50 – On Unlikely Joints: Exile on Main Street, Leon Guinto

Exile on Main Street is located along Leon Guinto Street in Malate, Manila—across the back of Burgundy Transpacific Plaza, near De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. It was rather hard to find at first, but finding the place at the end made the journey worth it. Actually, the boo was the one who invited me to eat here as she needed to write an article about it. Named after an album by The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street looks unassuming on the outside but is actually a residential unit remodeled as a restaurant.

As soon as you enter, an upside-down table set—part of the place’s logo—takes center stage. Knick-knacks from old times are mounted on the wall – such as a Chairman Mao postcard, an old film camera, and a small tin of maple syrup. Suspended cutlery serve as dividers between tables. The other side of the wall has photos and artworks of various Lasallians on display. The food here is exceptional, whimsically named and reminiscent of home-cooked meals; no wonder the place is frequented by studens from DLSU and CSB alike. All in all, it evokes a feeling of a “throwback” restaurant.

I’m not gonna overwhelm you with words, so I’ll just let these pictures tell how our trip to Exile on Main Street came about.

Check out their Facebook page to know more about them. Until the next review, bon appetit.

Exile on Main Street
Unit 2, #2428 Leon Guinto Street
Barangay 727
Malate, Manila 1004

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