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Toyo Eatery: Filipino Food Re-imagined

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Recently, I kicked off my birthday festivities with a few very good friends at Manila’s latest dining hotspot: Toyo Eatery.

Now before you read any further, let me just remind you that I’m not a food blogger and if you’re seeking to read an expert’s view, then this post is not for you. Sorry.

With that said, I did enjoy the experience for the most part and if you’re interested in the opinions of a non-connoisseur, then please read on.

Modern Filipino: Wood and concrete create a sleek, polished and sexy atmosphere
Modern Filipino: Wood and concrete create a sleek, polished and sexy atmosphere

First, I have to say that I loved the vibe. In fact, finding Toyo Eatery was an experience in itself. From Chino Roces Ave, one is supposed to look for a “security gate beside a BDO branch” that leads you to a large compound. Ask the guard on duty and he will direct you to a row of up and coming creative concepts in a chic urban space named The Alley.

It kind of gives you the feeling like you stumbled upon a place where all the cool kids hang out.

And whether you go for the a la carte (only eight options) or the tasting menu, one must leave all pre-conceived ideas at the door and just expect the unexpected, because whatever the words “Local”, “Toyo” or “Eatery” means to you are completely re-imagined.

Fresh Aklan oysters with cucumbers and lime vinaigrette
Fresh Aklan oysters with cucumbers in a lime vinaigrette
Garden Vegetables: A masterful interpretation of all 18 vegetables mentioned in Bahay Kubo, the famous Filipino children's nursery rhyme
Garden Vegetables: A masterful interpretation of all 18 vegetables mentioned in Bahay Kubo, the famous Filipino children’s nursery rhyme
Burnt Kalabaza soup with sea urchin and orange kamote - just a tad too sweet for my taste but delicious nonetheless
Burnt Kalabaza soup with sea urchin and orange kamote – just a tad too sweet for my taste but delicious nonetheless
What Filipino restaurant doesn't have squid?:)
What Filipino restaurant doesn’t have squid?:)
My healthy choice: grilled loin and belly of Bangus. I'm happy I chose this over the three cut BBQ which I also got to try. Both are good but I just feel that in terms of flavour, this one is more special.
My healthy choice: grilled loin and belly of Bangus. I’m happy I chose this over the three cut BBQ which I also got to try. Both are good but in terms of flavour, I think this one is more special.
The winner: Toyo Eatery Silog. Sticky rice, free-range egg, Chicharon and dried tuna roe. Superb!
The winner: Toyo Eatery Silog. Sticky rice, free-range egg, Chicharon and dried tuna roe. Superb!

It’s exciting that our country’s chefs are becoming more confident and are shaking things up in the local food scene. As a restaurateur myself (Your Local in Legaspi Village), I have great respect for the hard work and dedication that passionate chefs put into creating dishes for the pure delight of their customers, so I really salute Chef Jordy Navarra’s fearless homage to Filipino flavours, traditions and design.

Dessert was a torched cassava cake which was a bit dry. But since they added a special birthday greeting, I think I can let it slide :)
Dessert was a torched cassava cake which was a bit dry. But since they added a special birthday greeting, I didn’t mind. Haha! 🙂

If I have one serious complaint however, it’s that their mocktails are priced astronomically high. Php 450 for a glass which I felt was over priced considering there was zero alcohol in it. But at least it was tasty 🙂

Post meal madness: a beautiful mess
Post meal madness: a beautiful mess
My girls and I abusing good lighting
My girls and I abusing good lighting
The May babies :)
The May babies 🙂

All in all, it was a very pleasant experience and if you haven’t been yet, do make your way there soon, because this is exactly the kind of establishment we should all be supporting:

Homegrown. Delicious. Ingenious.

Love,

Celine

Toyo Eatery, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Ave., Makati, Metro Manila

0917 720 8630

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