After playing our guts and hearts out at the office football tournament, we scoured the streets of Mandaluyong for Kanto Freestyle Breakfast, a modest place I read about which serves amazing food. It was past 12 midnight and me and three other friends – Shirley, M and Henry, who have been deprived of a sufficient meal since 10:00 AM, were in need of a happy, filling sustenance.
Kanto’s a Filipino word for street corner and the concept of finding a great meal just around the corner which you can customize is basically the gist of Kanto Freestyle Breakfast. It serves food, gourmet style 24/7 (Hooray to untimely cravings!) . What’s striking is that it’s set-up is really just a casual eatery by the road. Cozy ambiance and cute decors are definitely not the reason you would go here.
As we arrived just after its peak hours, we were able to get seats instantly. Contrary to a regularly eatery where you just browse several trays and point out what you’ll be getting, a smiling attentive waiter handed out menus. I skimmed excitedly with the wide selection and felt torn over several options. I decided to get Vigan Longaniza, shared an order of mixed berry pancakes and as a last minute decision, corned beef hash.
Wide-eyed and with a smile as bright as sunflowers, I turned to Henry who was sitting beside me. His habitually stern face was glowing. There was mutual understanding between us, but it was not out of romantic chemistry but of gastronomic delight. A gorgeous white plate with garlic rice, honey garlic chicken and tomato pesto has just been served to M and it was not long before the rest of what we had requested arrived.
I enjoyed the longaniza and the egg. It’s well-prepared, not oily and best of all, tasty. I’m not really a fan of garlic rice so I wished I got steamed rice instead. However, if you’ve got some wild appetite, you can take advantage of their unlimited garlic rice by adding 20 Pesos only!
Though not really a dessert, we consumed the mixed berry pancakes last. I wished it was fluffier but it’s not bad either, I enjoyed the blueberry part. I am more inclined to try their peanut butter and banana pancakes on my next visit (which I’m itching to do very soon). 🙂
Here’s their menu. Drooool!
The location map :
Part of the appeal of Kanto Freestyle Breakfast comes from pleasantly surprising its visitors with gorgeous, yummy food that’s served at the side of a street, (yes, your feet’s just a couple of inches from the pavement). It’s a great place to chat with friends as long as you don’t go during the peak hours as the tables are limited (around 4) or when the sun’s glaring happily above the sky. Best to call the numbers below to check on the crowd or have your food delivered although you’ll be missing out on the experience if you do.
Whatever floats your boat, Kanto Freestyle has something that can make your mouth open wide with joy, as long as you’re not strictly vegetarian as the menus doesn’t give you much option other than pancakes (but it has eggs), Coke products, hot chocolate, coffee and their very congenial crew. :P.
Kanto Freestyle Breakast
Address : 549 San Joaquin St. brgy Plainview, Mandaluyong City
Accepts Delivery : +63(02)400-2268
Facebook Page : Kanto Freestyle Breakfast