I met up with the PEx food club again after missing 2 meetups. And curiosity brought us to Petra and Pilar.
The high-end carinderia is located at the heart of Makati. It was a Friday night so I expected that it would be crowded. I think it was an acoustic night. I noticed that most of the customers that night are barong-donned executives (this was also the first observation of the other food club members). :)
Petra and Pilar, named after the Katrina Ponce-Enrile's two grandmothers, offers both Filipino and Spanish cuisine.
The menu is divided into two: the Filipino dishes are under Petra's menu while the Spanish dishes are under Pilar's menu.
We would love to order a paella, but our tummies could not wait for an hour so we settled to ordering Filipino dishes.
The servings are for sharing, which is always a good thing for me.
We got Tortang Talong at Kalabasa Topped with Labahita (Php 150)
It is eggplant omelet with pumpkin topped with salted fish. I wasn't able to appreciate this. Maybe because I'm not much into veggies. :)
We ordered the Binagoongang Liempo Sisig (Php 180)
Binagoongang Liempo Sisig is minched lechon kawali sauteed with shrimp paste, onions, garlic, chili fingers cooked "sisig" style. I liked that the sisig is crunchy, but I wasn't able to taste the bagoong (shrimp paste).
I got curious with the Bulalo Steak (Php 280) so we ordered that too.
Bulalo Steak is boiled beef shanks grilled with garlic brown sauce and served on a sizzling plate. I love beef! I liked that it's tender but no surprises here.
What's weird was we got appetizer last. We ordered Liempo Skins.
I liked the deep-fried thinly-sliced liempo. I ate it with my left over rice while some made it as pulutan.
Overall, I appreciate the comfort food Petra and Pilar offers. However, I'm quite disappointed with the service. We were seated near the kitchen but I had a hard time calling any of the staff's attention. Maybe it was too loud, but it should make them more attentive to customers.
I was supposed to buy Delimondo products since I was told the corned beef was delicious, maybe I will next time. :)
I had a great time bonding with the group.
I would like to congratulate Ray and Lynne on their engagement! I'm happy for you guys. :)
Maybe I'll go back to try the Paella, maybe not.
Petra & Pilar Restaurant
Exportbank Drive corner Chino Roces Avenue
Contact No. 8875168
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org