Kanto is Tagalog colloquial term for a street corner and it is often associated with a not-so-good connotation, because it is where most bystanders stay. On the contrary, Kanto Freestyle Breakfast has been receiving a lot of good feedbacks from social media. Many people who have tried their offerings share how satisfying the meals they serve are. It intrigued me so much that I wanted to pass by and try their all breakfast menu (yes, they are open 24/7). However, their locations stopped me from my tracks. Their branches are in Mandaluyong, Libis, and Marikina all of which are definitely far from where I live. Fortunately, I got an invite from Ross of Wazzup Pilipinas to try Kanto in Kapitolyo, Pasig. I found a good reason to tread all the way to Pasig now.
Kanto is the brainchild of Chef Juanta. Their newest food offerings were presented to the bloggers last August 7, 2014. We got all excited to try the dishes and drinks they offer. I apologize in advance for not being able to provide the prices for these dishes, because they are all still new and their menu has not been updated yet (at least as of this writing.)
The Open-Faced Chicken Longganisa Sandwich with Hollandaise Sauce has caramelized onion and onion leeks. Well, I have a special relationship with Hollandaise sauce, so I totally love this sandwich. Meanwhile, the Croque Monsieur is a French ham and cheese sandwich whereas their version of Croque Madame has egg on top. According to the legend, the egg on top of the Croque Madame is like an old-fashioned woman’s hat. Therefore, this sandwich is for a girl and the Croque monsieur is for a boy. These sandwiches were average mainly because of the bread that they’ve used.
The Bacon Congee topped with Poached Egg truly surprised us, because more often than not, the add-ons of Congee are twalya, pork, and boiled eggs. The idea was not bad at all, because the combination is great. The Arroz a la Cubana tastes great, too but it wasn’t memorable.
Of course, the breakfast would not be complete without pancakes! Basically, their pancake variations almost taste the same, so it’s really just a matter of choosing which toppings you like. I chose the Blueberry and Strawberry pancakes. What would you choose?
Grilled Suman with Ube White Chocolate and Goya Ganache is essentially a common rice cake in the Philippines, but with a twist. Kanto puts ube, white chocolate, and Goya to add sweetness to the dish. Meanwhile, the Toasted Ensaymada, Spanish Bread and Pan de Regla with Creme de Anglaise have a classy aura.
The place is a garage turned dine-in restaurant which makes it quite unnoticeable. In fact, I went beyond the other end of the street, missing the establishment. Good thing I called Geeky Kitch to help me locate the place. I arrived in the venue in the afternoon, but the lights were still not on. The place transformed into a chic restaurant by night, though. Unfortunately, the place is not air-conditioned.
More and more people were coming in (perhaps it’s a go-to place after work or school), so we threw ourselves outside to give other diners a place to sit. Moreover, the diners that came that day were 70% yuppies and 30% students. From what I have seen on their menu, the price is affordable and the serving is fair. The staff would greet you happily. It was had this call center environment, because it’s always morning. Kanto was a hit for me, and I’m sure you’ll like it, too!
Kanto Freestyle Breakfast
1st Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Tel: 775 54 28