What qualifies for a traditional dining experience? Is it the ambiance? Is it how the dish was presented? Or how it was prepared? Or does it have something to do with the service? If the answers to these questions all get a yes, then this restaurant gets all the checks. Down from the food preparation up to its service, this Filipino restaurant prides itself in properly serving delicious Pinoy dishes.
Its interiors feels like every bit of the olden Philippines. They did have a modern take on it but you could feel that culture there. The place was a bit small but very well lit.
These are the complimentary snacks they serve while you wait for your dishes. They first served the chichacorn which was easy to munch on. A while later, they served their homemade puto and butter. A type of rice cake, it was served in pandan and ube (purple yam) flavor. Both were dense which indicates a good puto. I preferred the pandan flavor because it was lighter. One may opt to have some butter in. They have two types which is the plain one and aligue (crab fat) version. Both were equally good when added to the rice cake.
I just had a sip of this, and I must say, you don’t need to get a dessert after having a full meal here. It was a good drink to refresh anyone really. Its taste was just right: not that sweet that will clean your palate after.
This was okay though the beef could’ve been more tender. I was expecting that pop effect. It was still chewable in a way. The bread was a bit hard that time. Not sure if that was intentional but I would have preferred it to be on the crunchy side.
I liked the taste of this. It packed up the heat that this dish is known for. The addition of crispy fish bits were nice too. The only downside (accdg. to my parents) is that the vegetable itself was super grounded. One could spread it on a bread and think it’s a green pâté.
For its price, this must be good right? And it definitely was. It was filled with seafood and check out that plating! It’s like they want to show you that “hey, we didn’t scrimp on the ingredients here”. This one had cream dory, squid, prawns and mussels. You could tell that they used peanut on this for it was flavorful. Just add some shrimp paste, a spoonful of rice and you’re all set. 😉
Just had to have coffee after all the dishes we had. And for dessert too. Hehe. This one was their own blend with just some milk. I didn’t opt to have any sugar for it was good on its own.
Just had to see this in real life. Lol. Paired with mantecado ice cream and cherry wine, it made for one interesting take on a favorite dessert/snack. I mixed it all in and the flavor was interesting. The rice cake itself was good on its own but better with these additions.
All the dishes were good though my fave has got to be their Kare Kareng Dagat. In terms of price, it wasn’t that bad. You know that every dish was carefully prepared for. The service was really good too. All the servers spoke in Tagalog that stopped me for a moment. They really stayed true to that traditional Pinoy theme. Perfect for family lunch or dinners, one truly gets to experience tradition at this restaurant.
XO46 Heritage Bistro
2F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue,
Poblacion, Makati City
Official website: http://www.adventmanilagroup.com/xo46-heritage-bistro.html