It’s funny just how less than two years ago, I was lamenting about the fact that being based in Valenzuela kept me from exploring many of Makati’s new restaurants. Now, having long settled in my new job, I find it hard to go out of the city every time I want to try a new restaurant; the Poblacion area in particular has been a default choice.
In fact, I’ve been here a lot more than the current rate of my blog posts indicates. There’s just a lot of interesting places to try (eh, not those places, pervert), and it’s hard to keep up with the writing when you’re juggling your full-time work with a part-time online job every day. But I realized that it’s already the latter part of October, and I don’t have a blog post yet for this month, so…
Anyway, one of the latest dining spots I tried was Cu Chi Bar in Ebro Street. The place is a pretty one, with walls decorated by artwork depicting communist Vietnam.
For this meal, we start with a three-piece serving of Cha Gio, or fried spring rolls, which is one of the more popular Vietnamese dish. This dish is basically similar to other deep-fried rolls found in Southeast Asia (like the Filipino lumpiang shanghai), although it has a distinct appearance, and is usually served with a fish-based sauce, rather than the peanut sauce of Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, or the banana ketchup-based sauce of the Philippines. Cu Chi Bar also has fresh spring rolls (which are served in room temperature rather than fried) for the more health-conscious.
Of course, no Vietnamese meal is complete without pho, the dish that single-handedly put Vietnam cuisine on the map. This is a popular street food, but is featured in many Vietnamese restaurants around the world. And it’s hard not to see why when you’re faced with a large bowl of piping-hot broth with tender slices of beef. Cu Chi Bar serves only one size of the soup, but it can easily feed two people.
This is actually my second time here, the first one a few weeks earlier with another friend, when we had some bahn mi and Vietnamese coffee. The place has a chill vibe that makes you want to stay for a while long after you’re done with your meal, and the food is good enough for some return visits afterward.
Cu Chi Bar
2/F, 5767 Ebro Street, Poblacion, Makati