My friend, do you eat breakfast? Well, I know some who don’t but that is the most important meal of the day that should not be skipped. Breakfast is actually my favorite meal of the day that I can eat any breakfast meal at anytime. A lot of restaurants specialize in this which you can enjoy even during lunch or dinner. I have tried some of them but one that stands out is the very rugged Kanto Freestyle Breakfast.
This laidback breakfast joint is not new. It started in a residential area at Mandaluyong City and the news easily spread out via referral from its neighborhood patron. Now it has branches at Eastwood, Marikina and Pasig City. I tried their mother branch but it was quite inconvenient for me to always go there. So we tried their branch at 1st Street Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
B and I went there at around 8:00 AM and the place was already packed to the brim! I’ve noticed that the place was full of young people working in a nearby Call Center. This is not a surprise since the eatery is open 24/7 and also cheaper than any other restaurants in the area.
Unlike in their Mandaluyong branch, their Pasig counterpart includes 10% service fee to the bill. The advantage of it is that all of the servers, including their bar maids, were extra friendly and accommodating. We went there and there was a long queue. But, we were given a number and a seat while we wait. Service was fast, too! Once a group left their table, their bus boy will clean the tables and arrange the chairs for the next customers to avail it. But because of too many people waiting before us, B and I waited for 30 minutes but we really don’t mind because the turnover of guests and serving of food were fast.
As of June, here’s their latest menu with prices:
And here’s our festive breakfast:
Though they have a laid back atmosphere, you will notice that they made an effort to have a presentable plating. That is something unexpected from a small eatery.
As a typical Filipino, we all love “silog” during breakfast. That is, partnering any viand with garlic rice and eggs cooked in different ways (sunny side up, over easy, scrambled, poached, etc.). I love that they cooked the eggs the way I want to which is hard, sunny side up. But the garlic rice was not really cooked garlic rice. It taste like a freshly cooked steamed rice drizzled with oil and mashed with toasted garlic. Maybe because of the fast turnaround time they have with guests and maybe they want to ensure that food will be served in less than 30 minutes? Or maybe they lack kitchen staff that they opt to do a short cut version of their “sinangag” (that’s garlic rice in Tagalog).
Kanto Freestyle Breakfast is a proof that you can eat quality food with nice plating in a simple restaurant without breaking your budget! So my friend, when can go there together?