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Absolutely awesome dinner here. Big, bold Asian flavors at Hey Handsome. So... I'm weirdly ok with "hey" but find psst offending. However, with the amazing food here in HH, they can definitely pssst me anytime. Or witwiw me.
Mid sized restaurant, 2 seatings, open kitchen, loved the playlist. Reservations recommended. For the mains their serving is for 1 super busog meal, could be good enough to share, depending on how big your appetite is. It was hilarious to have their waiters carry their blackboard menu around. They patiently described each item on the menu, with a smile too. I noticed they now kept it simple by naming the main protein on the dish instead of previously using Asian names even I had a hard time pronouncing.
I just love the vibrant colors of each plate. You can read the other detailed reviews here below me from my dinner companions. I loved every single food we ordered, except for the durian. And writing this 2 weeks since dining here, here's what I am still salivating for:
BEETROOT PANEER with quinoa tabouleh, their own yogurt and papadum. 540.
First of all I love the multi-dimensional plating with magenta on white, green spots of oil, and that large crunchy papadum. Art on a plate. Secondly, it's light, fresh and flavorful. No sawa factor. Lastly, being an occasional vegetarian (only when I'm bored with meat), this is a vegetarian dish!
FRIED EGG with cili padi and nuoc cham. 260.
Fried egg extreme makeover. I've never tasted eggs made this way. Eggs had that crispy texture which I like. Feels now like I don't travel enough to have never tried anything like this.
YOGURT on the dessert menu. 200.
House made yogurt, beets and black sesame seeds. Yogurt wasn't that sour, right amount of sweetness. Almost like a panna cotta. Beets were not that pronounced, so don't worry veggie haters. I am definitely not sharing this when I order this again.
Scrambled eggs. 80.
Off the menu. Naks. Hahaha. Not really. Chef Nico came out to talk to us as we were waiting for the second seating. I talked to him about my picky daughter's scrambled egg dinner as she's still not adventurous with food and i had to bring her with me. Soon enough after sitting down Chef Queenie (*blush* nahiya naman ako bigla) came by to ask how my toddler wanted the eggs. I tell you all, we've ordered a lot of eggs for my kid when she doesnt like whats on the menu. I swear, it was the best scrambled eggs I've tried. They didnt merely pour eggs on a pan just to get it over with. It was light and fluffy. I super appreciated HH accommodating my request.
Again I loved everything we got - lamb, beef, fish, paneer, duck, egg, tofu and yogurt. It can be a bit overpowering if you try all their food on the same night like we did, as the flavors are really bold. It might be better to just choose 1-2 dishes here to allow your palate to fully enjoy your meal. For the durian, never really liked stinky fruit and I found the cream puff a bit dry.
Truly, truly enjoyed our dinner here. Great food, great company. I'll definitely be back.
Pssst, I love you guys
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I super loved our experience here.
It is advisable to have your visit booked especially if you'll be with a group. Booking it one week ahead of time, they have informed me that they only have two seatings for dinner service-- 6:00pm and 8:30pm. I have initially booked 8:00pm and they've advised me to just choose the 8:30 to avoid waiting--afterall, most of us might come in around that time. Park at the fort strip it's just a street away.
It was 8:15pm when our group was almost complete and Hh notified to enter by 8:25pm. This was a sign of an imminent good service. We were seated at the high chairs and it's very convenient that they have hooks under the table for bags to hang. Their menu are very big (like on a blackboard?! Nonetheless, their server assigned to us greeted us and started to hold the big menu with both his arms and began introducing their dishes. I initially suggested that we should order 1 dish each and just share the small plates and dessert, but since the main dishes are good for 1 and 1/2 pax, we just decided to try and share all their 5 main entree, 2 small plates for appetizers, and 2 desserts!
soft tofu @280php
These are very soft Kinu tofu sliced thinly, seasoned with soy, topped with century eggs and bonito flakes. This abdolutely tastes fresh and cold in your mouth then followed by a cool twist of saltiness. This is not my favorite, but would be safe for eaters who prefers something light with regards to taste.
fried egg salad @250php
For me, this is more recommendable. It got fried eggs, cili padi (thai chili or siling labuyo!) and vietnam's nuoc cham. There are some herbs that would make the salad very thai tasting. The nuoc cham just makes it extra special in your mouth. Vietnam x thailand salad!
bebek pen-yet (duck) @780php
Deep fried white pekin duck, duck egg, nasi ulam which basically a malaysian spiced rice and achar which is an indian pickle savored with different herbs. This was one of my least favorite. But i like that the duck leg was very soft. This one too is very difficult to take a photo.
buah keluak (lamb) @640php
I like lamb, but i kinda was not impressed by it. Dont get me wrong, it was delicious, but the sambal matah sauce which is spicy and very flavorful lessen down the braised lamb flavor (there still is that specific lamb taste but i enjoyed the sambal matah more) plus, the buah keluak herbs made the dish taste more intricate. The belachan kropek tastes like nori
beetroot paneer (vegetarian) @560php
This one is one of their best dishes. It's quinoa tabbouleh with beetroot paneer (beets and indian cheese) drench in yogurt. We all love the taste of the very crispy papadum. Very indian.
fish nasi lemak @720php
One of the best as well. They use sea bass as the fish protein.
