Food: Canteen Simple+Good Food

Canteen is a 30 seat self-service cafe inside Trilogy Boutique. We serve freshly made soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, rice meals, desserts & coffee.

I wanted to try this cafe when I first saw it with my friend. Luckily it was on the same street where Andrew’s office is located. One day, I need to visit Makati at lunch time to have my HPV vaccine. I told him I wanted to try the Canteen so we had lunch after I had my vaccine shot.

Canteen Simple+Good Food

One thing that made me curious was the fact that Canteen is literally inside the Trilogy Boutique. I’m not really sure what to expect so I was excited the moment we step in.

Inside Canteen

Trilogy Boutique

Unfortunately, all the seats were taken. It was lunch time so I guess a lot of people also dine there everyday. We have no choice but to wait at the bar while waiting for our food. By the way, notice the paintings on the wall? They are also selling those! If I got the budget, I’d buy one! They are pretty nice work of art. :)

Canteen's colorful menu

Their menu is written in colored chalk on a black board at the counter. They have hearty meals and desserts as well. At first I want to back off since one meal is a bit pricey but since I’m not always there, I decided to stay.

I ordered the Miso glazed mahi mahi + soy fried rice (Php 210) and Andrew got the Chicken skewers + thai marinade + rice (Php 225).

Miso glazed mahi mahi + soy fried rice

The Mahi Mahi is a kind of fish, I think. The leafy vegetable that comes with it was either bukchoy or pechay. hehe! :) I liked the flavor, it’s something new to me. No strong flavors, it was cooked just right. Good choice!

Chicken skewers + thai marinade + rice

I had the chance to taste Andrew’s food. The meal has 2 small rice. I’m not sure why but if you’ll look closely at the back of the skewers, you’ll see 2 triangular shaped rice. Maybe they did that because that’s the famous rice in Thai? I’m not really sure. The Thai marinade is to die for! I don’t know how they make one but it made the chicken really taste good! I even wanted to exchange meal with him but in the end let him enjoy his dish.

I bet all the other meals were as good as this. If ever I’ll get a chance to visit Rada St. again, I’d definitely go back for more. Will try other meals I saw on the other table. Looks very yummy! Their sandwich has a pretty good presentation as well. If I can just order and taste everything, I’d be grateful but I can’t. I’d be broke and bloated at the same time. I hope their desserts are good too! Argh, so much to try the next time.

Here’s a map grabbed from their website:

Canteen MAP



Have you tried dining at Canteen?
What did you order, can you recommend something?


UPDATE: Last April 28 2012, the store officially closed. They moved to their new home, OB Montessori. See update here.


Canteen Simple+Good Food
110 Rada St., Legazpi Village, Makati City
(in front of Metrobank Rada branch, near the Union Church of Makati).
weekdays: 11am-8pm; weekends: 10am-5pm
Twitter: @Canteen_Trilogy
Facebook: Canteen Simple+Good Food
Website: Canteen Website

Movie 2012: The Hunger Games

Movie Cast

Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark

To view the whole cast: Check IMDB

Movie Synopsis

Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.

Moral Lesson

Survival instincts are important.

My Reaction

I never knew that this was a trilogy similar to Twilight’s Saga. Knowing that, I think this movie will be a hit after this first book adaption. I wanted to read the book and compare it with the movie but I’m really not a fan of books, sad to say. I will just rely on the movies and hoping it’s close to the original.

I like the futuristic part of the movie but didn’t exactly like all the killing and fighting. Although I know it’s part of the game and it’s supposed to be that way, it’s nice that they didn’t show every killing act of the movie. They just hear the gun shots when someone died.

Good as it might seem, I wonder why would someone think of a game like that? It saddens me that people might actually doing it in some parts of the world. Not as grand as the movie but similar. All the violence and greed, how can they make it as an entertainment?

Anyway, back to the movie. It plays more than 2 hours but you won’t mind. Every scene was executed and transitioned nicely and in the end you won’t notice that more than 2 hours has passed.

I would definitely watch the next book’s adaptations. I hope they would release it after a year.

How do you find the movie?