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Kanto

Kanto
Location: G/F The Podium, 12 ADB Avenue Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Ortigas

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A meal is not complete without a dessert!
Smile 2012-09-22 (Related Review)
My meal is not complete without dessert because sweets take out everything that overwhelms your taste buds. One of the best desserts I ever had was Sa Kanto’s Turon with Langka Sauce.

 

I super duper love it! Their Langka sauce was the best! I will surely have more of this on my next visit.

 

I ordered Leche Flan. It was good but there is nothing really special about it. It will be better if they make a twist on it as well. I am sure they can because they have done a lot with their other items. Keep it up!
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Street foods SA KANTO!
Smile 2012-09-22 (Related Review)
I love Sa Kanto’s menu concept. They don’t just offer Filipino main dishes but they also have STREET FOODS! I have never seen any Pinoy restos who offer these. I guess they just matched it with name of the restaurant. But, no worries because it is clean. They also cook it with a twist.

 

Kwek Kwek. Deep fried quail eggs with sinamak sauce. Love the sauce!

 

Crispy Breaded Isaw. Heaven!

 

Fish Balls. They serve different sauces. It is not the typical ones. I love it!

If I could just bring this to Borough while drinking, It would be more fun!
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The Dynamite!
Smile 2012-09-22 (Related Review)
While having dinner at Sa Kanto before we go to our drinking session, a friend of mine ordered Dynamite. I have been seeing this in other restaurant’s menu as well. According to their menu, it is “Chili Fingers stuffed with beef and cheese. Breaded and fried. Top Seller!”.

 

I just find it weird. So, I was not really trying this but due to peer pressure, I did. The taste was just fine. Actually, it was good. I never imagined that this concept was good. At least, from now on, I will never wonder how it taste and I can order this without any fear!
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The best PORK BINAGOONGAN!
Smile 2012-09-22 (Related Review)
It is Friday! Gimik night! My college friends and I are planning to hangout and drink. We always go to Metrowalk and this time, we got fed up with it. Somebody recommended Borough in The Podium. Before we drink, we had dinner first on its sister restaurant, Sa Kanto, which is located just beside Borough. I ordered Pork Binagoongan for only P325.

 

The serving is good for two. I was so satisfied with it because it tastes really great! For me, this is the best Pork Binagoongan I ever tasted. I will surely come back here and try other dishes.
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One of my favorite dishes
Smile 2012-09-22
Filipino cuisine would always be the best. That is what our taste buds love. One of the most all time favorite dishes is Kare-kare. That is actually my mom’s specialty and it is hard to beat! One time, my colleagues and I had lunch at Sa Kanto. I tried their Kare-kare.

 

It was good especially the bagoong. They used beef’s oxtail. The serving size is also reasonable for the price. So, I guess I pretty much had a good dining experience except for they were not able beat my mom’s recipe. I guess no one will! I am just a proud son.
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Pagkain sa Kanto
Smile 2012-08-01

 Menu

   Eggs Benedcit

Price: P 80

Description: Scrambled egg with bread

Personal Review: If you asked someone “Where will you eat” and he or she replied back saying “Sa Kanto” (In the corner), usually it is taken as he or she will eat in a carinderia which are prevalent in every street corners. But that’s necessarily be the case now I’ve discover the “Kanto” resto so every time someone asks me where will I eat and I replied “Sa Kanto”, it means that I will be going back to this new resto because I love their eggs benedict. It was perfect for breakfast or meryenda.

Personal Rating:lollollollollol

Recommended Dish(es):
Eggs Benedcit

Date of Visit:
2012-07-24

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Nothing like the streets..
Cries 2012-07-10
I remember the days when i was still in grade school, as soon as the final bell rings we were off to the streets. The side walks would be filled with food cart offering different treats for us hungry students. Even when our mothers would tell us not to eat such junk for it was "unsanitary" and one could easyly get some disease we opted not to listen cause all we cared about was the satisfaction of filling ones appetite. Maybe now, parents wouldnt be too paranoid for their childrens health seeing that the ever famouse street foods is now available in a more sanitary environment.

