It was my first Eats a Date event held by OpenRice. I've read about these kind of events before but only had the chance to attend one today. It was a good thing that the featured resto was a place I've never eaten at. If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'd know that my weakness is trying out new places.
I wanted to be sure that I wouldn't be late hence I ended up being at the venue 15 minutes before it started. I was so early that I got there even before the organizers. It was a blessing since I was able to take photos of the place before people started pouring in.
Once you enter Sa Kanto, the initial feeling you get is that you're at the entrance of a 3 star hotel. The huge vase and gigantic mirror on the wall, coupled with fancy magazines give off that atmosphere. The chairs and tables however manage to give off a cozy vibe which offsets the high end feel of the entrance.
I found this deer on the wall decor a little bit off though. I think they were going for country feel but it just seemed a little awkward. However, it does make Sa Kanto distinct so it helps in recall for them. If you google the place, images similar to the one below pops out.
Once everyone settled in, they served us our starter and salad. The Gambas Chorizo did not make much of an impression on me but the Ensaladang Ampalaya was really good. It wasn't bitter and it was done just right. I could have eaten the entire plate if there weren't any other food that was being served.
|Ensaladang Ampalaya P145
|pork binagoongan P325
|crispy tadyang P445
To see the other viands we had, please go here.
We had desserts afterwards and the langka sauce was tasty but it was the leche flan that was the runaway winner. It was heavy and the sweetness was just right. I could have eaten 5 of it.
|Leche Flan P150
|Turon with Langka Sauce P120
|moi with the 3 handsome owners
Overall, I would say that this dining experience was truly a pleasure. Food was great, ambiance was cozy and the owners made us feel welcome. Best part? I was with blogger friends.
Thank you Open Rice and thank you, Sa Kanto by Ponticello, for a wonderful lunch.
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* I was invited to review the food. I did not pay for my meal. However, the free meal did not in any way sway my opinion and everything you read here is MY PERSONAL OPINION.