Restaurateur and chef-in-the-making, Karen De Mesa is no stranger to experimental cooking. Her restaurant, Yohel's Bagnet Station which she co-owns with husband Joel, is her laboratory for bagnet-oriented dishes that foodies in Metro Manila have not heard of. She constantly takes quick trips to the North for inspiration where bagnet is known to be an Ilocano delicacy. The kitchen in Marikina City is what she shares with her doting mother whom she looks up to for home-styled cooking that she infuses with her crazy culinary ideas.
The latest dish to be introduced at Yohel's Bagnet Station is her mom's home-styled bagnet paksiw which interestingly packs an adobo-flavored punch. This is exactly what one on a daily fast food diet needs to order -- a delightfully fresh dish.
Patrons can't get over the appetizing Sinigang Na Bagnet which is served in a big bowl for sharing by 3 or more people. More favorites like the Kare-kareng Bagnet and Bagnet Curry are still in the menu.
The restaurant is more than a year old and I became friends with the owners the moment I had my first dining experience there because both carry a cheerful disposition in life, something that's imbibed by their business' service. I was glad to learn that the idea of a second branch is in the offing. Plans are being made, including the location where it will be opened.
Bagnet With A Twist In A Mag!
The restaurant was recently featured in a magazine targeted at Marikina City residents.
Yohel's Bagnet Station
Location: No. 59-A Katipunan St. Concepcion Uno, 1807 Marikina City
Phone: 0918 472 4585
Viands at Yohel's Bagnet Station are best paired with Bagoong Rice.