Quirky named Hey Handsome was one of the hottest restaurant opening in 2016 serving Asian and Peranakan dishes. I haven’t been to go until recently when they started offering a lunch service. The menu they serve is completely different from the dinner service and many dishes share some of the same ingredients.
The restaurant is eye catching beautiful. Shiny white and teal wall tiles contrasted with different colored wooden furniture as well as stainless steel accents. The large glass panels lets in energizing light.
Chef Nicco Santos who I have know for many years was experimenting on a new appetizer that he was planning to add to the menu. He send over samples for our group to try and it was a clear winner. Winged beans (sigarilyas) with onions and basil leaves, served with sambal coconut ice cream. The ice cream takes the place of the usual dressing but the intense cold adds a new punch to the taste as you eat the appetizer. I’ve heard that it has made it’s way into the menu.
Bunny Chow (P320). A squid ink baguette bowl filled with long beans, mushrooms, egg and coconut gravy. The egg, mushrooms and beans have been fried to give it an additional texture to complement the bread and gravy. I found the treatment of the egg amazing as it mimics tofu skin in texture. This a vegetarian friendly dish that I would not mind eating and might even order.
Fried Chicken (P460). A large piece of chicken that was marinated in sambal belacan, served with herbed rice and squid ink kropek and sambal. The sambal is a different version from what they serve for dinner and was surprisingly not spicy but packed lots of flavor.
Hiding behind the chicken was the coconut gravy spread on the rice as well as a yellow tinted egg and peanut muffin. The chicken was tender and juicy with the flavors of the marinate penetrating to the bone so it’s not skin deep as many are wont to do.
Grilled Pork Belly (P440). This is served with herbed rice, coconut gravy, sambal matah and grilled cabbage.
The sambal matah is a Bali style raw sambal that brings a refreshing contrast to the smoky pork belly. There’s lots of crisp and soft textures and a variety of flavors so your taste buds will always be excited.
Chicken Rice (P420). This was Irene’s favorite dish. Steeped chicken, perfectly done gives the meat a silky texture. Served with grilled bok choy for smoky flavor, house soy and chili and a cup of chicken rice.
*A little tip, if you are not heavy eaters, best to share the orders as their serving size is very generous*
Laap Neva (P390). This is a similar dish to their dinner menu but uses the more familiar minced beef instead of duck. This is the spiciest item on the lunch menu so take care when ordering it.
Fried Catfish (P480), served wit herbed rice, yellow egg, peanut muffin and grilled papaya, tomato and cabbage. I’m not a fan of catfish hence my not enjoying this dis.
Wash down your meals with the Donkey Punch (P130) or Magic Milk (P180). The donkey punch has lengkuas (ginger), passion fruit, elderflower and lemon while the magic milk has house yogurt, thai chili and sea salt. I enjoyed the refreshing donkey punch and worked well washing down the flavors of the dishes.
For dessert we had a duo of doughnut based ones. In the foreground was a doughnut topped with sang kaya and egg crisp and served with soy ice cream. The other doughnut dessert had puffed rice, caramel, meringue and rose ice cream. Irene and I both loved the rose ice cream one. The soy ice cream is pretty interesting though.
I’ve heard that Chef Nicco has already made adjustments to the menu so what I tasted might not even be available. Hopefully he keeps our favorites, the fried chicken, pork belly, bunny chow and the chicken rice.
Hey HandsomeG/F Net Park Building
5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City, Metro Manila
Lunch Service – 11am to 2:30pm
Facebook Page: Hey Handsome
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