Relish at Ponte is a quaint restaurant located at the ground floor of the Ponte Building. It has been attracting diners for 3 years now. Since I don’t frequent the Salcedo area much, the opportunity to try out this popular establishment has escaped me a good many times already. I’ve read good reviews and heard nice words from former colleagues about this place, though. In fact, my husband and I were really planning to dine here and try it out… but fortunately, because I met the owner, Monique Almario, during an event months ago wherein I gave a talk for Mozilla Philippines, our dining experience at Relish at Ponte came much sooner.
Looking for the place was a breeze since we used Waze. Parking wasn’t much of a concern as well because there is free street parking in the evening (during lunchtime, you’d have to head over to the nearest pay parking area if you don’t want your car to be towed).
I decided not to Google Relish’s menu because I thought it’d be fun to be surprised when I get there!
This cozy bistro is the perfect place for intimate dinners. It has an upscale ambiance without the intimidating feel. You may also have the entire place reserved for events.
Upon arriving, we were welcomed by 2 courteous staff followed by Monique who directed us to our seats. Even if our dinner was prepped already, Monique still handed us the menu. Upon going through Relish’s menu, I noticed a couple of familiar offerings. Little did I know that the food served in this restaurant are inspired by favorite dishes of the owner’s family… comfort food. No wonder! That’s a plus factor for me. I love experiencing dishes with interesting backstories. It adds a whole new dimension to how one enjoys food.
For our drinks, we were served Relish Lemonade with Mint and Relish Iced Tea.
Relish Iced Tea (Small: Php75.00 / Large: Php90.00)
Using their own blend. Frothy and sweet.
Relish Lemonade with Mint (Small: Php90.00 / Large: Php110.00)
This is one refreshing summer drink!
Amazing Artichoke Dip (Php350.00)True to its name, this Artichoke Dip really is uhh-ma-zinggg! Not overly creamy. You can still taste and feel the texture of the artichokes.
Relish Caesar Salad (Php280.00)My husband who is such a picky eater when it comes to vegetables, only enjoys eating Caesar Salad and a few crunchy greens. What makes Relish’s delicious Caesar salad extraordinary and different is the way they serve it. The salad is presented in ready-to-eat bite-size lettuce cups complete with ample amounts of croutons, bacon bits, parmesan cheese and their very own caesar salad dressing. Unique!
New England Clam Chowder (Php195.00)This thick and chunky Clam Chowder soup is addicting! Spot on!
Slow Roasted Beef Belly with Au Jus (Php495.00 for 2 Slices / PhpPhp550.00 for 3 Slices)Fork tender beef belly slow roasted for 4-hours with au jus gravy and corn kernel on the side. I sliced a small piece without the gravy to taste the actual beef. Absolutely flavorful as it is. Next time, I will request the gravy to be served on the side instead. The herb butter rice goes well with the beef, too.
But my favorite of all is their signature dish – Relish Roasted Chicken (Php395.00)!Beautifully roasted half chicken marinated in garlic cloves, oregano and infused with lemon. Every part of the chicken was tasty and perfectly roasted. If you want to add more flavor to your chicken, use the chicken drippings which is served on the side. The drippings give the gravy a sexier taste and texture. This dish reminds me so much of my mother-in-law’s herb chicken. For some uncannny yet amusing coincidence, Relish’s Roasted Chicken looks and tastes exactly the same as our own family heirloom recipe! It’s a good thing because that means I can eat this favorite chicken dish without going through all the tedious effort of preparing it!
I made sure I still had some space left for dessert. We had Peanut Banoffee (Php180.00).I love bananas but I am not a fan of peanut butter unless it is the only spread left in my pantry. But this classic British dessert that had layers of cream, bananas, chocolate shavings, caramel and chocolate sauce topped with nuts was so good that I actually ended up finishing almost the entire slice. Maybe because the peanut butter wasn’t too heavy, making it pleasantly light to eat.
Relish at Ponte is the perfect definition of comfort food at its best.
Great food… cozy place… and definitely worth your hard-earned money.
I don’t think you can ask for anything more than that.
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120 Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati
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