Main Street, Kapitolyo

Main Street is sure one of the head-turner restaurants in Kapitolyo because it is not so common for the Filipinos to stumble a Canadian comfort food.
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With the food that I will get to show, I am confident to share with how Canadian meal taste-like since the menu and the food served is crafted with the chef owner, Adam Tan, who had stayed in Canada long enough to understand their taste buds.
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Appetizer

That night, we, the bloggers start off healthy with the Cajun Spiced Prawn Salad. It has its greens but not the boring one. The Cajun spiced grilled prawns are not the only thing that brings flavor to the salad but the orange tarragon vinaigrette. It’s a-must order!

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Cajun Spiced Prawn Salad (P280)

Poutinerie

The next food served is one of the well-known dishes in Canada – poutines…. poutato… potato! We got to try two of the poutines on Main Street menu. I actually like both but if one prefers more meat on poutines, the Bacon Poutine is the right choice since the bacon is also homemade and flavorful. Meanwhile, Supreme Poutine is like eating supreme nachos but with more add-ons onto it. It has flank steak strips, cheese sauce, tomato salsa, shredded lettuce and cilantro crema.

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Bacon Poutine P240
Supreme P290
Supreme Poutine P290

Mains

Judging from its presentation, I knew that the 3-Pc Buttermilk Fried Chicken is not the ordinary fried chicken meal since it is an 8-hour brined Southern Style with garlic cream sauce. The chicken is crispy but it has a surprising taste I loved. This one may be served with rice or fries.

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3-Pc Buttermilk Fried Chicken (P290)

The Main Street had something that is not the usual thing everyone would encounter since it’s a Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese. Who would have thought that a jam goes well with a cheese! This sounds romantic, isn’t? A GOOEY cheese and a SWEET bacon jam is the perfect example that opposites do attract. The meal also comes with tomato soup.

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Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese (P270)

The Main Street also has seafood and one dish pours tons of it! In Tomato Braised Seafood Stew, there are prawns, mussels, and fish! The tomato flavor is not too strong and the rosemary garnished adds aroma to the stew. May serve with rice or toasted bread.

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Tomato Braised Seafood Stew (P350)

Burger

I was totally mind blown when they served not just one but four burgers! All of them tasted good but I like the Barbecue Burger more since it has strips of applewood smoked bacon. Would it also be too much if I tell that the Barbecue Burger also has a fried onion ring in it?

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Barbeque Burger (P300)

I also liked the Caramelized and Bleu. So I know some people who are not fond of bleu cheese but sorry I am so this is second on my list. It has arugula, garlic mayonnaise, and caramelized onions so how it was named.
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The Classic Cheeseburger has romaine lettuce, sliced tomatoes, grilled onions, cheddar cheese, ketchup, mustard, and pickles.

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The Classic Cheeseburger (P260)

The Double Bacon is sinful. It has their homemade bacon jam and applewood smoked bacon. The kick of mozzarella cheese adds yumminess to this burger.

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Double Bacon (P310)

Pizza

A confession to make for the  Barbeque Chicken Pizza, I cannot really remember how it tasted so I just better flash here the photo. It is topped with chicken, grated cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, barbecue sauce, chopped cilantro and sliced red onions.

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Barbeque Chicken Pizza (P300)

Pasta

Opposite with the pizza, the Beef Shin Ragu is the dish I can completely remember the taste since it is a unique dash in my palate. I know it’s not the cheese that caught my attention but it’s the impeccable pair of beef shin and their tomato sauce.

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Beef Shin Ragu (P360)

Dessert

The room for dessert in Main Street was quite big. We were fortunate enough to try all of the desserts they offer so I will rank it and my favorite of them all is the Blueberry Cheesecake. The cheesecake is not dry and the sweetness is just right. On the other hand, the Fudge Brownie a la Mode is close to my liking if only the brownie is moist. Lastly, the Apple Crumble is also good but maybe I would like it more if it is drizzled with milk or caramel sauce.

