Elias by Crisostomo, is the newest restaurant of Chef Florabel Co, located at the bustling Bonifacio High Street Central, serving classic Filipino dishes. Elias, a character from “Noli me Tangere” by Jose Rizal, has a Spanish colonial vibe from the decor, menu and its food offerings. The items on the menu even names from the books and the life of Jose Rizal, quite creative.
Bowls of complimentary corniks (crunchy corn kernel bits) are served to guests.
A couple of crispy and crunchy appetizers to start off your meal. Mang Pablo(P325) is beef tapa done crispy.
Bagumbayan Lechon (P285) is bite sized pieces of pork belly fried to a crisp. The one from best food forward is lots crispier though.
Tinapa ni Tiburcio (P200) is a crispy lumpia wrapper encasing salted egg and tinapa (smoked fish). Its crispy and very flavorful, tempered by the local salsa on the side.
Lengua Estofado (P325). OX tongue cooked the traditional Spanish way with lots of olives, mushrooms and saba slices.
Mechado ala Bonifacio (P395). Another classic Filipino beef dish, perfect with steaming hot plain rice.
Pinoy Paella (P350), a Spanish rice dish given a local twist with some grilled pork belly and kesong puti on top.
Paella Negra (P300). My favorite dish of the night, a quirky dish that used pineapple as well squid and pork cooked in squid ink. Better check your teeth after eating.
Legazpi (P495) is a dish that sounded good but was way off in execution. Prawn, done tempura style but with added laing inside and served with a cholesterol inducing “aligue” (crab fat sauce). Dipping the prawns into the aligue totally overpowers both the laing and prawns.
De Los Santos (P1300). A large platter of raw oysters, grilled seafood, meat and vegetables perfect for a large group who can’t make up their minds.
Tinapa & Salted Egg Rice (P250)
Soledad (P120), sticks of mango and suman (rice pudding) with a local chocolate dip. They also have some home made ice cream placed in the old style sorbetero cart outside the restaurant.
Looking for the Filipino flavor from yesteryears then Elias might be the place for you.
Elias by Crisostomo
7th Avenue corner 29th Street
Bonifacio High Street Central
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City