Date #23: Ken Afford
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Ken Afford has saved us from hunger a couple of times. It’s a place where you can find relatively okay and affordable Filipino food, making it a real attraction for a lot of students in the area. The prices range from 100-150 (for one entrée and a cup of rice), more expensive than fast food, but cheaper than restaurant prices. So if you’re hungry, and you’re tired of McDo or Jollibee, I suppose this is the way to go.
For an affordable establishment, the ambiance is pretty okay—the crowd isn’t too rowdy and it has good air conditioning.
You probably know by now that I’m a fruit shake addict. I got a Mango Shake P30, which was actually too sour for my taste. Still, it’s half the price of fruit shakes in other establishments.
Every visit comes with a free bowl of Nilagang Paminta, a popular Filipino starter.
We got their Beef Tenderloin Salpicao (P130) to share, but it’s normally good for one person. We actually fell in love with the mixture of flavors, from the lean meat down to the garlicky flavor in every bite. The vegetables contrasted well with the meat, too. The sauce cold be a little less oily, though.
We loved the former over their Sisig ala Domeng (P110), which we think is not the best sisig in the house (they have a few other kinds). It looked and smelled great, but was bland, even if we added Knorr Savor and Hot Sauce to it already. It had a hint of something charred when you taste it.
Every order comes with your choice of either plain or garlic rice. We had garlic rice since it’s more flavorful.
Douglas rarely orders drinks from restaurants, and this one is an exception. He didn’t regret getting their Mango Iced Tea (P35) which literally tastes like mango iced tea. :P
The Verdict: We got their Kare-kare the last time we went here, and it’s definitely more worth it—about P110, good to share for two. This time, our visit was a series of hits and misses, but I’d still recommend this restaurant for anyone who’s hungry but is avoiding fast food.
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