However, I grew up making healthy choices specialty when I had a cholecystectomy (surgical removal of gall-bladder) in high school. And that's when I learned how to appreciate vegetables and most of the dishes my Papa would cook for us.
More years have passed, until I became close to our Ilocano neighbors. They would give me sample veggie dishes cooked the Ilocano style like Dinengdeng, Dinakdakan and few others. Ilocano cuisine evokes a range of taste even in one dish. But over all, it truly defines what a homey food for a Filipino is.
Speaking of homey, I just happened to chance upon a cafe in the not so busy part of Legazpi Village. A fellow Marian (Jem Pamintuan) have been helping out her friend spread the word of their cafe. When I saw her post on FB, heralding Homeys Cafe, what instantly came to my mind was that they might be serving comfort foods and I said to myself I should give it a try.
The remarkable place is hard to miss. It is just along Lagaspi St., near Legazpi Park and next to it is Starbucks (which happens to be at a corner street). I asked my friend to come along and have our meeting about a project at Homeys and to try the fare.
It was a relaxing feel inside Homeys specially when it's scorching hot outside. For its namesake, "homey" (homeys in plural form) is referred to someone you feel right at home with or like a homebody. Indeed, everyone who comes to the cafe feel to be one.
And what could be a good way to feel right at home, even when you are away from the comforts of your own home, none other than having the food you have been longing for after having "umay" with the fast-food and street foods.
In all honesty, it has been hard for me to find a legit home-cooked food in diners, without having it played aroun- okay in the 'chefy' world they say tweaked, without paying a muckle.
The chicken was so crisp and expect the inner part to be tender yet completely cooked. There are some hear says that with bagnet, meat is fried twice, so that might be true here. It is not salty nor bland and mind you not oily, but it is to ones preference to dip it in the bagoong, but please I dare you to, it will definitely change your perspective of eating fried chicken, in a good a way.
Alona being the health and figure-conscious babe was not able to resist the call of Bagnet. As she said, it always remind her of the allure of Vigan and Pagudpud. According to her the taste was just right for her, not at all salty, just a hint though of the bagoong on the stir-fried traditional dish, just like how our grandmas would cook us or better. The Bagnet on one hand was crackling and a worthy cheat from her usual diet.
had bountifully prepared for the day.
|Kilawing Tanigue with Grilled Liempo|
|Belgian Waffle with Ice Cream|
According to the owner, Tintin Soriano-Onglatco, the menu is still under development being a fairly new dining place, they might include more dishes specially on the desserts. Though they are more confident now in marketing the place to welcome more foodies looking for a pleasant meal without being ripped off with, and an ambiance that matches any upscale restaurants. But they still prefer for people to cozy up with an experience of home-cooked meals with just steps away from their office or even a phone call away (YES! They deliver).
|Eye-catching quirky designed walls.|
It all goes to say that the homeyness of Filipinos can not be matched, though not all the food establishments can truly boasts of their authenticity, but what is important above all is to know what comfort food really is to most Filipinos, and I dare say, the couple behind Homeys Cafe knows.
Address: Ground Floor Miriam House Bldg, 151 Legaspi St.,
Legazpi Village, Makati
Contact Number: (02) 945-7004 or (02) 945-7009
FACEBOOK Page: Homeys Cafe