Canadian Comfort Food Made Available Down Main Street
Main Street, named after a street in Canada close to owner Adam Tan’s heart, is a small shop along the more sedate Tuscany in McKinley Hill, Taguig. Tan has somehow devised a way to make the space work in his favour by placing creative knickknacks here and there, and cleverly concealing appliances and other equipment that he doesn’t want to put out in the open. Its walls also tell patrons a little something about its owner and conceptualisation, playing host to black-and-white photographs of places that have inspired Tan.
Trivia: The word ‘maple’ only appears once in Main Street’s current menu—in the dessert section, even. More on that shortly.
“I spent a lot of my time in Canada for my studies,” he shares. “My ultimate objective was to take in all that I could learn while out there, and then put my own twist to it when I would open in the Philippines.” Menu offerings at Main Street consist of food items that are quite common in the Vancouver area. “Crab cakes, fish and chips, mussels and fries—these are all very common there,” he adds. “The difference? They don’t serve these with rice in Canada. Here in Manila, I had to make sure I had rice options available before bringing in the mashed potatoes.” He also takes pride in the fact that most of their produce and ingredients are locally sourced.
One of the dishes that Tan is most proud of is the Poutine (P145). Despite how popular it is in Canada, I’ve never encountered it before here in the Philippines. Poutine is basically fries served in beef gravy and cheese cubes, which makes for a lip-smacking dish that simply oozes comfort and joy. “We kept our version of Poutine as authentic as possible,” Tan explains. “This isn’t a hybrid of anything. This isn’t Poutine inspired by something else.” I love the dish as it is, but there will be an option to add bacon in the near future.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Assorted flavors of Homemade Ice Cream
Organic Maple and Candied Bacon, Milk and Cookie Dough