Food review: Sausages rock at Linkin Pork

Posted at 08/31/12 8:22 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The name of restaurant “Linkin Pork” may elicit laughs from those familiar with the popular American band with an almost similar name, but its food is nothing to scoff at.

Cajun sausage with egg and fried garlic rice. Photo courtesy of Linkin Pork Facebook page

Linkin Pork’s specialty, as its name suggests, is sausages. Aside from serving local longganizas in the typical Filipino style (with egg and fried rice), they also have three special sausages to choose from, which can be combined with sides for a filling meal.

However, the restaurant, located in Malakas St., Quezon City, is not all about pork. It also serves poultry and fish. The menu features soups, pasta, sandwiches, and appetizers, as well as coffee, tagged “Linkin Perks.”

If you want to spend a little extra for breakfast food with a twist, served all day, Linkin Pork may be worth a try.

Specialty sausages

Linkin Pork has three American South-style sausages, which differ in the amount of herbs and spices used in the filling: Cajun, Cincinnati and Boudin.

Cincinnati sausage with herbed potato salad and mixed greens with red wine vinaigrette. Photo courtesy of Linkin Pork Facebook page

 The Cajun sausage has the most spices and herbs. It is advertised on the restaurant’s Facebook page to be French-Louisiana-inspired.

The “middle ground” sausage is the Cincinnati, which is described as a German-American sausage popular in the Cincinnati, Ohio area in the US. It has a milder taste than the Cajun.

The third sausage is the Boudin sausage. It has the least amount of herbs and spices, and may be good for those who prefer a “light” sausage.

The Cajun and Cincinnati sausages may prove a challenge for Filipinos who don’t like the taste of herbs used in western food. However, there is the Boudin, which tastes more like its main component, pork, than herbs.

Filling combos

Diners can choose one sausage to be made into a combo meal priced at P170, with three sets of sidings to choose from.

Combo A features eggs, Bretonne beans, and toasted bread or rice; Combo B has herbed potato salad and mixed greens with red wine vinaigrette; and Combo C includes bread, meaty red sauce, French fries and honey-mustard dip.

Combo A is good for those who can’t abide meals without rice, or those who want a meal that reminds them of breakfast. Combos B and C, meanwhile, are for those who don’t want a traditional Filipino meal.

While appearing very simple, the combos are filling, and have a “homemade with love appeal.

Perks and specials

Linkin Pork also offers coffee or “Linkin Perks” as part of its breakfasty menu. However, the selection is limited: Cappuccino, Caffe Latte, Caffe Americano and brewed coffee. The latte and Americano have cold variants.

However, you may opt to choose among seven flavored syrups to add to your coffee, if you are feeling adventurous.

There are also daily specials in the restaurant, which vary depending on the weekday. They are priced steeper than the sausage combo meals, ranging from P195 (Chicken Spinach Kiev, offered on Saturdays) to P225 (Cajun Tuna, available on Fridays).