Neil’s Kitchen is one of our favorite restaurants in the South, we so wish they could open nearer us though. We recently trooped to Alabang to taste 5 new dishes that Chef Neil Ramos whipped up. All the dishes, similar to the rest of the menu, exhibit familiar Filipino flavors but executed in a new and exciting way.
Pinapaitan Pie. At first glance, looks like a British meat pie but once you dig in it’s beef offal (substituted for goat) cooked in bile, and, chilies. They serve it with crostini so you can be posh and eat it topped on the bread or just dig in with a side of rice. I don’t eat offal so I skipped this one but my dining companions enjoyed it a lot for the buttery crust and the homey flavors.
Menudo Mania (P395). A whimsical name inspired by the popular 80’s music group, shows Chef Neil’s age as well as everyone who recognizes it. The classic stewed pork and tomato dish given the Neil’s Kitchen treatment. The dish is dry and topped on shoestring potato fries and served with a cup of rice and fried egg. The flavors are easily recognizable but presented in a much more appetizing way.
Baked Sisig Cannelloni. A pastafied sisig dish that’s baked and topped with vegetables, cheese and a fried egg. I felt this was the weakest of all the new dishes, the flavor just did not register with me.
Sloppy K (P425). Filipino beef kaldereta done Sloopy Joe style. Two fried rice patties with pulled beef kaldereta and cheese sauce in the middle. A scoop of coleslaw is placed on top and shoestring potato fries strewn on the side. Lots of crunchy textures to complement the tender beef and the gooey cheese with coleslaw to cut the richness.
Laing (next to you). That’s not the final name of this standout dish, they are asking for help naming it in their Facebook page. All the elements of the laing are here but deconstructed. A piece of fried rice bun is wrapped with laing and topped with a shrimp patty, taro shoestring fries laing sauce, chili and sprinkled with crushed Snacku on the side. This is now officially my favorite dish at Neil’s Kitchen.
I suggest you head on over to Neil’s Kitchen to try these new dishes as as soon as possible but I bet you’ve got a dilemma on your hands because you also want to order your old favorites.
In case you did not know, Neil’s Kitchen also has a party venue on the 3rd floor, good for 80-100 guests set up like a faux outdoor area complete with faux stars.
Neil’s KitchenLot C 701 and 704 Westgate Center
Filinvest City, Alabang
Contact No.: (632) 710-8962
Facebook Page: Neil’s Kitchen
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