by Ana Aran, Foodfinds Asia |
Tucked along the metropolitan Legaspi Village in Makati is a restaurant that delivers good food, as well as provides a healthier alternative to dining. Kitchen 1B is the fruit of Chef Marivic Diaz-Lim’s dream of advocating wellness without sacrificing on taste and food quality. A veteran in the food industry, Chef Marivic is the power behind successful restaurants such as Tribeca, Ñ and Apartment 1B.
The menu lists familiar and comforting dishes and is quite extensive with starters, breakfast, pasta, sandwiches, mains, desserts and drinks. However, to spice up these dishes, Chef Marivic offers only the Power Ingredients: grass-fed beef, hormone-free probiotic pork, free-range chickens and organically grown vegetables and fruits. These ingredients are cooked with fresh herbs and spices that are packed with immune boosting vitamins and minerals.
Diners gave the highest vote of approvals to their Grilled Mango Barbecue Chicken, Oven Roasted Stuffed Pork Chop, Salmon Nicoise, Baked Citrus Alaskan Black Cod and Cheese Burger.
And to seal in the message of wellness, two of their bestselling drinks are called Antioxidant Juice #1 (a blend of sweet potato, carrots, broccoli and peppermint) and Anti-oxidant Juice #2 (apple, carrot, tomato, thyme and parsley).
SUNNY INTERIORS & COZY AMBIANCE:
“Welcome to my kitchen!” sums up the intent of the restaurant. It is well lighted, homely with mismatched colorful slipcovers on chairs, fresh flowers pots on each table, wood lamps and some quirky décor like a giant drawing of a refrigerator on the wall. Stress seems to fall away as soon as one enters the “kitchen.”
Service is prompt and friendly. Somehow, they are visible and invisible at the same time, allowing the diners to enjoy their meals uninterrupted and in a relaxed pace.
Dining in Kitchen 1B is reminiscent of the days when eating is simple; all ingredients are fresh and sourced from nearby farms and fisheries. It offers a road to wellness without sacrificing on taste and substance -a must-try restaurant for that no – guilt dining experience.
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G/F KL Tower, Gamboa Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Tel. No. 403-5405, 843-2392
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m
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Ana Marie Aran
Aran is a Director of Courage Asia (management consulting firm that specializes in food service training, seminars and conferences), marketing consultant and adjunct faculty of Enderun Colleges.