CHECK IT OUT: Universe Gastrolounge and Nightclub at Resorts World Manila
Dine and club all in one place.
Universe Gastrolounge and Nightclub
Resorts World Manila, Pasay City
Open from 11 a.m. onwards (Monday to Saturday)
Open from 11 p.m. onwards (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) Heads up, club-goers: What used to be Opus in Resorts World has been recently reincarnated as Universe Gastrolounge and Nightclub in both concept and cuisine. The menu, conceptualized by Chef Fern Aracama, is a collision of cultures, offering something for every craving, while the opulent space is laid out into a dining area and club. The former transforms into the latter an hour before midnight, three times a week.
Small Plates include the Black Bikini (P295), a jamon Serrano and cheese sandwich black truffle jam, an innocuous-looking appetizer that is surprisingly flavorful, the earthy taste of truffle running through the savory ham and cheese.
The Almondigas (P330), composed of Angus beef meatballs baked in smoked tomato sauce with Feta cheese, is comfort food at its most basic-meaty, saucy, and filling.
The "Broken Eggs" (P250), egg served over fried potato sprinkled with chorizo bits, promises to be a favorite match for drinks, the dish containing the trifecta of what makes good pulutan: starch, grease, and meat.
The Pizzetas are thin and crispy, the one topped with bacon, mixed mushrooms, and caramelized onions (P330) a tantalizing way to whet the appetite.
The gastrolounge also offers maki rolls. The Electric Eel (P390) is made up of tempura shrimp, unagi and crab salad; with the whole thing topped with tempura bits. Quite the decadent beginning.
There is also the more traditional Kalifornia Roll (P330), with crab sticks, fresh mango, and Japanese mayo.
Universe also has an array of sandwiches for folks seeking something light. The Baby Reuben (P450) is made with Kitayama Wagyu pastrami sharing space with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese.
The Monte Cristo Benedict (P320) is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich served with poached egg and hollandaise sauce, the marriage of two favorites.
Burger fans will enjoy the Patty Melt (P340), grilled Angus beef patty served with caramelized onions and American cheese, a straightforward, no-fuss meal.
The main courses are hefty, some of them good for sharing. Universe’s version of the BLT (P380) is bacon, linguine, and truffle cream sauce.
The BBQ Angus Boneless Beef Riblets (P440), tender ribs with a sweet glaze, comes with both coleslaw and creamy potato salad to temper the beef’s umami bomb.
The Chicken Souvlaki (P330) offers a Middle Eastern flavor. Served with tzatziki, tomato and red onion salad, and herbed butter rice, it makes for a filling meal.
The gastrolounge aims to take a different spin on traditional dessert. The Bananas Foster Sundae (P230) is presented as a banana cupcake a la mode, while the Trailer Park Monte Cristo (P240) ia actually a deep-fried PB&J.
Universe Gastrolounge eliminates the transition between dining and clubbing. You don’t even have to stand up.