Located at the ground level of The Podium mall kanto looks like your modern filipino resto that serves not only your usual filipino dishes but also your favorite mirienda treats.

 fishball a' lacarte

fishball on a plate. still ur usual fishball on a stick served on a plate. This dish does kinda remind you of how it was like on the streets seeing the fish ball was very starchy and hardly had any fish flavor.

   quekquek

quail eggs dipped in batter and deep fried. surprised on how big the quail eggs were. almost the size of a chicken egg. very tasty and high in cholesterol.

 chicharon bulaklak

have had better. the meat was tough and chewy to the bite.

 crispy crablets

taste was over powered by the flour and the crabs were a bit on the thin side hadly any meat and dry.

 fried chicken isaw

I actually thought frying this dish would be perfect giving it an extra crunch. but i was wrong. the dish was totaly ruined by the frying process not only did it taste oily but it also dried out the intestine. still prefered this dish to be cooked on the grill where it belongs.

After my eperience at kanto maybe ill stop listening to my parents and head out in the streets where street foods really do belong.
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Bitter over Bitterness
Just OK 2012-04-19 (Related Review)
Ive ate a piece of ampalaya before and that bad experience made me try it no more.

I really hate AMPALAYA definitely because of its scary look and the BITTER taste that makes

my tongue itchy! I can't figure out what pleasure it would contribute to my dining! and so

every time a plate is serve on my table, i make sure it doesnt have any of it.

Then one time at Kanto, they served this ensaladang ampalaya. Sounds so enticing for

some but never for me.

My companion got some bits to taste it, and all they said was its good and it doesnt taste

like ampalaya which stirred my curiosity. so i grab a very small piece and when it entered

my lips, chew it slowly and then swallow it, feeling the smooth texture and sweet juicy

WHAT ampalaya? the taste is very different! is it really ampalaya? i was surprised that

there's not even a little bitterness in it. but hold on after a few seconds that's where

all the ampalaya taste egress! the after taste is just shhhhhhhh unforgettable

after that i told myself to never ever try to eat ampalaya again!

 

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dynamite!
Just OK 2012-04-19

 

I must say that this food from KANTO called dynamite is true to its name!

Because one small bite and you'll feel full in a snap! The light weight of it is very

deceiving, you'll think that it's a good food in appetizing your tummy but it's not.

Its one heavy meal in which after one or two bites you're already satisfied eating.

Though the taste is really good so beware to eat too much and get carried away with its

good taste or else you wont get to the entree.
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Tara na sa Kanto: Ambiance and Service
Smile 2012-02-10 (Related Review)
The interior of Kanto is classy and reminds me of my grandmother's house. I like the wooden bench and menu board at the front door.

Here are the dining tables. The huge mirror on the wall adds to the vintage feel of the atmosphere.

The restaurant is spacious and can accommodate a lot of customers specially during the lunch hour rush.

 The Centerpiece

 Me and the owners

The staff is very attentive to our needs. Our water glasses are refilled from time to time. They are also very polite but I think they should learn how to give proper greeting to customers who are entering their restaurant. In spite of it, I would say that my dining experience at Kanto is something that I will share to my friends so they can also try it for themselves. lol

Date of Visit:
2012-02-02

Spending:
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Php500

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Tara na Sa Kanto: Food
Smile 2012-02-10
Sometimes people ask where you're going and you say, "Diyan lang sa kanto," and they would know exactly where you're headed to. This is also the theme behind Kanto, a newly built restaurant at the Podium Mall. The owner told me that Filipinos love to use the term 'sa kanto' as a place to hang out, meet with friends and eat street foods. With this idea in mind, he and his business partners established this restaurant that offers street foods and other every day dishes with a twist.

 The Front Door

We sampled a lot of dishes on the menu. For my choice of beverage, I ordered a glass of Papaya Banana Shake which is very sweet. They also offer other combination of fruit shakes and wine. At night when the mall is closed, they serve beers as well.

   Papaya Banana Shake

My favorite food here is the Dynamite. By the name itself you will have a hint of how the food tastes like. This dish consists of bell peppers filled with ground pork and deep fried to perfection. i am not fond of chilis so I was hesitant to eat it at first. Little did I know that I was in for a surprise. The outside is crunchy and the pork is delicious. It was just an appetizer but my tummy is already full. lol

   Dynamite

For the main dish, I like Pork Binagoongan. The eggplant is coated with breading, deep fried and mixed with pork which is unusual in this kind of dish.I particularly love the bagoong and I think they should add more of it.

