Noms

Nomz of the Christmas Past
Hi guys! How was Christmas for everyone? It’s seems to have gone by like a blur this year, no? It seems like only yesterday when I bid my officemates a jaunty “See you next year!” with thoughts of a long vacation (and unlimited sleep) up ahead. Yesterday, it hit me that it’s only a few days until the new year. Sometimes, I feel like time is like sand in my hands, slipping between the cracks of my fingers.
I’m being melodramatic and this is no time for that! It’s Christmas for god’s sake! We still have a few more hurrahs (and a lot more merrymaking) before we say hello to the new year. This post-Christmas post will be about some of the nomz I’ve come across these past few days.
Rheinhessen 2009 Riesling Spätlese
Although bought in Singapore, this white wine that we had recently at a family friend’s home is distinctly German. This light and fruity sparkling drink has a low 10.0% alcohol content (still higher than beer, kids). Try not to drink a whole bottle at a Christmas party, you don’t want to be buzzed and making passes at your grandma. 
They say that white wine generally goes well with a meal of steamed fish or chicken but I find that I only enjoy the sparkling kind paired with small talk and/or cheese.
Watermelon basket!
This amazing watermelon basket was artfully carved by a family friend who works for a hotel restaurant. I don’t know about you, but the presentation makes the fresh fruit dessert more appetizing than if it had just been in a bowl. Behind the basket is another carved watermelon that served as decor for the fresh fruit dessert spread on Christmas day.
Warm chestnuts
Once I see chestnuts being sold by the kilo (at a very steep price of p250+/- per kilo) on the streets, I know the holiday season has begun. The aroma of roasted chestnuts triggers good memories of past Christmases, making me excited for the holidays ahead.
Bailey, Comicology‘s family dog, becomes an excited little puppy whenever there are chestnuts in the house. She loves the stuff. Perhaps it reminds her of happy Christmases too. :o)
Christmas halo-halo
One of the better ideas I’ve seen this year is halo-halo as a Christmas dessert. Sure, we can get halo-halo at any time of the year (Hello, Chowking!), but it’s still a special treat whenever and wherever. Besides, it’s easy to lay out jars of the different toppings for guests to serve themselves dessert. Plus, you can pick only the toppings you prefer, without having to waste the toppings you don’t like. I put mostly langka, nata de coco, and ube in my cup and I loved, loved, loved it. I’m doing this for our Christmas celebration next year (lechon too)!
Sorry if this post is all over the place! Can’t seem to organize my thoughts very well today, I’m still on a holiday high. Anyhoots, I’m going to go back to being a Christmas bum for now. Enjoy the rest of the holidays, everyone! 
Tell us about your holiday nomz, post a comment below!
Etc.

A Message From Mr. Snowman
We at BaconTunaMelt, Mr. Snowman, and his candy canes would like to greet everybody a very merry Christmas! May your holidays be filled with sweet family traditions, juicy friendships and spicy love.

 
Happy 25th of December, everybody! ^^,
Noms

Pinoy Pasko sa Logica
The following text will be written in mostly Filipino. If you need translation, click this- Pinoy Pasko sa Logica in English (although I don’t vouch for its correctness), and then say thank you to Google Language Tools (for the lulz).
Ito ang unang post sa BaconTunaMelt na gamit ang Filipino. Bakit? Tungkol sa mga pagkain ng Paskong Pinoy ang kwento ko, kaya naisip ko na mas maganda na salitang Pinoy din ang gamitin ko.
Ang handa

Noong Martes, nakatanggap ako ng e-mail galing sa opisina. Sabi sa e-mail, magkakaroon daw ng maliit na salu-salo sa pantry bilang pasasalamat sa mga biyayang natanggap noong nakaraang taon. Ang tema ng handaan ay “piesta”, kaya yung mga pagkain na pagsasaluhan ay mga pagkain na makikita natin kapag may piesta.

Banderitas at ice kendi

At siyempre, ang mga dekorasyon sa pantry ay sangayon din sa tema ng handaan. Mayroong mga nakasabit na makukulay na banderitas at mayroon ding mga ice kendi (na gusto ko sanang dekwatin) na nakabitin sa kisame ng pantry.

