CHECK IT OUT: New Dishes at Henry’s Place at Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City
Your taste of Binondo in the middle of BGC.
Unit ES-3, Crescent Park West, Rizal Drive (Burgos Circle), Forbest Town Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. Nos. 403-3250, 403-2203
Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays to Sundays
(SPOT.ph) Even as Burgos Circle grows by leaps and bounds around them, Henry’s Place, one of the Circle’s original restaurants, has gamely stuck around. As one of the few Chinese joints in the area, it occupies a unique foodie niche, but they’re not content to rest on their laurels. And that doesn’t just mean a new look (though they’re working on that, too), but some choice new items on the menu.
"We really want to recreate the experience of Binondo," says Marie Sy, the restaurant’s owner, where her family lived for a time. That doesn’t just mean by-the-rulebook Chinese cuisine-it also means homey Chinese-inspired favorites gussied up with a Henry’s Place touch. Take the Panda Orange Chicken (P495). "As you know, this isn’t really a Chinese dish," says Sy as we load up our plates. Henry’s Place’s version of the Chinese-American standard is refreshingly sharp, thanks to the tangy brown sauce and the thin slivers of orange peel. The Chinese Paella (P450) may share a name with the famous Spanish dish, but the taste is as far away from Castillian as you can get. You may know it better as kiam pung, a Binondo staple that Henry’s Place makes even more hearty by adding in chewy chestnuts and peanuts to the garlic-rice-and-Chinese-sausage mix.
The starters are worth a couple of raves, too. The Lily on the Pond (P210) has a taste that goes quite well with its picturesque name. Prawn meat, water chestnuts, and Chinese mushrooms are sandwiched in between eggplant slices and drizzled with curry sauce-a tender and delicate starter that’s the best way to kick off a top-heavy Chinese rice meal. Their Hakao (P110, 3 pieces) and Xiao Long Bao (P110, 3 pieces) were moist, chewy, and flavorful. But what we really loved was the Crispy Duck Roll (P145), which totally lived up to its name. We gobbled these up as quickly as they came in, with absolutely no shame. A last indulgence? Their one-of-a-kind Halo Halo (P190), an inspired, refreshing mix of cocograss, nata de coco, cheese, buko, whipped cream, pinipig, and leche flan, is a great way to relax as we wait for our tummies to digest.