The fish? Ooh lala. Melts in your mouth! You'll be thinking you're eating cream cheese but got a sea bass (not fishy too!) taste. The sambal harmonized with the fish unlike the lamb dish. There's also anchovies with it (ikan bilis) and pickled egg with the nasi ulam.
nam tok (beef) @700php
The best beef dish I've tasted! The dish is rather simple with just the coconut rice and som tam (green papayas like atchara) but boy it was stellar!! The BBQ shortrib shreds were very soft and tasty!
house yogurt @200php
Another simple but delicious dish--now into desserts! House yoghurt with black sesame base. There's a special chocolate brittle to give it an alter taste.
durian cream puff @250php
I love this. More than the yogurt! Common! Davao people must understand. The smell was strong but trully it's one of a kind. The pastry cream inside the dark chocolate puff is durian base. There's a malagos chocolate served at the side of the dish so be careful not touching it with your hands. There's also the basil seeds that would give the dish extra texture. There's a dried pineapple disc to give an alter taste of sweetness.
It was truly a one of a kind asian fusion experience. I would not hesitate going back. I am not sure how often their menu changes but fit now those main entrees is what they have.
So, "hey handsome!" Why not drop by here and try to get inspired by their unique dishes!
No wifi. Just enjoy the food!
Try finding their CR as it absolutely does not look like a CR. 🏼
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Hey Handsome! I usually here this term of endeavor when in some red light district in Asian country like SG, Thailand and Malaysia hahaha.. This amazing restaurant is a collaboration of Chef Nico Santos of Your Local and Charlie Paw of Hole in the Wall. A collaboration between this two trendsetter in the current food scene is like a crossover of Green Arrow and the Flash. That's how much I'm excited on trying out their food! Finally the Kaladkarin combine forces to invade Hey Handsome last Thursday and it was epic since we almost ordered every single food on their menu.
First to be serve was the appetizers (2/4 in the menu)
Soft Tofu - at 1st I was kind hesitant about this item since soy tofu is something my mom cook frequently at home. But this was highly recommended by Clarissa P. as per EJ B. and I was really happy that we ordered this. My mom should level-up her soy tofu. This was just so good. Soft smooth tofu and flavorful light soy but what made this better was the bonito flakes on top. Giving it a nice new twist.
Fried Egg - priced at 250php. Another moment of thinking what is so special with their fried egg to be priced at 250??? Well Chef Nico magic made this ordinary egg omelette into extraordinary. By adding cili padi (Thai Chili), Nuoc Cham (Viet dipping sauce) and herbs. The result was full of flavor nothing like your everyday omelet. The Taste reminds me of Phad Thai.
For the Big Plates we ordered everything
Beef - One the fave of the night. Vey soft tender beef short ribs. The flavor and bbq sauce is complimented well with the Hainan Rice (Khao Man). Also served with green papaya salad or as they call it som tam.
Duck - Deep fried big leg part of peking duck. Crispy deep fried skin and juicy duck meat. Served with deep fried duck egg. This is one of my fave.
Paneer - The vegetarian dish. This my favorite of all the dishes. Great mix of light flavor of beetroot, paneer and yogurt. Served with Quinoa to make it more healthier. One of the best veggie dish that I've tried.
Fish - Seabass Otah served with Nasi Lemak. The fragrant smell of the coconut/pandan rice was so good and the fish was perfectly cooked deliciously soft and moist.
Lamb - My least favorite. Sauce flavor was a little bit too strong and a little bit salty for my taste but the lamb meat was very nicely cooked and very tender.
Then came dessert time (2/3 item in the menu)
Durian Puff - I love this one since I'm a fan of durian and combining it with another Davao product the Malagos Dark Chocolate was epic! Bitterness to perfection! The puff was just a little off in texture wise. Not the crowd fave since durian is durian and not everybody appreciate its smell and taste.
Yigurt - The fave among the dessert hehe.. The sourness of the yogurt was sooo good and the bitter crunch of black sesame is a great combination. This was also such a beauty. A dessert version of the Paneer
Overall it was feast of flavor. Was like having an southeast asian food tour simply amazing. Bravo Chef Nico and Charlie Paw. Hoping this place to be included in World's Best Restaurant soon similar to Your Local.
BTW love the creepy washroom haha
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Hey Handsome is a creative restaurant name that, once again, Charlie Paw and the Tasteless Group are bringing to foodies and Asian cuisine lovers alike. With names like Fowl Bread, Wrong Ramen, Your Local and Freezer Burn, I'm constantly amazed at their cleverness, wit and humor in coming up with these cool names. But, the names are there for branding, memorableness and, hopefully, a strong connection with the resto's offering. And so it is, as owner Charlie Paw told us that, like us Filipinos who use the term, "uy pogi," Hey Handsome was inspired by the use of the phrase or some derivative of it as a greeting in Malaysia and Singapore, such as for customers lining up in restaurants. Such is the brainchild of Chef Nicco Santos, who is also behind the aforementioned neighborhood restaurant Your Local in Makati.
Having just recently experienced Your Local in Makati last August, I was excited to try Chef Nicco's new offering; I'll come clean, this is a really delayed review as we went here some time ago, courtesy of my friend Mary through Mr. Paw. As the name implies, Hey Handsome is focused on Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine, with, of course, Chef Nicco's twists and infusion of other cuisine influences as long as it works. Now, for those unfamiliar with the popular cuisine from Malaysia / Singapore, these flavors can be quite strong, as they're known to be heavily influenced by the Malays, Chinese, and Indians, as well as smaller ethnic groups. So the likes of laksa, rendang, satay and sambal would definitely be present here. Friendly to those people who love spicy, curry, or nutty, and exotic flavor will have a field day here.
