If carbonara were a Spice Girl, it would totally be Baby Spice because it’s the most ~basic~ of the bunch but also the most loveable one (let’s admit it, we all wanted to be Emma back in the day).
This dish is a simple, no-brainer combination of pasta, eggs, bacon, and cheese but to the taste buds, it’s pure magic! It’s rich and creamy but also salty and full of texture, making it one balanced dish that’s difficult to say no to.
With that said though, not all carbonaras are a 5 out of 5 looloo stars. There are some dry, rubbery, flavorless ones out there that should be avoided at all cost. To help you find the best carbonara in the metro, here’s a list of places you should hit up!
1. Cafe Enye
Open from 7AM to 12MN, Cafe Enye’s menu caters to all the different eating times of the day. They’ve got breakfast food, snacks, and heavier meals, all inspired by the Spanish cuisine. But as extensive as their lineup may be, their Lechon Carbonara gets a big chunk of the limelight.
Topped off with mojo chicharrones, their version of the pasta dish has been called the best in town by many. Angela Marie C. confirmed its deliciousness in her looloo review, saying that the bits of pork gave the dish so much flavor, richness, and texture!
Cafe Enye can be found at these locations.
2. Cafe Lidia
Marikina is home to restaurants aplenty but Cafe Lidia is one of the standouts. It has been around for what seems like forever but its charm has been unwavering throughout the years. Its homey vibes and comfort food-filled menu have proven to be timeless.
Their Pasta Carbonara, made with spaghetti, fresh cream, and bacon, has always been a no-fail order. Joan P., who claims to ba a pasta devotee, raved about it in her looloo review. She said that it wasn’t too heavy and tasted perfect!
Cafe Lidia can be found at 64 Calderon St., Marikina, Metro Manila.
Cartel, a cafe-cum-delicatessen in the Salcedo neighborhood, is your one-stop shop for all your foodie needs. In here, you can help yourself to top-notch coffee, organic produce, chocolates, pastries, wine…you name it!
If you’re coming in for a meal, you won’t regret picking out their Carbonara. It’s a pretty generous serving so you don’t have to worry about leaving unsatisfied. Taste-wise, Josette P. loved it, saying in her looloo review that it was very cheesy and creamy without being cloying.
Cartel can be found at The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 119 LP Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati, Metro Manila.
4. Le Petit Souffle
If there’s anyone out there who has mastered the art of pleasing both the eyes and the taste buds, it has to be Le Petit Souffle. Their creations will make you simultaneously want to take loads of artsy flatlays as well as devour everything on the table!
One of the prettiest and tastiest items on the menu is the LPS Carbonara Souffle, topped off with the fluffiest souffle cloud you’ll ever see. In her looloo review, Cindy S. had nothing but praise for it, saying: “Cooked al dente, it was flavorful, rich and creamy!
Le Petit Souffle can be found at these locations.
Without having to be loud or flashy, PizzaExpress shines simply because they value quality. This restaurant from London uses authentic recipes and the freshest ingredients, explaining why their pizza is getting lots of love from us Filipinos.
Aside from their pizza, their carbonara should not be missed either! EJ B. explains why in his looloo review: “The pasta was al dente. I like the firmness of the noodles. The pasta blends well with the cream, cheese and ham. Pairing with pizza makes it more appetizing.”
PizzaExpress can be found on the G/F of Uptown Place Mall, 36th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila.