Breakfast. What’s for breakfast? In the Philippines, it’s usually with garlic rice, eggs, and some cured meat or dried fish. In this edition of EATSplorations, we will be sharing about a one of a kind breakfast EATSperience from one of the best restaurants in Metro Manila or even in the whole Philippines. It’s been known for its Asian / Southeast Asian menu, chill vibes, and for being some sort of hidden from the crowd. This is our first time to write about this restaurant even though it’s been around for a number of years already. To cut the intro short, this edition of EATSplorations is about the Breakfast Bites at Your Local! Yup, FINALLY! Makati’s famous restaurant is now open for BREAKFAST and they have a solid lineup of dishes that is still very close to their identity. Keep on reading to find out about the must-try menu items for breakfast at Your Local!
Breakfast Bites at Your Local!
Your Local is a not-so-hidden neighborhood restaurant right in the middle of Esteban Street in Legaspi Village, Makati. The place specializes in Southeast Asian cuisine with, of course, some twists of their own.
The very hip, clean, and industrialized interior of Your Local, is perfect for a relaxing breakfast, a quick lunch out, and an intimate dinner.
Right when we entered Your Local, we had a great view of their very busy kitchen. It was nice to see and smell the things that they were preparing for their much-awaited breakfast items!
Speaking of the kitchen, here’s Your Local’s new chef, Chef Natalia Moran! Chef Natalia is both a chef and a consultant for various restaurants. Many of which are located at the beautiful island of Boracay. She is known for creating one of the best breakfast menus on the island at The Sunny Side Cafe.
What to expect from Your Local’s breakfast menu? Well, here they are! As you can see, there are a lot of Southeast Asian / Malay influences and some classics on it, of course, to cater to different diners but still sticking to what they’re known for.
Beef Rendang Eggs Benedict
A classic English dish with a Malay twist or vice versa. Your Local’s version of the Beef Rendang is mild compared to the ones we’ve had before in Jakarta. However, the creamy and a little spicy Sambal Hollandaise gives it more heat and flavor. All in all, a good fusion dish but we would have loved it even more if it had a little more spice and heat.
Glazed Pork Nasi Lemak
Probably our most favorite item on Your Local’s breakfast menu, the Glazed Pork Nasi Lemak packs a lot of punch! The flavors are very true to its Malay origins. The pork belly was extremely tender and super tasty. We enjoyed the lovely glaze made from sweet soy sauce. The coconut rice could have been more flavorful and fragrant. The anchovies and eggs were awesome! All in all, this one’s a dish that we would surely order again!
Salmon Otak Otak
Talk about something traditionally Southeast Asian! Here’s Your Local’s Salmon Otak Otak and it’s a winner! A little soft and mushy but extremely delicious. We enjoyed how smoky and creamy the salmon cake was. Every bite goes perfectly well with their sweet chili sauce. If you want to try something tasty but you’re less familiar with, make sure to order this when you visit Your Local for breakfast!
Chorizo and Avocado Toast
A breakfast item that’s definitely for everyone, the Avocado Toast! Your Local made sure it has something Pinoy to it, that’s why it has Chorizo crumbles and Kesong Puti. We’re not really into toasts but we enjoyed this one a lot! The chorizo and avocado worked really well and the kesong puti and the egg just bind it all together in one tasty bite at a time.
Fresh Fried Egg and Salmon Sandwich
Another more familiar breakfast item, the salmon and egg sandwich! This one was such a feast for the senses. It’s beautiful, really fragrant, and it has great texture, too. Pardon the menu, this one has no bacon jam, instead, it has mixed greens for that healthy breakfast feels. If you love anything with salmon, this one’s for you!
Coconut and Gula Melaka Pancakes
Last and certainly not the least, PANCAKES! A breakfast menu by Chef Natalia Moran won’t be complete without pancakes. This very Southeast Asian version of pancakes was simply AMAZING! We immediately fell in love with it on our first bite. It was fluffy and really delicious. It’s pancakes but nothing like that we’ve ever had before! The Gula Melaka (palm sugar), coconut, and kaya jam was the perfect pancake trifecta of flavors on this one. One of the best pancakes we’ve ever had, period.
Pandan Gula Melaka
A refreshing pandan drink sweetened with palm sugar and we enjoyed it! It was not too sweet, it was just right, which made it really good for us. A great palate cleanser after sampling so many savory dishes. The tapioca needed more work, though. They promised us that it was a work in progress during the tasting.
What a lovely drink! It tasted really really good! Creamy but not heavy coconut milk drink that’s really beautiful and fragrant. If we were to pick between this one and the Pandan Gula Melaka, we’d pick this as our favorite!
After almost 4 years, it was great to be back at Your Local! It’s good to know that they are still doing good with their usual food and still trying to make things better by adding new things that’ll mesh well with what made them successful after all these years. Your Local’s breakfast menu is a must-try. It will surely make your mornings brighter and yummier. Props to Chef Natalia and her kitchen crew for coming up with an awesome signature Your Local breakfast for everyone! That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations, until next time!
Ground Floor, Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
+63917 654 3355
Breakfast starts at 8:00am
Budget: 1200 php for two