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Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza just opened a new branch in Serendra and we wasted no time in checking it out. In fact, they are still on soft opening but we just couldn’t wait any longer to get another taste of their infamous buratta.

For starters, we had an order of their Buratta Caprese (P355) which had one huge buratta, halved cherry tomatoes, a bed of pesto on the bottom, basil leaves, and all were drizzled in olive oil. This is best eaten with their warm bread rolls.

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We ordered two pasta dishes to share among four of us – Salted Egg (P190) and Stuffed Chicken (P355). The Salted Egg Pasta has fettuccini, bacon, salted egg, cream and topped with grated parmesan cheese. It was good but was a little too rich for my taste so I asked for a slice of lemon to cut the richness. After a good drizzle of fresh lemon juice, I easily finished my portion which was creamy and salty and delicious all at the same time. The Stuffed Chicken Pasta on the other hand comes with aglio olio spaghetti, a roll of chicken breast stuffed with ground pork and coated in cream sauce. The best part of this dish was the tasty chicken roll with ground beef inside. If you are ordering this dish, make sure you have time to spare because it takes around 15-20 mins to cook. But if you ask me, it is well worth the wait.

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For our pizza, we got the SMEGG (P420). It is topped with their homemade sausage, mushroom, eggs, gouda and cream. I enjoyed my slices with a drizzling of their Spicy Honey and some drops of tabasco.

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To down all these carbs with, we also ordered a pitcher of their Iced Tea (P120). I liked it because it did not taste like commercial powdered iced tea mix.

All in all, I loved my second time at Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza. I would definitely go back just for the buratta alone.

For my friend’s birthday celebration (a year ago LOL), she chose to have our dinner at Naci’s. Naci Comfort Food brings comfort food that’s simple while still robust and full of flavor. We’ve tried their desserts one other time but it was actually our first to try their meals.

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First off, we each ordered their fruit shakes. They were rather fresh and refreshing (is this redundant?), but nothing worth writing home about. Their fruit shakes range from Php145 to Php175.

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Their Triple Nachos (Php280) were such a hit. A combination of deep-fried flour tortillas, taro and corn chips served with Mexican beef and the freshest tomato salsa drizzled with cheese sauce and tangy sour cream. I couldn’t stop myself from popping one chip after another into my mouth. The chips, despite being deep-fried, were not oily at all so that’s a big plus.

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The Yakimeshi Beef Rice Bowl (Php380) is a fusion of Japanese favorites. Sukiyaki beef, tofu and sauteed mixed vegetables topped over Japanese fried rice drizzled with teriyaki sauce. I honestly don’t remember a lot about this dish but I know that the beef slices were perfectly tender.

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Their Grilled Mahi Mahi (Php380) had one thick fillet topped with dill cream and cherry tomatoes served with parsley rice and buttered vegetables. The fish was grilled perfectly – it did not come out dry. But oddly, my favorite part of this dish were the buttered veggies. They were fresh, crunchy and sweet, just the way I like my veggies to be.

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Last that came out was the Milton’s Fried Chicken (Php450). Crispy fried chicken marinated in Naci’s secret spice blend and buttermilk served with mushroom gravy and tomato ketchup. The chicken pieces were huge and the batter was so deliciously crispy. To top it all off, the potato fries on the side was also yummy. I found myself eating the fries even if I already felt a little full. LOL glutton much?

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Dinner was very good and we capped it all off with their Yema Cake which we got for the birthday girl. My favorites for the night were the fried chicken and nachos.

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Sadly, Naci is no longer open in BGC (it has been replaced by Shingetsu) but I am hoping they open up again in another location.

One of the newest food joints in the ever growing restaurant community of BGC is SARSA. It instantly acquired a large following because it is owned by one of the resident judges of the now defunct show MasterChef Pinoy Edition – Chef Jayps.

On to the food!

