If you’re craving for Pinoy comfort food usually bought "sa kanto," like fish balls, isaw, kwek-kwek, “dirty chicken,” or turon, without worrying whether they’re clean or safe, you can get them at Sa Kanto Ponticello. The restaurant serves “turo-turo” Pinoy dishes, street food, and pulutan
dishes. Rather pricey, but guaranteed excellent sanitation practices.
Must-haves are the chicken isaw
dipped in kalamansi, gambas chorizo
, the main entrée pork binagoongan
, and the spicy eggplant
(sautéed in olive oil,chili and garlic). The kanto chicken and the fishballs were rather bland and dry. For dessert, their leche flan
High-ceilinged, a foyer with a centerpiece, a mounted deer, a few propped up paintings, wrought-iron gates, glossy magazines in the corner, it gives an ambiance of dining in a home—a newly bought home where the inhabitants are still experimenting with the interior, undecided whether they want to go old or modern, Filipino or Western.
Eclectic, spacious and bit bare. It simply feels like dining at some stranger’s newly purchased house, but comfortable enough.SERVICE:
When I was entering the restaurant, the couple of service ladies by the door stared wordlessly at me, not offering any assistance or uttering some form of greeting, which was a first experience for me. A wordless, unfriendly stare would make anyone feel unwelcome. It was really strange. But the feeling was odd rather than offensive.
But once seated, the service was fine, the waiters and waitresses were competent and pleasant enough. Food was served in a timely and organized manner.
Date of Visit: 2012-02-02