Monday, December 17, 2018

First Bite: The Community Kitchen

Nothing makes me happier more than finding an off the radar restaurant. And Christmas sure came in early when I got to try The Community Kitchen.

Hello, The Community Kitchen
The insane Manila traffic usually force me to pick just one place where I could do all the things I have to do--bank errands, grocery shopping and have a good meal. It's getting rarer and rarer for me to drive out of the way just for a meal. But I usually discover a gem worth finding whenever I do. And such was the case with The Community Kitchen. 
This quaint restaurant is just a few blocks away from the bustling Eastwood community. It is on Waze and easy to get to. Its ample parking space gives it instant plus points!
I was warmly greeted by the staff as soon as I stepped in. I was ushered to my table and was promptly given the menu and service water. 
R and I went with Roasted Corn Chowder (PHP190), Seafood Pizza (PHP550), Shrimp Scampi (PHP300), Salmon with Rosemary (PHP420), Steak Frites (PHP1,500) and two glasses of TCK Iced Tea (PHP70 each).
Our drinks were served first and it was pretty light in taste making it very refreshing. And we were delighted to know that it's refillable (bottomless). Now that's bang for the buck!
Our bowl of soup was probably the chunkiest soup I've had to date. Each spoonful is packed with fresh corn, potato and herbs. And did I mention that it also had some bacon bits? I love the blend of sweet and savory flavors. 
R's Salmon with Rosemary was served next and its aroma made me drool even before it was placed on the table. 
The perfectly seared salmon on mashed potato bed was glorious. I loved its slight citrusy taste from lemon juice. R though found the mashed potato having a weird flavor. 
Shrimp Scampi was amazing too! The garlicky bowl of pasta cooked with white wine and topped with fresh shrimps and anchovy was so good that I finished it with gusto.
I was surprised with pizza. Though the size was not as big as what you'd get elsewhere, The Community Kitchen has been very generous with its toppings. Each bite would give you bits of prawns, salmon, tuna, snapper, capers and olive tapanade. 
The plate of medium well steak and fries was served next and I had to turn and twist a bit to make room for this heavy dish. 
I enjoyed the homemade fries which were lightly salted. The steak, though tender and good, was quite forgettable. Perhaps I prefer something that has more defined meat grains. Do request for salt though and eat your sirloin with it so that you'd get to savor the meat's flavor more. 
We capped our meal with a scoop of homemade Coffee Ice Cream (PHP95/scoop) and it was delightful! It had the perfect level of sweetness and the small grains from coffee gave the creamy treat texture. 
Bernadette, head chef of The Community Kitchen also offered for us to try their Kouign Amann (PHP400). 

The buttery pastry was really good and could be an excellent Christmas gift! 

Overall, it was a wonderful meal and I'm definitely visiting again for more of The Community Kitchen's hearty dishes. 

The Community Kitchen is located at Ground Floor, The Community Building, Metropoli Drive, Libis, Quezon City.

The Community Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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