Review: Savoring Traditional Filipino Cuisine at Kuse (Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hill, Taguig)

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Review: Kuse — Traditional Filipino Cuisine

Last week, I, along with other food and lifestyle bloggers, were invited to have our fill of Filipino cuisine over at Kuse, at The Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hill, Taguig. It was a night of many firsts for me, as it was my first time to get to The Venice Piazza, and the first time to savor the flavors Kuse is famous for.

The name of the restaurant, Kuse, for those wondering, is short for the Tagalog word for cook, which is Kusinero. The restaurant opened in 2009, and is destination to foodies who seek gastronomic satisfaction by indulging in the familiar tastes of Filipino dishes. During dinner, we were served five of their memorable dishes, all noteworthy in their own right.

Adobo Rice (Php 120)

Like I always mention in every review I write, I’m not a big fan of rice. So when a restaurant gets me coming back for seconds or thirds for rice, that must mean it’s really good. With Kuse’s Adobo Rice, I appreciated how they were able to make the rice taste moderately flavorful, that does not overpower the taste of the other dishes. If you ever do run out of viands, the adobo rice is so good it can be enjoyed on its own.


Paco Salad sa Laguna with Salted Egg (Php 165)

The Paco Salad sa Laguna with Salted Egg provided a refreshing side dish, as I have never had a salad with Paco or fern. This dish was made even more palatable with the mix of chopped tomatoes, onions, and salted egg.

Batangas Bulalo Soup (Php 495)

I’m pretty sure the man on the news clamoring for his fill of bulalo would have been satisfied sooner without the need to make a scene had he known that Kuse serves one of the tastiest bulalo soup in town. It has its generous serving of vegetables too, for those who love their share of greens on their soup.


Vigan Bagnet (Php 350)

Kuse’s Vigan Bagnet was a hit with the bloggers that night. How can I tell? It was gone as soon as I saw it come, and I missed my chance to sample the Bagnet for myself. :( I’ll definitely be coming back for this!

Sapin-sapin Creme Brulee (Php 195)

The Sapin-Sapin Creme Brulee was the highlight of my dinner. A dose of ingeniousness transformed the regular rice cake into an interesting dessert! The Sapin-Sapin Creme Brulee is composed of halayang ube (purple yam) with halayang camote  (sweet potato), topped with a thick layer of creme brulee. The caramel that coated the surface of the dish was blowtorched, and provided the much needed texture to this dessert. This is a nice twist to an old dessert, and something everyone should try when they dine at Kuse. If you think the dessert is overpriced, wait til you see how big the serving is. It can be stretched to serve five to six people, and makes a really good pasalubong or maybe even an afternoon snack. Definitely a must-try!

Price Range: Php 300-500

Looking at their menu, I noticed that Kuse offers a wide range of gourmet Filipino dishes, and there are so many more dishes I’m looking forward to try. Kuse offers traditional Filipino dishes at a price that is reasonable and affordable. I’d love to bring family and friends over to Kuse for them to appreciate Filipino dishes in a new light. I think that foreigners shouldn’t also miss out on the dining experience provided by Kuse, for them to develop a greater understanding, and hopefully a liking, to the flavorful cuisine that is truly Filipino.–HANA

One comment to Review: Savoring Traditional Filipino Cuisine at Kuse (Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hill, Taguig)

  • alvin imperial  says:

    nice recipe.. great place for visiting the tourist and for family hang-outs.

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