Lechon!

Sa piestang Pinoy, hindi mawawala ang lechon. Para sa mga hindi alam kung ano ang lechon, ito ay isang buong baboy (na tinanggalan ng laman loob) na niluto sa uling. Marami ring klase ng lechon dito sa Pilipinas, pero isa sa mga pinakasikat ang Cebu Lechon. Ito yung hinanda nung salu-salo. Ang lechon na galing Cebu ay kilala sa malutong at na balat ng baboy at malasang laman nito (na hindi na kailangan ng sawsawan!).

Pancit Barbecue

Hindi rin naman mawawala sa handaang Pinoy ang pansit at barbecue. Sa Pinoy Pasko sa Logica, ilang bilao ng pansit ang pwedeng pagpilian- mayroong pancit Malabon, pancit canton at mayroon pang pancit bihon (paborito ko talaga ang pancit Malabon, lalo na kapag homemade).

Nilupak Dirty Ice Cream

Para sa panghimagas naman ay mayroong puto bumbong, pichi pichi, nilupak, at ang klasik na dirty ice cream. Ang sarap ng ice cream! Naalala ko tuloy nung bata pako, excited ako pag naririnig ko yung bell ng cart galing sa labas ng bahay. Para sa mga banyaga, hindi naman madumi ang dirty ice cream, pero ewan ko kung bakit ganon ang tawag sa kanya.

Sayang nga, hindi ko na naabutan yung puto bumbong, medyo na-late kasi ako. Kumuha nalang ako ng nilupak at pichi pichi, na masarap din. Noong araw na yun ko lang nalaman kung ano ang nilupak. Tinanong ko pa sa kaopisina ko na si Tin kung saan gawa yun. Sabi nya, ang nilupak ay matamis kakanin na gawa sa cassava, niyog, gatas, at mantikilya.

Hulaan nyo sino nanalo.

Bukod sa kainan, nagkaroon din ng mga palaro katulad nitong nasa larawan- pabilisan makaubos ng ice cream. Mahuhulaan nyo kaya kung sino nanalo?

Sa dami ng masasarap na pagkain, palaro, at palamuti, ang Pinoy Pasko sa Logica ay tila naging isang masayang piesta upang ipagdiwang ng maaga ang Pasko kasama ang mga ka-opisina at mga kaibigan. Ilang oras nalang at Noche Buena na! Anong handa nyo mamayang gabi?

*maraming salamat sa Tagalog-English Dictionary ng bansa.org sa pagtulong sa pagsasalin ng mga salitang hindi ko alam sa salitang Filipino at salamat din sa Google Language Tools sa pagsalin naman ng buong artikulo na ito.
Travel

McDonalds of the World: Twisty Pasta in Hong Kong
Haven’t gone outside the country for the longest time nor am I scheduled for a trip anytime soon (which is a bummer because I really want to feature in flight meals) but luckily, I have friends who travel abroad regularly. So as a follow up to the first post in this McDonald’s of the World series, I asked my friend Alvin, who was recently on a trip to Hongkong (to be a kid again), to take pictures of whatever unusual thing he can find on the McDonald’s menu there.

McDonald’s of the World: Hong Kong
He did me one better by trying some of the food and taking as many pictures as he can! Awesome! Thanks to Alvin, Kid Repetitive, we have a second serving of McDonald’s of the World, Hong Kong edition. Here are some of the pictures that he took of the menu-

Zomg, Double Sausage McMuffin! NOM!
Twisty Pasta is the “in” thing
See what I mean?
Instead of Apple Pie, they have Red Bean Pie
McDonald’s’ in Hongkong have more burger choices

The menu is in Chinese, with English translations in a smaller font size. Compared to the menu here in the Philippines, there are more choices, even healthier ones. Twisty Pasta seems to be the current trend in Hongkong and they have different variations of it, even on the breakfast menu. I thought it best to summarize all the different items on the menu and their prices, converted to Philippine peso (based on the current exchange rate from Google [1 Hong Kong dollar = 5.67046006 Philippine pesos]).

