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What’s New at Neil’s Kitchen

Whenever I have visitors coming to the South, it’s a no-brainer. I take them to Neil’s Kitchen for happy & yummy meals. I will never get tired of eating at Neil’s Kitchen, especially since Neil is always cooking up new menus & dishing out epicurean surprises for his southern fans.

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Neil’s Kitchen for your Filipino comfort food cravings. <3 Serving Filipino food with a twist & a bit of flair. ;)

I’ve known the couple since forever. Neil & Michelle’s daughters grew up alongside mine, they were schoolmates. Besides, our village is a small community -err’body practically knows everyone in the neighborhood, especially if you have kids. They are the ties that bind, lol.

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Neil’s cooking comes from the heart.& soul. No, he didn’t go to culinary school, but he was born with the gift of making tummies happy. There’s only one word I can describe his cooking.. AWESOME! <3

A couple of weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find not just one, not just two, but FIVE NEW OFFERINGS at Neil’s Kitchen! Imagine my delight, parang gusto kong tumambling sa tuwa at galak!

Neil’s Kitchen

2/F Westgate, Commerce AveAlabang, Muntinlupa (02) 810-5017; (02)  710-8962; (0917) 311-2916.

I set aside cravings for my usual favorites like the Tokwa’t baboy & Sinigang Paella and ordered up a storm in order to try ALL the new dishes..

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I went there to order my all-time favorites, but upon learning that Neil has once again reinvented himself by incorporating some tweaks, twists & turns out of age-old, tried & tested recipes, I asked my server to BRING. IT. ON and ordered the whole lot! Good thing they aready know about me & my appetite and didn’t blink an eye, hehe.

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Top on my list is this new-on-the-menu Papaitan Pie. Seriously guys, you cannot go to Neil’s Kitchen and not order this dish. Please lang. Instead of the usual goat innards for stuffing, Neil used cow innards making it not malansa at all. And don’t get me started on the soft, buttery crust. Ermergerd, it’s simply orgasmic huhu!

Papaitan is a famous Ilocano soup dish mostly composed of goat innards. The name of this dish was derived from the Filipino word “Pait”, which means “bitter”. The bitter taste of this soup comes from the bile. This is a bitter juice extracted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder to aid digestion.

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Menudo Mania. Named after the 80’s Puerto Rican boy band (Sino sa inyo ang mga nakakakilala sa kanila? Aminin!), this dish is a fancy play on the ordinary at hamak na menudo – a traditional Mexican soup, made with beef stomach (tripe) in broth with a red chili pepper base.

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Baked Sisig Canneloni. Who says sisig is a poor man’s dish? I beg to disagree. Just look at this pina-posh na sisig. Try it to believe it. ;)

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Sloppy K(aldereta). After trying this, you will never look at kaldereta the same way ever again, I tell you. “Dapat ang kaldereta may kanin” you say? Look closely, that’s not bun you see. That’s R-I-C-E! Neil would never butcher one of the most loved Pinoy dishes by not pairing it with our beloved rice. Nuh-uh.

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and last but not the least, the Laing (beside you). The name alone catches my fancy, teehee. But this gata dish over a bed of rice blew me twice over. The gata & the gabi leaves’ natural flavors seep through to the plain rice below giving it such deep, aromatic flavors. HONG SOROOOP! @_@ Easily one of my top 2 faves among the new dishes.

Neil’s Kitchen is not just a restaurant, it’s also an events place. Located on the 3rd floor is a spacious party hall that can seat up to 80-100 guests. Make sure you include Neil’s famous Roast Turkey with chestnut stuffing with your buffet choice (795 php/kilo minimum of 5 kilos).

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Just imagine these twinkling fairy lights at night. So dreamy & romantic! <3

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Through the years that I’ve asked Neil & Michelle to cater for me at home on special occasions, I’ve always coveted & tried to buy these beautiful & unique copper chafing dishes they hand-carried all the way from the U.S. in one of their many travels abroad. Isang araw, pasasaan ba’t magiging akin din yan mwahaha! :P

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Party space of 100 pax not enough for you? Have it in the convenience of your own home. Neil’s Kitchen does catering! With such affordable menus too, swakto for everyone’s budget. I’m particularly fond of their Thai buffet (Thai Typhoon 495 php++), TBH.

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Many Sunday lunches at home have called for Neil’s Kitchen Pad Thai & Thai Fish Cakes.

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When you make usi the function room, do take a peek at the powder room on the 3rd floor featuring this bicycle sink. Michelle’s idea -which I intend to copy very very soon hehehe. Michelle, a fashion design graduate of The Fashion Institute in San Francisco with an eye for beauty & creativity, helped make Neil’s Kitchen what it is today, homey, lovely, and bright. <3

If you love Neil’s Kitchen, you will for sure love TJ’s or Trader Juan’s Pinoy Deli. Another brainchild of the amazeballs chef who is always on his toes, living up his larger than life culinary dreams.

Trader Juan’s is a more affordable deli-slash-cafe serving all day breakfast fares & other bottled & packaged items available for take home, pasalubong, or give aways. It’s just a stone’s throw away from Neil’s Kitchen, also within the safe confines of Westgate.

Trader Juan’s sells anything & everything from Neil’s & Michelle’s many travels abroad. From local to imported items, as well as all day breakfast fares that cost below 300 php, like the following..

PARTY PEOPLE! Still searching for a PARTY VENUE? Trader Juan’s is now open for small parties of up to 40 persons. Buffet package by Neil’s Kitchen. For inquiries do call or text 0917-3112916; 771-1334; 710-8962

Adobong Flying Saucer. Adobo flakes sandwiched in between soft, chewy, freshly baked buns.

Fun on the Run (a playful & mischievous take on Bun on the run’s choriburger)

Tapsilog ala TJ. Not to worry, those are rice patties under the beef tidbits. Tapsi will not be tapsi without the rice. Neil gets it. ;))

Spaghetti & Meatballs. Thick fat noodles in rich tomato sauce, juicy meatballs, grated cheese. The perfect trifecta.

Wagyu Carbonara. Need I say more? <3

Lastly, do you know that Neil’s daughters are both culinary graduates with restaurants of their own? Indeed, this cutie-patootie youthful looking chef has grown up, working kids -hard as it may be to believe. :)) And oh yes, cooking runs in the family. Eldest daughter Gabbi who graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education is a part-owner & the pastry chef for MADE NICE SUPPER CLUB.

Meanwhile, middle daughter Danni who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu San Francisco just recently put up her own Japanese restaurant, Mr. Roboto Modern Japanese.

Mr. Roboto, a modern Japanese restaurant, is located at the new SYKES BUILDING along Madrigal Avenue in Alabang.

I wonder if the youngest & super bibo daughter will follow her sisters’ footsteps and also be a successful restaurateur. Let’s wait & see, shall we? ;)

Meanwhile, do haul your lovely butts over to Neil’s Kitchen & try the Papaitan Pie. I promise you, you will thank me for it. GO! :-*

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