Uncomplicated Filipino Food to Love at Bodega Kitchen and Bar

by - Friday, July 21, 2017

Bodega Kitchen and Bar is a new restobar offering Filipino dishes with the slight twist and influence from other cuisines. 


Wall of "bodega" finds

This quaint restaurant has simple yet eye catching displays, with a wall of antique items put together by the owners, to bring its name "bodega" to life. 

Although their food might seem dull at first, with the lack of extravagant, unnecessary plating decors, its bold taste says differently. 

Bodega Fries
We started the night with the Bodega fries. Wedge cut potatoes topped with two kinds of sisig, wasabi sauce and nori strips. This was a real crowd favorite, with the distinct but subtle taste of wasabi complementing the potatoes so well, despite being cold (it's our fault for taking too much photos haha!) The flavorful sisig with a nice added crunch was also a plus.

Greek Inasal Gyros P350
The Greek, deconstructed inasal was also one of my favorites, although no one else's. The juicy chicken was well-infused with the inasal flavor, with a side of Tabbouleh salad, sauces, and a choice of pita bread or rice that are all meant to be consumed together. 

Sinarabsab P280
Who knew that a classic Filipino ensalada would taste so unfamiliar, but in a delicious way? A bed of roasted eggplant with green mango and tomato ensalada on one side and shrimp paste on the other, topped with tender pieces of well seasoned grilled liempo drizzled with some white sauce. 

Kimchi Kansi 
MY ULTIMATE FAVORITE. Their kansi is full of flavor and added aromatics, with a thick soup and tender beef perfect for the cold season. The kimchi taste was also unnoticeable in terms of taste and smell, but was able to contribute in the acidity of the dish. I highly recommend this kimchi kansi. Solid! 

Tea Smoked Pusit P480
Squid smoked in green tea and served with green mango salsa and lemon. We didn't know the name of this when we first tried it, but we were quick to conclude that we loved its smoky flavor, and perfectly cooked and tender meat. 

Kung Hei Fat Choi P150
Feel the blessings of the Chinese New Year with Bodega's dessert. It's a turon made with tikoy, drizzled with their langkaramel (langka + caramel) sauce, and served with scoops of vanilla ice cream. 

Asian Gummy Rocket P220
OG Mai Tai P220

Bodega Kitchen and Bar is solid proof that food doesn't have to be too complicated to be appreciated, and more importantly, to taste amazing. Their food reminded me why the classic dishes remain well embraced and loved by many despite all the changes and modernization in the culinary world. 

My Scores:
Pricing - 4/5
Ambiance - 4.5/5
Service - 4.5/5
Taste - 4.5/5

Hungry for more,

Bodega Kitchen and Bar is located at Two Central, 109 Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City

Date of Visit: July 15, 2017

Bodega Kitchen & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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