I posted some teaser photos in my Instagram account and my friends were asking if I was in IHOP or if I checked in with the family in a fancy hotel over the weekend. And you know what I said? Nope, I was in Mandaluyong having the best “fine dining” experience in the busy streets of Brgy. Plainview.
I know what you’re thinking, what is a girl like her doing in a karinderya like that? Well my lovely readers, let me tell you, this place is too good for me to pass.
I wasn’t invited or anything so I don’t know much about the story of this place. However, my friend, who introduced me to this eating place (Hello Ana!), said that the owners wanted Filipinos to have a different eating experience; that eating in a karenderya setting should not mean that your food will be served in a sloppy way.
Their food offerings ranges from Php40.00 – Php90.00 and that already includes a hefty amount of serving! From the famous “silogs” to sandwiches, and yes even American breakfast food and desserts, they have it all here!
This here is the honey garlic chicken that’s only Php90.00. It comes with a tartar sauce dip (or maybe just a regular mayonnaise dip) and the plating simply blew my mind off when I first saw it.
The crunchiness of the chicken is superb and the flavors added to the chicken goes on well while you chew each piece slowly.
I also ordered french toast with bacon and egg that’s worth Php90.00 only. You can either have a sunny side up egg, poached egg, or a scrambled one.
The plating, need I say more? As for the taste, you can’t go wrong with any dish with bacon, but the syrup for the french toast is generously spread throughout the bread and I think they used regular maple syrup for pancakes.
But nonetheless, taste is superb!
Lastly, we ordered deep fried oreos for a whooping 40 bucks! At first I thought it would taste the same as the ones in Flaming Wings (which I think retails for around Php90.00 a plate? Correct me if I am wrong). But this was way different! The wrapping is so crunchy which goes on well with the softness of the oreo cookie.
Overall, I spent Php310.00 (because I ordered the Batanggas Beef Tapa for to go) which is definitely inexpensive and beyond reasonable for the plating and the taste of their food.
However, there is a bit of a negative comment that I will rant about. I found out that they have a branch in Marikina (which, by the way is where I live) so I was so excited to bring some of my friends there. Since the branch has a Facebook page, I wrote down the address and we hurriedly looked for it. Before leaving I tried calling the number that they posted several times (more like 10 times!) to make sure that it’s already operational. But seeing that people are posting photos and posts about the Marikina branch, we were determined to look for it.
Sadly, after an hour of roaming around Marikina and wasting so much gas in our car, we ended up eating in another restaurant. I was so frustrated because honestly, I was really craving for their tapa and fried oreos. If the management of Kanto Freestyle Breakfast is reading this post, please, update us with the real location of your Marikina branch.
Final thoughts about their restaurant, it is worth travelling to Mandaluyong. The food is great, staff were friendly, but don’t expect too much in terms of the ambiance.
You say you’re in IHOP having the best pancakes? I say, I am in Kanto Freestyle Breakfast having a blast with my Php90.00 worth of food!
Kanto Freestyle Breakfast
549 San Joaquin St. Brgy. Plainview, Mandaluyong
Facebook page: facebook.com/kantofreestylebreakfast