I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Kanin Club from BetweenBites, who said she preferred this to Bagoong Club. After hearing this, we immediately scheduled a dinner at the UP Technohub branch of Kanin Club.
Its actually the first time I’ve been to UP Technohub, it reminded me so much of Marquee Mall’s outdoor restaurant row. There’s a nice big fountain and lighted decor, perfect for kids to run around.
Good thing that BetweenBites and Chris arrived early or else we would have had to wait quite a while for a table, and this is around 6:15 in the evening only. After a few minutes, Didi and hubby arrived as well, so we proceeded to scan the menu on what to order.
We decided to start with Tinola (did not get the price) since Lauren likes clear soup. I only had a sip or two since my share of the soup had been appropriated for Lauren already (hahaha). The taste was good, the chicken pieces were quite big and still tasty.
Crispy Dinuguan (P261), crispy deep fried pork simmered in a stew of pork blood. I never eat this dish so I have to turn to Irene, she said it was good but she still likes Cafe Juanita’s dinuguan.
We also ordered Crispy Tadyang (P313), crunchy beef spareribs. I love the crispiness of the whole pieces, you can tear off strips and they are still crunchy inside.
We ordered Pork Barbecue (P112, no photo), expecting it to be served in sticks like they usually are. KC’s version is served sans stick and on a round plate. We were so surprised, we each had a little taste, and even more surprised it tasted like tocino.
True to their name, best dishes for me at Kanin Club are the rice dishes.Aligue rice (P149), sauteed with crab fat, a sinful pleasure that goes so well with the other dishes. This is a dish I really loved when I was a kid but always try to avoid now since its so full of cholesterol and fat (aren’t all wonderful food).
The Sinangag na Sinigang (P224), rice cooked in sinigang served with pork liempo and crispy vegetables. I would have liked the liempo to crispy instead of the vegetables but I loved the overflowing sinigang flavor of the rice. This is a meal in itself for a few people since the serving is quite large.
We also had two meat dishes to round out our meat laden dinner, something off with the way we ordered. Adobo combo, a mix of chicken, pork and liver in soy and vinegar.This was the biggest letdown of the meal, an orangey sauce laden concoction that pales in comparison to even adobo from home.
The Crispy Pork Binagongan (P231) was ok but nothing special. I guess I’m more discerning with bagoong after eating the wonderful bagoong of Bagoong Club.
All in all, a good dinner at a reasonable price considering the large servings. Conversation inside was a little hard though, since its really chaotic inside because we were seated nest to the bar and food out area. Didi even got ketchup spilled on her back.
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