Neil's Kitchen

Westgate Center, Alabang-Zapote Rd. cor. Filinvest Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila

Neil's Kitchen
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Reich T.
5.0 Stars
10

Neil's Kitchen is one of the restaurants I have been wanting to visit. My eager-beaver demeanor is due to their infamous Fried Suman. I have an affinity with rice cakes now #SignsOfAging

Imagine my glee when i found out that it is the first stop of our WestGate FoodCrawl! Woo-hoo! Lady Luck is on my side once again. Without further ado, I present to you...Neil's Kitchen.

A short history lesson is in order. Chef Neil that ze kitchen was born out of their catering business. He said that some of their regular customers jokingly mentioned that they should open a restaurant. The plan was to offer American comfort food but after a couple tasting sessions, Chef Neil had an epiphany. He took a gamble and decided to make Filipino Comfort Food instead. He wanted to let the world know how awesome Filipino Food is.

The idea is to reinvent familiar dishes, a lil deconstruction here and there. That is how some of their signature dishes are born.

| Tokwa at Baboy. This is the quintessential Pinoy Merienda. What makes this different from the rest is the trifecta of meats used - crispy pork, ear and tongue. And oh, let us not forget the semi sweet x spur taste, this is due to the mixture of two of vinegar - cane and white. They added a lil color with some red and green bell pepper, onions and green chillies.

| Adobo Project. This is gets top honors from me because of the imagination and innovation incorporated in the dish. This is not your typical adobo. Chef Neil used two types of protein - chicken and pork. Where's the fowl, you ask? That is the shredded part, the pork is hiding underneath and dem hogs are cooked two ways - fried and grilled. The sides comprises of tomatoes, onions, fresh cilantro, mangoes and salted egg. The dressing on the other hand comprises of mayonnaise, yogurt sour cream. Mix 'em together and you got yourself a tzatziki Neil's Kitchen Style.

| Grilled Chicken and Crispy Pork Dinuguan Fondue. Another innovative take on a classic. The popularity of the crispy dinuguan challenged Chef Neil to come up with his own version. The ones you get at other restaurants are all the same, the meat is deep fried then mixed with the blood stew. It kinda defeats the purpose of calling it crispy when the meat and strew are together. Why not separate 'em and let the customers dip the meat - Aha! Fondue! Smart, right? The word fondue brings out the curious cat in diners and it makes first time diners try ze infamous blood stew.

| Boneless Chicken Inasal with Hainanese Rice. Think of this as the Pinoy Version of Hainanese Chicken Rice. The fowl is cooked the traditional way - grilled with lots of amazing flavors. The rice is infused with juices and sauces from the inasal.

| Escargot De Gata. I dunno about you but i think that anything cooked in coconut milk is delicious. Be it escargot, pork or fish. And don't stress yourself with the idea of eating Escargot in public. The shells are just for show, the meat is carefully removed for ease of eating.

| Sinigang Paella with Crispy Pork Belly. I didnt get to try the Paella as I was too fixated with ze Adobo. The others seemed satisfied. Chef Neil mentioned that this dish is already part of their catering roster. He tweaked it a lil bit, got rave reviews and the rest is history

The moment of truth....desserts!

| Fried Suman, Mangga and Chocnut. This is what dreams are made of! I think i died and went to rice cake heaven after the first bite. Gah! This is so friggin' good. The suman works well with the mango jelly.

The idea behind this heavenly dessert stemmed from how Filipinos eat suman - some pair it with ripe mangoes while others prefer their suman with hot chocolate.

| Puto Bungbong with Buco Jelly and Toasted Coconut. Another creative take on the classic. Instead of using shredded coconut, they made jelly! And to stay true to the conventional, the added topped the rice cake with toasted coconut.

| Sweet Corn Maja BB Special. An innovative take on the classic maja. I love that this is not overly sweet and the texture is on point. The fork glides smoothly as i slice into that yellow masterpiece.

| Turon de Napoleon. Imagine if turon and napoleones made sweet sweet love...this is their love child.

Lunch at Neil's Kitchen is truly unforgettable. Everything they served is made with so much love and expertise. I loved listening to Chef Neil carefully explaining each dish with gusto and overflowing enthusiasm - this is a testament that he is really passionate about his craft and elevating Filipino Cuisine.

Another long review from yours truly, my bad. Neil's Kitchen brings out my inner novelist.

Peace Out!

