(SPOT.ph) If you don’t have a favorite over at The Fat Seed yet, you might be able to find it now. It can be a little difficult to decide, it’s true—but all of their new items are worth a try.
Their menu makes the bold statement of “You can’t skip breakfast if it’s served all day,” and we’re really left with no choice but to agree, because the Breakfast Steak (P405) makes several excellent points. It’s hard to believe this sizzler will still get you change for a yellow bill when you can feel the almost cushiony give of the ribeye through the fork. Throw in some plump grilled tomatoes and an oozing fried egg over garlic rice and you might be tempted to camp out here.
For days when you’re inclined to behave, the Chia Bowl (P350) is your go-to. The sweetness is subtle and perfect against the tartness of fresh fruit. You may scoff—we did mention this after the steak, which is A Choice, to say the least—but trust us when we say taking the healthy option can be a lovely treat in more ways than one. The Seafood Cauliflower Rice Bowl (P330) is also incredibly fresh, boasting a rainbow of textures from the mango, shrimp, squid, and radish.
On the other hand, you might not be a breakfast person-slash-health nut at all, but more of a finger-food fan. The SS Poppers (P295) and the Cheetos Rings (P225) both cover tender-crunch territory; the former should be too rich but isn’t—and reads even better with a cold beer—while the latter chases the saltiness of the famous snack while being its own thing entirely. It’s an oddly beautiful phenomenon.
A couple of things: We understand that for a few of you, truffle is so last Tuesday, but we don’t really side one way or the other. Food trends come and go, and all you can count on is what you love. That said, this Bacon Truffle Burger (P480) is nothing like the heavily scented monstrosity you might think it to be—the oozing sauce is largely a visual cue. The real magic lies in the fact that it’s just a very good burger, with a buttery gravy that’s only slightly truffle-leaning, which is how it’s meant to be. And you already know how The Fat Seed likes their sandwiches, so if this one’s a hit, it comes as no surprise.
But here’s where it gets crazy. Say it slowly: Wagyu beef. Pasta. We know! The Wagyu Beef and Peppers Pasta (P405) comes in a red wine sauce that almost tastes as if it was a reduction of the soup you typically get with pares. It’s beautiful, like a “five-star Yakisoba,” according to owner Bryant Dee.
More decadent still are the Seared Sea Bass (P550) and the Portuguese Seafood Casserole (P350)—two dishes for two very different moods. The former is more appropriate for when you feel light and airy and like you’ve got all the time in the world; the spinach-and-pea purée really makes this dish, rounded out with the tartness of sundried tomatoes. The casserole is another story—it’s what you want after a week that felt like a year, and you haven’t washed your hair in days, and you just need to feel alive again. It’s cheesy and salty with a hint of sweetness from the kani and corn.
Whether you’re looking to begin the day right or cap it off on a high note, their French Toast (P265) is a must-order, regardless of where you are on the sweet tooth scale. The rum syrup and Nutella over brioche make a very compelling case.
If it’s been a while since you last visited The Fat Seed, there’s a lot you’ve missed. We insist you mosey on back.
Photos by Hans Fausto
The Fat Seed has branches at /F UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City and One Maridien, 27th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, check out The Fat Seed’s Instagram page.