KANTO Freestyle: Best Filipino Breakfast in Manila!

Late risers, rejoice! Feast on your fave breakfast food, any time of the day. Kanto Freestyle is a 24/7 all-day breakfast concept featuring ridiculously affordable Filipino and Western fare. They offer pancakes, eggs Benedict, Spam, pork belly and the usual silog. The owners wanted to revolutionize the kanto/karinderia image, by uplifting the same kind of breakfast items you’ll find in eateries all over the Philippines. But why add the word “Freestyle” to “Kanto”? Because, here, you can mix and match your morning meal favorites. Make your own breakfast with different tapas, bacon strips, tocino and even have your eggs prepared just the way you like them—sunny side, scrambled, boiled or poached! Kanto now has seven branches, and here’s why we love it… KANTO FREESTYLE BREAKFAST 2466 Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila, Metro Manila M-Su: 8AM-3AM https://flic.kr/p/25QYQQ4 Living in the Taft area, I was thrilled to find out that Kanto opened its seventh branch near DLSU. I’ve always been a fan of this place. I used to frequent its Poblacion branch, where we would gorge after a late night CrossFit sesh. I remember the place being packed with night owls sobering up after a night out. https://flic.kr/p/25R15ft You’ll find Kanto on Leon Guinto Street beside the popular Korean eat-all-you-can bbq joint Sangyupsalamat. https://flic.kr/p/27dBNHX All other Kanto branches are open 24/7; the La Salle branch, from 8am to 3am. Hopefully, it will be open 24 hours by the end of the month. https://flic.kr/p/25QYLwK The Taft Branch has that old school feel, probably reminiscent of the time when the owners were students at DLSU. There’s no air-conditioning except for the private room that has an additional charge. https://flic.kr/p/26ASVBg The breakfast meals come with garlic rice, two eggs (freestyle) and tomato with pesto for a starting price of PHP 121. For the freestyle menu, the mains range from P39 to P114,  depending on the viand; while eggs, waffle and rice, from P22 to P93. https://flic.kr/p/KQrPP3 For the bestsellers, my go-to dishes are the New Zealand beef tapa (P150), crispy corned beef and honey garlic chicken. Crispy Corned Beef (P132) It’s deep fried corned beef hash that comes with garlic rice and two freestyle eggs. The crunchy crust is a nice change from the usual corned beef hash. https://flic.kr/p/25QYPgT Honey Garlic Chicken (P138) My all-time favorite is their honey garlic chicken. Crispy chicken drenched in a sweet, spicy and garlicky honey sauce, it pairs well with the garlic rice. Don’t forget to dunk it in their mayo dip. Waffle and Chicken (P132) I wish the chicken were also cooked in their honey garlic sauce! ‘Perfect na sana!’ That’s why I prefer mine freestyle—a separate order of Honey Garlic Chicken (P103) and waffles (P93). A Solid combo! https://flic.kr/p/25QZPoz Pancake Platter (P195) The pancake platter is a treat with three different toppings ranging from mixed berries, ube and white chocolate ganache, and Goya ganache. I like the Filipino twist on the ganache with the addition of Chocnut. Though, I’d like my pancakes to have a fluffier consistency.   https://flic.kr/p/K5K18j Baked Beans w/ Crispy Pork Belly & Pita Bread (P150) I also love their take on the classic pork & beans. A combination of black and white beans with pita bread on the side, then topped with crispy pork belly. A must-order!   https://flic.kr/p/25QZRCV Lucban longganisa (P70), Vigan (P70) and chicken longganisa (P70) For the longganisa lovers, they have your favorite Lucban, Vigan, and even chicken longganisa.   https://flic.kr/p/25QZtQB Spicy Kanto Fried Rice (P170) It’s their version of fried rice mixed with classic Kanto favorites like tapa, tocino, longganisa and tuyo, and topped with salted egg and salsa. The generous toppings make the fried rice a complete meal in itself.   https://flic.kr/p/25QZTCg Chocnut Champorado Topped with Tuyo (P80) What makes it special is the peanutty taste from the Chocnut bits.   https://flic.kr/p/26SXC1Y Grilled Buttered Suman with Ube, White Chocolate and Goya Ganache (P75) Antipolo suman slightly grilled on the outside for a crispy shell, then drenched in their ube and white chocolate ganache combined with Goya chocolate ganache.   https://flic.kr/p/25QZVoa Taho Panna Cotta (P95) For something on the healthier side, they have the taho panna cotta that comes with granola bits.   https://flic.kr/p/27Y8sW4 Overall, we love Kanto Freestyle! -Dishes customized to your liking. -Eggs done any way you want, even poached! -The old school look, especially the design on the walls. -Open during late hours. -Affordable prices. You’ll be surprised that these gourmet-style plated dishes start at only Php 121! Congratulations Kanto on your new branch in Taft! KANTO FREESTYLE BREAKFAST 2466 Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila, Metro Manila Monday – Sunday: 8 AM-3 AM Live an Awesome Life, https://flic.kr/p/25htUgQ ABI of Team Our Awesome Planet Disclosure: We were media guests of Kanto Freestyle.  I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. P.S. Here’s a list of all their seven branches. https://flic.kr/p/25R16j2

3 thoughts on “KANTO Freestyle: Best Filipino Breakfast in Manila!

  1. I’ve just read this blog and got a complete turn off from trying this restaurant. Filipino breakfasts are so inferior to breakfasts of other cuisines and the description of the unhealthy food served in this establishment only supports it.

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