We’re forming a Thursday Group (not that That’s Entertainment group) in our office–a small circle dedicated to lunching out in faraway places. Haha. Nah, mostly just restaurants that we wouldn’t normally go to during lunch because of, well, the very limiting one-hour lunch break.
This concept began last Thursday, when we decided to head to the not-so-far Ayala Triangle Gardens for lunch. Thank you Dwight for driving, by the way!:)
Last Thursday, Julls, Ken, Camille, Dwight and I went to Ayala Triangle Gardens. I know I’ve been here a lot of times already, but those were with former officemates and I was working at a nearby building then. We went to Kanin Club, a restaurant I was secretly afraid of because of obvious (kanin!) reasons. Then again, I’m 100% Filipino (I’m not Korean or Chinese or Japanese!), which makes me completely rice dependent. 😀
Julls, who has been here before, suggested Crispy Dinuguan. Kanin Club virgins like me were intrigued. A die-hard Dinuguan fan, the crispy pork meat added more depth to this Pinoy favorite. The crispiness is eerily similar to chicharon, although the menu says they deep-fry pork themselves.
Amid all that mystery, I have to say I loved this dish and its thick stew. It was like going back to my Lola’s house and wolfing down cups of rice just so I could have more of her Dinuguan. It was the ultimate comfort food for me. Indeed, a Kanin Club must-try.
My mom is Bicolana so I’ve always gravitated toward coconut milk-based dishes. Kanin Club’s Laing is not as spicy and creamy as the ones I usually have, but it’s still good. If the kick of chili is not enough, perhaps you can nibble on whole chilis instead. Har, I kid. 😀 It was also a surprisingly large serving for it’s price–two thumbs up for that!
Here’s the Adobo Combo, my least favorite dish on the table. It was three-way collision of pork, chicken and liver that truly crashed and burn. I thought it didn’t taste like Adobo at all. I actually thought it would be better off as a Menudo or Caldereta Combo.
The sauce was thick, as pictured above, which is not something I often see in an Adobo dish. Its color leaned more toward a deep orange blend, miles apart from a typical Adobo’s deep brown hue.
The Tinapa Rice is an entire breakfast meal, simply put. It had all the elements of a classic Pinoy breakfast, which we all loved. It had a rustic finish to it that was both comforting and appetizing. It’s like dining old-school once more, only they come in fancy ceramic bowls.
Kanin Club’s signature Bagoong Rice had to make an appearance on our table as well, so we ordered a second bowl. True to its popularity, the Bagoong Rice is truly Pinoy in flavor. The green mango slices on top of the rice was a sweet topper. Green mango and bagoong? Count me in!
After that Kanin Club experience, it made me wonder how awesome it would be to have a Kanin Club stall in office cafeterias. They should bring back rice bowl dining again. With their extensive rice menu, they could do well in this business, don’t you think?
This is completely random, but I wonder why the regular iced tea is bigger than the glass of bottomless iced tea. I remember Ken saying that had he known their regular iced tea is served in a bigger glass, he wouldn’t have ordered a bottomless glass. 😀
All photos taken by Kenneth Gaerlan