Bugsy’s Bar and Bistro is packed with people out for drinks during the night, but during the daytime it is a nice place to have a quiet lunch. Large windows let it a lot of light contrasting with the dark wooden interior. The decor harkens back to the heyday of Bugsy Siegel, the gangster responsible for the development of Las Vegas. Numerous framed photos of mafia personalities adorn the wall, although most of them were not straight (I was restraining myself from getting up and fixing them). I’m told the waiters even wear fedora hats and the mafia henchman look most of us are familiar with. I guess we were there quite early so they were not decked out in their full uniforms yet, they all just had on black t-shirts.
We started out out lunch with Buffalo Tenders (P185), this is their version of buffalo wings sans the bones. The tenders were very tangy with just a slight spicy kick A quick dip into the blue cheese sauce on the side tempers down the tanginess. We really liked this a lot, a nice departure from the usual bone in wings, no need to get our hands dirty anymore.
Irene had Southern Fried Pork Chops (P165), battered pork chops with milk gravy. It seems she was just in the mood for something fried as I know she’s not a fan of these things. Irene liked them and said they were juicy and not oily. She was not a fan of the milk gravy though and asked for some traditional gravy for the mashed potatoes.
I wanted to eat beef so the waiter suggested their best seller, Bugsy Malone (P480), 300 grams of USDA angus rib-eye. I had it cooked medium, and got it exactly as ordered, nice grill marks outside and springy reddish meat inside. I was surprised at the size of the meat when it arrived, it was much bigger than I expected. The beef was not the best cut but good enough for the price, a few parts were a little chewy though. I loved the mashed potatoes on the side, these were made from real potatoes and not the instant kind. They had pieces of potatoes that were not thoroughly mashed which gave it a nice texture contrast. The gravy accompaniment was also good but I found that it tasted even better mixed with the milk gravy.
So if you are looking for a quite place to have lunch, give Bugsy’s a try. A bit of warning though since its a bar where smoking is allowed, the smoke smell is seeped into the place. Despite this, I would still go back for the Buffalo tenders as well as try their other affordable main course offerings, quite a few of which have caught my eye.
Bugsy’s Bar and Bistro
Unit C-105 City Golf Plaza,
Julia Vargas Avenue, Pasig