This Half-Pound Burger is Your Best Bet on Your Next Cheat Day
This BGC stop may be known for the booze, but their grub is on point, too.
Pablo's Pub & Restaurant
2/F The Forum, 7th Avenue corner Federacion Drive, Bonifacio Global City
Open from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday to Friday); and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) Pablo's plays well the part of the notorious Colombian druglord's lair—it is dusky, masculine, and comes with its own secret room reserved for VIPs. The two-year-old watering hole is best known for its alcohol-soaked parties that last until early morning, frequented by college kids and BGC's yuccies looking to de-stress. The notoriety brings in a fun, rowdy weekend crowd, but part-owner Miguel Escueta wishes it didn't overshadow the fact that they have some seriously good pub grub (that, not to defeat the purpose of this particular trip, go great with wine).
This secret room has also been featured in 10 Manila Restaurants with Unique Private Rooms Perfect for Partying
The Pablo's Pub Half Pounder (P295) is truly a crowd-drawer. Miguel shares that they have buy-one-take-one promos once a month (follow them on Facebook and Instagram for a heads-up) for their famous cheeseburgers and their stock always gets wiped out. The beef patties, we discovered, are thick and boast no extenders. They are grilled and tucked within soft potato bread, adorned simply with melted cheddar and a secret sauce. The result, admittedly, is simple, unadulterated, beefy perfection. "I'm a certified burger geek," Miguel admits, "so I eat in all the good burger places when I travel. I take what I like in every burger and apply it to ours." Paired with a glass of Jacob Creek's Merlot, it's indulgence that won't break the bank.
Roasted Provençal Chicken
A dish in Pablo's menu that Miguel believes should be as popular as their burger is the Roasted Provençal Chicken (P295). We would blame it on the misleading moniker—there is nothing remotely French about the tasty, homey dish. The chicken breast is smothered in a thick basil pesto, nestled on a glorious bed of spicy jambalaya rice. Call it whatever you want, though—this odd couple is a win in our book. Very nice with a glass of Jacob's Creek Chardonnay.
Ended the meal with a very solid, highly commendable Homemade Cheesecake (P180), another under-the-radar item. The thick graham crust is just the right side of sweet, allowing the flavors of the whipped cream cheese to bust out. The generous topping of blueberry sauce and chocolate syrup is almost not dispensable. But still, we'll gladly take it.
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Photos by Hans Fausto