Verdict

Grayish brick walls, black and white photos, black, brown and white chairs, The Main Street plays with that color tones. The restaurant looks vibrant and youthful but with a closer look, it is recognizable that it was an old house tweaked to keep up to the modern age. They also have function area upstairs and they also hold company parties simply because they can :p I mean, the restaurant is really roomy. As for the price, it is reasonable enough since the portioning are done fairly and the taste and menu are well-thought out. Overall, I would not mind coming in Kapitolyo again to dine-in at Main Street.

Ambiance: 5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Serving: 4.5/5
Service: 4.5/5
Taste: 4/5

Main Street, Kapitolyo
10 E Capitol Dr, Pasig, 1603 Metro Manila
0945 458 3044

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The Linden Suites, Pasig

With the heavy traffic that seems to be a normal thing for the Filipinos living in Metro Manila, sometimes, getting a room for a day near the place of an important event that you will be attending is a smart move to get away with the hassle and exhaustion. Well, with the important event that my high school friends and I will be attending that is a wedding, we could not agree to look haggard on that day – especially that we are part of the entourage.

Last December, we had found the comfort of home in The Linden Suites. It is a 4-star hotel located in Ortigas where malls, food establishments, and convenience store are walking distance. The hotel looks very humble by looking at the facade of the building; it has less decorative ornaments and with a not so wide drop-off point, I could not expect more.
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The lobby has a good number of seats for the guests to wait and the staff at the entrance area have done their job well by getting in our stuff to our hotel room.
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As we get into the room, we were very surprised with how SPACIOUS the place is.  We got this “one bedroom suite” for P5,000 no breakfast and for 4 pax. The rate was under a corporate account through our friend so I am not sure with the difference in its regular rate.
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There are cooking pans, plates, utensils, ref, oven, percolator, and a stove so cooking here is really allowed. Just take a look at the photo below where our shopping bags were also captured. LOL.
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The dining area and the living room are closed to one another but not close enough. It was really that spacious.
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There’s also a study table beside the TV where I placed my laptop. (Yes, I have a part-time job).
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This is the bedroom and we also asked for an extra bed. The room is clean but the glass window was not that clear. Perhaps, it’s because of the rain.
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There’s also a TV in the bedroom!
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The comfort room (but there’s no bidet!) is also large.

We bring liquors to enjoy the night! Yes, we booked for 4 pax but we’re 6 in the photo. Why? It’s because the 1 couple wanted to go solo!
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Wi-Fi: Linden only allows two devices to connect to their WiFi. The Wi-Fi is okay.

The Linden Suites is a good place to stay especially if with friends and family since the room is not cramped. The airconditioning is also great and the yellowish lights feel upscale to me. The hotel is very accessible to almost anything you might need, however, the traffic here during the day is just really normal. I already feel sorry for the foreigners who have to adapt to the hells of transportation we have in our city. Well, traffic is normal in our daily lives. I was not able to check their pool area since I got there so late and we were needed to have our make up on the next day. morning. So anyway, the hoteliers have delivered good service with us since whatever we asked for were attended right away – the chinawares, the extra comforter, and the extra towel. Thanks for the hospitality, The Linden Suites!

Value: 5

Location: 4

Cleanliness: 5

Service: 5

Room: 5

Pitmaster’s Smokehouse BBQ, Pasig

Lately, I keep setting foot in Kapitolyo. Given that this place is far from home and also far from where I work, there is a thing that makes me go here that is worth it – and that is food!

That night, we, bloggers are destined to go to the Pitmaster’s Smokehouse BBQ. The exterior of the restaurant looks like the place where we would often see in American movies. Getting in, the color of the interior plays with black and brown that exudes luxury but worry not, the price of the meals they offer are reasonable.
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To start off our dinner, we sampled two appetizers on the menu.