Menu Ala Cart
(HKD)
In Pesos With Meal
(HKD)
In Pesos
Ham + Egg Cheesy Twisty Pasta $19.30 109.44 $24.50 138.93
Sausage + Egg Cheesy Twisty Pasta $19.30 109.44 $24.50 138.93
Double Sausage McMuffin with Egg $16.80 95.26 $23.00 130.42
Hotcakes with Sausage $14.50 82.22 $19.50 110.57
Sausage N’ Egg Twisty Pasta $17.30 98.10 $22.50 127.59
Grilled Chicken With Twisty Pasta $19.70 111.71 $24.50 138.93
Red Bean Pie $6 34.02
Grilled Chicken Burger $16.80 95.26 $28.00 158.77
Big N’ Tasty $18.10 102.64 $28.00 158.77

 

Converted to peso, I’d say the prices are not bad at all, specially if you consider that the fries and drink that come with the meals are bigger than the ones we have here. Everything looks good! Or at least, better and healthier than the choices we have here. Although, of course, nomz usually look amazing in pictures. Here they are in real life-
Grilled Chicken Twisty Pasta
Tomato Seafood Soup
Spicy Chicken Wings
Although the Twisty Pasta looks a little less appetizing compared to the ad, most still look pretty darn good to me. Specially those chicken wings. Nom.
ZOMG, Christmas is right around the corner! Have a merry one, filled with good cheer and yummy nomz!
Noms

(Blue) Alley Gator of Makati
Finally! Things have been crazy insane lately that I haven’t been updating BaconTunaMelt as much as I wanted to. Are you guys done with your Christmas shopping? It seems that no matter how early in the year I start, I always end up doing some last minute gift buying. Owell, at least it translates to me being out more days in the week and giving me more opportunities to try new nomz! It all works out in the end. *wink*
After a day of marathon shopping, our famished selves needed nourishment. Lots of it. As soon as we plopped down our bags, we headed to this place called Alley Gator. This post will be all about this nearby bar and grill along Dela Rosa street in Makati that we’ve always driven by but have never tried before (and not an unusually colored reptile that’s loose in the city like the title suggests).
Looky, Alley Gator is next to Citiland
Although not too accessible (the area is mostly residential, away from the busy night spots of Makati), the restaurant has started to make a name for itself and has become a regular hangout for a lot of people. When we were there, the entire ground floor was reserved for a Christmas party and we had to find a table upstairs. It turned out to be a good thing because the night was pleasantly cool and it was less crowded.
Not wanting to waste any time (we were really hungry), we browsed through their menu and ordered quickly. Here be the nomz for the hungry-
Alley Gator’s Liempo (p99 +/-)
Alley Gator’s Calamares (p120 +/-)
Alley Gator’s Fried Chicken (p120 +/-)
Alley Gator’s Sinigang (p220 +/-)
It’s Christmas and festive decors are up, right next to our table were the brightly lit and shocking blue Christmas lights that gave everything around us an eerie bluish glow. That’s why everything looks blue. While the menu is similar to more popular bar and grills like Gerry’s Grill or Dencio’s or Gilligan’s Island, the prices at Alley Gator are a tad cheaper (so you can order moar, yay!).

Special mention goes to the calamares- the coating isn’t too thick nor too hard and the squid is soft and tender. I’m declaring them to be the best calamares in town! And they’re cheap too!

Alley Gator
Location: 7665 De la Rosa Street, Pio Del Pilar, Makati
Contact Numbers: (632) 817-3009
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Banapple, Finally!
The first few times that we tried our luck at Banapple, the line waiting to be seated was insanely long that we decided against waiting and headed to the next nearest restaurant that was less high-profile. It didn’t seem worth it to wait for an hour or so just to eat in a crowded sitting area. After a couple of foiled attempts, we were finally able to get a table in the restaurant that’s currently the rage.