~Reich

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Riza A.
5.0 Stars
3

What can you say about the exterior and the interiors? It's insta-worthy! Just way too awesome the vibes in here is just like you are in the house, it's comfortable but the place is not spacious. The staffs are smiling as soon as we came in they are all approachable. They are very accommodating, but also they have the downside when you enter you will wait for you, will able to sit but that's okay because that is part of the waiting game.

Paella Negra with Calamares, Boneless Chicken BBQ with Java Rice, and Fried Suman, Mangga, & Chocnut. This is all Filipino cuisine with a twist. It's all goood!

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Jom L.
5.0 Stars
3

Neil's Kitchen for a Saturday lunch with my mom. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Alabang. Most of the food in their menu are Filipino dishes, but with a twist.

Mom had Sinigang Paella with Pork Belly (this is her favorite), and I got Chicken Inasal with Hainanese Rice. Both tasted heavenly, plus the serving is really generous. Chicken is very tender, and flavorful. As well as the rice! The Paella is something that you would always crave for. It is sooo good!

For dessert, we had Turon de Napoleon. Like what I said, they do not settle for something usual. Try it yourself, I swear, you will really like the twist they gave to it!

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Dennis O.
5.0 Stars
7

After my visit to Asian Hospital. I immediately suggested in trying out some resto in Alabang and one that I've been eyeing even before was Neil's Kitchen.

Neil's Kitchen is located in WestGate Alabang. The place is such a beauty even on the outside it looks very nice. I love the clean black and white looks of the building with a nicely placed Neil's Kitchen signage. So simple yet artistic in a way. Inside was an IG haven. It was like entering an art gallery. Every wall is designed with quotes and cute lttle pieces of decor. Giving colorful life to the white walls of the place. That is one of the reason I've been eyeing this place because of the beautiful IG feed I saw of this place.

For the food I tried out their best seller Sinigang Paella with Pork Belly. Seems like an odd pairing Paella and Siningang??? 128562But was shocked that it was indeed good. The good asim flavor of sinigang embedded on the Paella was very nicely done. The Pork Belly got the charred flavor that I love and when combined with sinigang paella its just a match in heaven. 128537

The place is also home to My Father's Bookstore. A bookstore co-owned by Miriam Quiambao. It was like an OMF Lit Bookshop. Full of Christian, Inspirational and Business books. Honesty system also apply to this bookstore, by simply placing on a small envelop you payment and dropping it in a box. 128591

Overall love this wonderful place. Perfect for date night or family and friends gathering. Food are good but price a little bit on high end. Definitely will visit again. 128522128077

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Julienne D.
5.0 Stars
10

I have been wanting to try it here but due to unforseen things, I always end up not going.. BUT since we're having our team dinner here tonight, I actually had no choice (who wouldn't want to eat here for free, right?128539). Anyway, since we are a big group, the sponsors rented the function room so we would fit in.

I was already anticipating the minimalistic, backyard feels of the place from the pictures I've been seeing from other people so I was wondering what the function room would look like (because function room + work meeting = boring set up). BUT again, I was surprised to see that it was very very pretty.

Well my definition of pretty is a room filled with lights. It was dim so the lights were really sparkling. I am so in love with it!128150 This is a the perfect set-up for a romantic evening (hint hehe)

Anyway, moving on with the food, we had buffet service with 3 entrées, 1 appetizer, 1 salad, 1 pasta and dessert. If I remember it right, the food served were

Ham and Cheese Croquettes
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Pasta Puttanesca
Fish Fillet with Tomato Basil Sauce
Boneless Chicken BBQ
Beef in Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Fried Suman, Mangga and Chocnut

Got to try all of them, except the beef thing (which I regretted a little because the staff said its one their bestsellers). My personal favorite is the Ham and Cheese Croquettes - super mushy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. But generally, everything is delicious!

This place is a must try when you visit the south. Perfect for a group event with friends, or workmates! 128522

PS. They have a bookstore inside that sells Christian books so another yay for me!!128150

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Joy and Lance x.
4.0 Stars
4

#JLJustLanded recommends:

Sinigang Paella
--this combination is a match made in (food) heaven 128525128076 you wouldn't actually think it's possible for these two to taste good but surprisingly its sour and salty-spicy flavors brought out the best in each other 128076

Crispy Pork Dinuguan Fondue
--it actually makes you appreciate the dish more by eating the two main ingredients separately. And for me who do not eat dinuguan at all, (I'm Catholic, btw, just our of preference 128540) I'm glad I tried it 128170

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Gem D.
5.0 Stars
3

It was a bit pricey but they have big servings. Cute place and nice ambiance. Pinakbet Salad is my favorite.

