My Sentro 1771 experience

Let me share with you my Sentro 1771 experience through this article I wrote for The Manila Times.

Pls see full article below.
Pls see full article below.

If you’re looking for a restaurant that serves delicious Filipino food amid a more elegant ambience, and then some, you should head over to Sentro 1771. With the launch of its new menu, you’re sure to have a wide variety of flavors to choose from with more of the restaurant’s famous twists.

Who says you can’t have a little Chinese food in a Filipino restaurant? For Chinoy flavor fans, the Duck Pancakes is a must try. These are made from strips of native duck slow-cooked in beer, rum vinegar, soy sauce and muscovado sugar tucked into Chinese pancake pockets served on soup spoons.

Borrowing from nearby Macau, the Macau Chorizo and Cheese Tidbits give a burst of flavor that will surely excite the Filpino palate. The Naked Lumpia with Vietnamese Crepe, meanwhile, is Sentro’s modern version of lumpiang ubod with an Asian flair.

For those entertaining foreign guests, the B2b Sticks will save you—and them—from a bum stomach, as these skewers are Sentro’s version of good old Pinoy street food. Choose the grilled organic chicken gizzards cooked adobo-style for the adventurous foodies.

For the entrees, the winning dish is the Fish of the Day Pandan, a whole fresh fish stuffed with sautéed onions, tomatoes, miso and malunggay, and tied with ever flavorful pandan. This is then grilled bringing out a bouquet of flavors in an otherwise everyday dish.

The rest of the main courses in the new menu comprise of the Sinigang Corned Beef (prepared according to the diner’s taste as the waiter will come out with a cup of the broth to make sure its sour enough for you); the Two Egg Ampalaya,.

For dessert, Sentro does not disappoint with the Keso Flan! Imagine a rich cheesecake with thin slices of leche flan—double the delight. Then there’s Fried Suman and Mangoes, which perfectly marries the sweet crunchy sensation that is always a fun ending to a great meal.

All in all, Sentro 1771’s new menu is further proof to the restaurant’s proud reputation as the “first in Modern Filipino” cuisine. They’re still doing everything right.

Sentro 1771 is a member of the 1771 Group of Restaurants that includes Chateau 1771 in greenbelt 5, Café 1771, WineBar 1771 and Sidebar at El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas, Ortigas Center, Pasig.

Let me add a few more pictures of the dishes I tried.

 

greenbelt branch
greenbelt branch

menu

 

Menu continuation

keso flan
keso flan
Banana
Banana tart
Fried Suman
Fried Suman and Mangoes
Specialty coffee
their coffee smells so good
More yummy dessert
More yummy dessert
my restaurant review wouldn't be complete without a peak at the bathroom!
my restaurant review wouldn’t be complete without a peak at the bathroom!

Hai Chix & Steaks

At the back of Ortigas Home Depot, we found this Hainanese Chicken and Steak place called Hai Chix & Steaks.  I was told by a friend that if you’re too lazy to go to Makati to go to Mamou to eat steak, this place would do.

We recently tried this restaurant twice in 2weeks.
We recently tried this restaurant twice in 2 weeks.
Their 650g steak good for 2
Their 650g steak good for 2.
We always ask for salt...that's how we like to eat our steak :-)
We always ask for salt…that’s how we like to eat our steak 🙂
Comes with fried steak rice.
Comes with 2 bowls of fried steak rice.
And sidings of corn.
And sidings.
The second time we tried their steak, it looked like this.  Consistent.
The second time we tried their steak, it looked like this. Consistent.
Then we tried their  fried hainan chicken.  Nothing great.  Tasted like Savoury.
Then we tried their fried hainan chicken. Nothing great. Tasted like Savoury.
Also ordered their bestseller, Hainanese Chicken.  For us it tastes the same as others, but their chicken was soft.
Also ordered their bestseller, Hainanese Chicken. For us it tastes the same as others, but their chicken was soft.
Buffalo Wings
Our appetizers:  Buffalo Wings in butter…
Appetizer
…and shrimp in garlic with toasted bread.  This was really really really good!
Pinkerton
Pinkerton ice cream for dessert…a bit expensive for a scoop (around 120php or more).
resto
On the left is where you order, and in front is their kitchen.
from inside looking out
from inside looking out
bathroom
bathroom
rest of resto
Back part of the resto.

Overall it was an okay experience.  Maybe we just had high expectations due to what we heard.  But we still prefer to travel to Mamou in Rockwell for some steak.   To each its own I guess 🙂

What’s your favorite steak place?

King One Hot Pot

We tried this eat all you can hot pot place, King One.  On Macapagal avenue beside Seaside, you will find this restaurant.  Having a rotary dish server, you’ll feel you’re in another country as its not common in Manila.

King One.
Food is freshly prepared in front of you.  You can just get anything from these dishes going around.

If I remember correctly, it costs 500++ Php per person.  This consists of food and their different types of iced tea.  Their meat tastes good, veggies and seafood fresh.

Unlimited everything
Unlimited everything

From Robinsons Galleria, it only took us 30-40 minutes to get there.  If you’re the type who eats a lot, this place is perfect for you.  More value for your money compared to the other places like Healthy Shabu-Shabu or Ganso Shabuway.  But if you’re one who eats like a bird, then traveling far if you’re from the north might not be worth it.

Try this place out if you want lots of food for less 🙂

Would definitely come back!

Eat Fresh

The other night we discovered this place near Wilson.  It’s an “eatery” or very very simple restaurant.  It’s air-conditioned but it has a mini take out counter in front for those who just want to buy the food and go.  This restaurant is Eat Fresh.  It’s like a small Hong Kong style restaurant found in small streets.

Here's what we ate:  Laksa, squid balls, Taosi spareribs, and other stuff on a stick :-)
Here’s what we ate: Laksa, squid balls, lobster cheese balls, Taosi spareribs, and isaw (which wasn’t what I expected)  
Here's how the place looks like.  Just small but if you're not picky, you'd come back here :-)
Here’s how the place looks like. Just small but if you’re not picky, you’d come back here 🙂
Menu
Menu
BAck of the menu
BAck of the menu..they have other branches too!

 

The food was surprisingly good.  I wasn’t able to use their restroom so I can’t comment on that.  Parking is a bit hard but we were able to park on the side of the street.

We’d go back for a quick bite again 🙂