Having been able to dine in a good number of hotels, as well as old and new restaurants alike, I sometimes end up longing to enjoy hole-in-the-wall establishments once in awhile. I miss the coziness and privacy of these kinds of restaurants and the not so complicated menu they offer. I don’t even mind traveling to out of the way destinations just to enjoy these places.
So, when I got an invitation to try Eighteen Bistro, I didn’t think twice.
Within the Tomas Morato neighborhood you will find Eighteen Bistro, a small and quaint restaurant that serves delicious continental dishes.
Imagine a bi-level condo unit with a receiving area, kitchenette and T&B on the first floor and the upper level of the structure serves as their kitchen. That’s Eighteen Bistro!
The entire area of Eighteen Bistro is quite compact which I think can only accommodate a maximum of 18 persons at any given time. But, that’s the beauty of it. It has that certain homey and intimate vibe. When I perused the menu, it even gave me that nostalgic feel seeing familiar comfort food like the Pork Belly and Mushroom Risotto.
Eighteen Bistro’s beautifully curated menu was impressively thought out by Boj and Marj Mendoza. It is actually their family’s creation which you will be tasting when you dine at their restaurant.
After a good chit chat with JP Magpayo, part owner and bartender of Eighteen Bistro, and who also happens to be the person who invited my family over, our dinner was served.
Some of the delightful dishes of Eighteen Bistro
To be honest, when Eighteen Bistro brought out the dishes, I thought to myself… “Uh-oh! Looks like portions of these offerings will not be able to satisfy a family of five.” But, little did I know that each dish was rich and packed in flavors making every spoonful and every bite filling and heartily satisfying. Each dish was perfect for sharing.
This Portobello Mushroom Dip was love at first bite!
Mushrooms are without a doubt one of my favorites. The fresh Portobello mushrooms have a deliciously earthy flavour. The chunky bits give this dish a delightful texture in every bite. Perfect with the melba toast that came with it. This could also be nice with pita bread. Hmmm.
Spicy Portobello and Cream Cheese (Php285.00)
Another Eighteen Bistro hit with #TheDreys! The spaghetti was coated with Portobello Mushroom sauce and cream cheese. It has a nice balance between the sauce and the pasta. But when the cream gets a bit too overwhelming, let the toasted baguette rescue your palate. My daughter said that her tongue “tingled” a bit from the Cayenne Pepper. It appears that she ate more than pasta than usual. Great use of the spice for me, though, since it offered a nice accent to the dish overall.
Chicken Parmigiana (Php290.00)
The plump chicken fillet was baked perfectly in tomato stew and Mozzarella. It was incredibly tasty, gooey, saucy and delicious! It sits atop a fragrant Mushroom Rice Pilaf that was equally as good. This dish was my daughter’s favorite! She actually wants to go back to Eighteen Bistro and order just this!
Beef Bourguignon (Php320.00)
This iconic French dish is usually served in parties. But now I can say, I can eat it whenever I want without making my pocket scream! Eighteen Bistro’s version has wonderfully rich and bold flavors that you could hardly taste the red wine. It was slow braised making the meat tender enough to effortlessly pull apart. Add to that the delectable fat that melts in your mouth. The Potato Terrine goes well with it, too. Très français! If you need to know more about it, my son would be more than willing to tell you about it since he practically gobbled down the entire thing! 😉
In between meals, I enjoyed Eighteen Bistro’s Red Sangria with a hint of cinnamon.
Roasted Pork Belly (Php320.00)
Eighteen Bistro’s Roasted Pork Belly has been slow roasted for 3 hours making it taste incredibly good! I don’t mind eating this again and again! It was soft, fatty and seasoned beautifully, making it infinitely more enjoyable and exciting to eat. Sorry! I just love anything that has a little bit of fat! But I would love to try this with rice next time instead of the Potato Terrine.
Warm Chocolate Cake (Php170.00)
When Eighteen Bistro says it’s moist, they sure weren’t kidding! For someone like me who’s not into chocolate, I simply sliced a small portion of it. But for chocolate lovers like my husband, son and dad-in-law, this moist chocolate cake with bittersweet Ganache, Dulce de Leche and Feuilletine Crunch was a runaway winner!
Sophie’s Drink (Php150.00)
This pretty in pink smoothie has strawberries, bananas, pineapple, yogurt and vanilla ice cream. Thick and sweet with a slight tangy taste. Your perfect drink on a hot day.
I’ll let you in on a secret! Eighteen Bistro has this “Secret Menu“. Obviously, you won’t see these items on their menu. What you have to do is follow their Social Media accounts (listed below) and check them out. Pretty cool, eh?
This Snowspresso is part of Eighteen Bistro’s Secret Menu. It is a pretty and sweet delight that has vanilla ice cream, sugar floss and a shot of espresso. Pour the espresso over the sugar floss, sip some of the espresso, scoop the vanilla ice cream and enjoy! It was a wonderfully sweet ending to a very satisfying meal.
The husband figuring out how to eat and drink the Snowspresso at the same time! Lol.
Check out Eighteen Bistro. You won’t regret dining there! Prices won’t even break the bank!
51B Scout Rallos
Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City
Twitter and Instagram: @eighteenbistro