The chance to try the famous desserts of Banapple came last Saturday afternoon when we brought the dogs to Ayala Triangle Park for a walk. The restaurant wasn’t crowded and had an outdoor eating area where the dogs can stay and rest too. Finally, we get to find out if Banapple lives up to the hype.

The afternoon sun was gorgeous for taking pictures

Banapple is a name coined by combining the names two of their signature desserts- Banoffee Pie and the Apple Caramel Crumble. They opened shop in 2007 at Blue Ridge in Katipunan and soon gained popularity and have expanded business by opening branches at Tomas Morato in Quezon City and most recently, at Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati.


Banapple Pies & Cheesecakes is more of a dessert place but the crowds come flocking in at dinner time for their heavier meals. We were there in the afternoon when there were less people and weren’t in the mood for a heavy snack so we sampled their famous cakes and some drinks.

Banoffee Pie (p85/slice; p650 cake)

Perhaps their most famous pie, the Banoffee Pie is artfully prepared with a layer of fresh bananas topped with a very generous layer of cream on a sweet graham cracker pie crust sprinkled with a dash of chocolate shavings and drizzled with chocolate syrup. The crunchy crust was sweet but not overly so, and bananas, cream, and chocolate is a tried and tested combination that did not disappoint.

Strawberry Amaretto Cheesecake (p100/slice; p960/cake)

The Strawberry Amaretto Cheesecake has a thick chocolatey base with a light cheesecake and topped with what looked like strawberry jam that had a slight taste of Amaretto (alcohol free, I think). It was good- a simple and light cake that was tasty but that’s not too sweet nor too rich.

Banana Starry-Berry Custard Cheesecake (p110/slice; p1030/cake)
One of the newer items on the menu is the Banana Starry-Berry Custard Cheesecake. I should have known from the name alone that this was something to be wary of. Too much of a good thing sometimes end up as a bad thing. Such was the case with this cheesecake with an extra long name.

It has a regular graham cracker crust with a cake that was trying to be a cheesecake and a custard cake at the same time with a thick layer of cream on top of it. For toppings, it had some banana and also some syrupy strawberry jam that didn’t go very well together. I don’t know, maybe some of you might enjoy it but I didn’t like the combination of all those flavors in just one cake. It felt like two or three cakes fused to form one bad idea.