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Ruth D.
4.0 Stars
5

On our way back to Manila after an office workshop in Laguna, we decided to have lunch first. I suggested Neil’s Kitchen and there were no objections.

We ordered the following:

🔹 Nachos Grande. We were a group of 13 and this was just enough for all. It was good and they didn't go easy on the dressing and the other ingredients.

🔹 Sinigang Paella with Grilled Pork Belly. The server suggested this since it is one of their best-sellers. I loved the sinigang taste of the rice. This isn’t a new concept but it’s great that it was executed well. The pork belly was good, tender and flavorful.

🔹 Boneless Chicken Barbeque with Java Rice. Simple dish but really delicious.

🔹 Grilled Salmon in Miso Sinigang. I loved this too. The salmon wasn’t overcooked so it didn’t turn dry.

🔹 Fried Suman, Mangga & Chocnut. This was good but I wish there were more real mangoes in it.

🔹 Turon De Napoleon. The way it’s presented is unusual but it works!

Service was great. When one of my colleagues noticed there was a worm on the veggies of the Grilled Salmon, they sent us a new one.

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Adrian L.
5.0 Stars
3

Most looloo reviews about this place rave about one thing only - the Sinigang na Paella. An interesting take on a Filipino classic - rice infused with the delicious sour flavor of sinigang that goes well with the subtly sweet inihaw na liempo that accompanies the dish. Highly photogenic and equally tasty, the Sinigang na Paella is a sure winner!

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Sandra Y.
4.0 Stars
5

Rare moment: to be at Alabang on a Friday with an empty stomach (no breaky). ..When its almost lunch time. That's 3 rarest moment yesterday. But its worth the trip with my date. We dine @ Neil's Kitchen.

An interesting place. Its an amalgam of different designs: walls in cool white tones, mason jars that houses the bulbs, mini chairs hanging as you go up the stairs, black prints on the walls, fine couches and at the far end of the dining area is the "My Father's Bookstore". The entire appearance gives a lot of good vibes! Love the arrangements.

They have a very interesting menu. Its actually Filipino dishes prepared in another level or should I say with a "twist".

For our starter we had, Tokwa and seafoods (P395). Its the usual fried tofu mixed with vinegar with onions, chili, etc.. But no pork. But calamares, shrimps, fish (kilawin). This one is so good! Its a must try

Boneless Chicken BBQ with Java Rice (P395).. Its is served with scoop of macaroni salad. Chicken had wonderful smokiness and perfectly cooked. It reminds me of Aristocrat's 128077🏼

Grilled Chicken & Crispy Pork Dinuguan Fondue (P395). Served with either puto or rice (your choice) and has a nice presentation. The pork is exquisitely cooked with crispiness. This dish is always a staple and you can never go wrong. This reminds me of Kanin Club's Crispy Dinuguan.

Bottomless iced tea(P75). Not the brew one, buts it refreshing.

Orders has generous servings, the place is good for family or group of friends. Nice date place, as dishes is good and its a no brainer.. Its Filipino dish with a twist, plus nice ambiance.. Yesterday, orders were quickly serve, but for weekends, place is usually jampack, so that means, orders may take time (so patience is a must). Price is reasonable.. Big serving plus yes its all good. Nothing to regret. Service is okay, water is served once seated and refills were made without us asking.

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Chariz R.
5.0 Stars
3

Finally found Neil's Kitchen in Filinvest, Alabang which I'm stalking for almost a month. Well, it's truly worth the wait 128557 The place are so beautiful and very fascinating.
Me and my friends ordered the Sinigang Paella with Grilled Pork Belly, Carbonara, Iced Tea and Green Mango Shake. The food are so so good! I don't really get what's in the Paella but it really tastes Sinigang, a better version of Sinigang I must say. It's actually a bit pricey but the servings are also good for two. The Green Mango Shakes are perfect for the Summer! I will be back soon for more! I promise! 128522128513

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Layne B.
5.0 Stars

My family and I went to Neil's kitchen to celebrate my grandma's 70th birthday. Boy, it did not disappoint. Everything's great - the place, the staff and the food. They have big servings so sulit!

