I eat out a lot – at least once a week. Although I don’t claim to be a connoisseur (not the slightest bit), I’ve become confident about my opinion on what tastes good and what doesn’t, what’s trendy and what will probably last more than 5 years, what’s pure hype and what’s pure talent.
My most recent dinner in 12/10 Guijo Street, Makati, falls under the last category. I wasn’t expecting much. I’ve grown wary of these “hipster” places that are situated outside the popular commercial areas. It’s not that I don’t appreciate individuality and uniqueness; it’s just that all of a sudden, everyone wants to be that way that it starts to become really cookie-cutter. It’s crazy! Manila is so full of these industrial/artsy/green/eclectic themed restaurants. Makes me feel bad for the really authentic ones.
Anyway, so wary I was…but…my first bite blew away all my defenses (haha!). The culprit? Salmon! I’m so sorry that in my happiness I forgot to take down the details. All I remember is that the sauce is primarily made of egg. So sorry! There goes my career as a food writer! Haha but I could eat this all day!
12/10 has an ikakaya-concept which is very similar to tapas – meaning small plates. What I appreciated was they could adjust the size to the group. For instance, we could order 1 ½ plates for a dish to satisfy the 3 of us at the table. That way, we didn’t feel “bitin” and we didn’t over-order either.
The next perfect dish was the salmon kushiyaki – a beautiful combo of salmon, truffle oil, aonori, black sesame, wasabi, curry, and corn flakes. This one was served yakitori-style and grilled to perfection – a bit rare just the way I like it!
Yet another perfect dish was the Katsu Sando: basically breaded pork with flavorings yuzu, kosho, tare, red cabbage, kyuri, in the most wonderful siopao bun! I died!
What’s not in the picture because it was quite dim during dinner was the Korean fried chicken with charred Eggplant, gochujang, sesame, shiso, and lime. I liked it but it did not blow me away like the other dishes did. Oh well, nobody’s perfect!
12/10 is located at 7635 Guijo Street, Makati