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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
Toyo Eatery, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Ave., Makati, Metro Manila
0917 720 8630
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