The Godfather at Seared is the stuff of summer-barbecue dreams
Their S'mores Skillet will leave you speechless.
Unit 9 G/F Ortigas Technopoint, Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday to Thursday and Sunday) and from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Friday to Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) Seared is kind of a carnivore's dream, not to mention a beautiful place to let it all sink in. The interiors are definitely easy on the eyes with the semi-industrial decor and the touches of black, copper, greenery, and marble details.
All of Seared’s meats are sous vide, and as the name suggests, nearly everything is seared. Unfortunately for you, too much meat could kill you—and even if it couldn't, you can only store so much in your stomach.
Clockwise from bottom left: Steak Rice, Cajun Corn Relish, Twisted Poutine, and Pink Peppercorn Salad
But of course, not everything is meat; the Twisted Poutine (P175) and the Cajun Corn Relish (P50) prove that well enough for most of us, respectively making up the potato and corn sides squad with just enough savory goodness to hold their own. The Pink Peppercorn Salad (P320) is a bowl of greenery with a wonderfully subtle vinaigrette and crumbled blue cheese, though you could take it to another level by adding some Blackened Tuna (P270). It then straddles the fence between a healthy dish and an absolute treat pretty well, which even these days can be really hard to do!
There seems to be a subconscious theme going; that of elevating the ordinary without doing too much to it. There's a funny story behind the name of their signature burger—complete with an oozy fried egg in between and the beautiful Seared logo on top—Malcolm's X (P395), that we're basically daring you to ask. We've been strictly prohibited from rehashing it here, but the final word is this: It could pair well with any of the hugot mocktails. (Called "Love Hurts," "Let Go," and "Move On.” Ouch!) The Migrant (P395) has an equally interesting story behind its name, if shorter, and is honestly one of the sweeter and softer Korean-inspired beef stews out there. Impressive, considering that's not Seared's niche.
Venture further and try the Sardinella (P235)—a pasta dish with, ostensibly, sardines, that's altogether too easy to eat in its light savoriness. But if you want to stay above the water, have the Murdock (P245) instead; this is one plate of everything classic buffalo wings have the potential to be. You could order that with literally any of the available sides and walk away happy, but what is Metro Manila if not the land of inexplicable and near-nonsensical excess? After all, you came here for the sous vide. No better way to try it than by ordering The Godfather (P1,685), which is the stuff of backyard barbecue summer dreams served on a single wooden board; this mini-cornucopia of meat has the potential to ruin lives and diets. Well, possibly. We don't know. You have to find out for yourself. (Did we mention sous vide?)
From bottom to top: Kadence and Clarissa
Wash it all down with Kadence (P135), a real island dweller's delight made of cucumber, basil, lime, and watermelon; or the less flashy but equally good Clarissa (P135), who does all her explaining with some mint and green apple.
Now, read this next part very carefully: No one cares if you've got a sweet tooth or not. It is not the time to argue. Get the S'mores Skillet (P150) and don't say anything until after you've had a spoonful. If you're able to utter a negative word after the smooth fluff and salty-sweetness of said spoonful, you should maybe look into the validity of your birth certificate because you might be an extraterrestrial of the Generally Displeased variety.
Ultimately, it's a good find in the heart of the Metro; well put together, and nothing too out of left field, from the almost-serene visuals to the menu—and not that far from your office desk.
Photos by Hans Fausto