It’s been a while since I did a Foodie Friday post so thought I’d do one today.
The H celebrated his birthday this week and because we’ve both been terribly tired and busy lately, we decided to celebrate quietly somewhere nearby. Lucky for us, there are so many new restaurants to try within walking distance from our apartment so our biggest “problem” was actually just choosing which one. Hahaha!
We finally settled on Beso Cucina Vinoteka, a tapas and wine bar located at Bonifacio High Street Central.
My sister has been raving about this place, so we thought we’d give it a try :).
While I have repeatedly mentioned throughout this blog that I am all about ambience, Beso is one of those restaurants that you shouldn’t judge “by its cover”–or in this case, by the entrance.
I’m not very fond of the particularly tall tables and chairs that crowd the outside dining area, but I guess this caters to Beso customers who come for drinks and tapas. The inside interiors, however, are a different story.
I like the mix of dark furniture with the black and red color scheme. The open kitchen is a nice touch as well, breaking the “heaviness” of the wood and giving the space a bigger feel.
I also like how they incorporated a bit of Filipino design by mounting a “solihiya” backrest against one of the restaurant walls.
The painting of the Spanish toro, the focal point of the room, is also quite arresting and dramatic.
On to the food…For starters, we decided to try the Salmon Croquetas. Hubby is particularly fond of salmon and because it was his special day, we thought it was an appropriate choice.
The croquetas were just okay. Crusty on the outside but moist on the inside, I thought it could have used a little bit more salmon to add to the flavor. However, the sauce it came with was quite good so I ended up dousing my croquetas with it.
Every time we eat at a Spanish restaurant, an order of gambas is always a must! This is also one of the H’s favorite dishes. This one in particular came with the biggest, freshest shrimps, so that was already a plus for me :).
I really enjoyed this dish! It had great flavor, and I loved that it came with chunks of garlic and chorizo. This is definitely a must order :).
For our main dish, the H and I decided to split the Beef Brisket with Mashed Potatoes. This was a pretty great dish as well! The beef was extremely soft and tender, the mashed potatoes creamy and buttery at the same time. To say that we polished this one off is an understatement :).
I think the H and I will definitely be coming back to Beso. Not only is the food quite yummy and reasonably priced, but there are so many other things on the menu that we would love to try! It’s also a great place to kick back and relax either on a date, or with a bunch of friends. Thank goodness for wonderful new restaurants in the Fort! I definitely think Beso is already one of my favorites :).