Joseph Jespersen – A Scandinavian exchange student willing to TNT in the Philippines just for the women and the booze
Arthur Moreno – Script writer for ABS-CBN’s Showtime and is a “kalokalike” of Ryan Rems, jokes a lot during dates
Melissa Honteveros – Self proclaimed professional food critic for www.melissavsfood.com; says potato with an “F” and “chocolate mouse”
For an 18-seater bistro, expect it to be small but cozy. This place is suitable for dates or small group gatherings. Tables can be setup outside but you’d be seating nearby an air-con exhaust, electric meters and parked cars. When it’s raining, sitting outside will probably get your piña colada mixed with rainwater because of the small canopy covering its “al fresco”. It’s best to reserve a seat inside.
You go here for the food, the atmosphere and most importantly, the 3-hour happy hour. In order to avail the 18-peso cocktail, you have to order one of the small plates or main courses. This is per person. Recommended is the Chicken Parmigiana (P290). It’s a baked chicken fillet topped with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce served with mushroom rice pilaf. Another main dish is the Beef Borguignon (P320). It’s slow braised beef cooked in red wine with a potato terrine siding. It’s pronounced as bor-gin-yon by the way, just in case you want to impress someone. If you’re the introvert type, just point the menu item to the waiter so he’d mention it first then just repeat what he says. “Yes, one beef borginyon”.
The bistro’s owner slash bartender is a mixology major. You know that he gets the job done The Amats Project way. The cocktail of the day was Frozen Daiquiri. For only 18 pesos, it was just too good to be true. The daiquiri had enough punch to slow you down in one martini glass without compromising the taste. Their impressive bar list contains more or less, 18 multiplied by 5 drinks. That’s roughly 90 kinds of alcoholic beverages. This includes whiskies, vodkas, gin, rum, tequila, liqueurs, beers and wines(both local and imported). Pale Pilsen is priced at P70 and San Mig Light at P65. Crafted cocktails are averagely two hundred bucks. The Signature Eighteen (P180) consists of brandy, Cointreau, orange juice and cherry is highly suggested. The hidden gem in the bar roster is the Ron Zacapa rum priced at P 300+ per shot. It’s sourced from the Guatemalan highlands. It’s sweet and smooth. Just right for neat sipping. The wide selection of beverages is one of the best reasons to come back to this place.
The Good – 18-Peso Cocktails! Wide selection of quality beverages and serves European cuisine
The Bad – Limited parking and seating capacity
What P500 Will Get You – A main dish and 11 cocktails during happy hour
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