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Katherine Cess A.
5.0 Stars

Don't mind the poorly taken photo coz Neil's Kitchen is such a winner! Got the Paella Negra with Calamares and the Alabang Chicken. The staff said that the entrees are good for only 1 person but the serving is enough to fill 2 tummies!
For dessert, we were supposed to order their Corn Maja but for some reason, it's not available so the reco was the Turon Napoleones and it also didn't fail to deliver.
I would like to commend the staff for being to attentive to our needs even without asking.
The ambiance is also superb so make sure to capture the witty quotables on their wall that will justify your love of food. Will surely be back to try the other paella bestsellers.

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Cyndy C.
4.0 Stars

Love the interior of this place. I like their desserts and enjoyed their wine. My dish was good but not awesome possum, with that being said - I'd still recommend for people to try it out. It seems to be a popular place & we all have different taste buds. I would like to try it again & order another dish.. :)

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Eric T.
4.0 Stars

Great service. Staff very efficient & smiling.Clean washroom with lots of paper towels & nice smelling hand soap. Interior looks cool in white finish. Tables are of the right height and chairs are ok. Lots of kids running around, parents should be admonished to check on rowdy kids. Overall, customers are mosly happy looking families.

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Paolo S.
5.0 Stars

Oh my goodness, where do i start? They do their Pinoy food REALLY well and i like their take on dishes we've all grown up with.

To highlight 3 of my favorites:

Tokwa't baboy - i cannot remember having tokwa't baboy and enjoying it this much elsewhere... seriously. This was very tasty and done so well. The soy sauce had the perfect blend of sweet, salty, and spicy. The tokwa and pork skin were fried to crisp perfection.

Sinigang paella & the baked salmon sa miso - imagine deconstructed sinigang and this is what these 2 dishes embody. The sinigang paella rice was on point and the salmon was baked perfectly and sat so well on its bed of kangkong and spinach

Fried suman, mangga, and chocnut - the name speaks for itself... you've got mango pudding sitting on a layer of fried suman, sprinkled generously with chocnut, and topped with coconut milk. Seriously seriously good.

The ambience was vibrant and 'maaliwalas' with a modern twist to it. The service was quick and friendly. And the plating/presentation was eye catching! I'd love to see a "filipino food revolution" where places like this re-invent classic favorites to suit the times, and further spread the love for our cuisine. 128522

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eiLeeN T.
4.0 Stars

Because I couldn't stop staring at Carla M.'s picture of Fried Suman, Mangga and Chocnut, I knew I had to try this place really soon... Sunday dinner with the family was perfect except that it was Valentine's Day and I couldn't get through their line to get a reservation ahead of time. So we decided to go early to secure a table since there were 6 of us and that strategy worked!!!

And because we were early and not a lot of people were there yet, we even had the opportunity to take quite a lot of pictures from the entrance to the winding staircase to the interiors of the restaurant. It's indeed a very photogenic restaurant.

Because we were told that their servings are mostly good for one person, we ordered one dish per person and started with an appetizer and ended with a dessert. We got the following:

Tokwa's Baboy (P250) - love love love this!!! Perfect balance of salty and sour and equal amounts of tokwa and pork cubes.

Boneless Chicken Barbeque with Java Rice (P395) - Hubby got this and while I wasn't able to try this, he enjoyed this tremendously.

Chorizo Rice with Callos (P395) - Dad ordered this and again, wasn't able to try this but he finished everything!!!

Sinigang Paella with Grilled Pork Belly (P350) - Mom got this and the paella rice tasted of classic sinigang and the grilled liempo was actually good on its own as well. Will definitely try this next time around.

Bagoong Paella with Kare-Kare (P395) - Nephew ordered this and perfect combination, indeed! The kare-kare alone was tasty enough to go with plain rice. This is another winner!

Paella Negra with Calamares (P395) - Sister got this and while the paella negra was very tasty, the calamares was a little bland, even with the accompanying dip.

Grilled Barbeque Squid with Kimchi Fried Rice (P495) - I initially ordered Crab Fat Palabok but later on changed my mind when I saw the staff bringing out the grilled squid. This was a huge piece of grilled squid and the kimchi rice was a good partner. I initially thought the rice would be too spicy for me but loved the subtle hints of kimchi.

Puto Bungbong with Buco Jelly And Toasted Coconut (P250) - the combination of puto bumbong with the slightly sweet buco jelly sprinkled with latik worked really well. Perfect way to end a yummy Filipino dinner.

