Locavore, for us, is one of those date places you bring your special loved one/s if you want to impress them with Filipino culinary delights.
As a term, “locavore” literally means a person whose diet consists of only locally grown or produced food. Staying true to its name, all their main ingredients for their dishes are sourced from local farms. According to Mr. Vince Balaga of Locavore, this is to ensure quality and as well as to support Philippine agriculture.
Some people may find the usual long lines of Locavore irritating. However, it adds an appeal to first time non-hungry customers like us given the number of restaurants within Forbes Town.
Good news though for those who also want to try Locavore or for returnees, Locavore accepts reservations.
With Locavore’s industrialized rustic interiors, one will not think that it is a Filipino restaurant.
That is until they see the walls filled with typography of Filipino food.
Most of their tables are for groups of people which is perfect for gatherings. It is also a perfect place for a first date: a casual setup with unique food to keep the conversation flowing.
The interior was a little dark for me, but we got good, natural lighting because we dined during lunchtime and we chose to sit on the window side for our lunch date.
Since liquor plays a major role in this restaurant, the also have a dedicated bar counter where people can order drinks as they please or they can always order one from the servers. It honestly reminds us of Applebee’s and Chili’s restaurant.
Special thanks to Locavore and Megaworld Lifestyle Malls. We were able to try out three of Locavore’s dishes complete with drinks. In typical Filipino cuisine, they pretty much got the essentials like Sinigang, Pinakbet, Dinuguan. They, however, made irresistible Filipino food twists which would certainly keep us going back for more.
We started out with their SUGPO CON MAYONESA, PHP 585 (or 12.44 USD), 6 pcs. jumbo black prawns in garlic butter aligue (or “crab fat” in English term) sauce topped with Japanese mayonnaise, melted cheese and chopped parsley. They had one of the largest shrimps we had ever seen in an à la carte order. It was truly very delicious for us as garlic, butter, cheese and Japanese mayonnaise are some of our most favorite ingredients.
The prawns were not only big, but it were juicy as well. The sauce that embraced it made it succulent even though the initial ingredient tasted was aligue. Soon enough after a few more bites, I began tasting the Japanese mayonnaise as well as the cheese. For Me-An, it was an explosion of flavors and she can’t help herself from devouring it. She almost took my share because of it. We’ll definitely be back to eat this dish again.
The other dish we got to try out was their SIZZLING SINIGANG, PHP 475 (or 10.01 USD). If the servers hadn’t told us the name of this dish, I wouldn’t have called it sinigang as it doesn’t look like it. What gave away that it was sinigang was that the gravy was mixed with sàmpaloc (or “tamarind). At first, it tasted a little funny, but not long after, it tasted pretty good.
Another cute tidbits about this dish were the cherry tomatoes and small sautéed onions and garlic trickled with sour juices on each bite. I personally liked it because I like sour food. The short ribs, although not really the ideal part of the beef used for a sinigang dish, worked wonders for the dish. Topped with toasted garlic and chopped spring onion, it balanced the sour taste. The dish came with chives and chili oil on the side for those who want to explore a further different taste.
Last but not the least, we ended our meal on a sweet note, with TURON CON LECHE, PHP 200 (or 4.25 USD). In essence, I thought of it as a huge creampuff with leche flan inside instead of custard cream. The pastry texture looked and tasted like a croissant as it was flaky and soft. I really liked the leche flan inside because it was really creamy and milky. They served dulce de gatas (or caramelized condensed milk) on the side which we used to pour on this dessert. It was not really necessary, but we wanted the parts without leche flan to have that sweet taste as the confectioner’s sugar wasn’t enough for us.
For our drinks, I got their SAMALAMIG SAGO’T GULAMAN while Me-An ordered their GUAVA STRAWBERRY HOUSE BLENDED ICED TEA. Both costs PHP 80 (or 4.23 USD). Mine tasted much like what you would expect and I actually liked the presentation. Me-An’s iced tea in the meantime is a little different. Although this was an iced tea according to them, Me-An regarded it as juice. It was still a refreshing drink for her.
Locavore is Reasonable
Locavore was one of the best restaurants we had tried recently. Although our judgment was limited since what we had tried were just three out of their huge selection of dishes to choose from, we deem that their food was reasonable. These were because of the following:
- They offer irresistible food twists you won’t easily find anywhere.
- Their servings were generous.
- They don’t skimp on ingredients.
- They don’t use MSG so the flavors are drawn from the combination of the ingredients themselves.
- It’s a great place not just for a great date, but also for hanging out with family and friends.
- Best of all, we get to help our fellow Filipinos and support the local farmers by patronizing locally sourced food.
Now, we know why a lot of our foodie friends have been raving about Locavore. We love it ourselves and we’re excited to come back to try their other dishes.
By the way, if you were wondering why we don’t have the expense table we usually put, this was organized by our friends at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls as we are now one of their contributors. And that is the exciting news we wanted to reveal. Check out their site for to read what we wrote there. And, yes, same as before we don’t let free food influence our honest thoughts on a restaurant.
Ground Floor, Burgos Circle, Taguig City
Operating Hours: 9AM–1AM.