New Restaurant Alert: Publiko at Eastwood Cyberpark, Quezon City
Eastwood’s premier gastropub is an experience you ought to try.
G/F Eastwood Citywalk 1, Eastwood City Cyberpark, Bagumbayan, Quezon City
Tel. No. 421-3180, 0922-817-4301
Open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Sunday to Thursday) and 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. (Friday and Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) As the first and only gastropub in Eastwood City, Publiko makes sure that it meets all the requirements for having a good time. The ground floor entrance isn’t much in terms of size, but follow the winding staircase to the second floor and you’ll see an expanse roomy enough to seat a crowd of 160 comfortably. Besides the al fresco area, glass walls display a glimpse of the Eastwood skyline and an open kitchen gives customers a quiet cooking show. A chalkboard on one side offers amusing catchphrases like "You can't buy happiness but you can buy bacon-and that's kind of the same thing." And, at 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, a guest DJ spins head-bobbing music all through the night.
Chili Cheese Fries
As a pub, Publiko has a good selection of alcoholic drinks and imported beers: Hoegaarden, Beck's, Stella Artois, and Paulaner Munchen. But it is a gastropub, and thankfully, the owners haven’t neglected that fact, offering good grub for the non-drinking, good-food-appreciating public. Bar chow like fried mozzarella, nachos and calamari rings are available, but guests who don’t hold back on indulgence will likely go for the Chili Cheese Fries (P265) where crisp fries swim in a concoction of chili con carne made with US Angus beef, pico de gallo, and a smothering of sriracha cheese sauce and sour cream. If you like controlled portions of your food, you’ll find that this dish will successfully tempt your inner glutton.
Famous BBQ Ribs
For the mains, don’t let Mom's Meatloaf (P285) and the Beef Pot Roast (P295) distract you from ordering the bestselling BBQ Ribs (P345). The fall-off-the-bone pork ribs, glistening with homemade barbecue sauce, calls for an ice-cold mug of beer to complement its mouthwatering smokiness. They’re so comfortingly good that you can just forego the fork and knife and dive in with (clean) bare hands to make the most of it.
Pork Shoulder Steak and Dirty Rice
The menu introduces something curiously called Rice Bakes which conjures images of rice bowls topped with sauce and melted cheese. Instead, Publiko’s comes served on a flat dish with meat drenched in sauce and sitting beside, not on top of, a pile of savory rice. The Pork Shoulder Steak and Dirty Rice (P285) is like having two dishes in one: apart from the spiced steak, the rice, which has been cooked with chunks of bell pepper, onions, bacon and chorizo, is filling and flavorful enough on its own.
Bread and Butter Pudding
There are only four desserts on offer, yet the limited few manage to give you the dilemma of making an important decision. The Bread and Butter Pudding (P175) has the unmistakable flavor of cinnamon and comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, while the Publiko S'mores Cake (P195) comes as a cream-and-graham-cracker-layered refrigerator cake, blanketed by a thin sheet of hardened chocolate, and topped with a piece of torched marshmallow.
Al fresco area
Despite the restaurant overpopulation in Eastwood City, Publiko is able to stand its ground given its winning formula of sure-to-satisfy comfort food matched with imported draft beers.