Kinilaw in a Chinese Restaurant: Only in RK Garden

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Kinilaw in a Chinese Restaurant: Only in RK Garden

If you think that Jupiter street in Makati is already packed and has almost all kinds of restaurants from the mainstream food industry, think again. A Chinese restaurant called RK Garden along Jupiter corner Antares streets has just opened a few months ago.

Baked Crab

Baked Crab

Brief History

Originally from Tagum in Davao, the owners saw the restaurant’s potential in the busy streets of the metro so they brought it here in Manila. Although I initially felt that the brand name is quite off for a Chinese restaurant, I cannot argue with its historical roots. R stands for one of the owner’s name “Rose“. “Garden” was added by way of habit care of the Davao customers, and moving to Manila somehow persisted the “Restaurant” part.

RK Special Chopsuey (P278)

RK Special Chopsuey (P278)

What Makes Them Unique

What makes RK Garden Restaurant unique are their “kinilaw” dishes. Yes you read that right – kinilaw. I cannot overemphasize the presence of kinilaw in a Chinese restaurant. And specially for a tsinoy like me who is used to Chinese cuisine, it somehow violated my 34-year notion of what dishes should be found in a Chinese restaurant. 🙂

Nonetheless, the presence of kinilaw in this Chinese restaurant has a good explanation  Kinilaw is Rose‘s specialty back in Davao and what they are known for all around town. They are so famous for it that it is also the reason why I will be visiting RK Garden Restaurant again very soon.

Kinilaw Dishes to Order

Having mentioned all that above, I was only able to try two kinilaw dishes; of which I was extremely satisfied. And this is coming from a non-fan of kinilaw, to say the least.

For the uninitiated, knilaw ingredients are usually composed of ginger, onion, lemon/kalamansi juice, and red/green chili, marinated in vinegar and seasoned with salt. Most of the time, kinilaw is served as an appetizer in the Philippines but in this case, the serving is big enough to be one of the main dish.

Kinilaw Malasugi S-P198; L-P396

Kinilaw Malasugi S-P198; L-P396

Kinilaw Malasugi

We had Kinilaw Malasugi (Swordfish Ceviche) /Marlin / Blue Marlin that night. I think what did the trick was the right mix of vinegar and spices; and of course, the fish should be fresh and of good quality to start with.

A small serving of Kinilaw Malasugi costs P 198 ; the large one is P 396. Not too expensive, but definitely not cheap. Nonetheless, it’s worth the price.

Kinilaw Suahe (Top Photo)

They saved the best one for last. I thought Kinilaw Malasugi was already a surprise but  Kinilaw Suahe was even better. If you love shrimps or suahe and kinilaw, this one is truly worth the visit even if you’re from far-off Quezon City like me (former Makati resident).

The price tag of this dish is not indicated because of seasonality, but you can estimate it at about P200/100 grams on a good season.

Other Chinese Dishes

Here are the other ‘Chinese’ dishes (not yet posted above) you would usually expect from a Chinese restaurant. They are good orders as well, specially the crabs although they are expectedly quite expensive.

Century Egg with Seaweed (P180); background: Yang Chow Friend Rice (Large - P276)

Century Egg with Seaweed (P180); background: Yang Chow Friend Rice (Large – P276)

Left - RK Marshmallow Shake (P150); Right - RK Avocado Shake (P150)

Left – RK Marshmallow Shake (P150); Right – RK Avocado Shake (P150)

RK Green Seafood Soup (Small- P298, Large- P596); Background: RK Special Red Iced Tea (P95 Refillable)

RK Green Seafood Soup (Small- P298, Large- P596); Background: RK Special Red Iced Tea (P95 Refillable)

Patatim (P598)

Patatim (P598)

Lapu-Lapu Steamed with Soy Sauce (seasonal price)

Lapu-Lapu Steamed with Soy Sauce (seasonal price)

Fried Spareribs with Salt & Pepper (P298)

Fried Spareribs with Salt & Pepper (P298)

Steamed Crab with Garlic (seasonal price)

Steamed Crab with Garlic (seasonal price)

On a last note (for the owners), the interiors of the restaurant, which unfortunately I forgot to take photos of, has a lot of room for improvement. But we’re letting that pass since their kinilaw is superb! 😛

RK Garden Restaurant
Jupiter corner Antares Streets, Makati City, Philippines
(02) 519 9434 Operations 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
http://www.facebook.com/pages/RK-Garden-Chinese-Seafood-Restaurant/580510921961852

 

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