Saturday, February 27, 2016

TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE

TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE

If there is one establishment in Tacloban City that represents resiliency, bliss, zest, dedication and hard work, it is Chew Love.  The façade speaks of its character and so as with its owner, a good friend, Coke Young-Go.

With bright colored graffiti and murals that makes you feel transported to an-almost-cartoon world, this one establishment along the P. Gomez Street of Tacloban City is definitely a head turner.


TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE

I am back to experience dining at the restaurants’ extension, and dining experience gets even much better.  The interior design and wall decors change depending on occasion and season.  The Valentine’s Day being the closest, a romantic façade and interior emanated in the premises.  I truly commend the meticulous and artistic planning of Chew Love’s interiors.  It does not only brighten up the mood of every diner but it becomes the subject of social media captures and selfie backdrops. 

INTERIOR DESIGN

The decors change as the season change and you could just imagine the extra effort exerted in the installation and set-up to make it more pleasing and relatable to the diners.

TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE

TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE

TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE

As we took hold of the menu list, there are additions to the quirky and witty names offered.  From its opening and now after almost two years, food choices remain the same and with some great additions, which means all have been widely accepted by the palates and discerning taste buds of the people of Tacloban and its visitors.

A lot of restaurants in Tacloban City remain due to its home-cooked offerings.  And Chew Love is one of those – sharing their family recipes to the public.

TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE

TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE

FEATURED FOOD

As interesting as the names of the cuisine are the ingredients and preparation that goes with it. 

Bestsellers in the names of Love at Pork Sight (Pork Liempo); Steak to One (Beef burger pattie with rice); Cheeky Feeling (Boneless Chicken Barbeque) and Be Kare-ful with my heart (Kare-kare) are default options for the patrons of the restaurant.  The hefty serving on each cuisine comes with a heart-shaped rice and a side dish.

TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE
STEAK TO ONE (PHP145.00)
TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE
BE KARE-FUL WITH MY HEART (PHP180.00)
TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE
LOVE AT PORK SIGHT (PHP160.00)
The newest addition is Chew Love’s version of the Philippine favorite, adobo - a concoction of my favorites. 

Given the choice between coffee and tsokolate, I would choose the latter.  And if you know me well, my favorite has and will always be adobo.  The two being combined produces Chew Love’s unique culinary treat by the name of Porkbidden Love.

TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE
PORKBIDDEN LOVE (PHP155.00)
Porkbidden Love has tsokolate instead of soy sauce.  The meal is a concoction of vinegar, garlic and chocolate with danggit as an added treat.  I never thought tsokolate can be a great substitute of soy sauce for an adobo.  The dish is definitely highly recommended.  Without tasting too sweet yet saltiness is lessened, your perception of how adobo tastes would drastically change for the better.

Everyone must be familiar with a famed fast food chain’s hot shots.  Being the owners’ favorite, she produced something of her own version by the name of Hot Beats.  Hot Beats is easy to love despite its spiciness (speaking for myself who eats spicy food only out of curiosity and when presented with no choice).  I forecast that this tender and crispy chicken strips that tastes like nuggets, only that it is more flavorful, will definitely be a best-seller for Chew Love.

TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE
HOT BEATS (PHP110.00)
Kim Yam Pao, known as siopao, will always be my favorite snack at Chew Love.  This Filipino-Chinese cuisine instead of using a steamed soft bun originating in Northern China presents a modified version of siopao.  The meat filling is stuffed in a bread bun.

TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE
KIM YAM PAO (PHP70.00)
To complete the meal for the day, Chew Love’s halo-halo is definitely a must-try.  The shaved ice itself is already a treat.  The ice is flavored and does not conform to the ordinary.  It goes by the name of Gold Digger.  We keep on digging the shaved ice and at the bottom lies bits of mango (as the gold).  It pays to be a gold digger at times.  And we had a Double Digger, doubling the fun of digging.  Orders shall be made in advance since it is prepared by the owners themselves as part of the family’s secret recipes.

TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE
DOUBLE DIGGER (PHP170.00)
ASSESSMENT

Without any hesitation, Chew Love is one of the best places to dine when in Tacloban City.  It changes the picture placed in every one of the destruction and devastation caused in the city by the strongest typhoon in our lifetime.

From its interiors down to the servings that land on our tables, it truly is a happy place and a mark of love when chewing.

TACLOBAN CITY | REUNITED WITH MY ONE CHEW LOVE

Chew Love Tacloban
P. Gomez Street, Downtown, Tacloban City, Leyte
09173108286
Open Daily (except Sunday) 11:00AM to 8:30PM


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