When I first visited LES Bagels, I was intrigued by its next door neighbor, Main Street. I scanned their menu and was intrigued by the presence of poutine. A quick word with the staff in front and I found out that it was a restaurant specializing in food from the Pacific Northwest basically Vancouver and Seattle and everything in between. I went home and immediately told Irene we had to eat there because they had poutine. Before Irene and I had a chance to go there, I received an invite to try out the place together with my food blogger friends. Perfect so we can try more dishes compared to just Irene and me.
Main Street is the brainchild of Chef Adam Tan, who had worked in Vancouver for 6 years as a chef before returning to Manila to open his dream restaurant. The place has a nice hip vibe with quirky little touches here and there, spot them on the shelves and wall. They even have a turntable where you play records from Chef Adam’s collection. The intriguing giant menu board is made using letter magnets, you might notice that nothing is over P400.
Main Street is an important street in Vancouver that runs from the North to the South of the city. The restaurant then includes the famous Seattle Space Needle as the logo.
There are some seating outside and on the 1st floor but we were seated at the mezzanine area. While ascending the stairs you’ll see some artistic black and white photographs of Main Street, Vancouver up on the wall.
The first thing we tried was the Crab Cakes (P220). Three perfectly fried pieces of crab cakes topped with mango salsa. Meaty with a bite that signifies that it’s made fresh but with no fishy taste. The salsa gives a nice sweet and tangy contrast that rounds all the flavors up.
Poutine (P145). Irene and I have been craving for poutine, a leftover from our summer in Vancouver. This dish may have originated in Quebec but is now the defacto national dish of Canada. French fries topped with cheddar cheese curds and smothered in gravy. Just describing it makes my mouth water. Go on and get your hands dirty. The poutine here is not only inexpensive it might be the best I’ve had locally. I’d seriously come back to Main Street just for this.
Mussels (P280). Main Street uses plump and big Chilean mussels cooked in herbed beer broth and served with fries. When eating the mussels, be sure to spoon a bit of the broth on for more flavor. My only gripe with this dish and presentation is that the fries become soggy once they inevitably fall into the broth. They could serve the fries on the side or place inside a cup in the middle of the plate.
Grilled Steak (P360). Main street version of steak and eggs uses Kitayama flank steak and a fried egg places on top of herbed rice. Cooked medium, look at the nice char outside but so pink and juicy inside. Mash the fried egg to give the steak and rice a gooey coating.
Grilled Pork Chop (P280). Sweet and tangy barbecue sauce slathered on two large pieces of bone in pork chops. A few spears of asparagus give you your dose of healthy. More barbecue sauce on the side if the chops are not wet enough for you. This was one of the hits for the night.
Classic Fish and Chips (P240). Two pieces of deep fried, battered dory served with tartar sauce and fries. I found the fish a little over cooked but was ok flavor wise. Having just had some of the best fish and chips in Canada, these just could not compare.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken (P260). Three pieces of fried chicken served with garlic cream sauce and herbed rice. The skin was crackly and well seasoned while the meat was tender and juicy. The price is already reasonable but they have an even better lunch deal of P180 for 2 pieces. Forget your fast food fried chicken and a plate of this.
Wagyu Cheeseburger (P390). The most expensive item on the menu is a pretty mean burger, you can add bacon (+P50). It uses Kitayama wagyu beef blend with tomato relish, cheddar cheese, house sauce on a sesame bun. Stuck with a knife and a banana pepper to hold the imposing burger in place, eating this is a bit messy but who cares because it’s damn good.
For dessert we had their home made ice cream (P95/scoop), created by one of the restaurant’s partners. We had Organic Maple and Candied Bacon, Maltesers, Milk and Cookie Dough and Smores. My favorite of all was the Smores with bits of smoky and chewy marshmallow mixed into the ice cream, just a bit sweet but not excruciatingly so.
Main Street has a lot of good food and boasts that they have cheapest beer on the Tuscany strip of restaurants. So what are you waiting for, head on over for bowls of poutine and a few bottles of beer.
Main Street RestaurantUpper McKinley Rd, Tuscany, McKinley Hill, Bonifacio Global City Taguig, Philippines Telephone No.: (63) 927-553-2427 Operating Hours: Monday to Sat. – 11:30 am to 2:00 am Sunday – 11:30am to 6:00 pm