San Antonio Village, Makati
BAGNET- it is a boiled, deep fried pork meat; a delicacy from the North of the Philippines. Similar to Lechon Kawali but is fried longer until pork skin transforms into large cracklings. We ate a lot of this during our trip to Ilocos Norte, just to try and identify how it differs from other fried pork dishes, and to taste it from where it originally came from. I’m in love. I don’t know if they enjoyed the dish the same way I did but I did. And I know deep in my heart that I’m a fried pork lover, name it- Lechon Kawali, Chicharon, Porkchop, Crispy Liempo, etc. etc., BAGNET!
And so our Bagnet 8065 lunch out happened last Saturday after shift. From a source: (Our Awesome Planet) during Saturdays, operating hours starts at 11:00 am – 12:00 midnight. We left the office by 10 am and we arrived there exactly at that time when they are preparing to open the place. We’re the first customers for that day (eggzoited lungs? O gutom na talaga?!).
It’s a cozy little shack with slightly dimmed lightings. Chair and tables were old and wooden. On one part is a built in book shelf with old books. Walls are covered with drawings, pictures, and paintings; all with an old touch. The place can accommodate 20-25 pax inside. They also have an extension outside, which i recall can fill in another 10 more people --- It was jampacked! On the other hand, the wall on the left side upon entrance that's filled with free hand writings (mostly doodles) looked like an urban graffiti, which i think didn't match the whole theme of the place. They mostly play a lot of pop songs in the background too and it was an addition to my confusion. I felt like it was out of place.
We slightly brainstormed on what to order, and it’s difficult to decide so I popped my usual question: what is your best seller? Ate answered “yung Original” and so Ram ordered the Original Bagnet. I’m torn between the Bagnet Dinuguan and Bagnet Spicy Gata. I again ask for Ate’s recommendation and she happily replied “dinuguan”. Jaymie got the Bagnet Binagoongan out of all the other.
Original Bagnet: simply the best with Mangga and Alamang as side dish.
Bagnet Dinuguan: a lot like crispy dinuguan, it’s just that the taste of the
sauce lacks the “sour” taste of the authentic dinuguan.
Bagnet Binagoongan: I’m not sure how they infused the supposedly bagoong taste on this because the sauce tasted like Mang Tomas to me. I wonder if they served the correct dish to Jaymie. hehe
Buko Pandan: The taste is perfect, milky, and not too sweet. The only problem is it was served in icy chunks. So we have to wait a little while for it to melt.
We were supposed to order Ensaladang Talong but we’re too early that veggies were still unavailable.
For the overall experience, it’s still FOOD so we had fun! Haha. We’ll surely go back for the Original bagnet and try the other bagnet dishes they offer. And I would also like to mention that it’s a good budget meal for P120 with soup. The serving is generous.
Thank you to Miss Adeline Uy for this wonderful recommendation. Let’s eat here again…together! :D