Pritchon Pancake | Php260
A good meal starter. 5 hefty rolls of pritchon with cucumber wrapped in pita bread served with hoisin sauce. The pritchon skin was crunchy and the cucumber slice gave a fresh contrast. The dipping sauce was a tad too salty for me so better go easy on it, unless you like really salty food.

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Garlic Rice | Php40
We finished a total of 12 servings of this bad boy (we were 9 in the group, 8 girls and 1 boy). To be fair, our only thorn was a big rice guy. Nevertheless, the amount of rice consumed in our table that night was a loooot! Mainly because the rice was so good. One of the best (if not the best) garlic rice I’ve had so far.

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Lechon Baka Skewers | Php295
These were so good! The beef slices were tender and juicy. Feels like eating a mini version of beef kebabs. It’s served with an aioli dip which was also very good. My only contention, I wish the skewers were a bit bigger.

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Tortang Talong | Php155
I love tortang talong! Chef Jayps made this usual recipe a unique twist by topping it with crispy sardines and kesong puti crumbles. For some reason, this did not work too well with me. I tried drowning it with the sukang pinakurat and spicy banana ketchup that it came with and the flavor was improved. But this one I’ll probably not order again.

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Sizzling Kansi | Php355
More commonly known as bulalo, this was the star of the night for me. Tender beef slices bathed with Batwan gravy served in a silver sizzling platter. I actually misread the gravy as BATMAN at first but a few google searches later, I learned that batwan is a souring agent used by Negrenses and Ilonggos. Whatever it is, it’s delicious. The diners are also saved from the trouble of digging around for the marrow because the bone (half of it) already comes split in the middle, with all the fatty goodness winking at you. MUST TRY!

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Twice-Cooked Pork Belly | Php240
Two generous slabs of pork belly served with Ginamos Gata and chili garlic sauce. Again, the sauce was delicious. The pork was a little too fatty for my taste, or maybe the cut was too thick. But I’m nitpicking here. This was still good.

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Crispy Tilapia | Php245
Another not so successful dish was the crispy tilapia. I felt like the fish was overcooked because there was a bitter aftertaste. It wasn’t very bad but I got a feeling of tasting burnt cooking oil. The saving grace was the mango salsa that it came with. It was fresh and refreshing and it successfully masked the burnt taste from the fish.

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Isaw | Php145, Isol | Php170
We ordered these two out of curiosity. We wanted to see how streetfood can be elevated to restaurant level. To those who are unaware, isaw is skewered chicken intestines and isol is the chicken ass. The chicken ass was actually good, fat and juicy, just the way I like my ass (chicken ass, I mean). The isaw was also OK but it tasted too… clean (!) for our taste. LOL. And coming from UP boasting of Mang Larry’s isawan where you could get 3 isaw sticks for 10 pesos, this almost felt like a ripoff. But if you’re one of those who are not too keen on buying isaw from the street vendors, this is a good place to start.

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Ambiance wise, the restaurant was ok. A few more tables could have helped manage the never-gone waiting line outside. All throughout dinner, there was a huge space in the middle of the room that was vacant when it could’ve easily held two more tables. That being said, make sure to call and make your dining reservations in advance so you’re immediately accomodated upon arrival. The wait could get really long, otherwise.

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SARSA is located at Forum South Global, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City (Between NBC Tent & Arya Residence)

This week’s challenge is all about showing off where I live. And since I basically spend more time in the office than at home, I guess this should count.

What I love most about Bonifacio Global City is its simple modernity whilst not lacking the natural feel of it. I swear the air here is much fresher than in other neighboring business areas (case in point: Makati and Ortigas).

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(1) Late afternoon coffee breaks at our 18th floor pantry.
(2) BGC is slowly but surely being filled with buildings and parking lots. I dread the day when it would be as crowded as Makati.
(3) Stepping out of the office for some fresh air. I have a love affair with clouds.
(4) The infamous tree sculpture at Burgos Circle.
(5) Another shot of our neighbor building. Look at the glass reflection on the street. Amazing!

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