Locavore: a modern take on Filipino food

January 05, 2017

Locavore offers delectable Filipino dishes with a twist.

Locavore serves Filipino food upgraded with a contemporary yet unique twist. You would be pleasantly surprised by Locavore's version of our classic favorites. 

Sizzling sinigang at Locavore
Sizzling sinigang

Locavore: a modern take on Filipino food 

    Our experience at Locavore

    Khris and I were invited by our friend Rayne to try Locavore, one of the latest restaurants to create a buzz on social media. However, it was located in Pasig City, notorious for heavy traffic, especially on Friday evenings. Anyway, always expect food-hunting with your friends to bring you to unexpected places.

    I neither had any idea of what Locavore specializes in nor what its name meant but I was told that they serve good Filipino food. I have previously been to so many restaurants claiming to put a spin on Pinoy food and they all fell short of my expectation. So for Locavore, I was not particularly expecting much.

    The ambiance at Locavore

    When we were finally able to wiggle our way out of the knotted traffic in Kapitolyo, Pasig, we were greeted by a small restaurant, with an almost bare facade, save for the simple signage announcing that we have finally arrived at our destination. 

    It looked like a bar, not unlike the ones you encounter in Timog. There were many diners that evening, so I started to lose my doubts about this place. We had to wait for a little before we finally got our seats outside but it didn't matter because we were famished.

    A server approached us and the nameplate displayed a celebrity's name. My eye caught another familiar name and I suddenly realized that the servers were all using the names of famous celebrities.

    The food

    We ordered the street food platter as appetizers. We also got the menu's must-tries; the Sizzling Sinigang and Boneless Pork Belly. We also ordered Pandesal Pudding for dessert and a pitcher of House Blend Iced Tea for drinks.

    Street food platter at Locavore
    Street food platter

    The street food platter is a sampler of fish balls, squid balls, kikiam, and kwek kwek. It came with three dipping sauces -- classic sweet sauce, spicy vinegar, and sweet chili sauce. It's a great introduction to the mains that were to come next or for pairing with a bottle of beer perhaps. 

    The Sizzling Sinigang is probably their best, most unique, and most memorable dish. It’s a skillet of tender, fall-of-the-bone beef; French beans, cherry tomatoes, onions, and garlic, swimming in rich, tangy gravy. Aesthetically, it looked more like roast beef than sinigang though.

    Boneless lechon belly at Locavore
    Boneless lechon belly

    The Boneless Lechon Belly, meanwhile, is very reminiscent of Cebu Lechon. The skin was superbly crunchy and holds the seasonings and spices really well. It was very flavorful and, as they say, deadly sinful. This dish, as well as the Sizzling Sinigang, deserves heaps of steaming white rice.

    Sizzling pandesal pudding at Locavore
    Sizzling pandesal pudding

    With all the savory dishes that we've had, it is but fitting to end our meal with a good dessert. The Sizzling Pandesal Pudding is served warm and almost gooey, topped with scoops of butter vanilla ice cream (mantecado) and drizzled with salted caramel sauce (their menu said it was salted egg Dulce de Leche).

    The combination of warm and cold, and soft and sweet was the perfect closing to an excellent meal. Also, where else would you find a dessert that is served sizzling?

    Our verdict

    The long drive to this restaurant was worth it. It had a good ambiance, the food did not disappoint and the price was just right. I would definitely say that Locavore delivered well in putting a twist on Filipino food.

    Locavore branches

    Locavore has branches in the following locations. You may give your preferred branch a call in the telephone number provided for inquiries and reservations.

    Pasig City

    Brixton Technology Center, 10 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
    Telephone number: +6326329600

    Taguig City

    Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
    Telephone number: +639175742017

    Makati City

    Ground Floor, Three Central Building, Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
    Telephone number: +639171782018

    Pasay City

    Level 1, S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard Corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
    Telephone number: +639178472747

    Quezon City

    Ground Floor, 1880 Building, Eastwood Avenue, Libis, Quezon City
    Telephone number: +639175120159

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    1. Must try po kumain dito sa Locavore gusto ko matikman yung sizzling sinigang nila mukha po kasing kakaiba🤗 nakakakagutom tuloy bigla🤗.Sulit po yung byahe niyo sa ganda ng ambiance nila and budget friendly din.

    2. Wala akong ibang masabi talaga. Kundi Masarap masarap masarap!! Worth it po ang pag punta Dito. Kung ganito po kasarap ang foods nila.. Must visit po talaga Dito

    3. a good place to have a taste of upgraded Pinoy foods. We all want to have our favorite dishes to be different at times or to be experimented to make it more delicious. This is what locavore brings with every diners. this is certainly a must try food destination.

    4. Thats Wow, thanks for sharing this Daddy Ivan, Bago na nman ako idadagdag sa list Ko, this is Really Recommended, talaga namang susubukan Mong Tikman ang Sarap ng Food Nila From LOCAVORE, Filipino Food na Mukhang mas lalong Pinasarap, So Relaxing Ambiance pa Ang ganda ng Resto nila 👌👌💯❤❤