We were invited to dine at Village Tavern last August 30, 2012. Village Tavern is located at Bonifacio High Street Central in Fort Bonifacio Global City. It wasn’t my first time there because it was part of the BHS Central Food Tour I attended last summer.
We started off with Grilled Chicken Spinach and Mixed Greens (P595, pictured above). Fresh spinach, seasonal greens, bacon, apple slices, cranberries, spiced pecans, blue cheese, sliced hard-boiled egg, and grilled chicken pieces are tossed together in a sweet vinaigrette. It even comes with an apple cinnamon muffin on the side, which was a very unique touch. It was a hit with the group and the servings were polished off in no time.
Then we had Gruyere & Applewood-Smoked Bacon Flatbread (P495, pictured above). Flatbread is one of Village Tavern’s specialties. They make it from scratch using whole wheat flour and bake it in their coal-fired oven. This one is topped with gruyere cheese, bacon, and caramelized onions. It’s soooo good. If you can only try one kind of flatbread I highly recommend this one. The sweet-smoky-savory flavor is just too good for words.
Then there was Blackened Shrimp (P595, pictured above). Big juicy shrimps in bayou cream sauce and toasted homemade garlic bread on the side make for a scrumptious appetizer. The bread has the texture of a pancake except that it’s more bread-like than cake-like. Yummy!
Crispy Chicken Tacos (P475, pictured above), another Village Tavern bestseller, was served next. Crispy chicken fingers with mango slaw and chipotle sauce are served with rice pilaf and baked black beans in chocolate sauce on the side. This alone is filling already and so we split one order among four people since there were still a lot of dishes lined up.
One of my favorites for the night was Maryland-Style Crab Cakes (P550, pictured above). Each cake is made of really high quality crab meat that’s so succulent that I could not believe my tastebuds. These are by far the best crab cakes I’ve ever eaten. They come with homemade tartar sauce, side salad, and fries. You must try this if you visit Village Tavern.
Cowboy Burger (P595, pictured above) was up next. A thick and juicy all-beef patty is covered in cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and Applewood-smoked bacon.
I was already full at this point but then Grilled Chicken Penne (P425, pictured above) was served. It’s a pretty unique pasta dish comprised of crispy pancetta, grilled chicken, caramelized onions, and basil cream sauce. I didn’t quite taste the cramelized onions though.
We washed all the food down with a Tavern Mojito (P150, pictured above).
Last but not least for the main dishes was the Chicken Colorado (P675, pictured above). Grilled chicken breast is topped with Applewood-smoked bacon, tomatoes, scallions, Monterey Jack + cheddar cheese, and barbecue sauce. It’s served with rice pilaf and and black beans in chocolate sauce.
And now it’s time for desserts!
First one on the table was St. Barth’s Chocolate Cake (P395, pictured above). Wow, I was blown away by how rich and deep the chocolate taste was. The scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side complements it perfectly!
Very Best Carrot Cake (P345, pictured above) was the dessert I found most interesting since it had real carrot strands on top and the cream cheese icing was simply overflowing. I had a bite and it was also filled with pecans, raisins, and carrots.It would have been perfect except that it was actually too sweet. :/
Another divine dessert was Banana Crepes (P395, pictured above). Banana ice cream is wrapped in chewy soft crepes with a chocolate hazelnut layer on a bed of caramel sauce and fresh bananas. It’s topped with yet another scoop of ice cream. Yum!
Double Decker Cheesecake (P450, pictured above) features a bottom layer of chocolate cheesecake and a top layer of traditional cheesecake. It’s served with chocolate and raspberry sauce.
Village Tavern is definitely a must-try establishment at Bonifacio High Street Central. The food is nothing short of awesome and wow, they don’t skimp on the ingredients that go into making them. You can even see how the food is prepared as they have an open kitchen overlooking the dining area. While it is on the pricey side (it is after all franchised from the US), the gustatory experience each dish imparts is just… wow. Even my hubby who is normally a Chinese food nazi is all praises for Village Tavern’s fare. The good news is, serving portions are quite generous so you can easily share a dish with your companion.
2nd Level Bonifacio High Street Central
7th Avenue cor. 29th St.,
Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
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