Anyone with the budget for it can put on designer clothes and dine at an overpriced restaurant in a five-star hotel. The truly sosyal don’t worry about keeping up appearances or give a fig what other people think. We had lunch with Ren at Sosing’s last Saturday and felt sosyal.
Sosing’s, the roadside carinderia beside a talyer on the corner of Zobel Roxas and Dian in Makati, has been around for ages and still draws crowds. You want ambience? It’s on a sidewalk under a tin roof with an old tree growing through it. You sit at stackable plastic tables and chairs and eat off plastic plates while passing cars belch exhaust in your face. And you love it because the food is good, cheap and unpretentious.
While waiting for our orders we made the acquaintance of this rooster whom we hope is not headed for the kitchen and a pot of tinola.
We had rice, menudo, pork barbecue, adobong pusit and gulay for less than Php100 each. (We had four 7-Ups, bringing the total to Php270 for two.) The hell with gourmet, this is a meal. It’s been quite cool lately, perfect for dining outdoors.
The resident cat came over to nibble on some plants by the table. He is very well-behaved and doesn’t bother the diners for scraps.