10 Heart-Stopping Bone Marrow Dishes to Put on Your Bucket List
Bulalo dishes you need to try.
(SPOT.ph) If you like bulalo, you probably know how wrong the old "sarap to the bones" expression is. The good stuff is underneath. That’s like a metaphor for life.
Filipinos are extremely familiar with bone marrow-we've been fighting over it during family dinners whenever steaming hot bowls of bulalo are involved. These days, more and more restaurants are introducing diners to bone marrow served and cut in the cross section, exposing the long slippery slide of marrow and making it easier for us to slurp up all the lingering bits of glorious nature’s butter. There's something pleasurably primal about sucking on creamy, rich bone marrow that's slightly nutty and sometimes sweet. We pick out a few restaurants around the metro that serve bone marrow just the way we like it.
This list is not ranked.
Roasted Bone Marrow and Beef Mole Asado with Toasted Brioche and Sea Salt (P445) from El Cirkulo
Arguably one of the most popular bone marrow dishes in the metro, El Cirkulo's take has become a classic favorite among marrow lovers. Use the popsicle sticks provided and have fun scooping out buttery marrow from the bone and lathering it on a toasted brioche slice. Then, lay on sweet-savory beef mole asado and sprinkle sea salt on top-it's heaven in every bite.
El Cirkulo is at Milky Way Building, 900 Pasay Road, San Lorenzo, Makati City (210-8735).
Grilled Organic Bone Marrow (P390) from The Farm Organics
Indulging can be guilt-free, too, thanks to The Farm Organics' Grilled Organic Bone Marrow. Sure, it's still pretty heavy on the calories, but it's got loads of protein and flavor, which is never a bad thing.
The Farm Organics has branches at One Legacy Place, Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang Hills Village, Muntinlupa City (828-2896); and Forbeswood Heights, Burgos Circle, Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City (852-8228).
Bone Marrow Bulalo (P595) from Kabila
Who doesn't love nabbing the bone marrow that proudly sits at the center of a steaming bowl of bulalo? At Kabila, everyone can partake of the buttery marrow fun when ordering the Bone Marrow Bulalo. Besides the usual bulalo components-beef shanks, corn, cabbage, pechay-you'll get a ginormous open leg of marrow, which is obviously the star of this bulalo show.
Kabila is at G/F Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center, Makati City (757-6000).
Baked Bone Marrow with Adobo Pate and Toast (P200) from Pamana
The menu at Pamana is chock-full of bulalo dishes, and why wouldn't it be? Bulalo is just that integrated into Filipino cuisine! A standout on Pamana's menu is their Baked Bone Marrow with Adobo Pate and Toast, and it’s described as their native version of foie gras. Read: definitely worth trying. Slather creamy marrow and adobo flakes on top of crisp bread, and you've got the perfect appetizer to get you warmed up and ready to go for the rest of the meal.
Pamana is at 106 Perea Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City (215-1823).
Photo by Ging Domingo-Santos of fortyweeksandthensome.blogspot.com
Roasted Bone Marrow, Mango Salsa, Toasted Baguette (P450) from Wildflour Bakery + Cafe
This bone marrow dish is the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Two huge slabs of bone marrow next to a little bowl of vibrant mango salsa and slices of warm, toasty ciabatta are just begging to be eaten. Mix it all together and you'll wonder why you don't have this flavor combination more often.
Wildflour is at G/F Net Lima Building, 4th Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City (856-7600); G/F The Podium, ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City (571-8588); and V Corporate Center, 125 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City (808-7072).
Photo by Jin Perez of jinlovestoeat.com
Octopus and Bone Marrow Fusilli (P425) from Green Pastures
Topping your pasta with tender octopus bits isn't a bad idea. Deciding to top your pasta with bone marrow is absolute genius. Rich, creamy, savory-this dish will leave you satisfied in the flavor and texture department, for sure!
Green Pastures is at 4/F Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, Mandaluyong City (654-3219).
Bone Marrow and Steak Tacos (P485) from ’Cue Modern Barbecue
There's nothing like a juicy steak taco slathered with chimichurri sauce and corn salsa. Throw in a hefty block of bone marrow, and we're talking about a whole different monster. ’Cue Modern Barbecue tops their roasted bone marrow with chunks of steak with a few corn tortillas on the side. Plop the steak on a tortilla, top it with marrow and salsa, then roll it up, take a bite, and savor each rich, cholesterol-tingling mouthful.
’Cue Modern Barbecue is at G/F Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City (621-4052).
Sizzling Kansi from Sarsa Kitchen + Bar (P350)
Sarsa's Sizzling Kansi lets you have your cake and eat it too. Bulalo is sizzling on a hot plate and right at the center of everything is a beautiful bone filled with buttery goodness. Best enjoyed at its hottest, you'll want extra garlic rice to go with all the saucy beef, marrow, and that delicious Batawan gravy.
Sarsa Kitchen + Bar is at Unit 1-7 Forum South Global, Federacion Drive corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City (706-0773).
Roasted Bone Marrow, Parsley Garlic Butter Sauce, Crispy Bread Baguette Montardelle (P450) from Brasserie Cicou
Bone marrow can easily be described as "meat butter," and at Brasserie Cicou, this is precisely what it tastes like. Slather it on a hot, crispy baguette slice and enjoy it with the parsley garlic butter sauce. Yup, the French sure know how to do marrow right!
Brasserie Cicou is at 57 Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan City (661-9200).
Roasted Bone Marrow (P295) from Chops Chicago Steakhouse
Bone marrow doesn't have to be complicated and at Chops Steakhouse, less is more. Nicely roasted and simply sprinkled with salt, and paired with toasted crostini and a parsley salad, it's a dish you'll turn to for comfort, knowing it'll do no wrong.
Chops Chicago Steakhouse has branches at 5/F Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, Mandaluyong City; and 4/F Greenbelt 5, Legazpi Street, Makati City (945-8088).
Photo by Kai Huang
Roasted Bone Marrow (P320) from The Black Pig
For The Black Pig’s everchanging options, this special has quickly become a mainstay, and for good reason. One gleaming slab of bone marrow topped with green onions and breadcrumbs is accompanied with pink Himalayan salt and caramelized onions. Smear all of this over crisp bread, and you've got a winner.
The Black Pig is at 2/F The Commercenter Alabang, Commerce Avenue corner East Asia Drive, Filinvest, Muntinlupa City (808-1406).