Coming across an article that featured restaurants with the most beautiful and impressive interiors, being a designer, it has drawn me to see them up close and personal. Neil’s Kitchen was in that list though I’ve been there several times and I must agree that their interiors is not just beautiful, their food is awesome too. The next that caught my attention from the list is The Black Pig.
It is a few blocks away from Neil’s Kitchen. It’s in Alabang too at the second level of Commerce Center. Without the heat of the sun, it is walking distance for me. The Black Pig’s facade isn’t too attractive as the whole place from the outside isn’t well- lighted. But the welcoming smiles of their attendants will compensate for that which kept my brain engaged.
Since Jen already commented:”The placed looked gloomy.” This is because they opted to use hanging lamps and pin lights on selected areas.
Upon entrance, it is only the time I began admiring the place from the interiors, their furniture, lighting system, the colors that they’ve chosen, the vigilance of their attendants to the table wares (made by a known potter from Laguna), cutlery and the food itself.
There are some touches of green elements which add life to the whole place. What will caught your attention is definitely the bar.
It exudes order and class by the use of black and brown finishes. Usually, most bars looked untidy even if the items are properly arranged due to the fact that you see everything from it: sorts of bottles, glass, machines, some bars are even with baskets of fruits displayed on the counter like so much is happening in it. At The Black Pig, you will see the clutter though it will not sore your depicting eyes.
There’s even a guide for drinking wine.
A cool utensils rack.
When it comes to food. We had a three course meal altogether which started with a green salad:
I am training my palette with fresh greens and it’s followed by a slow-cooked chicken dish:
and home-made ice cream for dessert.
We had the feel of drinking Al fresco with that refreshing raspberry iced tea.
According to the attendants, peak time is usually dinner time onward because they serve alcoholic drinks too.
During the afternoon, if you wish for a less crowded place to have lunch or snack. The Black pig will give you that. It is ideal for business meetings too. For the overall experience, dining there, the ambiance, service and carefully prepared food is recommendable.
I suggest that you try it, when you’re heading to the south. They’re located at: Commerce Center Building, Filinvest Ave. corner, E Asia Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa, 1781 Metro Manila
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” ~Vincent Van Gogh~
Just recently, I wrote about this restaurant in Alabang which I found one of those places to drink and dine with the best interiors.
And again recently, I discovered another just a few blocks away from my work place. It’s sitting there for years now, when the new wing was constructed and it’s been a while that I have been to this mall.
True enough, anybody or any designer can create a space, though not all can come up with something enticing from the first look, that’s why if you rate a place, there is an allotted score for ambiance. Spatzle has the modern country feel. It is very welcoming.
Shangri-la Edsa mall is a 15 minute drive from work. It can offer you a wide array of choices when it comes to dining. Some of our most favorite Japanese restaurants are there, some French, Mediterranean, Chinese, Italian and of course Filipino restaurants.
This time, we know for a fact that shopping can get so tiring and we ended up hungry like wolves.
We learned earlier of this place that’s new to us. Spatzle Euro Market Cafeserves European cuisines with cool interiors, not too stiff and casual enough to literally enjoy another dining experience after a hard day’s work and shopping, and if I may I not miss to mention, the disappointment of getting something you really want when it is out of stock. Come on Jen, let’s eat!!!!
So we headed right away to that part of this mall where the food spots are. Spatzle is situated in a corner, before reaching it, we came across a few, with barkers outside. However, we already know where we’re heading.
Jen knew too, I do not like it, I mean “hard-selling” because it makes me doubt, why the place isn’t packed.
And even if at Spatzle, there are only a few tables occupied when we arrived, the more it encouraged us to get in since a crowded place only means longer waiting time for them to spread your orders. Besides, the open air feel is very inviting. And there are no barkers. =)
It didn’t took us long as well to place our orders. Yes, we’re hungry, and whatever angle I choose, our orders seems to be too much for 2 persons.
We opted to share with one another this tongue twisting delight: the “Tarte Flambe Monte blanc”.Which toppings I especially liked, the paprika flavored potato chips, which they call as “Paprika chips”.
I had the “Bacon mozza logs”
and Jen got a burger: the “Spatz haus burger”. One of their best sellers.
We had “Watermelon slush” sweetened with wild honey to soften, in anticipation, the savor of all that we will consume in the next few minutes. We were offered to try their desserts, however, we were so full after digging.
After digging with no holds-barred kind of way, we knew that we will visit a second time. They pulled it off well. We both liked what we’ve chosen and enjoyed all the other extra ingredients thrown in it. We actually checked and eyed others from the menu. We will definitely come back. =)
I will get the bacon mozza logs once again. Since Mozzarella cheese in particular is like a happy pill for me! Yum!
I found it cute that they have sanitizers along the cubiertos comin’ in handy too. =)
Spatzle Euro Market Cafe is located at:
Level 5, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.
The name of this restaurant is very intriguing even if from its’ name, we would know already that it is Mexican.
The only difference is that another term of coriander which is cilantro starts with a letter “C” and not with a letter “S”, so that made it intriguing. What would differentiate it from other Mexican joints?
And our search for a “To die for” nachos is obligatory. There are some amazing places we’ve spotted, still, we yearn to be satiated by something new.
The nearest Silantro from our place is in Alabang. So we headed there one weekend.
It was not a surprise to witness a long queue when we arrived. I have been seeing it several times on social medias.
Most of them are in big groups, and since we’re only two, a very vigilant attendant was able to squeeze us in inside. He asked if we’re good with the counter and we don’t mind.
Our spread was overwhelming. Their portions are bigger and per my high-school’s friends’ recommendation, yes their nachos is great.
Jen’s Silantro’s quesadillas even came with french fries. While my burrito came with three different dips. All of them didn’t compromise my palate.
While they didn’t use ground meat on the nachos but cubed beefs, cut smaller than the usual, making the sauce tastier and irresistible, their version of the cheese sauce is thicker since they mixed mozzarella with it. Veggies are sufficient too and the corn tortillas tasted like home-made and very crispy.
It was a good decision to try them but we will be choosy with the hours on our next visit. We heard that they are usually congested.
By the way, the interiors is modish too. Their theme is a combination of rustic and industrial. Raw floors, there are wall decals, impressive lighting fixtures and my favorite, they resorted to Machuca tiles to accentuate their floors.
They deserve a second visit, we have a lot to try next time. We thought of the shrimp skewers. =)
No wonder that their branches are increasing lately.