Come To This Joint With Your ParesSeptember 10, 2015
For as long as I can remember, I have always been on the hunt for good street food. There is no better way to find amazing, local food than by getting a little lost, being very hungry, and asking anyone on the street where their favorite place to eat is. A couple of months ago, I got an intense craving for fish balls. A friend and I drove around Makati for an hour, rolling down our windows asking whoever we could to point us in the direction of their go-to street food guy. Last week we searched for pares, and stumbled upon Pares Point along Chino Roces.
Pares Point is a pretty large space, with Filipino staples sprawled over the displays that line the counter. Everything looked delicious, and welcoming. There were a lot of familiar dishes, from liempo to sinigang, but we were here for the pares. Pares Point offers up four types of pares to pair with their delicious garlic rice at PHP 60: beef, mata, utak, and balls, or any combination of the two. Feeling a little adventurous, we ordered three bowls of beef, mata + balls, and utak.
Across the board, the pares itself was the perfect consistency. The sauce straddled the line between soup and stew; thick, rich, and sticky from the gelatin, cartilage, and bones. The utak pares had one intimidatingly large piece of perfectly cooked brain swimming in the sauce, but even those who aren’t fans of the stuff would love it. The texture was firm yet creamy, and all you’d ever want from beef brains. Mata + balls was a little too much for me, as I was unsure which part of the duo was responsible for the crunchy pieces and the gelatinous ones. But a companion said texture aside, the flavor was just as intensely beefy as the rest of them. The highlight however, was the regular beef pares, studded with pieces of tender meat that were impossibly soft. My only complaint is that I wish we had ordered more than one bowl.
Have you been to Pares Point? Where do you go for a bowl of pares? Tell us below!
Address: 2172 Chino Roces St., Pio del Pilar, Makati