We spoke to Paolo Paraiso of Backyard Kitchen + Brew to get to know this farm-to-table resto at the UP Town Center. "We purchase our supplies from small local farms and suppliers in nearby provinces to ensure fresh and somehow organic ingredients for food," he shares. The restaurant is called Backyard, because of the very Pinoy tradition of setting up a family gathering in the backyard. Whether it's someone's birthday or just a spur-of-the-moment inuman session of your kuya and his barkada, the backyard is where people come together. "So that translates to the look of the restaurant—things we usally see in our backyard. Recycled things, lots of wood," Paolo explains.
As for the type of food they serve, they liken it to a chef's backyard where different chefs have a pot luck dinner. They don't have any limitations when it comes to preparing their menu and they also make sure that they use fresh, organic, and local ingredients.
What sets this hangout from other establishments in the area? Paolo assures customers that they'll get excellent service and get their money's worth. Fun fact: Did you know that the music they play is curated by Rico Blanco?
And don't think that this is just for students, you can bring your family here! According to Paolo they have a wide variety of clientele ranging from lolos and lolas sipping brewed coffee to students splitting a Crispy Chicken Skin Flatbread to yuppies enjoying happy hour drinks after work.
Scroll down for the tasty treats that await you at the restaurant. You have to try the Salted Egg Chicken Skin Flatbread!
Salted Egg Chicken Skin Flatbread, Chicken Lollipops with Tequila Lime Glaze, and Backyard Burger
Salted Egg Chicken Skin Flatbread (P255)
Slow Roasted Pork Belly (P275)
Waffle Breaded Fried Chicken (P295)
Pair your meal with a mason jar of Home Brewed Iced Tea (P85)
Visit Backyard Kitchen + Brew at L2 of UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue. Tonight is Sunday Slowdown, just the right way to end your week with good food and even better music.