Spotted: Anthony Bourdain eating at a Korean restaurant in Malate

That’s photographer David Hanson and his wife Katharina Huang with best-selling author, chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain in Manila.

The two saw Bourdain on Thurs evening, Dec 10, at Café Chosun, a Korean joint in Malate, Manila.

“We were coming from a doctor’s appointment where we waited for over four hours. We decided to treat ourselves at Café Chosun because we like the food there,” Hanson told Coconuts Manila.

“I was looking around the restaurant and I noticed him in a quiet corner of the restaurant. When he raised his arm to order, I saw his tattoos. That confirmed it.”

Hanson said he went up to Bourdain to ask for a photo, but Bourdain requested if they can do it after they had eaten. Bourdain looked tired, Hanson noticed.

The above photo was taken around 9:30pm after Bourdain had dinner with two other Caucasian companions. According to Café Chosun, Bourdain ordered the Samgyuptal (PHP290) or the pork belly.

After indulging Hanson with the photo, Bourdain and friends rushed to leave.

In September, Bourdain announced he will return to the Philippines for his CNN show Parts Unknown.

“We’ll do better than the last time. To my Filipino fans, we’re coming back. Start roasting a pig slowly,” he said then.

This is the second time for Bourdain to visit Manila. In 2008, he discovered the glory that was sisig and lechon, when he swung by to do an episode for No Reservations

It looks his producers researched well for Bourdain’s return.

Café Chosun, on the corner of Pedro Gil and Adriatico in Malate, is a favorite among Manila insiders. It is one of the best Korean joints in the city, serving good Korean barbecue, beef fingers, and pork jowls. With a report from Ceia Ylagan.

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