When Neil’s Kitchen first opened, Nino and I would be there almost 2-3 times a week. We wanted to try everything on the menu, and we did. We told all our friends about it, invited some of them to have lunch with us often, and because of our love of the place, Michelle and Neil even sponsored one of our Crafternoons with Anina Rubio.
I have been meaning to write this post for what feels like a year. I have been wanting to share this gem that is in my hood, because I’m just so glad it’s here in the south.
Boneless Chicken BBQ with Java Rice Php 395 @neilskitchen @napasabak @ninoavent A photo posted by Michelle Aventajado (@mommanmanila) on
From my time that I have spent with Michelle in their restaurant, I have learned that Neil is a self taught Chef. His inspiration in the kitchen comes from the love of his wife and his kids. Everyone I know, would agree that when you prepare a dish for someone you love, it’s even better with the secret ingredient of LOVE.
Michelle shared one time, how the rich and flavorful Pad Thai that is on the menu comes from a trip that she and her husband took together to Bangkok. Michelle really enjoyed this street food version of her favorite noodle dish from one of their recent trips, and Neil did not stop until he was able to replicate the flavors that brought Michelle back to the street where they enjoyed this tart, tangy, sweet, salty treat.
I guess that’s another reason why I love Neil’s so much.
Neil takes charge of the kitchen and churns out innovative new takes on Filipino classics, while his partner in life works the dining room and manages the overflowing guests who come in with at least 4-5 friends in tow.
Confession: I don’t normally seek out Filipino restaurants. I enjoy many Filipino dishes, but if you ask me to choose what I will eat out, it will usually be Italian, Japanese, or even Chinese food, before I will choose Pinoy. That is, until Neil’s came along and opened up in Westgate.
Another Confession: I haven’t been to Neil’s in a while, and when Nino and I went recently because I saw some new dishes posted on Instagram, we couldn’t get a table for our late lunch! Our once cozy joint where we would sit and chat in our favorite booth near the window was so full, that the staff had to open up the private room to accommodate the influx of diners!
SO-If you didn’t know already know about Neil’s, I suggest you check it out.
I’ve been waiting to try this Corned Beef from @neilskitchen for weeks!!! @michbramos your hubby did it again!!! Only this time-this dish is huge!!! I can easily split it with someone. There is so much food on this plate! (Php 495) And @ninoavent got to try his Grilled Squid…winner!! He loved it! thank you for doing it once again! A photo posted by Michelle Aventajado (@mommanmanila) on
You can visit Neil’s in Westgate in Alabang.