Wednesday, February 06, 2008
G.U.S. NITPICKS!! (V. 15)
My much-delayed get-together with charming J., R. and XQ was finally all set and pushing through. R. and i decided on a non-mall-based resto in Makati (one can only take so much of Greenbelt and Serendra), and settled on Apartment 1B due to the good reviews we've read on some blogs about it.
And the place does have extremely nice decor! (see photo above) It gave off this comfy vibe, as though you were dining in the house of a friend, who just happened to be a gifted interior designer. Something like that.
As for the food, Apartment 1B calls its cuisine "Gourmet Comfort Food". I personally had no idea what this phrase exactly meant, but never mind. Scanning the menu, i was taken aback by how pricey this resto was. This had better be good, i inwardly grumbled.
For starters, we had the Baked Samosas (mushrooms, spinach and cheese) [not pictured], which proved to be quite flavorful and crunchy. At PHP260.00 for 4 pieces, not such a bad deal. I wouldn't have minded eating all four pieces!!! :D
The Roasted Half Chicken (PHP370.00) was, for me, by far the best entree we ordered. Meat was tender, and you could taste the herbs & spices.
Grilled Pork Chops (PHP430.00), with apple sauce and potato-corn gratin, was okay, nothing great. XQ liked the apple sauce, though.
But really, for this price, you would expect at least 2 pork chops, right? And bigger-sized ones, at that!?
This Whole Wheat Spaghetti (PHP350.00) looked rather hideous, and i didn't bother to take a bite. Forget to ask what my friends thought, but at any rate, around half of this dish went unfinished.
Overall, i felt the entrees were somewhat lacking in presentation. Its like, when you see the food being served on the table, there's no "WOW!" factor and you wouldn't feel excited about tasting them.
Anyway, let's talk about the desserts. We ordered the Frozen Pie (vanilla ice cream, Oreo crust, chocolate & caramel sauce) at PHP170.00; and the vanilla bean Creme Brulee (PHP160.00).
The Frozen Pie was nothing short of fantastic! An absolute steal for its price!
However, the Creme Brulee was a total let-down. Let me count the ways: R. and i agreed it should have been served a bit colder; it had squishy texture, almost half-liquid; and it tasted cloyingly sweet. Definitely NOT good!
With drinks, soup, etc., i would estimate an average bill per person would run to PHP 700 - 850 at this place; which isn't good value for money, since the food was just okay, nothing particularly great.
So, now i know what Apartment 1B means by "Gourmet Comfort Food". It's simply a fancy way of offering ordinary food at inflated prices!
(Apartment 1B is located at One Lafayette Square, 132 L.P. Leviste St. corner Sedeno St., Salcedo Village, Makati City. Tel. no. is 843-40-75)