Hey Handsome menu is still in its experimental phase, thus it's a short list of items, but there's enough selections to appeal to its customers; most are more Indian or Malay in influence, one or two more Chinese or Thai in influence. All exciting your taste buds if you want something more than the usual.
There are six main dishes upon launch, three mocktails and three desserts. Just right for the resto and its kitchen and wait staff to gain experience, do things consistently well, and improve where needed.
The six main dishes are in order of my pictures, from #2 to #7 (after the table shot of 4 dishes in the first pic), so use that for reference when reading this.
Beetroot Paneer (P480) - a vegetarian friendly dish, this is their version of a salad, as the core offering is beetroot vegetable, and paneer cheese, with quinoa (a popular healthy alternative to rice). I was pleasantly surprised by this dish, and they added a nice touch with a home made taco shell-like side (called the papadum, of Indian cuisine). Rating 4/5 for a salad, this is damned good.
Laap Phet (P380) - minced duck, deep fried egg, herbs, khao man (toasted rice) - this is probably the most mainstream in taste, which reminds me of Thai cuisine, like a mix of hainan rice and a viand. The minced duck makes it very easy to eat, and the tasted a bit salty with a hint of sweet, and not really spicy. 4.5/5
Nasi Lemak or Fish (P645) - one of the more popular Malaysian dishes, it's rice steamed with coconut milk and pandan leaves. In their interpretation, they paired the fragrant nasi lemak with sea bass, ikan bilis (spicy anchovies), sambal (hot sauce), pickled egg, and, in what is a simple craft of genius, added a brittle made in their kitchen. For sweetness and crispy texture. Brilliant. The sea bass was very soft, and moist, truly one of my favorite fish. This won't be for those who dislike spicy, though. Rating: 4/5
Buah Keluak or Goat (P560) - goat, buah keluak (this is from a particular tree that, when fermented and prepared, gives this a particularly strong flavor I cannot really put into words; it's suitable for stew and is an influence from the Peranakan cuisine, or descendants of Chinese migrants who settled in Malaysia and Singapore), nasi ulam (steamed rice), sambal matah (spicy sauce mixing various ingredients like lemon grass, chili, garlic and ginger). They added their own kitchen made squid ink kerupek (kropek to Pinoys!), which I absolutely loved. This dish is very strong in taste, and was a top two favorite dish of many of us present. The goat can have its share of ribs, but this is truly worth trying! Best to share because its exotic flavors will appeal to some and just satisfy the curiosity of others. Rating 4.5/5
Nam Tok (P580) - BBQ beef short ribs. With Khao Man (the above mentioned Hainan Rice) and Som Tom (green papaya, pickled like Thai cuisine salad). Like the minced duck, this is probably also going to have a mass appeal as it's got a tasty, tangy, barbecue flavor; and not spicy. Pretty solid, 3.5/5 I had my filling of this dish!
Bebek Penyet or deep fried peking duck (P680) - deep fried white Pekin duck, duck egg, nasi ulam and achar - this was last served and certainly not the least! Probably my favorite dish of the evening. And also the main dishes' most pricey. 5/5
I also ordered Magic Milk on the side, a mix of yuzu yogurt, passionfruit, thai chili and butter. Creamy with a bang of spice. P180. 4/5
We were already full, but we also had to try their sweets!
Yogurt would be my favorite (P200) - with black sesame crunch and sprinkled beetroot, it was just enough in terms of sweetness; loved the thickness of it. 5/5
Cream Puff (P190) - too exotic for my taste, as the cream inside features the oh-so-polarizing durian! 2/5
Kueh Dadar (P180) - a rose crepe that was too subtle for me. 3/5
Loved their service! Very attentive, professional and speedy wait staff. Kitchen plated the dishes well, and they were well supervised by Chef Nicco, too. I liked the touch on the different plates. Notice the green plate with the curved one side to it. The place is casual modern, with tiles to one side, and some industrial elements like a steel door. Very nicely done. In contrast to the dimly lit Your Local, this one's quite bright.
Great job, Charlie Paw, Chef Nicco Santos, and the rest of the staff!
They've got more dishes in the pipeline, so look out for those. Meantime, drop by and hopefully, you'll love their dishes like I did!
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Judging from the name alone, I knew this restaurant will greatly impress my tastebuds.
Jayson J arranged a reservation at Hey Handsome and invited us for dinner. There are 2 seatings 6pm and 8:30pm, and we were placed at the latter time slot.
Thursday came, and I was just so excited that I checked the menu. I am not familiar with Asian cuisines other than the usual Chinese, Filipino, Japanese and the like, so I'm glad my nose didn't bleed by just staring at their menu. I felt so stupid that I didn't know what exactly each dish is composed of, even if the ingredients were written, so I started googling each of them just for me to know what to expect.
Okay, I gotta admit, the punctuality of this restaurant is highly admirable, as our table was ready at 8:30pm.
After we settled, we were approached by one of the staffs carrying the menu board. He explained each of the items to us. We ordered each of the main dishes: the duck, the lamb, the paneer, the beef and the fish, and two of the small plates: the soft tofu and the fried egg.
After our ordering session, we then had a little chat with one of the restaurant's men. We discovered that Hey Handsome is the sister company of Your Local, a restaurant by chef Nico. And oh, for those who are wondering, the name "Hey Handsome" was derived from a practice in Singapore wherein servers would try to catch a passersby's attention by shouting the phrase.
