After a couple of minutes arguing whether we should try out a vegetarian resto or a Portuguese fusion bar, a compromise was reached and we ended up eating at Top Meal Food House. It’s 2 streets away from Joko’s office and it’s still a mystery why we only got to eat there last week. Beats me, how it was classified as a compromise though! :p
This beat Corner Tree Cafe and O’Sonho for dinner last Monday
Look! Anton of Our Awesome Planet on Top Meal’s wall!
And Mayor Junjun Binay, too!
The place specializes on Bicolano food like Bicol Express (duh) and Top Meal also has Chicken a la Mado, one of the Top 10 Culinary Experiences in the Philippines according to WikiPilipinas. We ordered both dishes as well as binagoongan, pinakbet, and sinigang na baboy. We weren’t supposed to get the sinigang but when the server gave us free sinigang soup, we knew we just gotta have it– kasi sabaw pa lang, winner na! The binagoongan was also a winner dish, it went so well with the sourness of the sinigang (but really, I wish I had green mangoes to go with it). I will not oppose that the bicol express is indeed the specialty. The chicken a la mado, however didn’t fascinate me because I am not a fan of chicken cooked with coconut milk. Also, Joko likened it to chicken curry without the curry and chicken curry is number 1 in my not-to-eat list. Anyway, my friends liked the chicken a la mado, so I guess you don’t have to pay attention to me and my extraneous preference. Hehe. The pinakbet was good according to my part-Ilocana taste buds, loved the balance of veggie sweetness and the tad bitterness from the ampalaya. Joko hates ampalaya though, so yay for me, I had every piece.
L-R: chicken a la mado, bicol express and binagoongang baboy
pinakbet (Bicolano stye? 🙂 )
ugly picture of the supergood sinigang
For dessert, we had leche flan and it’s something I would eat again when I go back to Top Meal. I will accompany it with halo-halo next time.
leche flan (nag-aadik yata ako dito lately)
Halo-halo P65.00… Kassy Pajarillo – priceless (lol)
picture taking while digesting lol (me, Joko, Dietrich and Kas)
With owner, Wilson Tan 🙂
after free, inexpensive is what I want to go with good food :p
Top Meal Food Haus at 5994 J.D. Villena St. cor. Mabini St. Poblacion, Makati
listening to: Slash feat Adam Levin – Gotten