My friends and I made a food stop at Balestier on our way home. We found this joint quite interesting: its brightly-lit and minimalist-designed interiors have a very clean and modern aesthetic. Its menu featured Singaporean dishes, inspired no doubt by the food hawkers in the Singaporean street of the same name.
We snacked on the complimentary chips (made from crispy fried dumpling wrappers) provided by the friendly waiter, on Sesame Ceasar Salad (Php135) – an Asian take on a well-known classic – and on plump Hakaw (Php135) – four pieces of steamed shrimp dumplings served with brewed soy sauce and onion leeks.
The concept behind the resto seems to be applying an Asian or Singaporean twist to well-loved dishes as can be gleaned from the tastes prevalent in our orders.
Next time, I would like to sample the Salted Egg Wings and Laksa Tsukumen.
Balestier is located at 14 Nicanor Roxas Street, San Roque, Marikina City.