Agos is Chef Myke Tatung Sarthou’s newest Filipino restaurant that sets the bar higher for authentic Filipino food. Known for his devotion for essentially indigenous cooking (which he shared in his best-selling cook book Philippine Cookery: From Heart To Platter), his vision for Agos is more of an homage to Filipino-Hispanic dishes using turn of the century cooking techniques. After all, Filipino cuisine is peppered with influences especially during the Galleon Trade.
Chef Tatung aside from another cookbook in the works, has been busy with a 4-part series ‘The Food That We Are’ based on his book, Philippine Cookery: From Heart To Platter and preparations for his talk about ‘Salt’ representing the country at Madrid Fusion 2017 in Spain next year.
Kinilaw na Tuna – freshly sourced from different parts of the country, the tuna slices are served with ‘suha’ (pomelo) and cucumber slices, minced red onions and ginger with a bit of chili. It is best eaten with a sprinkle of salt (they have 16 kinds) which brings out a different dimension to this classic appetizer.
Chicken Sisig Lettuce – we usually eat ‘sisig’ straight from the sizzling plate or pan but Chef Tatung’s version is taco-style.
How to eat the Chicken Sisig Lettuce Wraps: You take a piece of lettuce, place some sisig mix, shredded red cabbage and crusty taro strings then a few dollops of mango sauce and roll and bite into its delicious goodness.
Eggplant Ensalada – this reminds me of the Ilocano ‘poqui poqui’ dish. It’s grilled eggplant topped with tomato and red onion salsa. A good choice as starter or as a side dish.
Pollo Con Salsa Tsokolate – Its chicken braised in dark chocolate sauce. Intriguing isn’t it? When the Spaniards came to the Philippines, they also brought ‘cacao‘ or ‘tsokolate’ from Mexico. Aside from making organic hot chocolate using a ‘batirol’ (a pot shaped like an urn used for turning cacao into a drink), the Spaniards used cacao primarily as a seasoning and as a medicinal drink. It has become a dessert only for the past 150 years.
With this dish the juicy chicken is complimented by the earthy dark chocolate sauce. There is no bitter aftertaste but a hint of sweetness at the end. A must-try dish for the serious foodie!
Tocino Pork Ribs – the all-time favorite breakfast fare ‘tocino’ (which means ‘bacon’ in Spanish) is escalated from pork strips to pork ribs. Marinated with all-natural ingredients, its fall-off-the-bone goodness will prompt one to order extra rice or a pan of paella.
Twice-Cooked Beer Belly – marinated in Chef’s secret ingredients and cooked at a lower temperature for a longer time which renders the fat and meat so succulent. Its so soft that you don’t need a knife with its melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Hands down, the best beer belly with the most generous serving I’ve tasted in the metro!
Paella Fiesta Filipina – Served steaming full of locally-sourced fresh ingredients (seafood, smoked pork jowl [cured and smoked cheeks of pork] instead of Spanish ‘chorizo’, chicken, squid ink and vegetables) that just a bit of the delicious yellow Ifugao ‘tinawon’ rice peeks through. Chef Tatung uses annato instead of saffron plus you’ll scrape the crunchy ‘tutong’. Its a classic favorite brought to a new level!
Palabok – the classic Filipino noodle dish served oozing with ingredients, perfect-bite rice noodles and that distinctive sauce using annato served topped with egg is a surefire comfort food to crave for.
3-Cheese Bibingka Delight – Kesong Puti, cheddar and mozarella tops the soft cassava cake. But that’s not all, embedded inside are pieces of nata de coco and its served with salted egg sauce.
Cucumber Lychee – the restaurant does not serve soda, just fresh natural juices like Cucumber and Lychee. Its a fresh palate cleanser same with their house blend iced tea.
Agos’ interiors were by Noel Bernardo, inspired by the Spanish galleons. The concept incorporates indigenous materials for ceiling installations and lighting, round mirrored windows and turquoise tiles representing the sea.
Chef Tatung’s passion for Filipino cookery is truly bold, admirable and now bears fruit because Filipinos are being re-educated of our roots through our palates. The world is finally taking notice of our cuisine so don’t be left out and experience Agos!
Agos is located at the ground floor North Wing Entertainment Mall, Mall of Asia Pasay City
For reservations please call: (02) 889 1462