If the diners want to begin their food that is tasty, try the Chicken Skin (145). An appetizer that is coated in honey sauce, it is great to pair with beer which I’ll be discussing as we proceed. I prefer chicken skin to be salty, though.
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The next appetizer looked like lumpiang shanghai but it’s actually a Pulled Pork (P200). Thick, full of stuffed shredded pork inside tossed in gochujang (Korean paste), it seemed like that there’s no air could come in this deep fried rolls! What makes this special is the kesong puti dipping!
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Salad

My apologies for the vegetarian and vegans but I am happy to their Pit Caesar Salad because it is topped with smoked bacon strips flavored with their homemade anchovy sauce.
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Pizza

The Truffle Pizza (P370) is of course made of truffles, bechamel sauce, and pecorino romano cheese while the Bacon and Mushroom (P370) is topped with smoked bacon, shiitake mushroom, cream cheese, and gremolata.
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The flavor of the pizza is a dash of salty and creamy taste, To be honest, the taste of these two pizzas are almost similar. The pizza comes in thin crust and it is crackery (crunchy?) but not toasted.

Smoked Meat

The next food I’m about to show is jaw-dropping as this platter showcases five of their smoked meats they offer good for four pax. So, here I present you this mouthwatering Pit Platter for P1,500.

The sausage with flavors of your choice: garlic & herb, sweet pepper, Thuringer, Bavarian smokies
The black Angus brisket that is 15-hour smoked.
The pork ribs that is 7-hour smoked.
The bacon strips that is homemade, 7-day cured and smoked.
The smoked coriander chicken with honey chili-garlic glaze and may choose if mild, hot, or magma.

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I like how their smoked meats taste. I am not sure about the method they used but I am certain that their sauce is delectable. Yes, it’s smoked but the taste is far from the usual BBQ flavors we are very familiar with like the sauce from the burgers, pizza, and etc.

On the other hand, the platter also gives you the option to choose four regular sides. The options are the following:
chimichurri rice
pepper rice
kimchi rice
garlic rice
plain rice
Adding sous vide egg for P25 is sulit! There is something magical with the doneness of their eggs.

These are some of the sides if you do not want to go for rice.
plain fries
kamote fries
slaw
corn cob
french beans
mashed sweet potatoes

See the difference of these two platters.

Moving forward, here are their pasta as premium sides.

The Truffle Pasta (P180) is creamy but not heavy. My friend, Shiela, said to pour the apple sauce to add more flavor.
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They have three sauces available which you have the liberty to savor it with any of their food!
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The 4 Cheese Mac & Cheese (P140) looks artificial since the color is bright yellow, almost like the color of a highlighter. However, we learned that the food coloring they used is turmeric! It’s natural after all. Adding the violet cabbage adds glam to this pasta. It has the right amount of cheesy goodness.
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Lastly, the Angus Meatballs Pasta (P180) may look ordinary but this one is my favorite! It’s a blend of the sourness of tomato but with a hint of sweetness, I would have devoured it all if it weren’t for the others who should also taste it. LOL!
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Alcohols

It amazed me when beers are flavored. Most of the people who are not really into drinking beer always have the same reason – it tastes bitter. Well, here comes the toasted marshmallow, brown sugar cinnamon, salted caramel, and hazelnut banana flavored beers! This Beer Paddle is P250 and since the toasted marshmallow is a premium beer, you would have to add P20 for it. I like the hazelnut banana and marshmallow! The brown sugar cinnamon is kinda weird but you may at least give it a try to explore new taste.
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They also offer cocktail drinks and we got to try Red Sangria that is brandy and red wine based and the White Sangria that has Bombay, Absolut, Jose Cuervo, Bacardi, and lime. To be honest, I like the White Sangria better and kinda shocked that this has more alcohol mix than the red one.
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The Pitmaster’s Smokehouse BBQ has established its business just last year and it is surprising that there are a lot of diners coming in. This goes to show that the food they serve is delicious. Well, it is! I highly recommend the platter since you would get to try all of their smoked meats in one order. The place looks small from the outside, and it would make you think that the restaurant looks like a bungalow house. However, getting inside is actually spacious. The price is affordable and the serving is good enough to fill your tummy. This will be a roster of my recommended restaurant!
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Ambiance: 5/5
Price: 4.5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 4.5/5
Taste: 4.5/5

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Pitmaster’s Smokehouse BBQ
64 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City