New on the Menu: Tipple & Slaw's Orange Julius, Spam Bombs + more
Chef Francis Lim is redefining bar grub.
Tipple & Slaw
2/F The Forum, 7th Avenue corner Federacion Drive, Bonifacio Global City
Open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday to Thursday), 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. (Friday to Saturday), 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) It's very rare—in Metro Manila, at least—to find a bar that is also known for good grub. Yes, there are the "gastropubs" that claim they are experts at both food and fun, but we all know that this is rarely the case. So, as our Friday night routine goes—we have a good meal somewhere before heading out to our favorite watering hole for a drink or five.
But what a waste it is to come to BGC's neighborhood bar Tipple & Slaw and not partake of Chef Francis Lim's (NAV Modern Thai Cuisine, Melting Pot) newest gastronomic creations. The establishment has become synonymous with late-night partying—thanks to that potent mix of loud DJs and hard liquor—for carefree 20-somethings, but people should give Chef Francis' twist on American comfort food the attention it deserves.
Before downing that shot of Jäger, may we recommend tasty starters, such as the insanity known as Spam Bombs (P250). Included in SPOT.ph's list of best Spam dishes in Manila, these potato croquettes are stuffed with cubes of the ubiquitous tinned meat, then battered and fried into crunchy, orange beauties. Exotic yet familiar, dip them in either Japanese mayo or spicy ketchup.
Satisfy your craving for buffalo chicken wings with the Volcanic Wings (P380)—boneless for easy munching, and flavored the classic way. Where's the blue cheese dip, you say? It's inside the wing. Mind blown.
If you have had a little too much to drink and are looking for something warm and tasty to ease your stomach, go for the Oyster Chowder (P180). It hits all the right spots with its creamy, hearty, slightly spicy richness. And, yes, Chef Francis assures us that they only serve fresh seafood so all you get are sweet and salty flavors of the sea.
Bars always try to serve pizza, and it's very rare that they succeed at dishing out a good one. Tipple & Slaw, fortunately, belongs to that elite group and serves a mean Meat-zza (P650) with its thin, cracker-like crust topped with bacon, porchetta, pastrami, mozzarella, and cream cheese. Also, they deserve extra kudos for making all the meats in-house!
Pastrami Reuben Sandwich
The rest of that pastrami goes to the Pastrami Reuben Sandwich (P295 to P450). That gooey layer of Gruyere truly makes a huge difference, cutting right through the meatiness and tang.
Truffled Fried Chicken
Nothing says "American comfort food" like fried chicken, and the Truffle Fried Chicken (P250 to P350) comes with all the proper trimmings—a rich gravy, flaky homemade biscuit, and chips. It's a must to soak that biscuit in the gravy!
Sriracha Mac n Cheese
There's a side dish that needs to be placed in the spotlight. Our special mention goes to the Sriracha Mac n Cheese (P200). It may be inconspicuous on the menu, but it's worth making a special trip to Tipple & Slaw for, all on its own. We love the blend of premium cheeses (which Chef Francis generously disclosed, but he really shouldn't) plus the pleasant zing at the end from the Asian hot sauce.
Just because Tipple & Slaw is a bar doesn't mean they fall short on wholesome offerings. A nostalgic treat comes in the form of the Orange Julius (P150)—a rich orange concoction that would surely ring a bell with those born in the early '80s and before that.
S'mores Ice Cream Sandwich
Crushed by your crush? Instead of hitting the bottle, may we suggest the Smores Ice Cream Sandwich (P250)? It will fill that void just as effectively without the hangover.
If you just want to enjoy some classic comfort food without having to be shoulder-to-shoulder with the party crowd, Tipple & Slaw is pretty calm and cozy during lunch time. It actually is quite the opposite of its nighttime persona, offering office peeps and families a quiet escape in BGC.