Closing time at Neil’s Kitchen

neils-kitchen-6And this restaurant closes at 9pm. My friend and I arrived close to 8:30pm. Yep, we were just on time to experience what this kitchen is all about.

neils-kitchen-4neils-kitchen-2neils-kitchen-5neils-kitchen-3neils-kitchen-11neils-kitchen-7neils-kitchen-8neils-kitchen-10neils-kitchen-9I’ve always wanted to dine here just to see the interiors of this place. There were lots of texts that stood out from their white painted walls. Multiple adornments hung from its wall that would lead one to the dining area. Once upstairs, the place was quite spacious. They’ve got their lights inside these mason jars which was a nice touch to their interior.

Bagoong Paella with Kare-Kare (P395)
Bagoong Paella with Kare-Kare (P395)

neils-kitchen-bagoong-paella-with-kare-kare-1neils-kitchen-bagoong-paella-with-kare-kare-2Considered as one of their bestsellers, I liked their take on this well-loved Pinoy dish. The bagoong rice wasn’t overpowering. It had hints of the shrimp paste which would make one take another bite. I was just a little confused as to how one would consider this as a paella. The plate where it was served was hot and the bagoong was evenly distributed in the rice. As for the kare-kare, it was good. You could taste the peanut in it. The meat pieces were many but I wasn’t able to eat much of it. I must say that this was one smart dish as one doesn’t need a separate serving of bagoong. It’s already in the rice. 😉

Grilled Chicken & Crispy Pork Dinuguan Fondue (P395)
Grilled Chicken & Crispy Pork Dinuguan Fondue (P395)

neils-kitchen-grilled-chicken-and-crispy-pork-dinuguan-fondue-3neils-kitchen-grilled-chicken-and-crispy-pork-dinuguan-fondue-2neils-kitchen-grilled-chicken-and-crispy-pork-dinuguan-fondue-1I enjoyed this more than the other dish. The puto or rice cakes were sweet that paired nicely with the rich taste of the dinuguan. I was surprised with the serving of grilled chicken and crispy pork. On its own, both were delicious. But once you dip the grilled chicken or crispy pork in the dinuguan, ugh, SO GOOD. I honestly wanted to get plain rice that time because of this. 😀

Fried Suman, Mangga & Chocnut (P250)
Fried Suman, Mangga & Chocnut (P250)

neils-kitchen-fried-suman-mangga-and-chocnut-1neils-kitchen-fried-suman-mangga-and-chocnut-2neils-kitchen-fried-suman-mangga-and-chocnut-3And this is what we really came for. It just looked so good and amazing on photos on the net. It had us wondering what it really looked like. True to photos online, the presentation of this dessert didn’t fail. In terms of taste, it was just okay. I find the suman to be a bit hard but that’s probably due to the frying process it went through. The mango flan was flavorful. Though it may seem that it’s swimming in milk, it really wasn’t; hence, the separate bottle of milk.

neils-kitchen-1neils-kitchenAs we munched on our dessert, we noticed the staff slowly cleaning the place up. It was past 9pm and we were the only customers left in the place. Still, they were very accommodating and attended to our needs. In terms of price, it may seem expensive but their dishes are good for sharing.

With eccentric interiors coupled with good food, this kitchen is definitely worth visiting.

Neil’s Kitchen
Westgate Center, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City


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