Neil's Kitchen

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

Neil's Kitchen
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  • 72 Reviews
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Filipino
Phone
+6327108962

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AAA M.
5.0 Stars
6

Neil's Kitchen never fails. Take all your balik bayans and get your Filo food fix here. It never disappoints! 128149128523

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Chariz R.
5.0 Stars
6

My second time in Neil's Kitchen! But still, I will always love to go there. 128522
Treated my parents for their 28th Anniversary and Neil's Kitchen is on the Top of my lists. I've been there once with my officemates and I really love everything about this resto.
We came late lunch around 1pm, very hungry. The service is really fast. We waited less than 20mins for our orders to be complete.
We order Sinigang Paella with Grilled Pork Belly, Bagoong Paella with Kare-kare, Grilled Chicken & Crispy Pork Dinuguan Foundie and Shrimp Pad Thai Noodle. We love everything we ordered especially the Dinuguan. We also love their fresh juices128076🏻

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Lia B.
5.0 Stars
6

Nice resto with good filipino fusion food. My 2nd visit here and have tried their Sinigang paella with grilled pork belly, Bagoong paella with karekare, Alabang fried chicken with gravy rice, boneless chicken barbecue, adobo project, pinakbet salad, Grilled squid with kimchi fried rice, grilled salmon in miso sinigang. All good! Dessert is also good - fried suman, mangga and chocnut, puto bumbong with buco jelly and toasted coconut.

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars
4

For our dinner, since they wanted rice and something heavy, I decided to bring them here at Neil's Kitchen. Already tried this place w my family before and we liked pretty much everything we ordered so for sure, my friends would also love it here. 128521

PLACE. Place is very homey. My favorite part of the place was the entrance + stairs. 128525 I also love all the food related quotations printed all over the place (i.e., I was sad, but then I saw food). For a foodie, you just can't help but relate to almost all of them. 128518

We arrived at around 8pm and the place was full. We had to wait for almost 30 minutes just to get a table. Good thing, we weren't that hungry or else... 128563128563128563

Once seated, we ordered right away. Again, since I'm the "foodie", they let me decide which dishes to get.

ADOBO PROJECT. Our favorite!!! Crispy chicken adobo flakes + the usual pork adobo (not the too saucy type). Loved the red egg + onions + tomatoes on the side, and the green mangoes too!! This was really good!! A must for adobo lovers!! 128077🏼 Suggestion: Maybe they can also serve this with a sunny side up, scrambled or soft boiled egg instead of the red egg + tomatoes! 128513 Why? Because egg is lyf! Haha! 127859127859

SINIGANG PAELLA. I remember not liking this that much before because the rice was too sour but surprisingly, they all still liked this. According to them, the rice was very flavorful, you still get to enjoy the sinigang goodness even without the actual hot soup. Rice was cooked just right, not wet nor too dry. Tried the pork belly and it was good, the pork was tender and tasty!! We all enjoyed eating the crispy kangkong. Nakakaadik! Can we order just the crispy kang kong?? 128518

CHICKEN BBQ. This was good but our least favorite. Usual chicken BBQ, nothing too special or extraordinary. You can skip this one and just get the first two dishes above. 128521128521

Other must try dishes: Corned Beef Hash; Bagoong Paella with Kare Kare.

And oh, we also tried the ICED TEA and it was surprisingly good and not too sweet. 127865

The next time I visit this place, I'll make sure to try the Paella Negra with Calamares, Tokwa and Chicken/Seafood, and the Fried Suman, Mangga at Chocnut.

SERVICE was just okay. Slow (understandable since there were a lot of customers) and kind of inconsistent (some servers were nice while some were snob and not approachable). Oh wellzz.

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Cezar R.
3.0 Stars

We ordered the Sinigang Pella with grilled pork belly (house's best according to our server) and the paella valenciana with shrimp tempura. The servings were really generous. You should eat here if that's your thing.

However, my date and I found the food a bit on the salty side. We weren't able to finish our orders.

It must be noted that the interiors of the place are really nice. Will we go back again? Yes but we will not be ordering the paella anytime soon.

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Hannah V.
5.0 Stars
6

Cozy and cool interior. Good service. Clean Washroom and Delicious Food. Yaaaaas! 128523

10024Ordered:
128149Sinigang Paella with Crispy Pork Belly.
I like their Pork Belly. It's soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. (too sour or im *just* not into sour foods)128517

128149Fried Suman, Mangga and Chocnut. Mango jelly was not too sweet and works well with the suman. *Fave*

128149Bagoong Paella with Kare Kare
I like it better than their Sinigang Paella. since im a kare kare lover.

128149Crab Fat Palabok
Crab Fat was very flavorful.

10024Overall
Perfect for friends,date night and family gathering.

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Liezzy M.
5.0 Stars
5

everything about this place is 10084️!

sinigang na paella 11088110881108811088
chicken bbq with java rice 1108811088110881108811088
nachos 1108811088110881108811088
tokwa't baboy 1108811088110881108811088
fried suman with mango jelly and chocnut 1108811088110881108811088

would definitely comeback for the rest of the menu. 128521

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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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