The location Bonifacio has chosen to set up shop is somewhat surprising; the charming shophouse along Kreta Ayer Road is not a typical stomping ground for the Filipino community. However, it stays true to the roots of Filipino cuisine, serving up homey and tasty yet calorie-laden portions, albeit with a modern touch.
The KKK (ignore the disconcerting name, it’s nothing to do with men in white pointy hats) is a starter of four tiny parcels of deep-fried kangkong puffs crowned with Mexican-inspired mango and tomato salsa; the lush chicken binakol soup is served with chicken chunks, sliced coconut and – strangely – chye sim (flowering Chinese cabbage); hotplate-grilled boneless milkfish is topped with cubed onions and tomatoes.
The smart red and beige banquettes, dark wood laminate floors, friendly yet professional staff and menu of reasonably priced dishes all add up to a venue pitched at both locals and Pinoys. Eve C