   Pork Binagoongan

We also had Crispy Tadyang. I think it is too dry and the restaurant should do something to make it more tasty.

   Crispy Tadyang

I also helped myself to their own version of Kwek Kwek, Fishball and Isaw. The kwek kwek and fish balls seemed pretty ordinary to me and the isaw tasted bland. Nothing beats the real isaw and kwek kwek sold on the streets. They should reinvent these.

   Spicy Eggplant, Kwek-kwek and Adobong Hito

On the other hand, I love the Spicy Eggplant. I am not fond of spicy food but this dish is a must try. smile

For dessert, they served us Turon with Langka Sauce and Leche Flan. I like the langka sauce but I think they should add more sugar to the turon to make it sweeter. The leche flan is creamy and very delicious.

   Turon with Langka Sauce

   Leche Flan

All in all, I recommend Sa Kanto as a place to hang out with your friends if you're looking for street foods with a twist.

Date of Visit:
2012-02-02

Spending:
Approximately
Php500

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Sa Kanto
Just OK 2012-02-08
Once you enter Sa Kanto, the initial feeling you get is that you're at the entrance of a 3 star hotel. The huge vase and gigantic mirror on the wall, coupled with fancy magazines give off that atmosphere. The chairs and tables however manage to give off a cozy vibe which offsets the high end feel of the entrance.

 

Once everyone settled in, they served us our starter and salad. The Gambas Chorizo did not make much of an impression on me but the Ensaladang Ampalaya was really good. It wasn't bitter and it was done just right. I could have eaten the entire plate if there weren't any other food that was being served.

 

The chicken isaw is actually not part yet of their menu. It's on their planning stage and we were the lucky guinea pigs. It was actually pretty good save for the fact that the calamansi overpowered everything else. If they could lessen the taste of the calamansi, this would be perfect.

 

Pork Binagoongan: We had a bite and we all went "ooohhh!" Yes, it was that good. I've been trying to cut down on rice and was actually pretty happy about the small cups of rice that they served but this Pork Binagoongan almost had me ordering another plate of rice. The shrimp paste was just right and the pork was soft and succulent. If I wasn't experiencing a moment of decency, I would have asked for an entire order to take home to Momma. It was THAT good.

 

The only thing that I think could use some improvement would be the service. The attendants were not that attentive because we had more than 5 instances where we had to repeatedly call their attention. If the aim of Sa Kanto is to be the hang out place of choice, then the people who go there need feel taken cared of and attended to. The place wasn't that full so we were expecting them to be more prompt. However, when you do manage to get their attention, they are quite friendly and helpful. You just need to snag their eye first.

Overall, I would say that this dining experience was truly a pleasure. Food was great, ambiance was cozy and the owners made us feel welcome.

Date of Visit:
2012-02-02

Spending:
Approximately
Php500(Lunch)

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Filipino Street Food
Just OK 2012-02-03
FOOD:

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 is excellent.


AMBIANCE


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

Spending:
Approximately
Php1000(Lunch)

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Sa Kanto: The Ambiance
Smile 2012-02-03 (Related Review)
Sa Kanto's interiors feels like you've been warped to Intramuros, you'll forget you're in the middle of a business district.

It speaks well of the dishes they serve: Traditional Filipino dishes with a twist.

Sa Kanto also has an upstairs area if you want a much more intimate dining experience.

Recommended Dish(es):
Kare-kare,Crispy Tadyang,Isaw,Dynamite

Date of Visit:
2012-02-02

Spending:
Approximately
Php350(Lunch)

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Sa Kanto: The Service
Smile 2012-02-03 (Related Review)

For me, it always matter that the crew knows what they serve and that makes me quite impressed with the crew of Sa Kanto.

Sa Kanto offers so many dishes that our group had to keep on asking the crew on what's with the particular dish, and they can answer snappily. smile

The staff are also quick in refilling our glasses with water, which is a huge factor for me.

Everyone is very courteous and accommodating with our requests.

Kudos to Sa Kanto!

 

 

Recommended Dish(es):
Kare-kare,Crispy Tadyang,Gambas Chorizo,Dynamite,Isaw

Date of Visit:
2012-02-02

Spending:
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