Table of Contents
- 1 Destination: Manila
- 2 Mode of Transport: Pig Tales Gastropub
- 3 Brenda’s short travel guide to Manila.
- 4 Getting to Manila:
- 5 Where to Stay:
- 6 Transportation around Manila:
- 7 Eats in Manila:
Mode of Transport: Pig Tales Gastropub
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Manila is an International Destination, and our Man in Manila shows us just that. This next post depicts how the city is keeping up with the palate of the new generation of Filipinos and visitors from all over, by having more diverse selections other than the ubiquitous roast pig and adobo. The city also proves to be contemporary in its coolness. Here’s Simonn:
I probably scared you off on my initial post by telling you about the horrors of living in Manila last month, so let me tell you a more positive truth about this metropolis.
Life, around here moves at a relatively slower pace compared to other megacities in the East Asian region. Unlike Singapore or Hong Kong , it’s not common to see people brisk-walking on the streets rushing to get to work on time in the morning.
Neither do we look with absolute disdain at people who do not stand on the correct side of an escalator to give way to the businessmen running late for work or their daughter’s piano recital. That just isn’t the way we Filipinos do it.
We like to take our time, watch the scenery change from floor to floor, and ride escalators in a disarrayed manner. With this affinity for the easy-going life, naturally, one of the activities we’re very fond of around here is chilling or what we like to call “tambay” in Tagalog.
Oh, and we take our chill time very seriously. Even the busiest of Filipinos will always have time to hang out. It’s just an integral part of living in Manila. Come over and you’ll see just what I mean. Things are just a bit more relaxed over here.
Anyway, one such place that I’ve found to be quite conducive for hanging out is this small place called Pig Tales Gastropub. Not a spacious place, but the interior oozes with personality.
The cosy interior and the small floor area create a homey, rustic ambiance. You are then greeted by a friendly, affable waiter who seats you in these simple, elegant wooden chairs and tables as he hands you the menu. It’s a short, concise list of comfort food we Filipinos love.
As the name Pig Tales implies, all house specialties use pork. For starters, they serve one of their crown jewels: bacon-mozzarella balls. Yes, it tastes as good as it sounds! Mozzarella cheese wrapped in a thick blanket of fried bacon served with a layer of cheese sauce topped with a dollop marinara.
There are two of their signature mains worth a mention, the Pig Slab and the Bagnet.
The Pig Slab is two thick slabs of tender, slow-cooked pork belly bathed in hickory barbeque sauce laid on a bed of one of the best mashed potatoes I have ever tasted.
As you cut a slice of this Pig Slab, the way the knife cuts through it like butter will instantly impress, and the first bite will not disappoint either. The pork is soft, flavorful, and juicy. The mashed potato is airy, light, with just the right amount of butter; perfectly balanced and perfect.
The Bagnet is a tasty, crispy-on-the-outside-juicy-on-the-inside, deep-fried pork belly dish native to the Filipino province of Ilocos. It’s a simple, classic dish that will always go well with an ice-cold beer.
Also worth a mention is dessert, and bacon was still present. My personal favourite is their candied bacon on vanilla ice cream. I generally loathe food that mixes sweet and savoury ingredients.
For example, I don’t like pineapple as a pizza topping. I don’t like lemon zest on risottos – or anything else for that matter. But for this dessert, I can make an exception.
Bacon on vanilla and caramelized sugar just works. I know it’s not a new idea, but the execution is commendable. And the icing on the cake? Local beers are only 50 PHP a bottle! (approx. 1 USD) Perfect for long-haul hangouts without hurting your budget!
While writing this, I was drinking my beer with my belly bursting from the delightful feast I had and found myself thinking of the next time I was to come back.
Pig Tales is not a place where you have to be dressed up and really have to think hard about what fancy-sounding dish you’re going to have that evening. It’s not a place for impressing a date or living the high-life. The food is simple but satisfying. You can’t go wrong with any of them.
Pig Tales is for laying low, knocking down a few cold ones after a long day, and having a good time at a place that’s conducive to hanging out. And we, Filipinos, are the best at this.
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Traveling to Manila? Below is Brenda’s short travel guide.
Brenda’s short travel guide to Manila.
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Getting to Manila:
Manila was our second stop in the Philippines. After spending a month in Boracay, we came back to Manila to spend a good number of weeks here. From NYC we took Cathay Pacific Airways which was a great ride. All three of us were quite happy with our seats, the entertainment and the meals they provided. Bailey especially liked to unlimited cup o’ noodles. We used up our miles to get an airfare from NYC to Manila but I’ve seen fares from NYC direct to Manila range between $900 to $1300. I would sign up for their newsletter for sales.
Where to Stay:
The Peninsula Hotel is our choice, hands-down. The Peninsula Group is at the top of the luxury hotels category however, in Manila, it is quite an affordable hotel to stay so take advantage of it. The rooms start at 8,000 PhP, which is $170.99 at the time I wrote this. Usually the rooms also come with breakfast, which I highly recommend you do. It is the best breakfast you can have around Makati and is a nice start to the day.
The hotel is located in Makati which is convenient to all of Manila. There were many restaurants, markets and malls within walking distance.
Transportation around Manila:
Andrew and I together are very blessed with many relatives and friends living in Manila so we were driven around most of the time. On the rare occasion that we needed a car, we used Uber cars. They are fast, convenient and very affordable.
Eats in Manila:
- 192 Wilson Street, San Juan, Quezon, Philippines
Mon-Wed:11:00 am – 12:00 am Thu-Sat:11:00 am – 2:00 am Sun:11:00 am – 12:00 am
- Short DescriptionBacon and Beer served at its finest
- ParkingStreet and Parking Lot
- Phone+63 2 726 2726
Is where we had our first meal in Manila and where we had our first Kare Kare. It was such a special dinner. The lobby is open 24 hours and ready to serve you anytime.
There are several locations but Andrew went to the one in Pasig City.
Address: 19 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City, 1603 Metro Manila, Philippines
Is walking distance from the Peninsula. We ordered the Kare Kare, Bistek, Liempo, Pinakbhet and the fantastic crab with garlic rice.
2nd Level, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati
Phone: 728-8878 or 728-8858
Monday – Sunday / 11:00 am – 11:00 pm