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New Food Now: Your Local Unexpectedly Nails Fusion Food at the Heart of Legaspi

June 29, 2014

Legaspi Village. Known for its quiet, busy streets that are home to some of Makati’s bustling offices, is one of the last places you’d think of when searching for a more upscale dining destination. There’s reliable Balkan, serving up stews and other comfort food of Yugoslavian descent; La Grotta, if you’re in the mood for Italian; Ba Noi’s if you’re craving Vietnamese, and then, there’s Your Local. The newest stud in the neighborhood by Chef Denny Antonio and Nicco Santos, it’s ballsy enough to fuse all these cuisines together, and come up with something entirely their own.

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The interiors are straightforward and a bit of a throwback—a combination of hip and minimalist, with Monocle issues lying near the windowsill, and a vintage phone tacked on a tiled wall. The cuisine is a cultural conversation that speaks volumes about the countries the owners have traveled to, with flavors spanning from all four directions meeting at a precise point, and translated into their meticulously prepared menu.

Vegemite Soldier, PHP 260

For example, a vegemite sandwich blanketed with melted white and yellow cheddar cheeses then topped with a delicate sous vide egg is a punch in the gut to the standard grilled cheese, while mischievous chili crab mantou buns deceive you with a sweet start, ending in a fiery finish.

Chili Crab Buns, PHP 280

A Hebi Hiam pasta dish is an offspring of Singapore and Italy, but can pass as a sibling of Pad Thai on the surface. The Lamb Rendang here is succulent, and has enough mint, cilantro, and sweet soy to balance the gamey flavor of the meat. A sous vide egg binds the dish together, with red raisin black rice a cushion for the yolk and flavorful oils. There’s also that fresh egg salad and salmon sandwich that contains ricotta and a generous serving of twice-smoked salmon tucked in between two squid ink buns—a crowd favorite, Nicco points out.

Hebi Hiam Pasta, PHP 380

Lamb Rendang, PHP 430

Fresh Egg Salad and Salmon Sandwich, PHP 480

Given the number of disastrous stories about restaurants who’ve tried to marry cuisines from opposite poles of the globe, I tend to exercise caution—and a lot of it—when trying dishes that boast of geographic freedom. But Your Local seems to have nailed it. With dish ideas from different countries, they’ve managed to step on territorial borders with deft and ease. Finally, a restaurant that’s got it right.

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Your Local
106 Esteban St. cor VA Rufino St. Legaspi Village
Makati City

Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee’s goal is to travel the world with a backpack stuffed with her books and not much of an itinerary. With an appetite thrice the size of her 5-foot frame, waffles are the one thing that makes her weak in the knees. She also likes to torture herself with sci-fi movie marathons until her brain turns into goop. Her list of not-so-secret culinary crushes includes David Chang, Ivan Orkin, Rene Redzepi, and Anthony Bourdain. Alexander Supertramp is her hero.

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5 responses to “New Food Now: Your Local Unexpectedly Nails Fusion Food at the Heart of Legaspi”

  1. Volts Sanchez says:

    Added to my list. Operating hours? 🙂

  2. jo says:

    I love this place! There’s a dearth of restaurants this side of Legaspi Village so it’s really good news that Your Local opened.

  3. Denny says:

    You don’t call it “sous vide egg.” The term sous vide is used for food items that are vacuum packed and cooked in water bath. You don’t vacuum pack your eggs. You can call it a 60° blah blah egg but not Sous vide egg. 🙂

    • Victoria Castillo says:

      Pretty sure Your Local’s menu describes it as “sous vide egg”, so take that issue with the restaurant.

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