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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 13:43

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

A new fine dining restaurant that specializes in Italian cuisine but serves also Filipino, Chinese and other international specialties has opened up in Zamboanga city to cater to food lovers, who want to take their meal in style but at a price that is affordable to price-conscious  diners. It is located in one of the city’s new found dining locations in Cabato Road, Barangay Tetuan. The location is very conducive to private dining and the parking area is spacious and very secure. It is called East Side Kitchen. On the same building, you will find Samurai, a Japanese Restaurant, also there is a Thai specialty Restaurant and for the conservatives, the building also houses a “porkless” restaurant.

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East Side Kitchen has just opened this week and only on its soft opening, but many food lovers have been there and enjoyed fine dining in privacy. Young entrepreneurs of the city found a new place to entertaintheir out-of-town businessmen contacts, partners and friends from Manila and Cebu, who found out that East Side Kitchen’s ambiance is like dining in posh Makati’s tourist belt or in Bonifacio’s Global City but the price of your meal after dining is still a standard Zamboanga City costing. You get your money’s worth aside from the satisfaction of their delicious food offerings cooked by chefs trained in Manila’s and Cebu’s well known restaurants.

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Samurai Japanese Restaurant is a sister company of East Side Kitchen and due to the clamor of their clientele to offer other specialties, the owners — two young entrepreneurs from Zamboanga City and Cebu decided to expand their business. This is indeed a plus factor for the city’s growing middle class category residents. The city is home to many aspiring young and active businessmen, who make it a point to entertain their contacts and clientele in a fine dining restaurant in privacy. East Side Kitchen and Samurai Japanese Restaurant answered their needs.

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Zamboanga City residents has now grown and educated to patronize dining outside their homes. This is progress in the making and a sign of economic growth. If young entrepreneurs are now investing in the city on a business found in big cities and abroad and with innovation copied it to suit the character of the city’s population is actually moving forward to modernity. Like the City Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar’s pronouncement during her State of the Nation Address (SOCA) “That the sleeping giant has awakened”. Indeed, Mindanao’s economic giant has awaken.

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Table Talk is palate-conscious and for the first time tasted a dish cooked differently. A golfer friend invited Table Talk for dinner and a few rounds of beer at East Side Kitchen, and ordered for me a pork chop in Italian spices, a spicy semi-steamed and fried Hungarian Sausages and an Italian salad of half-cooked mixed crispy vegetables with Italian noodles and a pure tomato soup. It was something different and it reminded me like dining in an Italian restaurant at the Global City in Bonifacio, during those happy days in Manila. When the bill came, it was indeed as affordable like dining in one of the city’s 3 star outlets.

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Scoop: To see is to believe, why don’t your bring your family at East Side Restaurant for a private meal? It is an experience for those who are curious for new taste. I have been there and promised to go back someday for more palate experience.This time on me.