Review: Pinoy Culinary Revolution at Kainan sa Kalye Kanluran (KKK) Restaurant, SM Megamall

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Kainan sa Kalye Kanluran / KKK Restaurant at SM Megamall, Ortigas, Pasig City

I’m almost always at SM Megamall, Ortigas, so it came as a surprise to me that I’ve never tried out Kainan sa Kalye Kanluran, or KKK Restaurant before. Located at the Basement Level of SM Megamall Building B, KKK, with all its native interiors and displays of Filipino cultural icons, screamed nothing but Filipino pride. From outside, the first thing you’re bound to notice is the facade of the famous Filipino jeepney.

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KKK Restaurant – Kainan sa Kalye Kanluran, SM Megamall

They opened their first store in West Avenue, Quezon City back in 2002. Afterwards, they established their name in a few more locations, namely SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Fairview, SM Cubao, and Robinsons Place Manila. The locations of all their branches can be seen at the side of their Pinoy jeepney facade — just like a true jeepney with the routes written at the side!

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On every table is a display of paper mache figures of a Filipino couple in our national costume

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If you think you’ve tasted every Filipino flavor, then think again. KKK Restaurant’s take on Filipino cuisine deserve a greater appreciation, both from Filipinos and foreigners looking to try out dishes that are truly and uniquely Filipino.

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Krispy Kangkong Salad (Php 100)

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Baked Tahong (Php 170)

Both the Krispy Kangkong Salad and Baked Tahong made appetizing, yet affordable, starter dishes. The serving is even big enough to be shared among a group of two to three hungry diners. I loved the Krispy Kangkong Salad with its sour dressing served on the side, the amount to be drizzled on the salad based on your tongue’s discretion. Their Baked Tahong, priced at Php 170, won’t burn a hole in your wallet either.

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Sinangag sa Tinapa at Itlog na Maalat (Php 150)

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Sinangag sa Bagoong (Php 150)

Their specialty rice offerings, namely Sinangag sa Tinapa at Itlog na Maalat and Sinangag sa Bagoong, is big enough to be shared by two to three people. As Asians, we love our rice. But as Filipinos, we prefer our dishes strongly flavored, and our rice equally complementing the flavor of the viands.

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Sinangag sa Tinapa at Itlog na Maalat goes well with Adobo ni Jake Espesyal

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Pinakbet ng KKK (Php 155)

Their Pinakbet serving included slices of fresh vegetables and chunks of Chicharon on the side.

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Sinigang

KKK has a lot of Sinigang recipes on their menu, namely Sinigang na Lechon, Sinigang na Bangus Belly, Sinigang na Salmon, Sinigang na Tiyan ng Tuna, and Sinigang na Pla-pla. Take your pick of Sinigang, and pay only Php 290 for their Small Serving and Php 480 for the Big Serving.

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Bistek Flakes (Php 230)

The Bistek Flakes (Php 230) is a must-try! The plating was so beautiful, with the ensalada surrounding the mound of crunchy Bistek Flakes. I normally like bathing my flakes in sauce or sour condiments, but this one is perfect the way it is.

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A Closer Look at Bistek Flakes (Php 230)

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Adobo ni Jake Espesyal (Php 290)

Krispy Bangus Belly sa Manggang Hinog Sarsa (Php 250)

Here’s my personal favorite: the Krispy Bangus Belly in all its creamy Manggang Hinog Sarsa. Because of the sweetness of the Manggang Hinog Sarsa which perfectly complemented the thick slices of Bangus Belly, this would easily be a dish that kids would love. Not to mention, there are small diced pieces of ripe mangoes to chew on. It does not only look appetizing, it tastes really yummy, too!

Banana Fritters a la mode topped with Arce Dairy’s Mantecado Ice Cream

For dessert, we had two servings of Banana Fritters a la mode. The dessert is comprised of mini-turons with a scoop of Arce Dairy’s Mantecado-flavored ice cream and chocolate syrup on top.

Drinks — Tanglad Juice, Kamias Shake, Pandan Juice, and Sampaloc Shake

KKK also offers one-of-a-kind drinks, such as the Kamias Shake and Sampaloc Shake. I wasn’t really sure if my stomach can stand up to the challenge, so I went with the safe choice of Tanglad Juice. But if you’re looking to try something out of the ordinary, don’t let me stop you from trying out shakes made from truly Pinoy fruits. After all, they’re the only restaurant I know who serve these kinds of shakes.

KKK Kainan sa Kalye Kanluran Restaurant, SM Megamall Branch

I hope that I got you interested in checking out the KKK Restaurant. The ambiance is great, and the food is something you’re sure to enjoy with family and friends. If your craving for Filipino cuisine with a twist, then KKK is the right restaurant to deserve your attention. -HANA

Kainan sa Kalye Kanluran (KKK) Restaurant

SM Megamall B
LG/F SM Megamall B
Julia Vargas Ave cor EDSA Wack Wack, Mandaluyong
(02) 634-6077

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