Indeed, Your Local is one of the restaurants that are part of this certain unnamed revolution in the food scene of Manila. If you haven't noticed, the new restaurants in the city have suddenly started serving high quality food while keeping this certain aura that I can't exactly place. Your Local specializes in food that we are already familiar with but incorporating their own special twist in the process. Which results in your taste buds dying and going to heaven.
Anyways, the next weekend my parents didn't forget to bring me with them to eat there. I have to say, I was pretty shocked on how many people were still eating brunch at one in the afternoon. The whole place was packed with Filipinos and foreigners. I wouldn't be surprised since Legaspi Village itself is somewhat our very own Brooklyn (or Greenwich Village). It took us a few minutes before being seated and it was totally worth the wait. I already knew what to order, their signature Torched Salmon Donburi that's on black rice. Black fucking rice. Sadly it was unavailable so I switched to their Chorizo Sandwich with black buns. Black fucking buns.
While we were waiting, I tried to take in the fact that I was finally eating here. Everything was so goddamned pretty. There was a harmony of dark wood and black metal that perfectly went well with the yellow lighting. There was one big window that looked out into the streets of Legaspi. You could see the chefs work in this smaller than I expected kitchen. There is no glass wall that separates you from them. They have no secrets and there's somewhat this trust established between you and the chefs. The waiters and waitresses were super nice and still had smiles on their faces despite being super busy. The whole area was filled with, not noise, but an ambient sound that suited perfectly my kind of Sunday brunch. The sound of good hearted chatter of all different kinds of people mixed with the sound of utensils against plates and meat sizzling on the pan or glasses clinking with each other.
Our orders came all at the same time. My parents, being the kind people that they are, told me to get the first bite of their orders.
LAMB RENDANG (Php 480)
Lamb rendang, sous vide organic egg, sweet soy, mint, cilantro with red raisin black rice.
The rendang sauce has a kick to it, which I very much like/need in my food, but it isn't too spicy. Then again, I've been known to be numb to spiciness so it could spicier for others. The lamb was so tender and so soft it practically melts in your mouth. I had no idea what to expect with the rice since it was black rice (this restaurant has a thing for black things). The rice was actually kind of crispy, which contrasted will the softness of the lamb. The cucumbers are essential to add freshness to the dish. Lastly, the poached egg was just cooked perfectly and the warm yolk flowed into the rice and it was just ugh yes.
TOFU STEAK AND EGGS (Php 320)
Pan seared tofu, fried eggs, parmesan cheese, shiitake mushroom.
You'd expect saltiness from the Parmesan cheese at first but my first bite it tasted sweet. The good kind of sweet. The tofu was soft and tender, which was matched well with the same black rice. The mushrooms give that good savory flavor you find in Japanese food.
CHORIZO SANDWICH (Php 490)
Burnt onion and chorizo jam, pepperoncini cream cheese, fried egg, wild rocket on a squid ink bun with Parmesan fries and truffled ketchup.
I would like to thank the lord Jesus Christ for blessing Ynigo Santos, head chef of Your Local, with the idea to make this sandwich. Everything is so perfect about this sandwich as well as the fries and ketchup. Truffle ketchup is something that should have been invented ages ago and should be replace every kind of ketchup there is. Fries are surprisingly not oily at all but are crispy. As for the burger itself, how do you eat such a big magnificent burger? I had to cut it into four because I was afraid the yolk might just spill over when I bite into it. If you eat the bun alone, it has a certain spice to it. They aren't soggy, which is a thing you should consider when reviewing a burger. The greens give a good bitterness to it. Now you'd imagine that since it's chorizo, it would be super oily. Wrong. It was pure meat and pure heaven.