Monday, February 28, 2011

Beurre Blanc, Resorts World

Our station's news and current affairs department recently held a trade event for its advertisers, and the event was held at Resorts World Manila. The place is a bit too far south for me, but I actually enjoy going there as long as I don't have to drive. My colleagues Chi, Cheryl, Paul, and I went there together in a company van, so none of us could complain about the driving distance (and make it an excuse for a no-show).

On our way to the venue, we were not sure as to where exactly we were to proceed, so Paul called the event's organizer, whom we fondly call Lola May. There was a bit of (amusing) confusion as to where she said we should go. Because of the loud music where Lola May was, what came over the phone line was "Just proceed to Bear Brand for dinner". We were all wondering where this was. The grocery??? After a bit of time, we finally figured out that she had actually said proceed to "Beurre Blanc". After that was sorted out, we made our way to this wine bar.

The event hadn't started yet, so we all joined some of our news anchors who had arrived earlier at the restaurant. Beurre Blanc was one of several places at Resorts World that Lola May had coordinated with to provide food for the event. I was glad we were eating there, I'd been planning to eat there especially after I learned that the restaurant was from the same group as Le Souffle.

Beurre Blanc had a set menu for those of us from the station. I was hoping that they had pescetarian choices for me, given that it was a pre-prepared menu, and thankfully, they did. The meal started off with their Beurre Blanc salad, which had shrimp and scallops.

Beurre Blanc Salad

For their main course, they had a surf and turf offering of steak and fish, so I just told the server to leave out the beef for me. The fish was enough to make me full (My colleagues were probably stuffed with the steak alone), though I thought it a bit salty. I asked the server what the name of the fish dish was, but he said it wasn't on the menu. He told me that if I wanted to order it again, to just say I want the garoupa (or grouper).


The dessert they served us was very sweet, just the way I like it. I believe it was called "Sticky Toffee", but don't quote me on that. I don't remember its exact name, just that it was a perfect way to offset the saltiness of the fish. It had the denseness and texture of brownies, of which I am a big fan.

Sticky Toffee??

After the meal, we went to the trade event, which was held right outside Beurre Blanc, in the area encircled by the restaurants. As the place was packed, we had to stand to watch the program. It was actually a good way to burn off the calories that we had consumed at dinner. I didn't mind standing, first, because I was wearing comfortable shoes; and second, because it made me feel less guilty about the richness of what I had eaten.

The program was over in around two hours. All the preparation of Lola May and her team paid off. Although I have to say that the highlight of the evening for me was dinner at Beurre Blanc. I want to go back to try their wine selections, as well as other things that looked interesting on their menu.

Beurre Blanc Wine Bar
Operating Hours:Daily, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
2nd Floor Newport Mall
Resorts World Manila
Pasay City, Philippines
Tel No:(+632) 836 4342/ (+632) 659 4020

Friday, February 25, 2011

Late night dessert at Barcino

Some of my friends wanted to get together for a glass of wine after dinner one weeknight, so we all decided to meet up at Barcino at The Fort. It was a slow night so we had the place almost to ourselves. I didn't feel like having some wine though, so I decided to have dessert instead.

I ordered some chocolate cake. Now I don't think I've met a chocolate cake I didn't like or at least didn't eat, but I ended up not finishing the cake. It wasn't horrible or anything that extreme. It was just a little dry and didn't taste too fresh. I'm sure it would've tasted better if it were closer to being newly baked. It's a good thing the company more than made up for the disappointment brought about by the cake.

Chocolate Cake

Barcino, The Fort
Unit 101 Forbeswood Heights
Rizal Drive, Fort Bonifacio
Taguig, Metro Manila
Tel. No. 632.900.0726

Monday, February 14, 2011

Burritos and Tacos (B&T), Ortigas

During one weekend out of town, my friend Girlie brought along her friend Mariel. In one of our early conversations, talk turned to food and interesting restaurants. Mariel mentioned that she and Girlie recently discovered a new Mexican restaurant called Burritos and Tacos, or B&T for short.

Mariel said that she preferred the food there to that in Ristras. What piqued my interest about the place was that she said the fish tacos there were good. I haven't had those in a while, so I resolved to go to the place as soon as I could.

The next weekend, my friend Z and I went there to have a late lunch. It actually turned out to be early dinner as well. We ate so much that we were full until the evening. The place is relatively new; according to the owner/manager, they opened only in December. He was very helpful and explained the menu to us.

Basically, you choose the kind of Mexican meal you want (burrito, taco, etc.), and then the meat you want to put in it. For some of the dishes, you can mix and match the meat. But for fish, which is what I had, you can't mix it with anything else. I chose to have it with soft tacos.

Fish Tacos

I liked the condiments that went with the food. I particularly liked the jalapeno and the hot sauce. The waitstaff were attentive, and asked if we wanted a refill of any of the condiments whenever they noticed that we'd run out.

As you can see from the earlier photo, there were three tacos on my plate. This is why I ended up so stuffed. The fish tacos were very good, but I think I shouldn't have eaten all three. Maybe next time, I could share one order with a friend. I do want to go there again, to try their other seafood dishes.

I'll be waiting to eat that shrimp burrito.

Burritos and Tacos (B&T)
Sekai Building, Ortigas Avenue
San Juan, Metro Manila

Thursday, February 10, 2011

New Royce' favorite: Nutty Bar Chocolate

When Royce' Chocolate started having stores in the Philippines a few years ago, it was big news for all Pinoy chocoholics. You didn't have to wait any longer to go on a trip abroad to be able to buy them, or ask traveling friends to get a hold of them for you. In the past, I was partial to their Champagne Nama and their Potatochip Chocolate. These have been my favorites for quite some time, and these are what I buy whenever I allow myself to indulge in some Royce' chocolate.

Today, my friend Eileen texted me to say that she dropped off some chocolates for me at my office- a pre-Valentine gift of sorts. When I went to get it at the lobby, I was very happy to see that the chocolates were from Royce. The size and shape of the box were unfamiliar to me though.

When I opened it and saw that it was called "Nutty Bar Chocolate", I was even more excited. I love nuts in my chocolate, and this sounded something I would totally enjoy. According to the box, it was "Almond Pecannut Cashewnut Macadamianut Nutty puff and Praline in Chocolate". Heaven!

I ripped off the box's wrappings and saw that it had ten individually wrapped bars inside. In principle, this allows one to eat it over a period of time (with the Nama and the chips, you have a time limit after opening since all of the chocolate is exposed).

In practice though, this period of time translated to five minutes right after I opened the box.

How the box looked five minutes after opening

To be fair, I only finished half the box in those five minutes. I have to admit though that it took all my self control not to consume the whole box in one (ten-minute-or-less) sitting.

Obviously, Royce's Nutty Bar Chocolate was a hit with me. As I said, I had to draw on a lot EQ to put away the remaining five bars to enjoy later. But judging from the way I can't stop looking at the box though, that "later" might just mean a few minutes from now.

ROYCE’ Power Plant Mall Shop
Stall 318A R3 Powerplant Mall,
Rockwell Center, Makati City,
TEL: +63-2-492-5051

ROYCE' Greenbelt 5 Shop
Level 1 Greenbelt 5,
Ayala Greenbelt Complex, Makati City,
TEL: +63-2-489-6946

ROYCE' Trinoma Shop
Third Level (Mindanao Side),
Trinoma, Quezon City
TEL: +63-2-394-5242