Rainy season is here, and as we approach the end of the year, the weather will get cooler still. There is no better way to ward off the chill than to put some warm food in our tummy. Below are some suggestions for the Fort citizens.
Potluckers is a restaurant that has a menu that is hard to classify. It has a very limited menu, with many casserole dishes. Yet, their casseroles are not the ones that are usually found in western restaurants. Casserole is a French word that means a large, deep dish used both in the oven and as a serving vessel. The word is also used for the food cooked and served in such a vessel, with the cookware.
Casseroles served in Europe are meaty stews full of robust flavours, usually including vegetables and often dumplings, that are made in the oven or on the hob for hours. The liquid in the casseroles is usually thick and eaten with a staple like boiled potatoes. In Potluckers, the casseroles have a watery sauce that makes it more like a soup than a gravy. All casseroles are served on a food warmer, so they stay warm for long time!
Our photo above shows their best seller, twice cooked beef short ribs (P620). We had an order of buttered marble potatoes (P90) to go with it, and they gave us bread for free also. The casserole is big enough for two persons, and the ingredients are high quality. But the place is usually quiet because the menu is not usual, and the price is a bit high for the usual patrons of Stopover Pavillion.
Potluckers : Second Floor, BGC Stopover Pavillion, Rizal Drive Corner 31st Street
Hot pot to decongest your sinus
In Fort Bonifacio, hot pot places are far and in between. The only hot pot specialty restaurant here is Mini Shabu Shabu, operated by Thousand Cranes Restaurant group. The fact that this restaurant can survive the high rent of Bonifacio High Street is a testament of its quality. In fact, a single person set can start at less than P300. Not only can you get warm by the steamy soup in front of you, you get to cook the ingredients the way you want.Do not forget to drink the soup after eating the ingredients as it contains all their flavors.
Mini Shabu Shabu : Bonifacio High Street
Steamy Noodle soup
Ramen is best served hot, as any genuine Japanese friend will tell you. And the professional way to consume a bowl of ramen is to slurp down loudly all the soup after finishing the noodles. What better way to warm up the body than this? In Fort Bonifacio, there is no shortage of ramen and soba specialty restaurants. For example, there are: Kichitora, Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen, Nadai Fujisoba in Bonifacio High Street, Wrong Ramen in Burgos Circle, Ramen Kagetsu Arashi in Net Park, Ramen Kuroda in Venice Canal Mall, Nagi Ramen in SM Aura Mall and Ippudo Ramen in Uptown Mall, to name a few of the better known ramen brands.
Check out our Restaurant and Cafe Map for details of each.
Get warmed by alcohol
OK, alcoholic drinks are not food, but taken in moderation, it can warm up the body also. Recently we discovered a new drinking place that is quite unique. And you can get warm by watching them cook aburi also.
Papa Loa: 109 Forbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive
Warm and Spicy hot pot
People often associate Korean food with barbecue, because people like to eat charred food. However, Koreans are actually big on soups and hot pots. If you find ordinary soup or hot pot too boring, try some Korean spicy hot pot, such as bulgogi jeongol on Sariwon Korean Restaurant's menu.
Sariwon : Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, above Crystal Jade Restaurant and Jamba Juice.