Kermit Brings Their Great Food And The Island Vibe In Manila!
Located in the teardrop-shaped island of Siargao, Kermit gained popularity with its surfing packages and authentic Italian cuisine in 2011 when founder Gianni Gifroni, a Swiss biologist and chef by profession, wanted to build a surf camp with high quality food. Fast forward to 2018, and Kermit Manila has now landed in the metro with its great food and trademark island vibe.
“I’ve always loved Manila, and my partners and I chose to open Kermit here in Poblacion as it’s the place with the same feel as Siargao because of its artsy and ambient community,” shares Gianni. Opened last April and still on its soft launch, Kermit has already brought in their authentic Italian cuisine for city dwellers to enjoy.
With prices starting at P280, clients can create their own Kermit specialty pizza with base choices that include calzone and focaccia. “We focus on pizza and pasta, and we want our customers to enjoy Italian food in the most casual way possible,” Gianni continues.
The main challenge for the team was recreating Siargao’s distinct island vibe in the Makati branch. The black walls of Kermit Manila take off from the original branch, but its new façade features beautiful wooden latticework that’s all its own. “It’s somewhat similar to the capiz design, so the Filipino aspect and casual beach feel are there,” explains architect Eric Matic who designed the place.
Wooden furniture in rich tones go well with the restaurant’s industrial theme. The bar area on the ground floor is heavy on the industrial theme with wood tables, chairs, and a bar counter. Art decals are scattered on the back walls. On the second floor, diners can enjoy the Italian cuisine in a Japanese way with low tables and minimalist interiors punctuated by surfboards mounted on the wall.
“The taste of people in the island may not be the same with people in the city, but what we strive for is consistency in the beach vibe and dishes we put out,” Gianni finishes. While Kermit Manila is still finding its place in the hip landscape of Poblacion, it is definitely on its way there.
This story first appeared on MyHome Magazine’s June 2018 issue. Edits were made for CondoLiving.OneMega.com.