Locavore continues to reinvent Filipino food

LOCAVORE [loh-kuh-vohr]

noun:
- A person who consumes food that is produced, grown, and raised locally
- A restaurant established in 2015 that continues to reinvent Filipino cuisine

Sizzling Sinigang, Lechon Oyster Sisig, and Kare-Kare Wings; fondly remembered and often recreated by many in the metro, these dishes are but just some of the tributes to Filipino cuisine you won’t find anywhere else but Locavore, in Kapitolyo and now, Bonifacio Global City.

Locavore was the brainchild of four couples (including power couple Speedy and Alta Lyttle) with the help of a daring, young chef by the name of Kel Zagguire. Their plan was to take the essence of home-cooked Filipino food and reinvent classic staples to a broader, more diverse pallet.

“We have a group of friends and we’re always eating out, and decided, ‘let’s put up a restaurant!’ shares Speedy and Alta Lyttle. “We just wanted to have fun and that’s what happened.”

Take one step through its doors in Kapitolyo, Pasig City, and already one is greeted with the familiar aroma of home-cooked meals, of food that speaks to the soul. But even then, with sights of kitchen staples spread across every table, there’s still something different, something that’s unidentifiable until the first bite.

Within months, Locavore’s Kapitolyo branch developed a steady clientele of people looking for a welcome addition to their community bistros. From office workers in the middle of their lunch breaks, to foodies on the hunt, or even a barkada unwinding from a long, adventurous night, there’s always something for everyone in Locavore.

“We are the Filipino restaurant you wouldn’t be able to eat at home”, says head chef, Kel Zagguire. “Our menu is playful and different, but does not forget the essence of straightforward Filipino flavors.”

True to its name, one Locavore’s most defining qualities is their dedication in serving nothing but fresh and locally grown and raised ingredients in their dishes. Their commitment to offering organic fair to the customers extends to the relationship they continue to foster with local farmers and growers. This ensures that every bite from each dish tantalizes the senses with a taste that’s not only daring but organic and sustainable.

“It’s our way of giving back and helping farmers and their businesses”, says Speedy Lyttle.

Word over this fresh, ambitious approach to Filipino cuisine spread through the metro that in order to keep up with demands, Locavore opened their second branch in Bonifacio Global City. The launch of Locavore’s second branch opened the restaurant to a new, bigger market that proved that Filipino cuisine can have an incredible presence to a bigger, global pallet.

“We want to introduce Locavore to everyone”, says Speedy Lyttle. “It’s Filipino food that caters to the foreign pallet- everyone can appreciate Filipino food.”

Locavore offers Filipino food you can’t find in the home, or anywhere else for that matter. So whether, it’s appetite for something completely different or the chance to fall in love again with an old favorite, look no further than Locavore to satisfy your hunger.