Your Local

I was so excited to finally try Your Local the other night. Chef Nicco Santos is said to have learned to cook southeast Asian food in hawker stalls, which really intrigued me. He was so enthusiastic about his new restaurant and I too had heard many great reviews of the place. Located in the heart of Legaspi Village in Makati, it is the perfect neighborhood eatery with Asian fusion dishes that are definitely out to impress.

I had to start my meal with the buns – fried mantau with rich fillings.The first one I sampled was packed with beef rendang, pickled cucumber and cilantro. It was bursting with flavor, spicy but balanced perfectly by the sweet, fried bread. The other variant is the ‘Ox Tongue Curry Buns’ which is brightened with Japanese curry, 7 spiced kewpie (Japanese mayonnaise), pickled cucumber and a turmeric quail egg.This one was also delicious with very tender ox tongue. I found both dishes reasonable, filling and very tasty, especially for under 300Php.

Beef Rendang Buns 280Php

Ox Tongue Curry Buns 240Php

My sister sampled the ‘Pomelo Salad,’ which she enjoyed. I took a tiny bite and though it was flavorful, I did not get all the elements on the plate. I will say that the coconut ice cream on top was an interesting play, seeing that you don’t really see that in most salad bars. And again, it was quite reasonable at 190Php. Another yummy starter option? The Parmesan Fries with truffle ketchup. It is exactly how you would imagine it would taste, rich and sinful!

Pomelo Salad 190Php

Parmesan Fries with Truffle Ketchup

I moved on to sampling some of their pastas. All were a fettuccine base. The ‘Braised Beef’ was slow cooked in a nice red wine reduction, the meat was tender and the dish very hearty. The ‘Hebi Hiam’ was Asian, almost like a phad thai, filled with shrimp, chili, quail eggs and fish cake. The one I enjoyed most was the ‘Chorizo’, a really homey dish that was full of that smokey chorizo flavor highlighted with shiitake mushrooms and topped with a fried egg.

Braised Beef Pasta 370Php

Hebi Hiam Pasta 380Php

Chorizo Pasta 370Php

Though these were all quite good, the star of the night was my ‘Smoked Salmon Donburi’. This dish was excellent. A generous serving of smoked salmon in a sweet glaze with mentaiko, ebiko and a delicious roast corn and shiitake black rice. I couldn’t stop eating it and I finished every last morsel. I would go back for this for sure.

Smoked Salmon Donburi 390Php

And to end on a sweet note, I tried an earl grey and chocolate dessert. I am not the biggest fan of tea but this was pretty good. The polvoron like ‘crust’ did me in. I was definitely a satisfied customer.

Your Local is located in 106 Esteban st. corner VA Rufino, Legaspi Village, Makati


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