Backyard Kitchen and Brew is one of the first establishments to open in the expanded commercial area of The Grove in Pasig. This is the 2nd branch for Backyard after their successful one in UP Town Center. Backyard serves comfort food created by Chef Ed Bugia who adds his own little twists to make everything even better.
The same elements that made Backyard but housed in a more compact space.
I’ve tried a number of items on their menu from my visit to the UP Town Center branch so Irene and I decided to order only new stuff and those we missed. You can read about my previous visit to Backyard Kitchen here. Backyard Kitchen and Brew in UP Town Center.
Tinapa and Quinoa Salad (P295). Tinapa (smoked fish) flakes, quinoa, mixed greens, salted egg, tomatoes are drizzled with a honey balsamic dressing. I was not too thrilled with this Irene’s choice because I’m not fond of tinapa. She mixed everything up and forced me to try and I was so surprised I enjoyed it a lot. There’s a nice smokiness but not overpowering because of the honey balsamic dressing while the quinoa adds great texture throughout. A must order for me at Backyard.
Buffalo Chicken (P325). This was something that I have been wanting to try ever since I saw it pop up on my Instagram feed. Boneless chicken thighs stuffed with celery and bleu cheese then wrapped with bacon and finished off with a coating of honey sriracha sauce. This is supposed to be a small plate sharing appetizer but I’d just get a cup of rice and eat it together.
Chicken Salpicao (P395). Salpicao is usually beef which Irene does not eat so she quickly ordered this chicken version of it. This is a simple, enjoyable dish that you can eat again and again. Chicken thighs cooked to a sticky, garlicky consistency topped with fried chicken skin and cherry tomatoes.
Wagyu Shortribs with Kimchi Rice (P395). Slow cooked Kitayama wagyu shortribs paired with homemade kimchi rice and pickles and topped with a fried egg. Delicious but nothing surprising with my dish that had me sneaking loving looks at Irene’s chicken bowl.
We skipped dessert and begged them to serve us the Bibingka Pancakes, a dish from their breakfast menu. Breakfast is served at The Grove from 7am -11am daily. Fluffy pancakes with salted egg, cheese in between and topped with butter, more cheese and desiccated coconut. Worth the early rise to head on over to Backyard.
Chef Ed and the Backyard team also opened their 3rd branch last week in Circuit Makati. They are bringing the backyarding experience closer to you.
Backyard Kitchen and BrewG/F The Grove
E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Pasig City
Contact No.: (632) 941-1895
Other Branches: UP Town Center, Circuit Makati
Facebook Page: Backyard Kitchen and Brew
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