Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sunday lunch at Aracama, with kare-kare, lechon kawali, sisig and pako salad


So for my first weekend in Manila two weeks ago, living a #Travelife, we decided to have a Filipino lunch at Aracama, a nice restaurant in the Fort that serves very good Philippine food with a slight twist.

This is a casual restaurant, but it's stylish and reasonably-priced, as well as conveniently located away from the madness and traffic of Makati. 

So when I want some kare-kare in my life, this is where I've been going recently, without a second thought as to other options.



NEW DISHES AND OLD FAVORITES
ON ARACAMA'S MENU

I already have my favourites here, so I usually don't look at the menu. Although today, I realised they'd changed the menu while I was away and added some new dishes.

Fortunately, along with the delicious new dishes, the kare-kare is still on the menu.

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A WONDERFUL KARE-KARE
AT GREAT VALUE

At PhP 520 or so per (large) serving, this kare-kare is great value as the cuts of meat included are better than what's usually placed in kare-kare at this price range.

I also like the fact that the vegetables are served tied together ever so neatly in a leaf and then placed on top of the kare-kare so that these are still crunchy and fresh when eaten with the sauce and meat.

THE SISIG AND LECHON KAWALI
AT ARACAMA


I usually order the sisig, as well. Aracama's version of the sisig doesn't come in a sizzling plate, but it's very nicely seasoned that I don't feel the need to douse everything with calamansi and hot sauce.


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LECHON KAWALI AT ARACAMA

Today, I ordered the lechon kawali for the first time. 

It was a huge portion that came presented very nicely, and the pork had just the right amount of crunch. This was also served with a very nice lechon kawali sauce that had a good blend of onions, garlic and soy sauce.


ARACAMA'S PHILIPPINE-STYLE
"PAKO" SEAWEED SALAD

My other great favourite here is the pako salad.

This is a seaweed salad mixed with tomatoes, olives and salted duck egg. It's very flavourful and balanced, especially with the slightly sweet-sour dressing they serve this with.


PHILIPPINE-STYLE SPAGHETTI

Finally, I often order their pasta pobrecita, which is a stylised Philippine-inspired pasta with goat's cheese, capers and salted fish.

It not only is delicious, but it comes beautifully plated as well.



Literally, pretty as a picture.

The perfect way to celebrate a return to Manila from Morocco, and an upcoming trip to Taiwan and Tokyo, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.


ARACAMA
The Fort Entertainment Center
Bonifacio Global City
Tel. (63)(2) 519-6815


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