Legaspi Village is a haven for foodies; its streets are lined up with restaurants that residents and office goers can enjoy either by dining alone or with company. Whether to avoid the insane rush hour traffic, catch up with friends, or just eat good food after a long day, here are four quality restaurants in Legaspi Village worth the visit.
The first Peruvian-Japanese Sushi Bar in Manila, Nikkei marries the fresh and clean taste of Japanese food and the strong and zesty flavors of Peru. Located along Rada Street, Nikkei’s wood accents and warm ambient lighting exude a cozy but elegant atmosphere.
Nikkei upholds the quality of its food, using only fresh ingredients and imaginative concepts. Aside from their sashimi and sushi rolls, some favorites include the Parmesan Scallops, Miso Kurobuta – short ribs marinated in miso sauce with wasabi coleslaw, and Seared Tuna with Huancaina Risotto. Their meal-enders include their house-made ice cream, which comes in a variety of Japanese flavors like matcha and ginger for those who are adventurous with their desserts, and the Suspiro Limeño, a Peruvian dessert with meringue and berries.
Located in the ground floor of BSA Mansion in Benavidez Street is Mexican taqueria Lágrima, owned by Mano Lotho and Jorge Barita. The meek, minimalist hole-in-the-wall, with just four tables and bar-type seating reminiscent of those in sushi bars, boasts of an authentic menu composed primarily of Mexican favorites with bold flavors that make first-timers instant fans.
The experience is made extra special as diners can watch as their meals are prepared. Lágrima offers an array of meats with their tacos, burritos, rice bowls, and quesadillas – but there are also vegetable options available. Because the toppings could be customized, diners have the chance to experiment and try out a variety of combinations. For perfect pairings with their food, Lágrima also servesdrinks like the Mexican horchata and a variety of cocktails.
Located at the ground floor of the Universal LMS Building in Estaban Street is Your Local, a hip neighborhood bistro that has earned international acclaim for its interpretations of Asian food. Headed by Nicco Santos, the restaurant has a subtle interiors creating an effortlessly calm vibe. In fact, many miss the restaurant when walking along Esteban because of its subtle signage and unassuming door, which is its only entrance apart from a secret divider in the next-door cafe.
But those who know Your Local know that the is the real star of the show. For starters, their Rendang Buns fuses the famous Indonesian-Malay beef dish and puts them in a bao, famously known in Chinese dishes. It also comes in Chili Crab and Double Dong – or fried chicken – variants. Their famous main dishes include the Torched Salmon Donburi and Steak Fried Rice. After the meal, diners can enjoy a drink from their extensive menu of cocktails.
Located on the second floor of Somerset Millenium along Aguirre Street is Abuela’s. Headed by Chef Marco Legasto, the restaurant features a menu of heirloom recipes modified with a modern touch. The restaurant, which has warm and cozy interiors, is a great restaurant for families, relatives, or friends to catch up and share a delicious meal.
The menu is familiar at first glance, but each dish dares to surprise with new flavors. For first-time diners, the Fried Lumpia Ubod served with a special secret sauce is the ideal start to the meal, before diving into their main dishes. Seafood lovers will enjoy the Curry Prawns served with Crab Fat Sauce while the Lamb Caldereta is a hit among those who love variations on the sumptuous protein. Abuela’s also has pasta, sandwiches, and a kid’s menu.
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