Nestled in the residential/commercial McKinley Hill, Tuscany Estates is one of the newer spots for dining in the Taguig area. A row of small cafes and restaurants line the little street and because there are offices nearby, the area is always a hub of activity. Main Street is one of the busier restos in the area and we decided to find out why.
We got there around dinnertime on a Friday and as expected, it was jampacked. The wait time took about fifteen to twenty minutes and even then, we had to settle for an outside table. Al fresco dining in this humid country can be uncomfortable but it had to do, we were hungry and there were other patrons waiting after us as well.
A big cheeky sign in the middle of the resto that says “Free Beer Tomorrow” catches your attention from the get go. Although the space is small, it would have been nice to be seated inside to fully absorb the ambiance of the resto (also, aircon). The outside area is just as tiny as the inside and was poorly lit that we had to squint to read the smallprint in the menu. They seemed a bit understaffed for a busy Friday night, with only three servers manning all areas- upstairs, downstairs, and outside. Calling one needed a little practice in patience, although given how busy they were, it was almost forgivable.
For starters, we got the Poutine. Poutine is a classic Canadian dish of fries soaked in gravy. I’m not the best person to judge soggy fries, I’m just not a big fan (unless it’s Everything At Steak’s Moo Fries). Main Street’s Poutine was soggy and less tasty than I prefer. The serving size is a bit small for sharing, and thats considering I don’t like the stuff (and don’t hoard). If you’re wondering what the white clumps on the picture are, they’re cheese curds. It’s not something to write home about.
The main dishes at Main Street make up a good list of comfort food including the Classic Fish & Chips. Served on a slab of wood, the classic dish of fried dory fish paired with tartar sauce and a mountain of rice is as reliable as it gets.
Another comfort food on the list is the Grilled Pork Chop. According to the servers, it’s one of the specialties of the house and the best seller. I ordered it of course. By the time it was served to me on a heavy wooden slab, the rest of our party was about done with their meals and ready for dessert.
The dish is not for the light eater (or -hearted). Although I’m neither, I had trouble finishing the big plate. The meat is thick and it came with a mountain of herbed rice. Although it was delayed, the dish was thankfully tasty, healthy, and comforting. That kind of made up for it being ultra-late.
Also one of the best sellers, if we’re basing it off the menu, is the Wagyu Cheeseburger. A thick Kitayama wagyu beef burger is sandwiched between two sesame buns and relished with cheese, tomato, special house sauce, and served with a side of fries. You can also add as many bacon strips for fifty bucks apiece. Bacon!
The patty, which is what everyone judges burgers on, was thick, tasty, tender and juicy. The added bacon gave the burger extra oomph. (And just like that, I want a burger right now).
The thing I was super excited about Main Street was dessert. Like Mad Mark’s, Main Street offers homemade ice creams in various interesting flavors. One of the flavors is Organic Maple and Candied Bacon and as soon as I found out they had bacon ice cream, even before finding out their menu choices, I was good as sold. When I did try it, I liked it, but I didn’t love it? I couldn’t really taste the bacon in the ice cream. I knew there were bacon bits, and I felt that there was a fair amount of bacon bits in it but it seemed like the flavor of bacon was overpowered by the sweetness of the base ice cream.
It deserves a second taste test to say for sure if it’s a win or not, it wasn’t love at first taste with Mad Mark’s ice cream either.
*Dark photos are dark, I’m sorry!
|3 out of 5 bacons! Main Street is usually full at peak hours, their tiny dining area barely enough to accomodate human traffic and you usually have to wait awhile to be seated. When you do get seats and noms though, you’ll be happy to know that their servings are pretty hefty and will satisfy a bigger than usual appetite. Comfort food indeed.|
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