Everyone had each had a long day at work and simple, tummy-satisfying, good and delicious Pinoy comfort food was what we all wanted. And that’s what you get at The Recovery Food — at the ground floor of Crossroads Bldg (across MC Home Depot), at the corner of 32nd St. and 8th Avenue at the Fort.
Owned by Malou Fores of Mamou fame, the Recovery Food is what you could call a modern and upscale carinderia, with its no-frills menu. The place is pretty tiny, very simply and sparsely interiored, but the food is big in flavor. Open 24/7, it was originally conceived to cater to late-night salarymen and habitués who are looking for good Pinoy comfort food to help them “recover” from a long stressful day or from a night of alcoholic binging. A few may even want to call it “stoner food”. Of course they have rice toppings — such as Ah! Dobo! (adobo, of course), SST (spicy-sweet tuyô), Tapa de Morning (special tapsilog), all served with organic rice — your choice of brown or white — and egg — your choice of how you want it cooked. If you’re feeling fearless, choose talangka rice. But they also have noodle soups, sandwiches, and desserts. Unfortunately, they do not accept reservations, so be patient if you have to wait for a table. There is almost always a long queue, even at midnight, so you simply have to trust your luck to get a table right away. But the food is well worth the wait.