East Meets West Fusion Cafe | Alter Ego

Traveling means discovering new things, traditions, and of course, food! We travel to seek dishes that aren't familiar to us since they are available only to a particular place. That's why Alter Ego's main inspiration to their dishes come from cuisines all over the world especially from Europe and Asia.

Alter Ego focuses on fusion dishes of the two continents I've mentioned above. The words "alter ego" mean creating two characters into one delicious food. They opened last January 2018 in New Manila, besides Robinson's Magnolia.

The mural outside the restaurant of Alter Ego are the illustrations of the East and West drawn by one of their staff. While inside, the displays are mostly stuff from different countries such as books, figurines, and photographs. Almost all of them are personally collected by the owner and placed in the restaurant to give a character to the theme.

Now for the food, we had a lot, from the mains to dessert! We tried some of their best sellers and I was amazed how did they manage to create such fusions into such beautiful dishes.

French Onion Soup Gyoza (P230)
The best to eat while still hot. This appetizer has ground beef and caramelized onion gyoza, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese. Everything worked well - the texture, the taste.

Salted Egg Shrimp Pasta (P400)
It looked like it didn't have sauce, but the taste of salted egg was there. I liked how the ramen noodles absorbed the rich taste of every ingredient.

Palabok Style Carbonara (P280)
This is one of the faves. I liked the combination of smoky bacon and cream, as well as the seafood in it. Really worth every bite!

Bicol Expres Tarte Flambee (P350)
European pizza with the ingredients of Bicol Express. The taste was spicy and hot because of the fresh finger chilis. They used pastry for the crust and not the usual dough like pizza.

Kimchi Tarte Flambee (P350)
Another European dish but with the twist of Korean ingredient which is the kimchi. As usual, it was spicy too but I liked the combination of the cream cheese and ground beef. The flavors were oozing!

Chicken Pandan on Paella (P480)
Everyone from the group also loved this! The paella itself was super good with the chicken pandan. This was my first time to try this chicken dish and it was surprisingly perfect for me.

Lemongrass Pork Salpicao (P350)
On the first bite, the pork was tender. This dish is made up of lemongrass, kaffir, and red curry paste. If you are a rice person like me, you'll end up loving this with the garlic rice.

Cauliflower and Shrimps Al Ajillo (P390)
This one's recommended for Keto diet. For the taste, it was salty for me that's why I asked if it could be paired with rice but the dish itself was meant to eat alone.

Cordon Bleu ((P230)
Totally loved this! Anything with melted cheese was super good for me.

Drinks (P140 each)
We had different drinks for each of us. We ordered Blueberry Lemonade, Strawberry Citrus, and Cranberry Orange Rosemary. The colors were totally eye-catching!

Overall, I almost liked every dish that we've tried here though they were relatively new to me. I guess, this restaurant deserves to be on the spotlight for the wild creations of the fusion food that no one could ever think off. Hopefully, people would notice that besides Robinson's Magnolia, there's one place that would take one to a different place around the globe through the taste of the tongue.

Alter Ego
41 Dona Hemady corner 1st St., New Manila, QC
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Opening Hours: Mon to Sun (10:30am-10pm)

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