2.5 out of 5 stars
Bistro Filipino is a restaurant that infuses Philippine cuisine with fine dining sensibilities. More often than not, Philippine restaurants are casual grilleries or are cafeteria-like. But Chef Laudico’s baby is able to transform Philippine cuisine into even finer dining, with the fancy interiors, high-end ingredients and impeccable service.
This restaurant has a unique and novel concept, and I’m sure there was a lot of thought put into the brainstorming of Bistro Filipino. Regrettably, it wasn’t the idea, but the dishes that didn’t fly with us.
Pao had the Binagoongan Crispy Pork (348 PhP). Described as, “Boneless crispy pork with creamy bagoong sauce served with grilled onions, tomatoes and asparagus with garlic tumeric rice,” it looked much nicer than it tasted. As seen in the picture, it was presented very nicely, with the pork and asparagus placed at a nice height, the sauce swirled around the pork and vegetables in a clean manner. I would definitely pay for the way the dished looked. But Pao commented on how he didn’t like the way the bagoong mixed with the rest of the ingredients of the dish. And he wasn’t alone.
Julia got the Adobo Overload with Seared Foie Gras (748 PhP). The menu says that it’s, “seared foie gras on steamed chicken adobo, sticky rice in banana leaf, topped with pork adobo flakes and adobong kangkong.” As you can see from the picture, the dish looks a little scattered. My friend Bern, got this dish before and hated how they “butchered” the foie gras with the adobo. When I tasted this, I found the adobo overpowering. I didn’t eat the foie gras, but it could be easily inferred that foie gras would be overshadowed by the adobo sauce. Not my favorite dish.
Enzo said that he got a chicken dish that was actually good. Goes to show the hit-or-miss factor of this resto. To be fair, we also got another appetizer that was delicious. It’s called Sisig Basket (228 PhP) where it’s “spicy pork sisig in mini crisy rice baskets with quail’s egg and chicharon.” Its presentation was fun, where the tiny rice baskets with the sisig and chicharon was served in shotglass. Around six of these shotglasses were put on a metal stand with rotating arms. The vinegar was placed on the top of the metal stand. So you eat it in a step-by-step manner, or at least, that’s how we did it. Get the vinegar and place it on the rice baskets. After you eat the rice basket (in one gulp), shoot it down with the quail egg. Or you can also place the quail egg on top of the basket, but then that’d be messy. To make things short, we enjoyed eating as well as the eating process of this dish.
Molten Chocolate (198 PhP) described as “Belgian molten chocolate cake with carabao vanilla ice cream center.”
Much to our dismay, they served us with a deflated chocolate cake, even if it did take 15 minutes to make. The waiters were very apologetic about it, and I guess they didn’t want to return it back in the kitchen cos they’d have to pay for it. Being that they were very nice about it, we let this mistake go, and ate it anyway. The strawberry sauce that surrounded the dessert was delicious, though I didn’t taste much of that carabao ice cream filling that it touted to have. The cake was still good even if it collapsed, but I found it too little. Pao and I probably finished this with 3 scoopfuls each.
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meat. seafood. dessert.
Chef Laudico's Bistro Filipino, The Fort
Bistro Filipino, Net One Building, The Fort
Taguig City, Metro Manila
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