7.218 USDA Roasted Beef Belly (TERSP 13)

7.218

10 (Wed) August 2016

USDA Roasted Beef Belly

2.5

at Conti’s Bakeshop & Restaurant

-Serendra Piazza, Taguig-

with the family

TERSP.  Try Every Restaurant in Serendra Piazza.  The family now living in Manila, our new home is in the One Serendra condominium complex.  The complex includes a mini-mall (“Serendra Piazza”) dedicated primarily to food and drink, with 23 restaurants (plus additional dessert/snack joints).  We’re going eat our way through all the restaurants (and probably the dessert/snack joints, though not as part of TERSP).  In contrast to the negative net returns on similar projects conducted by myself in Ermite/Malate, I’m optimistic that The Fort — one of the country’s poshest neighborhoods, where food is taken seriously — won’t disappoint us.  So far, so good.

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Each restaurant is listed below in order of preference based on the overall dining experience, including the quality of all dishes tried, cost, service, cleanliness, ambiance, and any other factors that may apply, cumulative through multiple visits (if any).

  1. (10) Mamou (7.203 …T-Bone Steak) / 3.25 / Italian
  2. (3)   Lartizan (7.060 Vol-au-Vent de Poulet…) / 3.5 / French
  3. (4)   8cuts (7.122 I Got Big Game) / 3.0 / American
  4. (2)   Zao Vietnamese Bistro (7.053 Seafood Rice) / 3.25 / Vietnamese
  5. (1)   Sentro 1771 (7.004 Tortang Talong) / 3.0 / Filipino
  6. (6)   Chelsea Grand Café (7.179 … Corned Beef Brisket Sandwich) / 2.5 / American
  7. (12)  Mogu Bar & Grill (7.213 Grilled Wagyu Roll) / 2.5 / Japanese
  8. (5)   Larry’s Café and Bar (7.162 Roast Chicken aux Champignons) / 3.0 / French
  9. (8)   Gino’s (7.182 SMEGG Pizza) / 2.0 / Italian
  10. (13)  Conti’s Bakeshop & Restaurant
  11. (7)   Wang Fu (7.180 General Tso’s Chicken) / 2.5 / Chinese
  12. (11)  Saboten (7.212 Shrimp & Tenderloin Set) / 3.0 / Japanese
  13. (9)   Echo Deli (7.189 Korean Beef Stew) / 1.5 / Korean
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Conti’s Bakeshop & Restaurant is a Filipino chain.  Founded in 1997.  Currently 19 locations throughout Metro Manila.
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As with many mainstream Filipino family restaurants, the menu offers a mix of local and western dishes, mostly meats in sauces over rice.

The Beef Belly dish was okay.   The dryed-out appearance of the meat suggested that it’d been quickly reheated from a frozen state, but the texture was reasonably tender.  Decent flavor, accentuated by a mayonnaisy horse radish sauce, kinda mucky but tasty.  With the rice and veg, kinda like a high-end TV dinner.  Obviously trying to emulate, but coming nowhere near, the brisket at Cirkulo (see generally 6.129 Slow-Roasted U.S. Beef Belly).

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Gambas al Ajillo (3.0) : ever reliable.

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