️SOFT TOFU P280
(Kinu tofu, house soy, century egg, bonito)
This is not the typical bland tofu. They were able to combine it with elements that made it scrumptious. Who knew that tofu can be this exciting?
FRIED EGG P250
Fried egg, herbs, cili padi, nuoc cham.
(Deep fried white peking duck, duck egg, nasi ulam (rice with herbs), achar)
The duck was good. It was soft while the skin was a little crispy. It had the sweet and salty taste. The serving size is big.
(Braised lamb, buah keluak (poisonous fruit), nasi ulam, kerupek)
The lamb was okay. It didn't have the same appeal to me compared to the other dishes.
(BBQ beef short ribs, khao man, som tam (green papaya salad))
My favorite! The beef was so tender and flavorful. It had the sweet and salty taste that I loved pairing with the rice.
(Beetroot paneer, quinoa tabbouleh(veggies), house yogurt, pappadum)
This had a distinct flavor from the rest of the dishes. It was lighter, compared to the other dishes that all had bold flavors. We also loved this one, and I really thought I wouldn't since it's a vegetarian dish. This just surprised me. It's nothing I imagined.
(Seabass otah, nasi lemak (coconut rice), ikan bilis brittle, sambal, pickled egg)
The fish is another one of the bests. The coconut rice is just delicious, while the soft fish had some spice to it. Perfect combination.
After taking down the dishes, we were offered some dessert. We chose the yogurt and the durian cream puff.
(House yogurt, black sesame, beetroot)
This dessert is the perfect way to end your meal. The thickness and sourness of this yogurt separates it from all yogurts that you might have tried. The black sesame adds that crunch and a little bitterness and sweetness to completely balance out the dish.
DURIAN CREAM PUFF P250
(Durian cream, choux, malagos chocolate)
Okay, I think I've tried durian before as a candy, and I can't say that I liked it. When the durian cream puff was served to us, the smell was just so powerful that it kinda knocks on your nose. And since it was a dessert, I thought I'd like it, but I didn't. Maybe I'm just not getting the hang of durian yet. The dish was bitter. Even the dark chocolate was very bitter, probably the darkest chocolate I've ever tried. I think the dish would be better if they added some sweetness into it to contradict the foul and bitter taste of the durian.
Service was impeccable! And the place looks so lovely. The food is a bit pricey but really surprising and bursting with flavors. Each of the main plates are good for 1 1/2 person but I think I can finish it off on my own.
There's nothing more to say, except that I'm glad I conquered traffic to meet this handsome one.
Nice to see you again Christina R, Jayson J, EJ B! And nice meeting you Kristin A, Marc David M, Sandy P and Dennis O!
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I was lucky enough to sample some of Hey Handsome’s dishes on its first day of operations thanks to Charlie Paw. A single bite of its Nasi Lemak convinced me that this place will surely delight foodies craving for Peranakan dishes. And just when I was about to wobble my way out, I was asked by the amazing restauranteur to visit again the following week and bring some foodies with me to sample the other dishes. I giddily invited my favorite foodies and they quickly said yes.
Hello again, Hey Handsome!
We were supposed to come here for lunch but since Hey Handsome is still testing the waters, they switched from "lunch only" service to "dinner only” service. I’m sure you’re wondering why a talked about restaurant would only focus on lunch or dinner. I had the same question in mind but Charlie said that it is because of their kitchen’s limited capacity. They are still working on their commissary and once it is set, they could manage to hold lunch and dinner services. For now, we have to settle with either lunch or dinner. (Make sure you check their Instagram account to make sure when they’re open.)
Hey Handsome has two seatings for dinner, one at 6 pm and another at 8:30 pm. Since most of us are getting old, we went with 6 pm. However, the insane traffic made us start at 7 pm.
To start off, we ordered some drinks.
Some of us tried Magic Milk (PHP180) and loved the slight tangy taste from yuzu yogurt and passionfruit. Surprisingly, they said that it was not spicy at all. I had the impression that it is because of the thai chili. I got Cherry Pop (PHP150) since it looked so pretty. It tasted great too! I was worried that it would have a strong taste of cherry (which I hate) but the lemonade flavor overpowered the red fruit’s taste. My drink also had a very faint taste of rosemary. R on the other hand went with Donkey Punch (PHP130) and liked the refreshing combination of lengkuas (or galangal), lemongrass, passionfruit and elderflower. I still find Donkey Punch spicy though.
After a while, the first batch of dishes were served.
The picturesque Beetroot Paneer (PHP480) was so photogenic that I could not help take a gazillion photos of it. It is the only vegetarian dish on the menu and I would easily skip this one on a typical day given my undying desire for meat. I’m so glad though that we got to try this one as it was delightful!
I felt so healthy munching on quinoa tabbouleh (an Arab Middle Eastern vegetarian dish traditionally made of mint, tomatoes, parsley, onions and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and pinch of salt), yogurt, beetroot and crisp pappadum. I loved the subtle sweetness and graininess of the beetroots which complemented the slightly chewy quinoa tabbouleh. Friendly tip: Do not underestimate this dish. It may sound light and meant gor our vegetable-loving friends but one order could fill the good ol tummy.
