Burning Hot: Torch

by - Saturday, December 24, 2016

G/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City

Torch is a familiar restaurant to most people given that it has been open for quite some time now, and it has opened more branches in Metro Manila.
That's me. I've known Torch ever since it first opened its doors, and everytime I've thought about trying it out, something just comes up that hinders me from doing so, until this month.
Torch has a menu that is quite broad, which I found a bit weird, since it offers "fusion" food that meant that they serve food across cuisines. Okay, so there's sushi on one side of the menu and pizza on the other, wait, what?
Upon sitting down, we were provided with a cup of long, thin, fried, salted strips that seemed like noodles. These were good to munch while waiting for your orders, although it was oily. I even saw one customer wrap each strip in a tissue before eating. I'm not sure if it's refillable though because the servers didn't refill ours (although we also didn't request for it).
Cream Cheese Salmon Roll P339.95
I don't order salmon rolls very often because I don't eat raw, but my sister ordered one so I figured I should give it a try, and it was good. The sushi was fried which is why the salmon bits weren't really raw. They also had big chunks of cream cheese in there, which made dipping it in soy sauce too salty. So I prefer it without. I just found the slices of the sushi too thick.

US Angus Tenderloin Salpicao Medallion P579.95

Our favorite! Two big pieces of tenderloin meat that is cooked medium rare (that's the "default" according to their server), served with some vegetables and your choice of either mashed potato or rice. The meat was sooooo scrumptious and juicy! I can't say that it's very tender but for the price, size and taste of that thing, who would even complain? The mashed potato wasn't too good, though. It lacked flavor and creaminess, so I let my sister have it lol.

Smoked Jabanero Glazed Salmon P455.95

•Salmon•Unagi Citrus Sauce•Mango Salsa•Garlic-Parsley Rice• 
The salmon was cooked perfectly that the texture wasn't flaky although it also wasn't cooked well done. It was a bit bland without the glaze, but the glaze didn't taste too good so I removed it still. I can say I preferred the salmon a bit bland (yes, only a bit) instead of it not being bland but with the glaze. The mango salsa was a good addition to eating the salmon and rice together since it adds flavors with the mangoes, tomatoes and onions in there. The rice was just rice topped with some garlic and parsley.

Blackened Chicken Pasta P284.95

•Fettuccine•Alfredo•Grilled Cajun Chicken•Garlic toast• 
We just ordered this dish to add some carbs in our orders, just in case we don't feel full from the first three. We were wrong, and we had to take this home, but not without me trying it first. I found the pasta okay. Its chicken had rosemaries in it and was a bit dry. It's a typical alfredo pasta.

Mango Daiquiri P269.95

My sister ordered this as a drink. We were wondering why it costs that much, until it was served to us. It was freaking huge! Too bad for her because I don't drink alcohol so I can't share it with her. She said she didn't taste much of the rum, and it tasted more of a mango shake. She didn't finish it, although she left it almost empty.

I love their lovely ambiance. There's a "grass wall", modern lighting designs, wooden furnitures and several orange bulls that hung on their walls.
It's good to finally try this restaurant after so long. I'm definitely coming back to try their pizzas as well, since I noticed that most tables have them. I think it's also one of their highly recommended dishes.

My score:
Pricing – 3/5
Service – 4/5
 Ambiance – 4/5  
Taste – 4/5

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