Fall for Brunch All Over Again With Refinery's New Dishes
The bibingka pancake soufflé and bacon pairing is not to be missed.
G/F Frabelle Corporate Plaza, 129 Tordesillas corner Bautista Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
(SPOT.ph) There’s nothing quite like embracing the new without letting go of the familiar; and Refinery’s newest branch in Salcedo Village knows just how to entice both regulars and curious foodies out there. After all, it's adding sure favorites to the already impressive menu that everyone got to know at their Rockwell branch.
Refinery regulars would perhaps notice that the Salcedo Village outpost looks much brighter than its predecessors. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows keep the place well-lit during the day, but the café keeps its industrial-meets-rustic charm with mismatched chairs, hardwood details, and exposed pipes filling the cozy space. The best part, however, lies in the fact that whether you’re looking to start your day right with a hearty breakfast or planning to cap it off with wine and cocktails, you can be sure only good food awaits you at this no-fail brunch spot.
The new menu comes with must-try dishes for any brunch-lover, but it also means that some items have been removed. When asked about which dishes had to be cut from the new menu, co-owner Bernice Tenchavez simply waved a hand to dismiss the topic: If we didn't even notice the missing items, it only means they're not worth remembering, she jokes, introducing instead their latest offerings.
You’ll want to keep every bite to yourself once you get a taste of the Goat’s Cheese & Truffle (P250). The crisp, toasted baguettes pair perfectly with the rich goat cheese and truffle dip. The drizzle of honey adds a whole new layer of flavor that makes each bite a combination of sweet and earthy.
You can’t really call it brunch without eggs. The Four-Cheese Omelette (P230) keeps it simple but delectable with gruyère, mozzarella, cheddar, and parmesan cheese all rolled into a light omelette. But if you happen to drop by for lunch looking for something a little more filling, you can opt for the Four-Cheese Lasagna Bolognese (P432) instead. Served on a skillet with a side of baguette slices, this dish can make your mouth water from smell of grilled cheese alone. You’ll want to dig in while it’s warm—the stringy cheese and meaty tomato sauce will make each spoonful an experience all on its own.
We can’t blame you if you always find yourself ordering the Refinery Benedict (P340), which is a crowd favorite, but don’t miss out on the new Beef Pastrami Benedict (P450). A buttery slice of flaky monroe bread is topped with beef shortplate pastrami, homemade sauerkraut, and, of course, a pair of perfectly runny eggs. The meat, cured in-house, has just the right fat to keep it tender and soft, with a subtle smoky flavor that goes well with the tartness of the sauerkraut. Pop the yolks and let them mix with the honey-mustard hollandaise: It’ll leave you wanting to wipe your plate clean with any remaining bread.
If you’re trying to recover from a wild night (and the hangover that comes with it), The Morning After (P465) is a promise of all the things we love about brunch, complete with a thick but tender slab of bacon. On its own, the bacon offers a sweet, smoky flavor, but it's served alongside two sunny-side ups, crispy-on-the-outside potato wedges, and most interestingly, a bibingka pancake soufflé drizzled with caramel syrup and topped with whipped butter. It comes with a salted egg crème anglaise, which you can pour over the bibingka soufflé: A unique play on the classic Filipino treat. The soufflé feels more like a light muffin, but we're not complaining: Its fluffy airiness contrasts well with everything else on the plate.
As filling as everything is, be sure to leave some room for dessert. Then again, it will be hard to resist the Banana Bread Pudding Brûlée (P220), even on a full stomach. As if the moist banana bread isn’t delicious enough, a layer of burnt sugar keeps the surface crisp and makes each bite somewhat bittersweet. The vanilla ice cream keeps the sweetness in check, so you'll find yourself finishing this off before you know it.
At the end of the day, it’s really not surprising to see why many would find comfort in Refinery. This new branch will no doubt become another favorite for those who frequent Makati. After all, the food is always such an adventure—and it’s one that will leave you craving the experience again.
Photos by Jericho San Miguel