Ah, Metro Manila. A stronghold of cities filled to the brim by 11 million people, busting through the seams with its everyday-is-Friday traffic. We all love to hate it, but there’s really nothing like your home city—teeming with promise, brimming with excitement. There’s certainly a lot going on, even for a city that houses the smallest of industries. And to coincide with the fifth issue of our print magazine—dubbed “identity”—we wanted to showcase what makes our beloved Manila so rich with potential: its restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, galleries. We reckon that you haven’t lived in Manila if you haven’t wined and dined in its grittiest holes-in-the-wall, danced in the smallest of discos, and gargled in the tsunami of local art and talent, so here is a guide of places to see and be seen at. It’s not a best-of-the-best list—because let’s face it, we are far from the best—but rather a rundown of what makes this a city we truly love, even if we don’t want to admit it.—Ed
Aguirre is well-known for all the good food grubs in the south of Manila, but rarely are we aware that beyond its walls lies more. Along President’s Avenue lies South on South, a vantage point for anything Kentucky in origin, tweaked to perfection to satisfy your all your midwestern cravings.
Home to the classics of Kentucky, South on South brings on a new appeal to its customers. The interior is a combination of industrialized, minimalistic walls patterned to recreate the walls referencing to events such as the Kentucky Derby, while the frontline is enclosed in galvanized iron sheets. As a place that caters to the nocturnal, the lighting is not too abrupt, giving it a relaxing and chill vibe. A perfect compliment to that is the music with varying pop, jazz, and soul beats that will surely please the audiophiles out there—it’s neither vague nor lethargic. Let’s not forget the cozy sofas waiting to be the next area to whom your Friends start to get together or where the How I Met Your Mother stories will come about.
To start it all, grab a grub of their Barbecue Pork Cracklin, your classic chicharon mixed with a twist of barbecue rub dipped in North Carolina vinegar, giving you a balance of tangy with a knack of heat from the barbecue. With a serving generous enough, it is a subtle complementary as you start the conversation with your company or friends.
Cueing after that would be their famous Chicken ‘n Waffles accompanied by their homemade sauces, old fashioned brown sugar sauce and sriracha syrup, which may be substituted by their house classic bourbon caramel sauce or bacon gravy. The combination provides your palate a set of new flavors that may still be unknown to quite a few. Merely the sauces will make your tongue-tied. If you need more zing to it, you may opt for some of their hot sauces. If you’re lucky enough, you might get your hands on some of Pappy’s Moonshine Madness hot sauce; it’s so hot you’ll go blind.
A creeper, their famous Country Fried Steak will overwhelm your eyes and take in quite an amount of space in your gut. It’s a generous serving of sirloin cut with a side of their brown butter mashed potatoes and bacon gravy. The dish is not just huge in serving size, but also violent in flavors. If you’re on a diet, this’ll probably take you out of it. It also comes with cucumber salad enough to lighten you up.
As a representation of Kentucky, South on South aims to flatter your taste with the class of Bourbon drinking. A variation of Bourbon inspired drinks from Kentucky Mule, Mint Julep Bourbon Vanilla Milkshake with bourbon caramel sauce and new to their menu, the Blackberry Bourbon Cooler, are making their own editorial. They also offer non-alcoholic beverages such as their Raspberry Sweet Tea, Root Beer Ice Cream Float, and Sweet Tea Punch.
South on South is located along President’s Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City. It’s open from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays. On Saturdays, anyone can jam to his or her preferred music whether it’d be the classic “Build Me Up Buttercup” or the modern EDM beats. The place is pet-friendly and open for event reservations.
For Benildeans, get free appetizers with two full-paying customers including yourself. Just present your school I.D. Promo valid until December 31, 2015.