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Friday, February 3, 2012

Sa Kanto by Il Ponticello

Note: This restaurant is already closed. 



My fellow bloggers and I were invited by OpenRice to try this new Filipino restaurant in The Podium called Sa Kanto (emphasis on the 'Sa'). From the people behind Il Ponticello, Sa Kanto specializes on Filipino dishes with a twist.

The interiors of the restaurant reminds me of Old Manila. It made me forget I'm in the middle of Ortigas. The decorations are very simple, and lighting creates a comfortable ambiance. Sa Kanto also has an upstairs area for a much intimate dining experience.

Salads

Ensaladang Ampalaya
We were served Ensaladang Ampalaya (Php 145), a mix of ampalaya, tomatoes and onion. We were told that it wasn't  bitter, but didn't take the challenge: I don't eat ampalaya, sorry. :(

Starters

Gambas Chorizo
We were also served Gambas Chorizo (Php 330) as starter. The dish has sauteed tiger prawns, Spanish chorizo, chili and garlic. The spiciness is just right for me. I liked it that I think I could finish the whole dish.

Bar Chow

We were also served the following bar chows:

Dynamites
Fishballs
Isaw
We were given their bestseller, Dynamite (Php 250) and some of their yet-to-be-introduced dishes: Isaw and Fishballs. Dynamites are breaded and deep-fried chili fingers stuffed with beef and cheese. I have low tolerance for anything spicy but I was able to finish a piece of the dynamite, I liked it. :) The fishballs are served with both hot and sweet sauces. I don't usually eat isaw but I'll take Sa Kanto's Isaw anytime.

Main Entrees

We had the following beef dishes:

Crispy Tadyang
Kare-kare
We got Crispy Tadyang (Php 445), which are fried selected beef ribs. Surprisingly, the beef is sooo tender. I agree that the beef really falls off the bone. We also got Kare-kare (Php 380), roasted beef oxtail and tripe stew in peanut sauce. Kare-kare is one of my favorite dishes and it didn't disappoint me. I could taste the ground peanut in the sauce, which I really love.


Pork Binagoongan
We were also served Pork Binagoongan (Php 325), a pork belly dish sauteed in shrimp paste served on a bed of crispy eggplant. Sa Kanto did an interesting twist of using deep-fried breaded pork belly for this particular dish. This dish is a must-try if you love binagoongan. :)

Kanto Style Fried Chicken
The restaurant owner Patrick allowed us to order one particular dish and so we got Kanto-Style Fried Chicken (Php 310). I was too full by the time this was served, but my friends found it a bit bland.

Spicy Eggpplant
We were also served with Spicy Eggplant (Php 180), which is sauteed eggplant in olive oil, garlic and chili. I'm not keen on veggie dishes, I didn't try this one also.

Adobong Hito
Another delectable dish is the Adobong Hito (Php 340), which is fried crisp butterflied catfish with white adobo sauce. I like my fish simple and this one really got me. :)

I wasn't able to stay for dessert but I'll definitely go back to try those desserts and the other dishes they offer. The homey ambiance is recommended for low-key lunches and dinners. This is a place where you can really relax while enjoying the comforts of Filipino food.

Thanks for having us, Sa Kanto. 

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Sa Kanto by Il Ponticello
Ground Floor
The Podium
ADB Avenue
Mandaluyong City
Contact No.4779045
Operating Hours:
11:00AM to 10:00PM (weekdays)
10:00AM to 10:00PM (weekends)

28 comments:

  1. magkapera lang ako magre2staurant hop talaga ako! hehehe

    :))

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  2. ^I agree. Always loved spicy foods so Gambas Chorizo would be on my list. :)

    http://iifatree.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Vallafax! I bet you'll love the dynamites! :)

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  3. Don't laugh, but I've always been too shy to attend any of Open Rice's events..or any blogger events for that matter hehe

    The food looks interesting though!I'll check it out sometime :)

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    1. Hi Richie! Know what? This is my first ever blogger event.hahaha. :) And I wasn't able to stay for dessert pa. ;)

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  4. Ooo, looks yummy! Dynamite looks great. I'd order than without second thought :P

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    1. Hi Mary! A piece is enough for me. I can't tolerate more.haha. :D

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  5. I actually got 2 pieces of the Dynamite.. haha.. XD Anyway, don't worry 'cause you didn't miss a lot naman on the desserts. They're good but not the super-memorable-I-shouldn't-have-missed-them type :)

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    1. Really? Damn,you're so galing with spicy food pala! :)

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  6. parang ang dami nyong kinain. :)

    Pero their food really look great! And its a great touch that they also added some street foods.

    They are kinda pricey nga lang noh?

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    1. Hi Ile Odarod! Yeah, marami talaga! I agree that they're kinda pricey. hehe. :)

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  7. hala ang saraaaaaaaaaap!

    -JC
    ferreroandfate.blogspot.com

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  8. I wannavisit Pinas na so I can visit all these wonderful restos.

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    1. Hi Mrs. A! Mahaba na ata ang resto list mo.hehe. :)

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  9. woooahhh.. ang lapit ko sa Podium bat di ko to alam hahahah.. thanks for the share.. this I have to try thanks

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    1. Sa Kanto is a near ECHOstore Podium. :) Medyo tago siya, that's why. ;)

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  10. I pass by this place at the Podium everyday but I have yet to try it. I'll put it on my "Where to Eat Next List" and give it a go. The food looks nice and the prices are reasonable naman. :)

    P.S. I love ensaladang talong! Hahaha :D

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    1. So you're an Ortigas girl also? :) Woah, I don't eat eggplant (unless it's in a Moussaka) :)

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  11. Yummy! Made me realize I've been wishing for Kare Kare for months now. Heheh! =)

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    1. Woah, go and treat yourself a good Kare-kare! :) I love Kare-kare and I go crazy if I can't find one right away. :D

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  12. Oooohhhh! Super yummy pix. My first pick is ensaladang ampalaya because I love veggies so much! :)

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    1. Hi Liz! Good for you, I didn't try the ampalaya.hahaha. :)

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  13. What a sumptuous way to present our favorite pinoy food! Yummy. I wanna try all of these! - Eats

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    1. Hi Chan! I hope you can try this too. :D

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