The Laap Phet (PHP380) or minced duck with deep fried egg, and herbs was also delicious. As the most pocket friendly main dish, one plate could satisfy two hungry tummies. The whole dish was flavorful and had a nice herby taste. However, I wouldn’t really have known that I was eating duck if I haven’t read the menu. It was like your usual ground meat with scrambled egg made fancy with herbs.
One of the favorite dishes that night was Buah Keluak (PHP560) which is made of goat, buah keluak (a naturally poisonous fruit which I mistook as a nut), nasi ulam (steamed rice dish), sambal matah, Belacan (dried shrimp block) and topped with kerupek (or what we know as kropek). The overall taste was spectacular! It was a lovely mildly spiced goat stew.
If you’re the type who want to play it safe, Hey Handsome also offers Nam Tok (PHP580) which means waterfall in Thai. This dish is made of grilled short ribs served on green papaya salad or som tam and some rhubarb sauce. I loved that the short ribs were so flavorful. It had a rich taste of coconut milk and aromatics. Each bite guarantees a burst of flavors making you eat more rice without even noticing it. But if you prefer more exotic dishes, you might not be very impressed with this one.
After a while, the last two dishes were served.
The Bebek Penyet (PHP680) was an instant hit that night with its crispy duck skin and juicy meat. We were told that the dish was sous-vide for 10 hours to attain such rich flavor. Served with nasi ulam and achar (or what we call achara), you have a fabulous deep fried Pekin duck meal.
Nasi Lemak (PHP645) was the last one I sampled as I already tried this when I visited last week. I fell in love with the sea bass otah last week and now, I have developed a very clingy relationship with this marvellous dish. I smile like a lunatic just thinking about how the flavors of sea bass otah, nasi lemak (rice in coconut milk) and ikam bilis brittle play together. Oh, and this time was a lot better as I learned my lesson and skipped the sambal to avoid gasping for water.
While trying to nibble the last morsels of duck meat, the desserts were served.
Yogurt (PHP200) was the crowned the best dessert that night with its tangy taste which complemented the sweet black bean base and lace wafer.
Kueh Dadar (PHP180) or rose crepe with gula melaka (sap from budding flower of a date), coconut meat and galangal cream was just so-so with the group. I loved the sweet coconut meat though as it reminded me of local favorite palitaw.
The least popular choice was Cream Puff (PHP180) as apparently, no one was fond of durian. I loved it though even when I’m not a fan of durian. I guess it was because my tastebuds were prepared for its strong taste. It was just hilarious though to see my favorite foodies’ surprised faces after a small bite of the infamous dessert.
Overall, it was a lovely dinner and fun night with fellow looloo-ers. It was hours filled with laughter, food talks, and Pokemon tips.
If you’re planning to visit Hey Handsome, do try the Nasi Lemak and Bebek Penyet. Another must try dish is the Buah Keluak. Do not skip yogurt for dessert!
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"Hey Handsome! Hey Handsome! Hey Handsome!"
It's an invitation from the service staff to come in or attract a person in Singapore. That's the name where Hey Handsome restaurants established. Situated in Net Lima Park Building, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. The collaboration of powerhouse Chef Nicco and Chef Charles, the team behind Your Local and Hole in the Wall, respectively, offers the Best Continental Asian Cuisines to their customers.
There's a limited dishes in the menu board and we've tried all the main course and ordered 2 kinds of appetizer and dessert.
APPETIZER (Small Plates)
🔘 Fried Egg Salad for Php250.00 (Fried Egg, Herbs, Cili Padi, Nuoc Cham) - ️️️️️ 5/5
"I thought it's just an omelette, but it's not. It's a scrambled egg with mixed herbs"
🔘Soft Tofu for Php280.00 (Kinu Tofu, House Soy, Century Egg, Bonito) - ️️️️️
"I love the flavor and softness of this tofu. Soft Tofu is one of my favorites we've got."
MAIN COURSE (Big Plates)
🔘 Bebek Pen-yet for Php760.00 (Deep Fried White Duck, Duck Egg, Nasi Ulam, Achar) - ️️️️ 4/5
🔘 Buah Keluak for Php640.00 (Goab, Buah Keluak, Nasi Ulam, Sambal Matah, Belachan Kerupek) - ️️️️ 4/5
🔘 Nam Tok for Php700.00 (BBQ Beef, Short Ribs, Khao Man, Som Tam) - ️️️️️ 5/5
🔘 Nasi Lemak for Php720.00 (Seabass Otah, Nasi Lemak, Ikan Bilis, Brittle, Sambal, Pickled Egg) - ️️️️️ 5/5
🔘 Beetroot Paneer for Php560.00 (Beetroot Paneer, Quinoa Tabbouleh, House Yogurt, Papa Dum) - ️️️️️ 5/5
All the main course served were delicious and so flavorful. I'm speechless with the dishes of Chef Nicco during our visits. My favorites are Nam Tok (Beef), Nasi Lemak (Fish) and Beetroot Paneer (Vegetarian).
🔘 Yogurt for Php200.00 (House Yogurt, Black Sesame, Beetroot) - ️️️️️ 5/5
"Amazing! This dessert is truly the best! ANG SARAP!"
🔘 Durian Cream Puff for Php250.00 (Durian Cream, Pate A Choux, Gula Melaka, Brown Butter Powder, Malagos Chocolate) - ️️️ 3/5
Hey Handsome is open daily from Monday to Saturday 6PM to 10PM.
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I heard from my friend that everything served at Hey Handsome was phenomenal. Because she did recommended it so much, I couldn't ignore it. And God knows she's telling the truth.
