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The Wholesome Table
The Wholesome Table is this new-ish restaurant at Bonifacio High Street Central that serves organic, all-natural food. The general trend in eating these days is to go ethical – which basically means that we should think about the moral dimensions of what we’re consuming. Don’t eat at the earth’s expense. Carina and I decided to grab dinner there last Saturday to see what the hype was all about.

Honestly, the menu was overwhelming and there were a lot of interesting options I wanted to try. I was bent on ordering the meat loaf but Carina laughed so hard in my face so I retracted. Who orders meat loaf anyway? I know it sounds funny but the description sounded great – mashpo and all.

I decided to go all out. I thought, I’m at this organic restaurant might as well get something vegan. I got one of the two vegan options on the menu, the Vegan Burger (Php 390).

The Wholesome Table

When the order came, it was massive which is something I was really happy about. What I didn’t like though was that the patty was served to me at room temperature and that it was under-seasoned. As you probably might remember from my past entries, I’m not hot on bread so I had this burger open faced. Taste wise, I liked the onion jam a lot. I think it made the dish OK. The patty was crumbly and didn’t stay in place very well, it didn’t help that it didn’t taste like much either. Maybe I should’ve gone with the meat loaf.

The Wholesome Table
Carina didn’t feel like having meat that night either so she ordered the Vegetarian Bolognese (Php 490). I honestly wouldn’t call this bolognese, I find the name to be deceptive at best. They used tofu in place of ground beef which I felt really worked for this dish, they got the texture down perfectly so I did not miss traditional beef. What was lacking in this bolognese though was the tomato sauce… No trace of the red sauce, nope. I wish they just named this dish Cheesy Cream of Tofu Pasta since it was slathered in cheese and white sauce. This was better than the burger but also under-seasoned, some black pepper did the trick.

The Wholesome Table
All the smoothies in this restaurant come with a hefty price tag at about Php 250 on average. Carina had the Be in Bliss (Php 250) which contains carrot, orange, coconut meat, banana, mango, pineapple and lime. Sounds like a whole lot but when we tried the smoothie, we couldn’t taste the eclectic blend. It was pretty good though, blunt, not too sweet.

The Wholesome Table
I was looking forward to dessert. The first and last time I ate at Wholesome Table, I just caught up with friends and had panacotta which I liked. This time around I wanted to sample some of that organic duck egg Creme Brulee (Php 150). I was really excited too because I had the best leche flan in my life in Pampanga and it was made with duck eggs. I thought this would be at par. I was so wrong. This was the worst thing I ordered that night. The creme brulee was rough and dense like tamago, a far cry from custard. It was obviously overdone.

Overall, the Wholesome Table is still in the soft opening stage so I don’t know how much will change in the coming days. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing. I don’t know but to be honest, I enjoyed the ambiance of the place, everything it stands for and I like it in entirety conceptually – what was on my plate though begs for improvement.

The best thing about the place was that the waiting staff is commendable, they really knew their way through the menu and were so easy to deal with. I liked that they were attentive. Maybe I’ll be back when the hype is gone and see how things improve when they’re in full swing. It’s still too early to say.

The Wholesome Table
UG/F Bonifacio High Street Central, 30th St cor 7th Ave
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Phone: 867-0000

The Cake Club
I’ve been to Cake Club a couple of times before but always just to grab a bite for dessert. I suppose they get that a lot with a name like Cake Club, it’s an instant hit when you’re looking for something sweet, obviously, cake. This week (edit: Last July), I was invited to an event especially for folks like me who blog about food. It was a Cake and Wine Pairing Night, hosted by the kind people from Sommelier Wines and the Diamond Hotel. But before we dove right into dessert and alcohol, they fed us a full dinner; favorites from the Cake Club’s set menu.

Yep, you heard me right! They serve savory dishes as well. I’ll reupdate this when I get a hold of the prices but yes, if you haven’t looked through their menu and only ever enter here when you want cake or ice cream or macarons then this is actual news for you.

The Cake Club
They started us off with French Onion Soup (Php 250). This was generally alright, I usually like my onion soup with a burnt cheese top. This particular dish was topped with a slice of bread and melted Swiss cheese that was stringy and chewy. It was a mess for me to eat but I liked that the broth was light and the onions were caramelized perfection.

The Cake Club
Next up was a salad known as the GM’s Favorite Salad (Php 250). The greens were nestled in a mini-Parmesan crisp basket which was a practical solution that packed a punch of flavor. In my opinion, that was the highlight of the salad.

