Toyo Eatery, hidden somewhere in Pasong Tamo Extension Makati, is a gem that every foodie and pseudo foodies (like me) should not miss.
They serve the best twist for your usual karinderya food; a posh fine dining equivalent, both delightful and satisfying. It is tucked inside The Alley at Karrivin plaza, a quaint place that would make you feel that you’re transported to a different world – away from the hustle and bustle of Makati CBD. It feels like an escape – and indeed it was. The artsy chill ambiance that it exudes was perfect to cap off a rather tiresome week.
Toyo’s menu is simple – you can choose between 1) the tasting menu – a six course meal worth P2,900; or 2) their set menu – complete with an appetizer, a main course and some dessert – only P1,000. If you’re not feeling too hungry, or you don’t wanna spend much, you may opt to order from their Eatery menu (ala carte).
It was our first time, so we chose the Set Menu. I was prepared to leave with a partially full stomach because I’ve heard of expensive fine dining restaurants with small servings.
But I was wrong. After we ate, my tummy was happily satisfied. Let me show you why:
To prepare our palates, they gave us these “tomato meringue with ginataang langka” that we had to eat in one bite and let it melt in our tongue. AND BOY DID IT TASTE GOOD! I wish I could ask for more. Lol.
Then, they served three kinds of complimentary bread, I forgot what the others were but I remember the best one – their tocino bread. These are all available at Panaderya Toyo, also located inside The Alley at Karrivin.
Not satisfied with bread alone? They provide smoked tinapa spread for a more glorious taste.
My friend and I agreed to choose different items in the set menu so we can try more food during this visit.
For the appetizer, I had the Burnt Kalabaza with Sea Urchin and Orange Kamote. The sea urchin is at the bottom, you have to mix it well so you can savor the goodness of this filling soup.
And then, my friend got this. You may be wondering what that is – it’s Toyo eatery’s famous Garden Vegetables, where you can taste of all eighteen vegetables in the Filipino Folk Song Bahay Kubo. It does look weird, and that soil like surface is actually fermented eggplant and peanuts. It was good, probably an acquired taste. Or maybe for those who do not associate how the food looks to how it might taste. Lol. Still worth trying.
I had the Grilled Loin and Belly of Bangus. When they served it, I though ‘oh geez. this is what we’re talking about, small servings, ugh’.
But they were stacked on top of each other, so there’s enough food for my huge tummy. It was good, so good that I also ate that chili / pepper or whatever that thing is on top (my first time). It was bursting with flavors – and I am not kidding.
Mains in the set menu come with Toyo’s version of Silog (Fried rice + Egg) and this one came with dried fish roe. Definitely not your ordinary Silog 😉
My friend had the Toyo Eatery Three-Cut Pork BBQ – 3 cut because each stick is made from three cuts of pork – pigi, kasim and liempo (shoulders, leg and belly). Just barbecue? Yes. However, it probably is the most complicated barbecue you would ever taste. It comes with coconut cider vinegar; it tastes different from your ordinary barbecue but you cannot deny that IT IS barbecue. Weird? try it.
For dessert, they gave us their signature Cassava Cake (torched to perfection) and their Chocolate truffle, with a combining the sweetness of caramel and the salty patis.
You need to make reservations prior to coming here because it is almost always fully booked. Nevertheless, it’s worth every cent.
I’m giving it a perfect score of 5/5.
TOYO Eatery is at “The Alley at Karrivin Plaza”, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
They serve dinner from 6pm-11.30pm and are open from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
You may call them at +63 917 720 8630