Since it was a Saturday night, the place was jam packed. We reserved in advance but to our dismay, we were still wait listed. We got there at 8pm and the staff told us to come back at 830pm.
The place looked very chic and modern. It had high ceilings and a minimalistic style of drop down lights. They had a glass wall on one side to give the feeling of wider space. I liked how the place looked so monochromatic - it had a blend of black and white with a few pop of colors of yellow and blue.
The bar and kitchen resembled the interior design of Your Local. They had individual tables for groups of 4, bar tables, and big sharing tables. The place was actually small so I can see why it's always fully booked. But, of course, the great flavors of their dishes contributed the most for it. Although it can feel a bit crowded once all the seats are filled.
Service was okay. I was amazed that their menu was written on a chalkboard and how they brought it to every table (there were only 2 copies of it). The servers were very knowledgeable about the menu since there was only 12 items on it. But it's nice how they explained the dishes seeing as how some of the terms feel so unfamiliar. Although I have to comment that the servers do not have designated tables to serve because 4 different people came to us asking if we have already ordered
They only have four sections on their menu: Big Plates, Small Plates, Sweets, and Drinks. For big plates, they have only 5 - one for each protein. Small plates is another term for appetizers, sweets for desserts, and drinks, well, for drinks. Anyway, we ordered the following:
| FISH  ️️️️️
Seabass Otah • Nasi Lemak • Ikan Bilis • Brittle • Sambal • Pickled Egg
This dish was heaven for me. At first, I didn't know how to eat it because the elements of the dish were very distinct from one another. There was the Seabass, Dilis peanut brittle on top, and sambal and pickled egg on the side. I loved how the flavors balanced each other out. The Seabass was perfectly cooked. It had a sauce all over the top but I don't know what it was (I loved it A LOT) It had a sweet blend of salty and spicy altogether. The Dilis peanut brittle was the bomb while the picked egg was very soft and gooey on the inside. If you want a more spicy experience, mix the sambal in the rice. Although please be warned - it can get a bit too spicy for those who are not used to it. On the other hand, if you want to tone it down, have a bite of the pickled egg or cucumber. I think the elements were not mixed when served because the creator of the dish wanted to give free will to the customer which I think is very considerate. Really recommend ordering this 🏻
| LAMB [P640] ️️️️️
Braised Lamb • Buah Keluak • Nasi Ulam • Sambal Matah • Belachan
The braised lamb was perfectly looked. It was very tender to the point of breaking apart once your fork goes through it but still being able to hold it's shape. The sauce was incredible as well. It had a mix of different spices and flavors. At first, it tasted like curry with a hint of citrus flavor but as you continue eating it, you'll taste a lot different flavors. It really is a fusion of many different asian flavors and spices and I absolutely love it. The black thing on the photo is actually squid ink kropek and it is sensational as well. I could eat a whole plate of that kropek in one sitting. Love love love it. The only thing I didn't like was the ginger. It's not that it wasn't good but I just hate the taste of ginger. It's a personal pet peeve
All big plates are served with rice and it's very satisfying. You can definitely feel that you are full and happy I actually had a hard time choosing my favorite between the two because they were both so good. But if I had to choose one, it has to be the Seabass. The lamb sauce had a very lemony taste that I'm not used to (but still very good!) Overall, I am very satisfied and will be back to try the other dishes.
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This is the common colloquial phrase Filipinos use when trying to get someones attention. Commonly heard in flea markets and the friendly neighborhood talipapa. This is how the brilliant minds behind Hey Handsome came up with their name. It's a clever interpretation of the phrase.
The foodie universe got a lil giddy about the arrival of the dashing debonair. Yes, i was one of them. I was tortured with a lot of articles online showcasing how awesome the food is. So yeah, this made me uneasy for x number of weeks. It has become a habit to check all social media outlets to get the inside scoop as to when they would open their doors to the public. I waited and waited like the shameless fangirl that i am.
Hey Handsome is the brainchild of Nico Santos (Your Local) and Charlie Paw (The Tasteless Group). Their names sound familiar eh? I'm not surprised as I consider them as the Mavericks of the culinary x restaurant world. Nico is the purveyor of eclectic mix of flavors. The innovator who isn't afraid in dabbling with the unfamiliar and the obscure. Charles is the Megamind behind the best restaurants in the city, the rebel who brought the baddest bird on the planet. #TastelessGroupie
August 22nd is the day i was waiting for - Dinner at Hey Handsome. #TheUsualSuspects meets Hey Handsome. I arrived first as this is one elevator ride x 15 steps away from where i work. I was greeted by warm smiles from the wait staff.
The Interior. Modern and industrial. The perfect marriage in the design universe. Let's talk modernity, i am referring to the lovely lighting fixtures. There are couple of tube like structures with light bulbs that keeps the dining area easy on the eyes. Industrial, why? Oh i am referring to the steel door of the loo! Reminds of Felix' artsy loft in Orphan Black. The fluorescent lamp-ish fixture on the communal table is reminiscent of a Science Laboratory. Smart as it creates an excellent juxtaposition with the teal tiles and the steel door. It looks mighty fine from where i was seated. And before i forget, their playlist is wicked good - old school hip hop, world music and a lil indie!
Food. A mix of Malaysian, Penarakan and Thai Cuisine. Be warned, the dishes is not something you always see in Asian Bistros. Pray to have good data connection for Google Usage.
