Looking for some Filipino cuisine? You’ll never go wrong with Sarsa Kitchen + Bar which you can find in SM Mall of Asia. My entire experience was exquisite. The place was wonderfully designed and menu was well-curated. My hat is off to Chef JP Anglo for putting up such a lovely place.
Crispy Squid in Milk (Php 360.00). Way more than just your typical calamares. My first bite – even without the dip – was sensational. The seasoning was perfect for fried squid. The coating was crispy and the squid was tender. I chewed it effortlessly. My colleague, who dined with me here, would confirm that to you.
Sarsa Kare-Kare (Php 360.00). Kare-kare is a classic Filipino dish. Shame on Filipino restaurants who mess up with it. Sarsa Kare-Kare was one of a kind. The sauce was separated for the beef and vegetables. What I like about this style of serving Kare-kare is the appreciation that you will have in every portion of the dish. The beef was so tender and tasty, the vegetables were fresh and crunchy, and the sauce was thick and full of flavors. Combining everything was an adventure in my mouth.
Tortang Talong with Crispy Sardines and Kesong Puti (Php 210.00). This was a leveled-up version of Tortang Talong. The Kesong Puti gave an interesting blend to this. However, I barely recognized the crispy sardines. If I have not reviewed the name of the dish, I would not even know that there was sardines on it. Nonetheless, this was still a good pick. Next time I visit, I would probably try their Bugtaw-Bugtaw (Gising-Gising) instead.
It is a Friday that I have been waiting for because my colleagues scheduled a night out. Our first stop was Burgers & Brewskies which is located at Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City.
Given its name, you would already know what to expect – burgers! I have been in this place for several times already and I have been ordering the same thing. I ordered for a Mac and cheese burger called Call the Nurse and bottle of Stella Artois. Burger and beer always work together for me.
Call the Nurse cost me PHP 290.00 and it’s definitely worth it. It has 1/3 lb 100% imported beef patty topped with honey Sriracha Bacon and seared mac and cheese as shown in the photo. The patty was really tender and but not as juicy as the patties of Burger Bar. Nonetheless, I recommend this place to those who would have a chance to go to Burgos Circle.
Starters. Really good starters.
Kogi Bulgogi. The meat was a bit tough and taste is okay. I find it too pricey for such a very simple meal and below satisfactory taste.
Chicken Bibimbap. Do not get deceived by the presentation. The wooden box truly made the presentation new to the eyes. However, this one had a lot of rice in it yet very short ingredients. I barely tasted the chicken. It was like eating fried rice. I discourage this order because its pricey and poor in quality.
Overall, with the orders above, I did not really enjoy my first time. I would not bring my friends there unless someone tells me that I just made the wrong orders. One thing that’s nice about this restaurant is the interiors. The place looks clean and pleasing with interesting designs on its innermost wall. The chairs and couch were pretty comfortable, too! What do you think?