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Pasta Box at The Collective: Pastas, Paninis, and a Banoffee To Die For

Whew, what a tiring week it’s been (and still is). I normally keep work hours that are a bit later than most and I’m not used to waking up at the crack of dawn to meet the Makati rush hour traffic head on. This week has been all about being early and I haven’t quite gotten the hang of it yet. As a result of my new early schedule, I’m sleepy before midnight and that leaves me with no time to write coherently about my nomming (mis)adventures.
But tonight I’m skipping Job #2 (or more like, postponing it for later) to tell you a little bit about the cute little restaurant called Pasta Box. They hold business at The Collective, that building complex along Malugay street in Makati that houses a bar, an art gallery, a few eateries, and some shops. The area is generally out of the way, but the place is surprisingly never empty, even on weekdays (perhaps because of the popular B-Side bar).
Click for a larger image of the Pasta Box menu
One of the eateries in the building is Pasta Box. It’s a small little nook at the farthest corner of the building. The restaurant is no bigger than a studio-type condominium unit, with only a counter to separate the small cooking area and the slightly bigger dining area (maybe enough to seat 18 people comfortably). The staff is friendly and we were quickly ushered to our table and given the menu.


For starters, we ordered nachos and dips-

Pasta Box’ Nacho Chips with Dip (p75)

You can choose between nacho chips or cassava chips and they come with two dips, both with an oil base, one predominantly tomato, and the other, white sauce (I don’t know their fancy names).

The pastas-

Not surprisingly, a big part of the Pasta Box menu is all about the pastas. Here are four of their more famous pasta dishes-
Holy Chicken (p140)

Holy Chicken is the spiciest one on the menu, it has strips of chicken on noodles with sweet and spicy sauce and sprinkled with cashew nuts, best in fusilli pasta.

Popeye’s Choice (p140)
Popeye’s Favorite is the vegetarian’s choice- it has spinach, sun-dried tomatoes in a creamy pesto sauce.
Seafood Pomodoro (p140)

Seafood Pomodoro is a pasta on seafood overload- it has clams, mussels, shrimps, tuna with Italian tomatoes and herbs as sauce.

Dirty Harry (p140)

Possibly the dirtiest looking pasta dish I’ve seen, Pasta Box’s Dirty Harry is a dark colored dish, slightly spicy and mixed in a greenish colored (not unlike moss) sauce.

Paninis

The menu is mostly Italian, so they also have Italian sandwiches (but with Pinoy flair) on it. We tried a couple of them-

Pinoy Panini (p90)

Adobo flakes on ciabatta bread with caramelized onions and kesong puti served with a side of potato chips.

Italian Panini (p100)

The Italian Panini is a sandwich made of salami, roasted pepper, pesto sauce, and cheese on ciabatta bread.

Banoffee

Sometimes, the best part of a meal is the dessert. That holds true for this one, I wanted to start writing about Pasta Box’s sinful dessert first, but it didn’t seem right for a restaurant review so instead, I saved the best for last.

Pasta Box’s Banoffee (p35)

Pasta Box’s Banoffee is a mouth-watering treat- it has a layer of sweet and crunchy graham cracker bits and then a dollop of caramel-toffee-nut mix, a couple slices of bananas, and then topped off with whipped cream and a sprinkling of chocolate powder. It’s sinful but so delicious.

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In sum, Pasta Box is an Italian-Pinoy themed restaurant (they have sago’t gulaman) with good pastas, good service, and fair prices. It’s a bit out of the way, but the Banoffee is enough of a reason to make the trip. My only gripe is that their menu items didn’t have ready descriptions. Majority of their food names don’t give anything away too (prime example would be the dish called Dirty Harry) so you’d have to ask the servers for it.


Pasta Box
Location: The Collective, 7274 Malugay Street, Brgy. San Antonio, Makati

Contact Number: 881-6188; 0910-799-5916
Other Info: Pasta Box Website; Pasta Box Facebook Page; Pasta Box Twitter account

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