Note: I will use my cheat sheet for pseudonyms i used for their dishes.
| Streetname: Red, also known as Beetroot Paneer. Php 480. This comprises of beetroot paneer, quinoa tabbouleh, house yogurt and pappadum.
This is a modern, vegan interpretation of a popular vegetarian cuisines from different continents. Paneer and Papadum is a staple in Indian fare, whilst Tabbouleh hails from the Middle East. Instead of using milk as the main ingredient for the paneer, they used beets. Quinoa was used instead of tomatoes for the tabbouleh making this plate a dream come true for Vegetarians. I ain't a fan of beets but this plate is an exception, the strong nutty after taste is not noticeable. The quinoa adds a lovely contrast of flavour to the dish while the papadum takes care of the crunch.
| Streetname: Dark Knight (not familial ties with Bruce) also known as Buah Keluak. Php 560. A lovely concoction of goat, buah keluak, nasi ulam, sambal matah and kerupek.
Pangium edule (Keluak in Indonesian and Kepayang in Malay) is a tall tree native to the Mangrove swamps of Southeast Asia. It produces a large poisonous fruit (the "football fruit") which can be made edible by fermentation.
Why the science lesson, you ask? The main ingredient of this dish is the fresh fruit and seeds from the tree that contains hydrogen cyanide. This is deadly when consumed sans fermentation. I personally like this dish as it has an element of danger in it. The meat is very tender. I didn't know that they used goat meat until Charles mentioned it, it tastes like beef shortribs. The flavor is something that i can't describe (Penarakam Cuisine neophyte), all i know is that my tastebuds gave their nod of approval. I like the fact that they paired this with fragrant rice as it complements the beef stew perfectly. And oh, the black crunch thingy is squid ink infused kropek! Gah! I can eat this by the bucket.
Streetname: Bananarama (no affiliation with the musical group), also known as Nam Tok. Php 560. Barbecue beef shortribs x khao man and som tam. Nam Tok is of Thai descent, this is either a soup of a meat salad. This delicacy is commonly found in streetside stalls in Bangkok. Handsome's version is neither in soup nor salad from. Theirs is a complete meal, it comprises of juicy, flavorful and tender shortribs barbecued to perfection. The som tam adds a beautiful contast to the tender meat. It adds a lil zest and tang. What ive noticed is that they always pair their savory meat dishes with refreshing rice dishes. Cohesive, in my opinion as it balances things out.
| Streetname: Phil Dunphy (not the character in Modern Family), also known as Laap Phet. Php 300. A beautiful combination of minced duck, deep fried egg, herbs and khao man. A crowd favourite. This is probably the only dish they have with light flavors. Not as strong as Buah Keluak but has enough flavor to entice your tastebuds. The minced duck is divide, perfect balance of seasoning and goes well with the jasmine rice (khao man). I would recommend this dish for those who hasn't dabbled in uncharted cuisines.
| Streetname: Duffy D, also known as Bebek Penyet. Pho 680. Deep fried white pekin duck, duck egg, nasi ulam and achar. This is my favourite! First time to eat duck and i was blown away. The meat is succulent and oozing with flavors. The nasi ulam (Malaysian Mixed Herb Rice) goes well with the meat. As previously mentioned, they know how to pair the other elements of dish for an excellent flavor combination. Nothing too rich that will overpower the duck. If we are talking Chemistry, all of the dishes have the perfect PH level.
| Streetname: P. Sherman, also known as Nasi Lemak. Php 645. Seabass otah, nasi lemak, ikan bilis brittle, sambal and pickled egg. I've always liked seabass, it is the kind of fish that possess sophisticated flavor. A certain level of expertise is required to cook this. If you add too much, the fish gets lost in translation. If you add less, you might end up with something bland. Handsome's version is perfect as the sambal and the brittle is served on the side. You get to taste the unadulterated flavor of the fish. If you want heat, add some sambal, if you want crunch add some brittle. The dish is carefully designed to cater to specific flavor combinations.
| Yogurt (php 200). House yogurt, black sesame and beetroot. I love yogurt! The marriage of yogurt and black sesame paste is a match made in dessert heaven! The yogurt has the right amount of tang and the black sesame adds a lil bit of sweetness that elevates the yogurt to superstar status. And the black thingy, that's black sesame wafer. Paper thin and extremely addicting.
| Kueh Dadar (php 180). Rose crepe, gula melaka, coconut milk and galangal cream. This was just okay, the coconut filling reminded me of chunks of desiccated coconut. Frankly speaking, i dunno how to describe this dish. I'm loss for words. If you want to stay inside your comfort zone, stick with the yogurt.
| Cream Puff (php 190). Durian, pate a choux, gula melaka and brown butter powder. I'll be honest in saying that this is not for everyone. This is not the usual cream puff you meet at the bakery. They use durian infused cream filling! The pastry is soft and fluffy but they went a lil overboard with the filling. The flavor is too strong, i suddenly found myself drinking lots of water hoping to wash away the pungent durian flavor. I meant no offence, personal preference, i guess. I appreciate the effort of using an unpopular fruit. It goes to show that they are not afraid to use unconventional ingredients.
| Magic Milk (php 180).
| Donkey Punch (php 130)
| Cherry Pop (php 150)
I tried Magic Milk and i absolutely love it. This is made of yuzu yogurt, passionfruit, thai chili and butter. I love the tang of the yogurt mixed with the creamy butter. No spice at all, i ain't complaining as i taste magic in every sip.
