Upbeat at Offbeat

Offbeat Burger at Wieneke Kitchen
Offbeat Burger at Wieneke Kitchen

It literally takes a lot of guts (pun intended) to call your shop, “Offbeat,” when you’re located at The Collective in Makati City which is an art-meets-commerce kind of space, and adjectives like ‘quirky’ and ‘unusual’ are terms shared by all the shops.  Short of offering bizarre food, how can Offbeat, The Wieneke Kitchen be true to its name?  That we intended to find out for ourselves.

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Out of the box thinking at Pasta Box

Pasta Box at the Collective
Pasta Box at the Collective

With all the new eating places cropping up, it’s safe to say that there’s no shortage of pasta places to go to in Manila.  The issue rather is where to go for good pasta that’s more imaginative than usual, tasty and yet won’t clean up your pocket as fast as you can clean up your plate.  Your Happyfoodies happened to chance upon Pasta Box at the far corner of The Collective along Malugay in Makati and the clean, spic-and-span interiors worked like a charm in pulling us in and giving this place a try.

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Vegging out gets new meaning at Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-sabi Noodle House Window

Yeah, I know the drill.  Eat your veggies.  Eat more of ’em.  And eat ’em more often.  Well, I’m no veggie hater; it’s just that pork, chicken and beef are just too commonplace and admittedly, too good to pass up come mealtime.  Vegemeat dishes are okay but there aren’t a lot of places that serve them, and honestly, the dishes fall short on taste.  Call it serendipity or luck but your Happyfoodies are just too happy to have stumbled upon a really nice veggie place — Wabi-Sabi Noodle House & Vegetarian Grocery at The Collective in Makati.  We’re just too glad to find somewhere we can seek penance for all those trips to the nearby 8065 Bagnet.

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