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Pigs are truly magical animals. From snout to tail — there doesn’t seem to be a part of a pig that we can’t enjoy. Even its blood and balls! One could go practically the whole hog with a pig, so to speak. Such a waste of a glorious animal, if one didn’t.

At The Black Pig Charcuterie, Bar, and Restaurant, Chef Carlos Garcia is the wizard whose dishes have brought out the magic in every part of the pig, especially the black Iberian pig of Spain, from which we derive the wonderful Jamon Iberico, AND of course our very own native pig, which is highly prized for our traditional lechon and comes usually in all-black color or black with a white belly.

The Black Pig serves deliciously innovative dishes which they describe as a “mix of European-inspired recipes using fresh local ingredients”, not necessarily all pork. A few combinations are unusual or even unexpected, such as Char Siu Pork on a bed of our local adlai grain, Extremadura Lamb Caldereta braised in white wine, or Iberico Pork Paté. They also offer a fine and satisfying set lunch menu everyday. Or you could simply while the time away and nibble on their choices of excellent charcuterie and cheeses while enjoying unlimited glasses of cava, wine, or sangria. Or craft beer on tap, if that’s more your preference. You may choose to stay inside the stylish, modern interiors or on the balcony for al fresco wining and dining (enjoy the fresh breezes of the South while it is not yet too congested). They’re open from breakfast to midnight.

From the food to the service and even the beverage choices, everything, in my own personal experience so far, has been excellent. Every dish served seemed to be thoughtfully curated and perfectly prepared. Pork and other meats are rarely well glorified as they are here. If I had a choice, I’d be happy to come enjoy a wonderful lunch and stay on for happy hour and dinner and on till midnight comes.

The Black Pig is located at the 2nd floor, Commerce Center, at Filinvest in Alabang. It’s often best to reserve, especially in the evenings: call 808-1406 or +63 917-8450744. And don’t forget to have your parking ticket validated for free parking.