Nevertheless, the other two cakes made up for the last one. Banapple is a bright and cheerful cafe that’s always bursting with life and teeming with people. It was pleasant to be eating freshly baked cakes and pies on a cool afternoon overlooking the gardens with your puppies relaxing at your feet. I’m sure to come back again (next time to try the Apple Caramel Crumble).
Banapple Bakery & Cafe
Location: Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati
Contact Numbers:
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A Relish-ed Lunch
Before anything else, I would like to congratulate all the winners of the recently concluded 2010 Philippine Blog Awards. You guys make me want to keep working on this little blog of mine to make it better by improving content as well as Internet presence (I really wish I had SEO knowledge or the services of an SEO Company like SEO Australia).
I’m lucky to have someone that’s supportive of this endeavor, the official date helps me out by suggesting new places to eat at whenever we can (it doesn’t hurt that he also has a healthy appetite). Last week, because we were within walking distance of each other on a weekday, we met up and he suggested that we eat at this place in between our reporting offices for the day.
The restaurant is called Relish and it is conveniently located along Valero street in Salcedo Village, right in the thick of all things going down in the Central Business District. Since it was the first time for both of us, we weren’t sure what exactly to expect.
We didn’t know that it was a classy restaurant where most patrons were in business attire or smart clothes while we were in casual shirts and jeans. A lot of the diners also looked like they were holding official business over lunch, some were closing deals, some others were interviewing potential employees, and others were winning over some new clients. For a regular day in a snootier-than-thou restaurant, Relish was mighty packed.
The fixtures were almost monochromatic
And although it seemed a little excessive for a weekday lunch with no occasion or event whatsoever, because we were hungry and we were already settled in, we went through with it and ordered our nomz. The lunch date had the Chimchuri Chicken Kebab. Taken off their menu, the fancy description for this dish is- “Boneless chicken chunks marinated in our special chimchuri sauce, skewered with onions and tomatoes. Served with aoli.”. Here’s the lovely dish-
Chimchuri Chicken Kebab (p375)
The kebabs were delicious- the chicken chunks were tender and the flavor of the special chimchuri sauce seeped through the meat making it both flavorful and juicy. The mild flavor of the aoli (which I just found out was made of chopped garlic and olive oil) went well with the meat. Even the tomatoes were juicy and grilled to perfection, seasoned with just the right amount of pepper. The entire dish was cooked perfectly, I guess it’s part of what you pay for.
I ordered the Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder. And because I never know how to describe them fancily, I copy directly off their menu. Their description goes like this- “Slow roasted lamb shoulder marinated in rosemary and garlic. Served with couscous and aoli”. Check it out-
Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder (served with couscous) (p390)
The thinly sliced meat from a baby sheep’s shoulder is prepared without much frills, with only herbs such as rosemary and garlic added to enhance the natural flavor of the meat. It’s also served with a sliver of lemon to squeeze a few drops to get rid of the sometimes weird lamb taste (most people don’t like it but I actually quite like this distinct flavor) and aoli, which complemented the dish well.
I want to highlight the couscous that my dish came with. This North African food is similar to rice, with smaller grains and prepared in different ways, depending om the cook. I’m not usually a fan of the grainy texture of the couscous, the feel of the small grains rolling in my mouth is unpleasant (not unlike drinking juice with pulp bits). But unlike any other coucsous that I’ve tried, this one had a silghly tangy taste to it, with a sprinkling of sweet and citrus-y bits that I still can’t name up until now. This tangy couscous won me over, the non-fan has become a convert. It went awesomely with the lamb too. I absolutely adored the entire dish.
Relish is a welcome change from the many fast food stores that pepper the entire length of the street where the restaurant is located. If you’re looking for a place to bring a date, hold business meetings, or simply to meet up with a friend and have a good lunch from an actual sit-down restaurant, Relish is your stop. It’s more expensive than your favored fastfood joint but sheesh, you’re a Makati yuppie, you can afford to treat yourself out for a good meal every once in a while.
Relish
Location: G/F Ponte Salcedo building, Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati
Contact Number: (02) 519-3543
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Yogi Berry is the Cheapest Froyo in Town!
If frozen yogurt was the hottest dessert in town a year ago, today froyo shops don’t get as much hype anymore, and are sometimes even ignored. The market has become saturated, with frozen yogurt available in just about any corner of most malls in the city. Froyo shops now seek to differentiate themselves from the crowd.
In my opinion, a big factor in the decline of the frozen yogurt consumers is the price. Most shops sell their yogurt at 20-25 pesos per ounce, which can get expensive once you heap on the extras on top of the yogurt. A 6 ounce cup (just about average) would cost 150 pesos at 25 pesos/ounce. That’s a bit too much for dessert for the regular diner on a day-to-day basis.
Most affordable froyo in town
And here comes Yogi Berry, a new froyo shop that recently opened in Greenbelt 1 mall in Ayala, we froyo lovers don’t have to spend as much for the good stuff. Yogi Berry offers their frozen yogurt at only 15 pesos per ounce. That’s the cheapest I’ve seen so far!
And cheap doesnt mean getting a less than a good deal. Their shop is cute and classy, with lilac being the main color theme of the shop. Their dispensers are stainless and decorated with various cartoony bears in different shades of happy. The countertop also has a wide selection of toppings from candy sprinkles to cherries to syrups in many flavors, all neatly arranged in clean jars with individual scoopers.
When I first went there, cute pink and lilac balloons were propped up all over the area, to celebrate the branch’s soft opening. The Yogi Berry’s servers are friendly and welcoming, and invited us to try their different flavors that include taro, strawberry, banana, cranberry, among others.
Part of the fun in getting frozen yogurt is heaping everything you want into your cup. At Yogi Berry, there was plenty of space to have fun- you get to use the dispensers to pour out your yogurt, you also get to scoop spoonfuls of any topping you want in any combination. And we did just that.
Banna froyo on the left, strawberry on the right
We went crazy and sampled all of their flavors. Bim finally decided to get banana flavored froyo sprinkled with corn flakes, candy sprinkles and topped off with a cherry, while I got myself a cup of strawberry flavored froyo with mini marshmallows and corn flakes. And both were great!
Yogi Berry frozen yogurt is cool and sour and fun all at the same time, just like frozen yogurt should be. Our bill came to about 160 pesos for BOTH cups with at least 5 to 6 ounces each (for that amount, I’d get only one cup in other shops). The best thing about it is that I didn’t notice anything different from the shops that charge so much more for their froyo. Now we can all get frozen yogurt on a regular basis without leaving a hole in our pockets.
Yogi Berry
Location: G/F, Greenbelt 1 Mall, Ayala Center, Makati
Get why the froyo shop is called Yogi Berry?
Noms

