The 10 Best Things We Ate This January
Noteworthy dishes in this food-filled month
(SPOT.ph) If you don’t already know, here at SPOT.ph, we love food. You need it to live, but we find that there are some dishes that go well past the virtue of necessity. While others content themselves with a deep fryer and the usual salt and pepper, there are some who make-or at least try to make-an art out of it, with delicious displays and even yummier flavors. We believe those that go above and beyond their duty deserve necessary recognition. Our top picks among the dishes we ate throughout January:
Kabeljau at Brotzeit
This German delicacy (P690) is part of Brotzeit’s new menu, but we have high hopes for it to become a bestseller soon. The salt cod has been soaked in cold water for two to three days, but there’s just enough of that distinct brine for it to stand out. Baking it for only five minutes in the oven guarantees soft succulent flesh underneath that deliciously crisp skin. The side is bigger than the protein, but it’s baked potato with a strip of bacon. Who are we to complain?
Brotzeit German Bier and Bar is at G/F Shangri-La Plaza, 1 Garden Way, Mandaluyong City.
Soft Shell Crab Roll at Ogetsu
Forget specialties. This new Japanese joint at SM Aura tries to go all out with stations for teppanyaki, sushi, sukiyaki, and katsu. Chefs with their fancy knife work and cooking acrobatics will hypnotise you to try the teppanyaki, but while you wait for your tender, sweet-spicy beef, have this pretty four-piece plate (P320). Here, the chefs prove that sushi is indeed an art, prettily stuffing the green rice roll with tempura soft-shell crab, asparagus, cucumber, mango-honey sauce, and topping it with mayo and unagi sauce. It's a complete meal in one bite.
Ogetsu is at SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City.
Eggs Benedict at Marmalade Kitchen
Chef Aileen Anastacio is a whiz in the kitchen and her menu is always buzzing with her constant ideas. In the case of Eggs Benedict (P300), she has around five varieties. But the basic Hollandaise-Canadian bacon combo is still the foolproof winner. The sauce is smooth and rich with a tang that wraps around the beautiful smokiness of bacon and the richness of perfectly runny eggs.
Marmalade Kitchen is at Forum South Global, 7th Street corner Federacion Drive, Bonifacio Global City.
Victoria Sandwich at Heat
Unfortunately, this treat isn't here to stay. EDSA Shangri-La Executive Chef Warren Brown crafted a few British classics for January's Great British Feast. The Victoria Sandwich is a particular favorite. It's not so much a sandwich as it is a cake: two layers of yellow sponge stuck together by a filling of raspberry jam and cream. The cake is thick but not at all heavy. It's perfect with a cup of tea.
Heat is at G/F EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, 1 Garden Way, Mandaluyong City.
Yee Sang at Shang Palace
It’s tradition to eat yee sang every Chinese New Year and Shang Palace has one of the best. The preparation is only part of the fun. A host adds the ingredients (each with their own significance) one by one on top of the noodles and everyone tosses it by standing in a circle with their chopsticks. It's a big mess, but whatever's left on the plate is the best part.
Shang Palace is at 2/F Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Makati Avenue, Makati City.
Fajitas at Publiko Eat + Drink
Publiko can easily be dismissed as Draft's rather immature younger brother, but then there's the mouthwatering fajitas dish that really gives this pub its own personality. Cheese oozes out from the pockets of pita like they're too good to be contained. Add in the chicken and it's comfort food like no other.
Publiko is at Eastwood City, Quezon City.
Pappy's Toasts at Mamou
Smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, generous slathers of cream cheese, and just the right amount of capers, all on perfectly toasted bread (P395). The salmon's brine goes well with the cheese and the sharp saltiness of the capers, and the toast adds perfect texture. We think we have a new brunch favorite in the Eggs Benedict's distant cousin.
Mamou is at Serendra, 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Angus Roastbeef Hash at Kettle
Everyone waxes poetic over the Pork and Potato Crisps and Buttermilk Fried Chicken-including us, of course-but there are sleeper favorites like this scrumptious platter of fried potatoes and cubes of melt-in-your-mouth Angus beef (P539). A fried egg is just that icing on top of an already perfect cake.
Kettle is at Shangri-La Plaza, 1 Garden Way, Mandaluyong City.
Peach Walnut Pavlova at Ms. Polly's
Our love for their chocolate cake is well-known by now, but color us happily surprised when we decided to stray from the usual one Sunday evening and ordered the Peach Walnut Pavlova (P100) for dessert instead. Lightly creamy and nutty, with just a touch of citrus zing from lemon curd cutting into the sweetness of the peach, this cake is like summer in a slice.
Ms. Polly's is at 4/F Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Ave. corner EDSA, Ugong Norte, Quezon City.
Hokkaido French Toast at UCC
This breakfast alternative marries sweet and salty perfectly, with that delicate sprinkle of milk powder caramelizing to give off a nice sweetness that brings out the savoriness of ham and cheese.
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