The Best Places to Stock Up On Lamb in Metro ManilaNovember 6, 2014
- Pamela CortezWords
When it comes to meat, the staples here at home are often beef, pork, and chicken. They’re the ones with whole sections devoted to them in supermarkets, used most often in our recipes, and available readily. Though we have grown accustomed to their individual flavors, lamb, which was once thought of as a more luxurious option, has become more readily available locally, from both foreign suppliers, and locally-raised stock. Lamb is the gateway to gamier, more complex meat, making it an easy choice to add to your table. When cooked really well, it has a distinct flavor and aroma that can turn any dish into one that feels less homey and more gourmet. Here, we hunted down places for you where you can directly order and shop for lamb to stock in your fridge.
1. Sinan’s Butchery
This butchery located in Yakal is owned and operated by S&L Fine Foods, whose brick-and-mortar shop serves more of artisan and deli products. Sinan’s is a full-fledged butcher shop, with meats on display even in the window. The place is clean, and the butchers seem experienced, and you can have the meat cut in whatever way you wish. Their lamb is from T7R Pastoral, Australia, which is halal-certified. They also have lamb kidneys which are rare to come across in Manila.
Address: G/F Great Wall Bldg, 136 Yakal St, San Antonio Village, Makati
2. S&L Fine Foods
S&L Fine Foods owns Brera Delicatessen and Sinan’s Butchery, but sells different products from their butcher above. They import their produce from Europe and Australia, which are humanely raised, and even some are certified halal.
Address: 136 Yakal St, San Antonio Village, Makati
3. Holy Carabao
With a farm located in Laguna, Holy Carabao’s produce is only available to order at the moment. Holy Carabao is a holistic form that is “organic, biodynamic, and humane”. Everything on their website is locally grown, and their lamb grass-fed. You can even order a lamb whole, or pick up a shank for a tagine or stew.
Number: 0929 752 1076 or 0920 46 88 785 & 0916 475 3211
4. Down to Earth
Down to Earth’s shop in Makati is a little hard to find, but worth the trek if you’re looking for responsibly farmed and responsibly sourced foods. They have everything from Heritage Black free-range pork to edible flowers. While they only stock lamb sometimes at their stand-alone shop, you can pre-order from their range of products on their website, and have your pick from any of their sustainable products.
Address: 7433 GF Unit J, Yakal St., San Antonio Village, Makati
Number:(63)-02-8140854 or 0922-8165147
5. The Green Grocer
This website is a godsend to those who would rather shop for their groceries from the comfort of their home. They boast both fresh produce and convenience, and even have quite a few organic products among their selection. Their lamb is from New Zealand, and are all grass-fed, and they even have foreshank, leg, rack, and shoulder of mutton.
6. Santis Delicatessen
Known as the most reliable delicatessen in town, Santis has produce from all over the world that range from cold cuts, sausages and meats to mustards, wine, and various dry goods. Santis always has a prime selection of meat, and their lamb is of the New Zealand variety. The selection might be a little more limited, but the quality is guaranteed. They also stock ready-to-cook kebabs, which are delicious when grilled.
7. Landmark Supermarket
Landmark has a reputation for being a lower-end supermarket, but surprisingly, they have one of the most complete groceries in the metro. Newly renovated, the place is clean and bright and houses a lot of goods you wouldn’t find anywhere else, including hydroponic vegetables. Their stock of lamb ranges from a lot of cuts, with a more local selection.
8. Rustan’s Supermarket
Since Rustan’s Supermarket overhauled their brand and have gone a little more high-end (including a full-fledged deli that serves hot meals, and stocks from grocers abroad such as Casino and Waitrose), they have had a wide and varied selection of lamb, that isn’t frozen. You can ask the butcher behind the glass to cut the pieces which you prefer.
If you’re looking for New Zealand or Australian lamb, S&R is the place to go. The prices are generally a little more expensive, but they have all types of cuts, from lamb shoulder, to steaks, to whole racks when they’re available. They sometimes have goat as well.
10. South Supermarket
South Supermarket is a secret goldmine; it has everything from beef heart, to local uni, to whole ducks from abroad. Their stock of lamb varies from regular local cuts, to New Zealand lamb. The best thing about South Supermarket is that the freezer has new, different types of produce almost every week, so you might even get a new cut or part other animal to experiment with for dinner.