food,  Restaurant reviews

Your Local: Unexpectedly familiar

The website for Your Local says “A new take on familiar flavors.” I would like to agree. While a couple weeks ago was my first visit to the joint, the place felt recognizable, while being fresh.

I had heard of Your Local before, you can’t help but, if you read food blogs and local websites like I do. And my confession of the day is, while I am a voracious eater, trooping to Makati isn’t really my cup of tea. I take great reviews of restaurants down south, and file them away for other times, when I know I’m meeting friends from the south, or for when I can drag people from our cozy nooks in the north to travel the two hours both ways to get to eating places in Makati or the Fort.

But I digress.

I headed to Your Local a couple weeks ago with a friend who was visiting from Singapore. She made the reservation and we headed to Makati to try the joint. It was packed when we got there before our 7 pm. People were waiting outside for tables, and there was no parking to be had (which, since we walked from Greenbelt, wasn’t a problem for us, but may be an issue with 90% of the customers).

I had the day’s special, a truffle cream pasta (P550?)

Truffle cream pasta

With a glass of Moscato (P250). The server, who was very nice, suggested appetizers but since we came from a sashimi snack at Tokyu, we refused. I knew truffle cream pasta could be very rich so I hesitated ordering more.

Several minutes later, the server sets down two glasses, on the house, as my friend knows one of the owners of the place.

I got Tinker, a drink made from vodka, earl grey tea, lemon and rosemary. My friend got Social Dysfunction, a drink of many liquors, starting with Bacardi 151. Suffice to say, I was very happy with my drink, and would consider coming back to Makati just for another glass. My friend was very carefully sipping hers, having had a shot of it before, and having ordered the Lamb Rendang, coating her stomach with food so she could get home without causing herself injury.

Verdict: Fun food, really good drinks. Need reservations. Expect a sprinkle of Singaporean favorites with steak and potato options. Don’t go for a first date. The place is lit very romantically but the tile on the walls bounces back audio, thus making conversation kind of a strain. Works for a third date though, since you have to lean in next to your date to speak. Tip: The joint’s walls open to Yardstick Coffee so you can extend the date to an after dinner coffee or their Carmen’s Best ice cream topped desserts. Bring at least P900 a head for food and drinks, more if you want to get that coffee.

Find your way to Your Local here:

Contact Details
ADDRESS Universal LMS Bldg. 106 Esteban St. Cor V.A. Rufino St., Legaspi Village, Brgy. San Lorenzo, Makati
TELEPHONE +632 8236206
MOBILE +63917 6543355

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