Have a Taste of Binondo in Makati at Dragon Wok
It’s almost over, but the dreary Monday blues is still wreaking havoc on my otherwise relaxed and well-rested state of mind that’s still stuck on the weekend. Pardon today’s less than cheerful account of a nomstop*, I’ll try to cheer up along the way (derrishuz nomz usually do teh trickxxorz).

 

Sometime last week, I headed to Parksquare (the unofficial electronics complex of Makati) after work to canvas for Christmas prices of electronics. After a few hours of walking (and realizing that I can’t afford an HTC Desire), the call of the bottomless pit that is my stomach was too loud to ignore and we had to find a place to grab dinner from.
The regular sized version of the Dragon Wok menu
Near one of the exits of the mall is a floor to ceiling banner of the menu of Dragon Wok restaurant. The prices seemed reasonable, at the 100 to 150 pesos range so we decided to give it a go.
A far cry from the modern and/or fancy ambiance of most restaurants in the area, Dragon Wok’s interior was basic, to say the least. They had white walls, simple sturdy tables and practical chairs. The servers were in white shirts and hairnets with no catchy phrase to welcome you, the kitchen is plain, with no frills, no useless decor, just cookware. It reminded me of Chinese restaurants in Binondo.
Sipa Jr. (p68)
Now if the interior of the restaurant is similar to that of authentic Chinese restaurants, would the food taste as good? That’s what we wanted to find out. Dragon Wok has two sets of menus, one is the regular menu, with food in sizes good enough for sharing and the other menu is the junior menu, with food good enough for an individual diner. We ordered from the cheaper menu.
The first thing we tried was the restaurant’s bestseller called Sipa. It seriously took me a while before I figured out that it was named after the the Pinoy street game because the dumplings are shaped like the triangular shaped toy we used to play with. The Sipa from Dragon Wok is a dumpling of sweet and saucy ground pork twisted in a wrapper and fried to a golden crisp. I loved it, it went well with the vinegar and soy sauce that it came with and the Young Chow Fried Rice (that’s how it was spelled on the menu)

Spicy Shrimps (p125)

We also ordered a junior serving of the Spicy Shrimps. Fried battered shrimps with a sweet and spicy dip. It was okay, not bad, a tad salty maybe, but my main gripe about it is that the serving was too little for the price. There were only about 3 or 5 small shrimps for a 125 peso order. Because there wasn’t enough of it to go around, we got an additional dish to tide us over.

Garlic Chicken Jr.  (p99)

An extra order made the nomz enough for two. Dragon Wok’s Garlic chicken is fried chicken in garlic sauce. This order had several pieces of chunky chicken swimming in brownish garlic sauce. Together with the Young Chow Fried Rice (p101), it was a hot meal that felt almost authentic, nearly Binondo-style. Dragon Wok nomz is a good place to go to if you’re looking for a Binondo-type restaurant right dab smack in the middle of the Central Business District.

Dragon Wok
Location: G/F Parksquare 1 Mall, Makati City
Contact Number: (02) 818-1016
Other Info:

 

*nomstop – like a pitstop, but for noms instead of fuel
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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.

~o~

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