Filipinos will forever associate Kapampangan cuisine with highly-delectable dishes. From meat products like tocino, delicacies like sisig, and kakanin desserts, Kapampangan cuisine has got it all. Luckily, us living in Metro Manila need not go to Pampanga anymore to enjoy the majesty of Kapampangan food thanks to Apag Marangle.
Located at the first level of Park Square in Makati which is just a stone’s throw away from MRT Ayala, Apag Marangle is offering a wide array of appetizers, soups, desserts, and Kapampangan delicacies. This branch opened just last January but their original outlet in Bacolor, Pampanga has been around since 2008. Their only other branch is in Mexico, Pampanga – accessible via NLEX.
Upon entering their premises, one can’t help but notice the traditional feel of the place, You have there nipa huts, bamboo flooring, wooden furnitures, and live plants. Oh, and when was the last time you washed your hands through a faucet connected to a big jar?
While waiting for your food to be served, don’t miss their must-try pandan water. Given how torching the summer heat is now, two or three glasses of that will certainly make you feel rejuvenated.
In preparation for the “main event,” several appetizers will be served. I particularly liked their enseladang mangga though their camaru ginisa must also be tried. One reminder, though: Avoid eating too much at this point! There’s so much food still to be served.
Here are some of the dishes we are highly-recommending to our dishes (credits to the Facebook page of Apag Marangle and Ms Cherry Bustamante Burwell of The Big Difference Communications for the pictures below):
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Speaking to selected bloggers during a food-tasting event last May 6, Apag Marangle owners Mark Navarro and Cherry Tan explained that apart from making sure that their customers have good food. Instead, they should also be able to find the entire eating experience worthwhile.
“Gusto namin kapag kumain kayo rito (Makati branch), para na rin kayong kumain sa Bacoor,” Navarro said.
For her part, Tan said they are open to having more branches in the future, but they will have to do what they can to preserve the restaurant’s unique touch. “We are always seeking God’s sign on what to do next. Kung ano ang ibibigay niya sa amin, that’s it,” she said.
For inquiries, interested parties may contact Apag Marangle at 668-5812 and 0925-8751100.