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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bonifacio High Street Food Crawl #BHSFoodie




More than a shopping destination, Bonifacio High Street draws in a lot of foodies due to the variety of restaurants in the area. Aside from international and local franchises, BHS is also hub to home grown concepts. Some of these exciting restaurants were visited by me, along with RJ Ledesma, Anton Diaz and other fellow foodies last November 5, at the Bonifacio High Street Food Crawl. 

Here are the restaurants and their bestselling dishes that we were able to try that night.

1. The Wholesome Table



The Wholesome Table, owned by Juan and Bianca Elizalde, offers healthy dishes without sacrificing the flavors. The ingredients used to all dishes are local and organic, Juan even noted that they don't have a stockroom because they strive to serve dishes using the freshest ingredients possible. 


Enlightened Bowl

I tried the Enlightened Bowl (Php 320), one of their powerbowls, with brown rice, nori, mixed seeds, lettuce, cucumber, pickled onion and avocado, with ginger dressing, fried tofu, shittake mushrooms and pea sprouts. This bowl is quite filling but won't make me you feel overstuffed. 

We were also served Organic Mushroom Fritters (Php 320) and The Barcelona (Php 690).


Organic Mushroom Fritters
The Barcelona

Organic Mushrooms Fritters has mozzarella-stuffed button mushrooms wrapped in homemade Italian sausage, served with a fresh cherry tomato passato. The Barcelona is a wood-fired pizza with turkey chorizo, shittake mushrooms, roasted garlic, mozzarella and Grana Padano. Both dishes are as delightful as the Enlightened Bowl. 

Wholesome Mojito


To wash it all off, we were served Wholesome Mojito (Php 120), a non-alcoholic drink with Spirulina, Chlorella, honey and mint. I would love to chug this drink again on my next visit. :)



2. Village Tavern



A restaurant under The Bistro Group, this international chain is the first branch outside the US. It offers classic American food with elevated twists. 

Roasted Bone Marrow

We were served their bestselling appetizer, Roasted Bone Marrow (Php 350), served with sourdough bread. A sinful treat that you can have every once in a while. 

We also had the Black Pizza (Php 475), their signature squid-ink pizza with parmesan, gruyere, mozzarella, pepperoni, mushrooms, bell peppers and onions. 

Black Pizza

We were also served the Spiced Rubbed US Prime Flank Steak (Php 595).

Spiced Rubbed US Prime Flank Steak

I never say no to steak, sorry. :)

3. Cue Modern Barbecue



The first venture of Moment Group, the same guys who brought us Manam (formerly Namnam), Burgerbar and 8 Cuts Burger Blends. Their concept of barbecue is quite unique with its "long, low and slow" cooking process. 

We were served Campfire-Style Skillet of Queso Fundido (Php 190) and Hot Pork Belly Tips (Php 245).

Campfire-Style Skillet of Queso Fundido
Hot Pork Belly Tips

Served with flour tortillas, the Queso Fundido is a mix of white cheddar, chorizo, cilantro and red tomatoes, it is best eaten while hot. The legendary dish was the Hot Pork Belly Tips, served with Dijon-honey, bourbon char siu and BBQ dips. 

We got to try their awesome cocktails Bonifacio Sour (Php 225) and Sweet Soul Picnic (Php 225).

Bonifacio Sour / Sweet Soul Picnic

Bonifacio Sour is a mix of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, lemon, kalamansi, egg white and red wine float. Sweet Soul Picnic is a mix of Sauza Tequila Gold, fresh watermelon, cardamom agave, and fernet branca. Both drinks are too strong for me, but it's best partnered with the dishes Cue has to offer. 

4. Tampopo



One of the newest additions to Bonifacio High Street is the three-month old Tampopo, is an international brand from Singapore serving authentic Japanese katsu and ramen. 

We sampled two of their bestsellers: Deluxe Tampopo Black Pig Shabu Ramen (Php 460) and Pork Loin Yanagawa (Php 570 for Black Pig, Php 370 for Premium).

Deluxe Tampopo Black Pig Shabu Ramen
Pork Loin Yanagawa

The milky broth from the ramen was not from any dairy product but from the pork bone soup, which takes a long time to be able to come up with the flavor that will go perfectly with the thin kyushu soup. 

I found the breading of the Pork Loin Yanagawa a bit sweet because of the sauce that was cooked with it. 

5. Kimukatsu



The only restaurant in the list that I have visited before, Kimukatsu opened its 3rd branch at the Bonifacio High Street. 

We were served the 7 flavor Kimukatsu Set (Php 2400), which includes 6 rice sets. 


7 Flavor Kimukatsu Set

Flavors are Plain, Garlic, Yuzu Pepper, Cheese, Negi Shio, Ume Shiso and Black Pepper. I really love the Black Pepper and Cheese, but I like all the flavors. 

6. Wolf & Fox Gastropub




Our last stop was Wolf & Fox Gastropub, a restaurant by the SumoSam Group serving two types of dishes: Wolf dishes, the sophisticated and traditional and the Fox dishes, the quirky and creative. 

We tried tasting portions of Fox dishes: Bangers and Mash (Php 348) and Fish and Chips (Php 358), along with a glass of Tequila Sunrise. 

Bangers and Mash
Fish and Chips
Tequila Sunrise

Bangers and Mash is homemade Cumberland sausage with skin-on mash and caramelized onion gravy, a bit tough because of the meatiness, but it goes well with the cocktail drink. 

The Bonifacio High Street has indeed a lot of great things -- delicious dishes and awesome drinks included -- to offer. I could not wait to go back to these restaurants and share more of their dishes soon!

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The Wholesome Table
Twitter: @wholesomeph 

Village Tavern
Twitter: @VillageTavernPH 

Cue Modern Barbecue
Twitter: @CueModernBBQ 

Tampopo
Twitter: @tampopo_ph 

Kimukatsu
Twitter: @kimukatsuph 

Wolf & Fox Gastropub
Twitter: @wolfandfoxph 

Thanks to Bonifacio High Street, Ton Roxas, RJ Ledesma and Anton Diaz for having me. 

10 comments:

  1. Wow you've been around BGC. Now that I'm trying to live healthy, I'd love to try The Wholesome Table, but as expected it's pricey. Healthy food ain't healthy for the pocket :)) I'm curious about the non-alcoholic mojito.

    I am also curious about that black pizza. Never seen anything like it.

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    1. Let's go try The Wholesome Table some time. ;)

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  2. Grabe! There are just so many new restos kasi there. So hard to choose. :(

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    1. True. I still have a lot on my list that I haven't tried yet.

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  3. I've seen alot of photo's in instagram with this resto and articles in glossy magazine..I really want to try it pero ang layo la..or should i say katamad pumunta lang;)

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  4. been hoping to visit The Wholesome Table since I'm into healthy eats. but it's too far from our place here in QC. will definitely try it one of these days. thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. A trip to The Wholesome Table would be worth it. :)

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  5. dude! I have been trying to enter your website at work and it keeps on crushing! Even SO's computer can't get in.. anyway... GINUGUTOM AKO! bwiset! hahahaha see you soon michy!

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    1. Really? Lemme know if ayaw pa rin ha. Ok naman sya sa PC ko. See you soon Jeng!!! :)

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