The food was overflowing and sulit for the serving size! Everyone was really happy with the quality and the staff were very attentive, too! So why only 4 stars?

I was actually thinking of giving 3 stars because it took them 25 minutes to close our bill. By 7:25PM, we already asked for the check and gave them the Senior Citizen cards to compute for the discount but after 10 minutes of following up, they confirmed they couldn't find the Senior Citizen cards of my parents. Five minutes after, they came back with the Senior Citizen cards but no bill. We were only able to complete the payment by 7:50PM. Good thing the manager personally addressed it after I called her attention to it, that's why back to 4 stars. Ayan kasi, ang hilig sa #DiscountsAndFreebies

But this is definitely a great find and it's so near.

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Carla M.
4.0 Stars

After my dental appointment this morning, we decided to have lunch first before heading home. We first went to Mama Lou's but I'm not sure if they accept walk-ins because it's Valentines weekend. The guy made us wait and didn't know whether he'll let us sit or what. I told my mom we just move to another restaurant. I suggested Bamba Bistro and Neil's Kitchen which were both in my must try list for a long time now. They picked the latter because in my family, Filipino food always wins.

We got here before 12 and we were instructed to go to the third floor. The second floor was occupied for a special function. The place looked so hip, bright, and very Instagram worthy.

Browsed the menu and immediately placed our orders. I tried to do a quick research on what to order while we were stuck in traffic on the way to Alabang. Serving size can be good for sharing but we thought it's only good for one so we ordered one dish each. 128517 We ended up so stuffed after.

💟 Boneless Chicken Barbecue with Java Rice
I chose this cos I was steering away from beef and pork. Thank God it didn't disappoint. The chicken was perfectly grilled giving it that wonderful smokey flavor, then generously basted with a sweet, nutty sauce. The flavor of java rice was too strong for my taste though.

💟 Southern Beef Bulalo
My dad was satisfied with his piping hot bowl of bulalo. Soup was tasty and comforting, and they didn't scrimp on the beef too.

💟 Grilled Chicken and Crispy Pork Dinuguan Fondue
Their version of deconstructed dinuguan. The grilled chicken and deep fried pork were served separately from the pig's blood. You dip the pork and chicken into the dinuguan, fondue-style, then pair it with yummy Puto Calasiao. Mom's only complaint was the fried pork was overcooked. Halfway through her meal, she ended up craving for rice so I shared mine while my sister finished the leftover puto.

💟 Sinigang Paella with Grilled Pork Belly
My sister loves sinigang so this was automatically her order. Unlike the usual sinigang, the pork belly was served separately without the soup. She loved the tartness of the sinigang paella but it tends to be nakakasawa once you've eaten too much.

💟 Fried Suman, Mangga and Chocnut
The highlight of our meal! The suman was fried, making it crispy on the outside but leaving the inside chewy and sticky. Then they topped it with a sweet mango block, drizzled with coconut cream and crumbled Chocnut. Ahhh so good!! I would go back for this!

I wanna try their puto bumbong dessert next time. 128525

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Shelly R.
4.0 Stars

Tried their best seller as recommended by the waiter - sinigang paella with grilled pork belly. It was yummy and tasty. Love the combination of dinigang, paella and grilled pork. Ambiance was equally relaxing, very conducive to gatherings and catch ups.

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Julienne Y.
4.0 Stars

I'm never in Alabang. I was only here for the day and the short time only allowed 1 mealtime so we made our "southern resto" choice after careful research. I'm glad we tried it!

This place is so nice. The ambiance and decor are thoughtful, artful and witty. It's a welcoming, cozy neighborhood spot. The service is also great. The staff are friendly and accommodating!

Now - the food. Since it's a holiday their most popular dishes were out of stock. We didn't get to try the famous sinigang paella. It's okay. A good restaurant should have more than 1 delicious dish right?

So We had instead:
- beach house nachos (not good, we couldn't finish it.)
- fried chicken with gravy fries. Yes this was delicious.
- pork belly with java rice a bit on the salty side but delicious also.
- iced tea (bec all the other reviews raved about this).. what's so special about this? It tasted normal to us.
- suman dessert - thumbs up on this but definitely share as it is a generous portion!

Total paid: P1,600+
Total diners: 2 people
I was quite full. Not bondat but very full. Generous portions.

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