The Cake Club
We were bombarded with a slew of main courses but I can’t complain. This is what a table of food bloggers looks like. Notice how everyone’s standing, moving dishes to opposite unused tables to get the perfect shot.

The Cake Club
I’ve always been really big on beef belly. So I was glad when an order of Slow-Roasted Beef Belly (Php 415) came out on a heap of brown rice. The meat was tender and had that melt-in-your-mouth quality, the fat was sticky with a gelatinous consistency. Pretty awesome.

The Cake Club
Mentaiko Spaghetti (Php 370) is basically this creamy Japanese dish with cod roe, naturally it tastes pretty fishy. I thought this was pretty good but could’ve afforded to be a wee bit fishier.

The Cake Club
Roast Chicken with Haricot Vert & Potatoes (Php 415) I distinctly remember enjoying the gravy here and thinking that the chicken was tasty and well-seasoned.

The Cake Club
Salmon with Rissoto (Php 455) Usually I’m a sucker for salmon and found nothing wrong with this dish. I liked how creamy everything tasted.

The Cake Club
Okay, so I’m not much of a fries person but when they brought out their Truffle Fries (Php 180), I was suckered in. These fries are absolute perfection, the truffle essence distinct.

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So the event was for a Cake & Wine pairing but since I’m not much of a drinker, I’d like to turn you all over to a guide on The Pickiest Eater for more detailed information on that. I really did enjoy all the sweets though,
especially the Baked Cheesecake.

The Cake Club
Been hearing good things about The Cake Club’s ice cream so when I told Melanie from PR about it, she whipped out some taste samples for us. Here’s a bite of their Salted Caramel Ice Cream which I thought was excellent.

The Cake Club
Made some new friends in this event, here’s Richie & Rina from The Pickiest Eater.

The Cake Club
Then here’s Melanie from The Diamond Hotel with fellow bloggers, Guia and Sumi.

The Cake Club
Me being a poseur with some wine + Spanky, who invited me to the event.

Apologies this post was so delayed it was in my drafts but I never got around to finishing the thing. :0 Had such a great time meeting fellow lovers of all things food, maybe I’ll bump into them again sometime soon.

The Cake Club by Diamond Hotel
2F East Block
Bonifacio High Street Central
Taguig
6213176

BESO Cucina Vinoteka
I’ve been to BESO twice in the last month and I don’t know what it is but the inner yuppie in me already adores this place. I remember the first time Carina and I walked by looking for a place to eat, scanning the menu board outside for the list of tapas and thinking they were ‘affordable’. We later found though that they only seemed cheap because the prices were in the Php 200 range and didn’t anticipate how small the portions were.

BESO Cucina Vinoteka
The two times I was there we got the Beso Sampler Plate (Php 860) just because it feeds a lot and seems to be the bang for buck choice of the groups I’m with. The platter is indeed a generous spread that comes with “Jamon Iberico, Salchichon, Lomo Chorizo with chocolate marinated Manchego and blue cheese with truffle honey.” Also, based on the two times I’ve been there and ordered this, nobody ever seems to finish this dish, not even the cold cuts.

BESO Cucina Vinoteka
I was looking forward to the Chorizo with Chocolate which was a tad disappointing. It sounded like an oddly good combo and had a good mix of both sweet, salty and fatty for my Filipino palate. The worst part about this was the bread was just dry and it felt either over-toasted or stale, like chewing cardboard. Chorizo was great and it is cured meat and hard to get wrong, the chocolate on the other hand was just alright. I think to improve this, they’ll have to be more generous with the chocolate (MORE PLEASE) and give us fresh bread.

BESO Cucina Vinoteka
Among everything on the platter, what I wish for most is that I could order the Truffle Blue Cheese and Honey just by itself. I found myself eating it alone when we ran out of bread, with my knife (sorry manners), it’s just that addictive. I’d love to make buffalo wings and dip them in this thing. Mmm, those are the unfiltered thoughts of the raging caveman couch potato inside me.

BESO Cucina Vinoteka
Whenever I enter a Spanish restaurant, I don’t leave without an order of Squid Ink Paella (Php 580) because it is awesome and completely fail safe. I haven’t been fed shitty Paella Negra in my lifetime and for that, I consider myself lucky. Beso’s was absolute perfection and it had enough pancetta and chorizo to make you want to dig through the entire platter. The only thing I noticed though is that this doesn’t come with aioli?? Am I right or was I just not served aioli when I was there twice?

