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Village Tavern BGC

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The first time I went to Village Tavern was around late last year when I had to cover a bloggers' event that was held there. Unfortunately, I was not able to sample their dishes so I figured this foodie meet-up by Zomato was a good opportunity to finally try their food.

Opened since 2012 (yes, they're on their fifth year already!) under The Bistro Group (TGIFridays, Italianni's, Denny's), this is their first branch that is outside the U.S. What to expect? Well, they have an 8-page menu, then there's a separate menu for drinks so yes, they offer a whole array of American dishes with twists!

Here are few of the items we enjoyed:

Spicy Crab Salad (PhP 345)
Mix of Romaine lettuce, onions, cabbage, kani, egg, cherry tomatoes drizzled with ranch dressing infused with spicy crab.
Shrimp & Grits (PhP 425)
Seafood Pasta (PhP 450)
Spaghetti pasta with shrimp, clams and mussels.
Buffalo Mozzarella Burger (PhP 395)
Wagyu beef patty with onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, pickles and cheddar cheese. Served with a side of basket of fries.
High Street Platter (PhP 1,350)
Fish tacos, Monterey chicken, and slabs of porchetta served with roasted potatoes topped with cheese sauce.
Main Street Platter (PhP 1,150)
Wrapped kani salad, Texan pork chops, and fried chicken served with roasted potatoes topped with cheese sauce.
Sangria (PhP 180) and Mango Mojito (PhP 175)
My favorites would be: the Spicy Crab Salad (surprise!), the Shrimp & Grits, the fish tacos and porchetta in the High Street Platter, and the wrapped kani salad and Texan pork chops in the Main Street Platter.

Spicy Crab Salad
The Spicy Crab Salad was a sure winner for me because of hefty amount of kani in it as well as the flavorful spicy crab ranch dressing! For a salad, it's almost too sinful! Haha! I've never actually had Shrimp & Grits before, it's not widely available locally (or maybe I just don't know where to look?) and the closest I've ever been to it was watching it being made on MasterChef US (apparently a Southern comfort food). Grits are actually small broken grains of corn. The texture was a bit odd to me at first but I really liked it. I loved the shrimp and the buttery-cheesiness of the grits! The Porchetta was savory, tender and juicy, with that perfect pork crackle, just how I've imagined it would be. I've been served porchetta with more fat than meat before, which was really nakakaumay, but this one is miles away from that. The Fish Tacos had some nice heat to it that made me take a couple of bites eat an entire piece! Lastly, the Texan Pork Chops, though nothing extraordinary with its smokey barbecue flavor, was very, very tender.

Another point I'd like to give them props is the presentation of their food. I loooved the rustic theme, from the cast iron skillet to the big wood slabs instead of plates. *clap*clap*clap*

I've been living in QC for a while now so going to BGC is something that's at the bottom part of my list but Village Tavern and all their selection of wonderful meats and delicious dishes just makes me want to go back again (and again), preferably with friends! Will I see you there soon? (。•̀ᴗ-)✧

Village Tavern Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Village Tavern is located at 2F Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Contact Nos.: (02) 621-4100 / (02) 975-4140
Operating Hours: Sundays to Thursdays 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
                               Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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