We finally made it to the Kanin Club! My best gastronomic partner and I unexpectedly landed at this restaurant during one of our date days this year. We were scouting which food place to best have our dinner among the short list of restaurants at The Hub in Greenfield District when we saw the face of a restaurant that has very Filipino appeal and kind of speaking to us to be home after a day filled with activity. True enough, he is slowly becoming successful in terms of trying all the fresh food hubs with latest dining concepts that he once promised me. And yes, we seize the day!
The interior design and styling reflects a Filipino home that is so simple, humble and comfortable. The dining area is well-lit with multi-colored capiz lamps and some splendid-looking lamps that had an effect on how we took our meal that time and how long we stayed. Those colors from the light fixtures, walls and ceiling made the area more expansive and quite ethereal. Actually, we opted to have our table at the mezzanine level for a more refined meal time as we try avoid crowded places, but unfortunately we were not allowed by the staff as the dining area downstairs is not yet full (according to their perception). The scenario irked me because I felt that our rights as guests are being violated. We just reluctantly chose the last two seats at the left side of the restaurant, kept our cool even though it was truly unfair, and started scanning their menu book.
I must note that the servers of this restaurant must be recognized because though we were not given the chance to have our dinner upstairs, they've been very attentive to our needs. Great to discover that this place is properly manned that is definitely needed during peak hours.
Thai Green Mango Salad PhP180
For starters we had a salad that is undeniably wholesome. A plate filled with slivered green magoes, onions, cilantro and peanut and then doused with unforgettable sweet-salty mix. A wonderfully salivating experience.
I find the presentation a bit disorderly compared to some Asian fusion restaurants we've been to, though serving portion is really a winner.
Aligue Rice PhP156
This fried rice sauteed with crab fat is so worth the extra hour you'll need to do in the gym the following day to shed off excess calories. Serves 2 to 3 persons. I never had a rice dish as awesome as this one. I fall desperately and ardently in love with it that I was not so mindful of the spoonfuls I ingested. Highly recommended for first-timers! There are a lot of rice dishes at Kanin Club that I believe are worth exploring. I should try them with my food buddies one step at a time.
Crispy Dinuguan PhP274
Kanin Club claims that this is their most copied signature dish! I do not know how to react on that but when I tasted the dish...true!....this one deserves to be copied because of its utter deliciousness. Made with heavenly deep-fried pork that's cooked to a crisp that we so love and then set in a stew of pork blood and the result is a fine Filipino comfort food that we learn to partner with puto. To all those non-dinuguan eaters out there, I'm challenging you to appreciate this dish. Crispy, bloody, delicious!
It is but proper to say that Kanin Club is now welcoming you in their newest branch at the heart and newest lifestyle hub of Mandaluyong to give pleasure and satisfaction to your belly. I must revisit this place anytime soon and must successfully secure a table at the mezzanine level.
Branches: Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Westgate in Alabang, UP-Technohub, and Ayala Triangle Garden
Greenfield District, The Hub, United St Highway Hills, Mandaluyong
(02) 771-1400 / (02) 332-5978