Detalle Bar and Kitchen is a new secret hangout place in the heart of the Ortigas Business District. I’ve actually passed by the place many times but had no inkling what was behind the fence and used cars at the corner of Meralco Ave. and Julia Vargas. It occupies the previous spot of Taverna Verde, which one of the owners used to frequent. I got a chance to visit the place invited meith a few of my foodie friends from KTG.
Detalle Bar and Kitchen has been open for a few weeks only so they don’t open until 5pm . There are lots of parking spaces in front of the two storey structure, the first floor is mostly for dining, while the 2nd floor is the al fresco chillout area.
I’m loving the industrial look of the place with lots of metal and reclaimed wood, which I found out is more expensive than new ones. The first floor also houses the bar where they keep all the premium liquor in a pretty setup.
Since they are just new, their menu is quite short with only 6 bar chows. We got a taste of all of them, starting with the Crispy Pig’s Ears (P280). Imagine sliced pig’s ears, that been cooked like a fish finger making it crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy inside. There’s a goat cheese cream sauce on the side. I would have liked it more with a bit more seasoning so you are not forced to dip it in the sauce.
Next up a plate of Arancini (P250), risotto balls with mozzarella cheese and aioli.
Ricotta Bruschetta (P260) is smeared with a layer of orange marmalade, then topped with home made ricotta, then a piece of crispy prosciutto is placed on top. This was quite enjoyable with its sweet and salty flavors.
The Sardines Bruschetta (P230) was the only appetizer I did not enjoy. I was not fond of the fried quail egg’s peculiar taste.
Basque Fried Chicken (P280) was the unanimous favorite of the night. Fried chicken drizzled with a unique sweet, spicy and sour pepperade sauce. There some cooling mint yogurt to temper the spiciness if its get too much for your taste buds. We were wishing we had some rice to go with it.
The Lamb Meatball Sliders (P270) was one my favorites. Pillowy soft bread sandwich a gamey lamb patty with an earthy hummus mayo and sweetish apricot jam. This would have been my favorite if not for that plate of basque chicken.
For the mains they’ve got a mix of pastas, pizzas, meats and seafood. I ordered this healthy looking Summer Pasta (P280). Fettuccine with broccoli, tomatoes and asparagus tossed in olive oil with parmesan cheese. It look bright and cheery with the reds and green but the taste was a bit bland amongst the strong flavors of the bar chow. This is a nice alternative for those looking for something healthy or vegetarian.
Detalle Bar and Kitchen cooks their pizza in a wood fired over to make the crust crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. Someone picked the Meathouse Pizza (P440), can’t go wrong with bacon, salami, fennel sausage and panchetta on a tangy tomato sauce (think tomato based pasta and not the usual pizza sauce). The extra tangy flavors of the sauce ensured the balance despite the generous meat toppings.
Pan Roasted Chicken (P330). A half chicken expertly cooked to seal in all the juices while making the skin crisp but its the chorizo lentil sauce that elevates this otherwise common dish. Those cute carrots adds a nice rustic touch.
D Burger (P380), a 300 gram all beef burger with bleu cheese, bacon jam, arugula and aioli. Just a little warning, if you don’t like bleu cheese, skip this, it really throws its flavor around. The patty is meaty but still tender with a bleu cheese taste. The arugula adds a bit of peppery crunch while the bacon jam adds a crunchy, sweet flavor.
The Seared Halibut (P440), on its own might have been a good dish with its prawn broth but I tasted this last after all the dazzling flavors of the other main dishes. The fish was not overcooked so it had that going for it, but taste wise I’ll suspend judgement until a 2nd try.
We got a little taste test of their not yet on the menu dessert, Truffle Cheesecake. Chocolate cheesecake shaped into balls and rolled in chocolate dust, peanuts and dessicated coconut. Chocolate lovers should not miss this.
After dessert, we all headed up to the alfresco area. One thing I don’t enjoy in bars is the cigarette smoke, being outdoors, there’s hardly any smell at all. The seats are relaxing and perfect place to hang out with friends especially in this nice, chilly weather. Look up and you’ll be surprised to see the giant Anne Curtis Century Tuna billboard. I love the vibe of the place, no need to dress up, I saw some people in shorts, some in office attire all enjoying the night.
Check out their signature cocktails like the Great Godfather (P360) and the City Lights Lemonade (P310). The City lights lemonade is particularly fun, with crushed candy canes showcasing its sweetness and colors to liven up the glass. If you are more adventurous, you might want to try the Pepper Bombs, its a nice show and tastes great.
The food and drinks at Detalle Bar and Kitchen are both good but its the great ambiance that keeps one coming back. We could not seem to get off our seats in the alfresco area even though it was already getting late, we all just felt at ease.