It has been a while since I last posted a review here, so yesterday, when my friend Emma had a craving for something savory, I immediately thought of SALT. (Actually, she immediately thought of it, but we’re eating together, so it could have easily been me too.)
I’ve seen the rounds in the blogs for this little hole in the wall. Located at the corner of Fermina and Enriquez, it wasn’t that hard to find. From our office along Makati Avenue, we walked to the tricycle station by Polaris St. and simply said Fermina. The sign is right there, it’s impossible to miss.
(For those who are driving, turn at the corner of Howzat Gym and Bar along Kalayaan Avenue. The resto is on the third street to your left.)
This being a spontaneous run, please excuse the quality of photos. Not only were we rushing to finish a sumptuous lunch and squeezing in 15 minutes of quiet time, I only had my phone with me. All photos are watermarked (poorly, if I may add) in Fotor.
Simple exteriors and interiors, the place is quite inviting. I had to confirm to a friend if they’re open for lunch, and the only thing he replied is the place is his go-to for “value for money” food.
Forgot to take a photo of the exterior, but you get the gist. That small pocket room at the side looks like it can be reserved for big groups. But then, SALT looks like it was just put up at the back of a big house, so maybe you just come in early with a big group and occupy that space…?? I didn’t get to ask, I was starving.
Emma is not used to my blogging persona so she felt compelled to take photos too. Given the shakiness of my pictures, I desperately needed meat.
Naturally, I had the T-Bone Steak (P190). I read somewhere that they can’t get the doneness of this steak right. I asked for medium rare, being the proper carnivore that I am, but because the cut is not as thick, it was cooked closer to medium.
Don’t get me wrong though. The steak is ABSOLUTELY flavorful. I really took my time eating it, I loved every bite. They matched it with this barbecue sauce and a taste of potato salad. It was so good. Now I get what they say about value for money.
Emma had the Beef Salpicao (P220) and it looked like sex on a plate. Hahaha. Truly! I immediately asked if they serve beer but unfortunately they don’t. (So I sometimes drink for lunch, why judge?)
How sexy is that oil touching the rice? DROOL ALL OVER. The beef was tender and well cooked, the garlic was tasteful but not overpowering. All it really needed was beer really.
I read somewhere that the resto only uses Batangas beef, and I approve of that. The first time I tasted that kind of meat was at a buffet. Cheers for homegrown food!
Our meals were so savory, there was only one way to end it.
The Frozen Brazo de Mercedes (P110) can be shared by two. It has the right amount of sweetness and the cold dessert makes for a perfect match for the hot lunch sun. It also washes away the yummy oil taste from the meals. It truly is the perfect ending.
All in all, it was a great experience for us both. We walked out of SALT satisfied and satiated, and feeling the need to run 10km because we almost licked our plates clean. Too bad though for the other table; their orders were not available in the kitchen. But I have a feeling their best sellers are always in stock.
If you’re planning to drop by, here’s the menu of the place:
Drop a line if you’re dropping by soon! It’s so close to my office, I just might join you.
5887 Fermina St. corner Enriquez St., Poblacion, Makati
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 5:00 pm – 1:00 am, Sundays from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, and 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm