Filipinos are noted for their knack on exploring and trying out the newest dining destinations. The passion for great food is so ingrained in the Filipino culture that access to it is vital to a truly dynamic lifestyle.
One of the areas that offer a variety of cuisines is San Antonio Village in West Makati, where there is a lot of promising restaurants to discover.
With Chef JJ Yulo leading this special gastronomical adventure, the Avida Food Hunt with Avida Towers Asten, a high-rise residential development in West Makati that is envisioned to have a dynamic mix of retail and dining options catering to the needs of the passionate millennial crowd.
Participants for the Avida Food Hunt registered online via Avida’s Facebook page.The participants embark on a food expedition wherein they will get a taste of a sampling of specialty cuisines and epicurean fares in the neighboring Avida development. They will only discover which restaurant is part of the hunt as the tour progresses.
Founder of Pinoy Eats World, well-known chef, food write-blogger Chef JJ Yulo leads the hunt. Pinoy Eats World is dedicated to food culture; motivated to give the public an interesting and always delicious look at Pinoy Food.This New York Institute of Culinary Education Chef has hosted several food tours in the country, Hong Kong and as far as Turkey. Yulo is passionate about discovering about food evolution and is most pleased to share his knowledge to all.
The Avida Food Hunt starts at Carpaccio Ristorante Italiano. Located right across Avida Asten, this popular restaurant has become a premiere destination for food and wine lovers seeking a classic Italian dining experience. A must try for everyone is the carpaccio, a delectable dish of thinly sliced choice cut grade A beef served with cheese and fresh green salad on the side.
From the rustic cuisine of Italy, the Avida Food Hunt takes on an Asian adventure with its next two stops: TK Authentic Masters Singaporean Food and HK Roast.
TK Authentic Masters Singaporean Food has been providing a variety of services—from buffets and ala carte dining to budget meal toppings and food deliveries—to the people of San Antonio Village and beyond since 2012. Specializing in gastronomic selection that speaks of a fusion of flavors representing various cultures from all over the world, TK offers an excellent selection of dishes that satisfy even the most discriminating palates. Their popular offerings include Singaporean staples such as a char kway teow (stir-fry noodles), savory cereal prawn, and the refreshing Kopi O, a traditional iced coffee concoction served in Malaysia and Singapore.
The next joint is HK Roast. This cozy hole-in-the-wall favorite along Bagtikan Street is an ode to the tai pai dong, the small open eateries found on the busy roadsides of Hong Kong. HK Roast serves an array of Hong Kong-style comfort food like the mouth-watering roast duck, best eaten with a steaming bowl of rice and a glass of bubble milk tea.
Titania Wine Bar and Café, a fine dining restaurant inside the Titania Grand Cellar on Yakal Street is the fourth stop in the Avida Food Hunt.
The Grand Cellar, Asia’s first temperature-controlled area for fine wines, is where the food hunt participants taste fine wines imported from France, Italy, Spain, Chile, Argentina, California and Australia.
The Avida Food Hunt ends on a sweet note with a sampling of assorted desserts at Sophie’s Mom. Nestled along the posh Santol Street, this quaint bakeshop is a dreamland for anyone with a sweet tooth. Displayed on their shelves are luscious cakes, cupcakes, mocha-truffles, mocha ice cream, and a tasty selection of specialty breads baked fresh everyday—the way Sophie’s mom, owner Marie Antoinette Rosal, makes her treats for her daughter.
All the restaurants can be found within the vicinity of Avida Towers Asten. Avida marketing head Tess Tatco concludes, “We are doing the Avida Food Hunt because we want people to realize that Avida developments provide comfort and convenience to their residents. They are communities where everything is near, access to good life and great food and restaurants are all in the vicinity of an Avida home.”