BESO Cucina Vinoteka
Don’t let this photograph fool you! We also regretfully ordered the Beso Fideo (Php 580) which seemed to be just an overpriced pasta dish. It’s basically the regular paella made with angel hair noodles so it tasted like a typical pomodoro pasta with extra add-ons like shrimp and chorizo. It wasn’t bad but it was corny, I suppose and just not paella.

You’re better off getting the Vegetarian Paella (Php 580) which just tasted so rich, I forgot it was vegetarian. I mean this in the best way possible, coming from a hardcore carnivore. Zucchini and mushrooms are your friends.

BESO Cucina Vinoteka
UG/F, East Superblock, Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Ave cor 29th St
Taguig City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(0926) 614-9695

Cue Modern Barbecue
In it’s soft opening stages, my mom took my brother and I to Cue Modern Barbeque. We were all looking forward to trying it out cause a whole lot of people have been raving about it. My friend Jason’s already eaten there five times since it opened this month and loves it to bits.

Cue Modern Barbecue
Interiors of this place are interesting. Look at that cow carpeted ceiling! Overall, Cue’s got their branding and identity really spot on. Their menu utilizes more than 3 distinct typefaces which usually is taboo but weirdly they manage to pull it off. I wonder who worked on it.

Cue Modern Barbecue
We were right on time for the 7:30 reservation and I skimmed through the menu with an idea of what to order. Jason recommended the Bone Marrow and Steak Tacos and their Burgers which were both great.

Cue Modern Barbecue
Bone Marrow and Steak Tacos (Php 485) Despite the cholesterol and my unfortunate weight gain, I couldn’t refuse this dish EVER. It’s kind of gross to think about chowing down some poor cow’s bone marrow but the rich flavor is enough to make me happy I’m a carnivore. The steak bits are tender and go well with the tortilla, slathered with a knife full of marrow and some salsa verde. This is a definite must on your table.

Cue Modern Barbecue
My brother took Jason’s advice and went straight for The House Burger (Php 395) which he really enjoyed. My mom and I attacked his kamote fries right when the order came. They were sweet and fried well, didn’t feel greasy at all.

Cue Modern Barbecue
The burger had two patties, I think. It was really thick and the beef tasted great. The winner here though, was the cheese! Look at it, it’s gorgeous. I shamelessly took a huge bite out of this and liked it. For a person who was never really hot on burgers, this should mean a lot.

Cue Modern Barbecue
Mom ordered their BBQ Brisket Ragu (Php 335). It looked really good but it was honestly just okay. Kind of boring, actually. It had a tomato cream base and had some pulled beef and pork. I was missing the BBQ here. It really just tasted like plain ol’ tomato cream pasta with bits of beef and pork, something I could’ve easily put together at home.

Cue Modern Barbecue
And then my order came on a cast-iron skillet. I had their Beef Belly (Php 695) with garlic rice and the Homemade BBQ Sauce. Absolutely loved the presentation but it saddens me to say that this looked better than it tasted.

Cue Modern Barbecue
It was charred and pretty but it turned out pretty bland. I really am a beef belly fiend and I usually get my fix at the Salcedo market or at El Cirkulo. Had high expectations for this dish, read it was mustard rubbed but I couldn’t seem to taste anything. I resorted to asking the waiter for salt, which I find to be a sad thing. It wasn’t as tender as expected either. In terms of sauce, the BBQ sauce was just regular to me. Good but nothing great.

Cue Modern Barbecue
With my mom and I unsatisfied with our orders, we peeked at the table next to us and gingerly eyed their platter of corned beef. So we ordered away and we found our winner. The Hand-cut Charred Corned Beef (Php 565) was adequately brined, tender and gave me a happy belly. It came with corn rice and a bunch of boiled veggies which were fresh and tasty. Really tasty. I love that they used red cabbage, it’s much better than just the regular (at least, to me). I’m not one for horseradish but my mom loved it. I preferred to dip it in what I think is it’s own juice (right-most sauce).

Cue Modern Barbecue
Lil Bro had an order of Freshly Brewed Iced Tea (Php 90) which was freshly brewed indeed. I just felt like posting this because the jar they used was cute.

Overall, I despite the misses on some of the dishes, Cue’s certainly packs an enjoyable dining experience. Service is great, ambiance is A+ and food is considerably good. I’d definitely wait til they’re really open and not on ‘soft opening’ before I head back. Some items just need a little push.

‘Cue Modern Barbeque
Space NELG 105, Lower Ground Floor
Bonifacio High Street Central,
Global City, 1630 Taguig,
Philippines
Phone Number: 0917 899 2283
Operating Hours – Mon – Sun: 11:30-15:00 / 18:00-23:00