Dinner was fantastic. The staff is knowledgeable with the food they serve. They are always on their feet to attend to customers needs. All food related questions are responded to with warm smiles. One particular server stood out he was the friendliest of them all. I was the instigator, i noticed his ink and the intricate lines. Then we ended up chatting with him for a couple of minutes. Don't you just love it when there is friendly interaction? We also had the chance to meet Chef Nico! This got me giddy as i recently visited Your Local and I'm still in awe of the salmon.
I think it would be better to add "familiar" Asian Dishes on the menu as not all Filipinos are not that accustomed to Penarakan, Malay and Thai Cuisine. When i say, familiar, i dont mean conventional. Deconstructed Nasi Goreng or Mee Goreng perhaps?
Thank you for having us, Pogi. We had a grand time! My first brush with Penarakan Cuisine is memorable.
Thank you, Charles for your generosity.
Thank you, Chef Nico for letting us taste your wonderful culinary creations.
Thank you, Mary Love S You know what i mean.
Fun times with #TheUsualSuspects Abe C Ruth S as always and nice to see you again, Denise A
Sorry, it took me a while to finish this review. I guess if you are reading this sentence, you probably know why.
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Hey Handsome has been receiving praises from notable influencers from the foodie community for a month now. Actually, just knowing that the minds behind this concept are the ones who brought Your Local already convinced me that I have to visit this place ASAP. I really respect these young talents as they are not afraid of the insanely crazy restaurant industry we have now. And to use unconventional raw ingredients such as keluak,a big poisonous fruit found in Indonesia, among others, proves how passionate they are in their craft and in bringing new flavors to Manila. The restaurant was scheduled to open last Friday but since the owners want to make sure that everything is perfect, they had to delay the opening and moved it to August 17 instead. (Thank you, Charlie Paw for the heads up!) And finally, Hey Handsome is open!!!
Hello, Hey Handsome!
I was greeted by lovely interiors that reminded me of Your Local, only brighter and more Instagram friendly (given the abundance of light). The modern mixed with industrial feel, high stools and white and green tiles turn every corner of this restaurant perfect for shoots. I guess Nicco Santos, one of the owners, head chef and a photographer himself, considered how foodies love to take snapshots of food and restaurant interiors.
The restaurant aims to infuse more “real” Asian flavors such as Peranakan, Thai and Malaysian. Though some of the ingredients are sourced in other Asian countries for more authentic flavors, some are sourced locally. I honestly could not really tell which ones are authentic tasting or not. As long as the dish tastes good, I’m a-okay with it!
I have read several positive reviews about the Beetroot Paneer (PHP480), Nam Tok (PHP580), Bebek Penyet (PHP680) and Nasi Lemak (PHP645). I decided to go with last one knowing that is considered as a complete meal in Malaysia and Singapore.
Quite unfamiliar with the dishes, I did a quick research and found out that Nasi Lemak is usually composed of meat, salted peanuts, coconut rice, hardboiled egg and dilis. But it is wrong to expect “usual” when dining at Chef Nicco’s restaurant. Instead of serving nasi lemak (coconut rice) with meat, Hey Handsome paired it with sea bass otah infused with spices that is wrapped and grilled in banana leaves served with sambal, pickled soft boiled egg and peanut brittle with dilis.
I loved every bit of my heavy plate! The sea bass otah was so soft, juicy and had a nice light taste that went well with the sambal and cucumber bits. The peanut brittle with dilis added crunch and balanced the salty and spicy flavor of the sambal and sea bass otah. I didn’t get the pickled taste of the soft boiled egg but the silky texture of the egg sure complemented the whole dish. (I had to lessen my sambal intake after a few mouthfuls as it was a bit too spicy for me.)
Slightly sweaty (or rather glowing), I had a sip of my Donkey Punch (PHP130) to help get rid of the spicy taste of the sambal. And oh boy, it didn’t do much as one sip gave me a strong kick of ginger. It was a lovely blend of lemongrass, galangal, Elderflower liquor and passionfruit puree though and it was spectacular when enjoyed alone or with other non-spicy dishes. It also made me feel that it made my voice nicer and worthy to be part of The Voice… audition.
As for dessert, I decided to go with Cream Puff (PHP190) after hearing the word “durian filling”. And they were not kidding when they say durian!
It would take a severe flu for one not to be able to taste the durian flavor in this dessert. Served chilled, the delightful puff had a slight chewy texture and each forkful would result in the durian filling oozing out of the pastry. The durian itself had a strong taste and I had to eat it slowly to avoid being overwhelmed by it.
While finishing my first cream puff, Charlie asked me if I would like to try Yogurt (PHP200). I promptly said yes and soon, a glass bowl of yogurt with black sesame jam base and black sesame lace wafer was served.
It was love at first bite. The yogurt was creamy and tangy just the way I like it. The black sesame paste added a bit of rough texture and sweetness to the dish. I also loved the black sesame wafer which created crunch. This Hey Handsome homemade yogurt is an absolute must order dish, especially after devouring a heavy lunch!
Overall, it was a pleasant lunch! The meal was a bit on the expensive side but you’d definitely get your money’s worth! I headed out with a happy tummy and a smile on my face.
For those who are not based in BGC, fret not as Hey Handsome might be open for brunch and dinner soon! Just keep on checking their Instagram account for updates. For now, Hey Handsome is open Mondays to Saturdays at 11 am to 2:30 pm. Come early as the place gets full fast!
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