Makati’s favorite gotohan is now in Malate

We went to see if it’s as good as the original

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Our office has had a long standing love affair with Makati’s favorite goto place, Goto Monster for quite awhile now. If we need a pick-me-up from work, it’s Goto Monster. If it’s payday and we’re feeling indulgent, we go to Goto Monster. If we’re just plain craving lugaw, we go to Goto Monster.  

A mere 10 minute walking distance from our building, this small but incredible restaurant on the corner of Dungon St. is famous for serving up the most umami and value-for-money goto (filipino rice porridge) in town. For the cheap price of P95, you can have a sizeable bowl of their comforting rice porridge, with toppings ranging from the goto special classic filled with beef tripe, to the more indulgent bagnet and shitake mushrooms.

Goto Monster’s classic goto beef tripe

After blessing the taste buds of Makati residents, this esteemed eatery is now branching out and knocking on the doors of Manileños. Their new home is in the recently opened Salo Park. Front and center in the food hub’s compound, Goto Monster’s red and white logo shines bright, drawing the crowds like moth to a flame.

Goto Monster’s first branch is located in San Antonio Village, Makati
There are colorful murals decorating Salo Park’s walls

For the regulars who’ve been eating at the restaurant before it got its online hype, worry not. Even though they’re expanding, the owners are extremely meticulous about following their tried and tested recipes to a ‘t.’ They even made sure to have the presentation of the dishes exactly the same as how they’re doing it in Makati.

Kutchay fried lumpia
Champorado special waffle
Cucumber mint slushie (right) and fruit in season slushie, this season’s fruit is ponkan

Everything you loved, everything we loved in the OG Goto Monster can be found in their new location in Salo. The Goto carries that same strong turmeric flavor, the porridge thick and rich. The toppings are plenty and the vegetables fresh. Their bestselling chickadobosilog still has that same filling serving and balanced combination of delicious adobo, fried rice, egg, and vegetable side. Their refreshing slushies and sweet ice cream pops are also available there, along with my personal favorite, their champorado special waffle.

Tokwa + Bagnet
We recommend you enjoy a bowl of their goto with a glass of their slushie. One sip is a refreshing complement to the warm and savoury spoonful of the rice porridge.

Safe to say, we’ll be continuing our love affair with this eatery, and extending it all the way to Malate. Now, if only I could get them to set up shop in QC, too. Fingers crossed.

 

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TAGS: city guide eats Erwan Heussaff Goto Goto Monster Lugaw makati Malate manila restaurant Salo Park


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