New Restaurant Alert: Terrace 45 at Scout Santiago Street, Quezon City
Memories make up this restaurant, but it's time to make some new ones.
45 Dr. Lazcano Street corner Scout Santiago Street, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City
Open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) Being at the tangent of one of Quezon City's most popular neighborhoods doesn’t seem to be a problem for Terrace 45. It's become a habit for Scout Santiago residents to swing by when they're too tired to prepare dinner or simply because work's done for the day. Loyal customers have already developed a keen sense for what's cooking in the kitchen. This cozy feeling is the kind of impact brother-and-sister team Karen and Karl Santos has built in the last six months. And word-of-mouth, or rather, letting the delicious kitchen smells waft through the area has proven effective for them.
Karl and Karen converted their late grandparents’ terrace into what is now known as Terrace 45.
Camouflaged by a row of residences, the Terrace 45 sign sneaks up behind trees and greens. It boasts clean-cut interiors in neutral hues and solihiya lounge chairs paired with wooden tables which fill the spacious dining areas. One area looks like a mini garden while paintings add refreshing youthful bursts of color. Terrace 45 is cozy and relaxing. It's hard to leave because it feels and looks just like home. It is, in fact, the house of Karen and Karl's grandparents.
How about this view to go with your meals?
Back then, it was tradition for the family to gather on Sundays with potluck dishes in tow. And the choice to fix up a place that holds a chest’s worth of memories from the good old days was an easy one. As Karen puts it, “We decided as a family to convert a part of it into a restaurant and then we built on the terrace.” Recipes are nostalgic and taken from a leaf off their family's proverbial cookbooks.
Highly addicting Pork Rind Poutine
The Chicken Pitacos, the newest addition to their growing menu, has the makings of becoming another instant hit.
Lengua with mushroom sauce
Terrace 45's menu remains unscathed by over-the-top details. For instance, their take on the poutine (P185) provides an unlikely but excellent Filipino update on the dish. The standard hand-cut fries dumped with buckets of gravy are still present, alongside hints of garlic and aioli. Instead of cheese, it's made doubly sinful with generous toppings of their homemade chicharon. Another enjoyable treat is their Chicken Pitacos (P220). Made Greek style, the bite-sized chicken garnished with oregano showcases a subtle hit of mint. The homespun pita bread is sturdy but not so thick that it hovers over the rest of the dish.
The Grilled Pork Chop has found its soulmate in the dirty rice.
Two thumbs up for the lip smacking Chicken Barbecue with homemade atsara on the side.
The Slow-Cooked Beef (P345) is an offering of scrumptious, filling, and tender proportions, topped with a generous amount of roasted garlic gravy. How do you top that?
Lengua has always been a mainstay on the Pinoy dining table, but Terrace 45 gives it a timely makeover. Here we have the Lengua and Chips (P365). Underneath the creamy mushroom gravy are thick slices of ox tongue that are melt-in-your mouth tender. The crispy potato chips on the side are addictive, but rice sounds awfully good right now, especially because Terrace 45 does so well with rice meals.
The Grilled Pork Chop (P325) is charred to precision. The slabs of meat are juicy and packed with flavor that seeps evenly throughout. It finds its perfect mate in “dirty rice,” plus a side of grilled veggies. Their Chicken Barbecue (P310), another dish that receives loving from the grill, is done Filipino style—sweet and savory and smoky. The grilled half spring chicken is glazed with a beautiful barbecue marinade which goes all out on flavor.
Genmaicha is also colloquially called “popcorn tea” due to its resemblance to the snack.
A glass of freshly brewed iced tea is the best bet to go with your meals. They have Earl Grey, Raspberry, and Genmaicha (all P90) on hand. But we highly recommend you nurse a mason jar of the latter. The brown rice tea combines the earthiness of green tea with that of roasted rice. It's potent, but definitely a great way to cool down.
Karen promises a delectable line-up of desserts and specialty coffee to watch out soon. But right now, their savory food selection more than suffices. It may be built around nostalgia, but it's definitely time to make new memories.
Photos by Hans Fausto