My first review! My reviews will go like this: I’ll tell the story of the meal if there’s any, what we ordered, and how much, interspersed with pictures. I’ll end with a summary and rating on a 10-point scale.
During my week-long vacation, my husband, daughter, and I decided to go out for lunch and eat at Kanin Club at UP Technopark. We’ve tried Kanin Club before, with my parents and brothers, during a birthday celebration last 2010. We were very impressed with the food, especially the crispy dinuguan. My husband was craving for it, so we thought we’d try it on our own.
We were already a little late for lunch (it was past twelve), and we were expecting shorter lines than what we are used to seeing. Way off the mark. The line was 10 groups deep, and each group was about 8-10 persons. The good thing there was, even at 10 names below the first, we were going to be the first small group. After around 10-15 minutes of waiting, we were finally seated in a small table near the bar.
The first of our order to arrive was the side dish: green mango salad. It was wonderfully sour and spicy, and the mango slices were crisp. My husband thought it was too sour, but then he’s not really fond of sour. I, however, adore a good sour green mango.
Since my daughter is not fond of dark colored or “dirty”-looking food, we decided to order a second viand alongside the aforementioned crispy dinuguan. We decided on bistek tagalog, a relatively safe bet since she does eat beef at home. It was better than expected! The seasoning of the beef steak was awesome, although the meat wasn’t all lean. The crispy dinuguan, on the other hand, is what we remembered it to be: crispy and satisfying.
We ordered a bowl of tinapa rice to go with the viands. My daughter didn’t like the fish (too salty), but she took the rice just fine. The tinapa goes very well with the slightly fried rice, but the amount was a bit short, and we had to order an extra cup of plain rice.
We had no complaints about the food, except perhaps that we should only have ordered one viand and a side dish. We had to take home half of both the dinuguan and the bistek. But then, Kanin Club is supposed to really cater to big family groups. The service, unsurprisingly, was a little lacking, since the restaurant was packed to the rafters, which is why we only ordered single-serve green iced teas for beverage. Even though we were right near the bar, I doubt we would have gotten refills if we ordered bottomless. The place itself was traditional filipino house themed, with wooden shutters and wooden furniture. However, there is very little elbow room and you always have the feeling that you’ll collide with heavily-laden waiters.
- Summary – Great food, so-so service and ambiance. ~Php 1000 for the three of us, with take home leftovers. Worth going to if you’re willing to brave the lines.
- Food: 10
- Service: 5
- Ambiance: 5