On the Table: Chef Paul Poblador of Kusina Salud

By franco on 1 May, 2007

After studying at the California Culinary Academy and various cooking stints, Chef Paul Poblador, along with his wife, Nina opened their first restaurant in Baquio, Salud Bistro. Following that success in October 2004, he took the culinary helm of his mother-in-law’s Laguna home and Kusina Salud was reborn. Here, Chef Paul creates dishes that he describes as,“modern renditions, interpretations and combinations of classic Filipino dishes”.

Who in your life has influenced your cooking the most?

My wife. She has been there since the beginning. She gave me my first cookbook: a pasta encyclopedia.

Which book has had the biggest impact?

Marco Pierre White’s White Heat: fabulous food, fab pictures and fab attitude. He’s such a rock star.

What was your first job in the food business?

Part time cook at the Aviary. I used to chop up their sisig all night.

When did you decide you wanted to open Kusina Salud?

My mother-in-law wanted to try doing business in San Pablo, Laguna as we were doing so well in Baguio as Salud Bistro (in October 2004 before the meningogoccemia scare closed us down in May 2006).

What is your favorite item on the your menu?

Binagoongan and Kare-Kareng Dagat.

Which restaurant meal (foreign or local) do you remember the most?

We used to love Slaughterhouse in Baguio: fresh meat and cow blood in the wee hours of the morning. In the States, Blondie’s Pizza in San Francisco: cheezy, sleazy and so American.

Besides your own place, what’s your favorite restaurant in Manila?

In Manila, I would recommend Chef Ariel Manuel’s Lolo Dad’s. He’s in a league of his own.

What junk food do you love?

Burgers and more burgers.

Is there a food you just can’t seem to enjoy?

Okra, saluyot and other slimy veggies.

Just between us, what are your future plans?

To continue to serve good eats at good prices. That’s a recipe for success. We do want to expand but to expand while keeping our quality standards intact is the whole gastronomic experience we aim to consistently deliver to our customers.

Cell: 0921-7726985

Please check their website for a map and directions to Kusina Salud.

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  • JULY 2, 2007 1:45 PM

    grumpyurbanslacker said...

    just wondering, can you guys ask Chef Paul if they have any plans to reopen Salud Bistro in Baguio?

    it was such a great-looking place, and very good food, too.

  • SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 2:17 PM

    dhex said...

    i sana they will reopen salud bistro bar..kc i miss na the bonding of all salud boys..sir iggy,sir jerome,nick,chef santi,kuya lj,chef tom,marlon,chef bho(deseased),chef frank,jesus,and specially the great mentor and kind and cool person chef paul..syempre kasama ako dun sa salud boys dhex here...hope you also visit here guys villasagada and restobar.. baguio city..more power chef paul and kusina salud...

  • NOVEMBER 27, 2009 6:29 PM

    clarise dizon said...

    chef paul!are you still teaching in Benilde? clarise dizon here.