CHECK IT OUT: Bagoong Club in Ortigas
The restaurant that puts the spotlight on the humble Pinoy <em>sawsawan</em> opens its second branch.
Unit C-201 City Golf Plaza, Julia Vargas Avenue,
Ugong, Pasig City
Tel. No. (0915) 218-3334
Open 12 noon - 3 p.m. and 6 to 10:30 p.m. daily
Bagoong-infused dishes and more. Click for more.
(SPOT.ph) If you’re a habitué at Bagoong Club’s original branch on Sct. Lazcano in the Tomas Morato area in Quezon City, you’ll be glad to know that their new branch at the City Golf Plaza in Ortigas serves the same hearty, bagoong-infused dishes that first made your mouth water three years ago.
The Pasig branch (the brand’s first franchise) flaunts an updated Pinoy-themed look, with sleeker, more modern furniture set against a backdrop of cream-hued wallpaper in a lace motif. The new branch also has a spacious function room for private parties and meetings.
True to its name, the restaurant puts the spotlight on the lowly shrimp paste as the main star of the dining table. "Bagoong is a very Pinoy condiment, if not the favorite of many," says Trisha Versoza, one of the partners at the new branch. Bagoong Club serves seven kinds of bagoong ranging from sweet to the spicy, which may be paired with your bowl of sweet and nutty kare-kare or as a condiment for just about any Pinoy dish on the menu. Their Bagoong Sampler (P125) allows you to sample all seven variants of the shrimp paste: you can tease your palate with bagoong mixed with coconut milk or try the Italian-inspired paste mixed with herbs and spices.
But not all the dishes on the menu have bagoong. Pork barbecue, sinigang, grilled seafood, sisig and adobo share space on the menu with the Bagoong Club bestsellers which include the Ginulat na Tilapia (P350), Krispy’t Kare-Kare (P370), and Crispy Pata Binagoongan (P470). "We have a younger crowd in Ortigas," Versoza said, hence the number of fried items on the menu.
Chef Pixie Sevilla-Santos created the desserts at Bagoong Club; her Quezo de Bola Cheesecake (P175) and Pastillas de Leche Cheesecake (P160) are big crowd favorites, while the new Pinoy Macarones (P175 for five pieces)-with ube, calamansi, coconut, mango and tablea-flavored buttercream filling-are gaining equal attention. Be warned, Versoza says it’s one of the first desserts to run out.
Photos from Bagoong Club and by Trixie Zabal (interiors)