalamat