Black Olive Cervecerria is located in the up and coming new enclave in Pasig called Capitol Commons. I’ve been a bit remiss not visiting the area earlier considering its just a stone’s throw away from our house. There’s a burgeoning food truck scene that is located there as well as the Ortigas branch of Nomama. Chef Carlo Miguel is the culinary brains behind the place and is well known for the hugely successful Draft Gastropub.
The structure makes use of lots of angles and has a nice natural lighting with its big windows. There’s two levels of seating as well as available alfresco seating that is pet friendly.
The main highlight of the restaurant is the bar with multiple beers on tap. The best seats in the house are the two high tables in the middle. It’s perfect for hanging out with friends over drinks and tapas like the KTG gang who were invited to try out Black Olive Cervecerria’s Mediterranean tapas for lunch.
They’ve got a number of beers on tap like Stella Artois, Beck’s, Chimay and Paulaner. Before serving you the beer, the bartender will chill your glass on the contraption above and then slowly fill up your glass with below zero beer.
The one I enjoyed the most was the Paulaner’s special holiday brew.
Lunch started with a number of their small plates like the Involtini of Green Eggplant, Feta Cheese, Roast Tomato and Black Olive (P270). Smoky eggplant roll stuffed with feta cheese, tomatoes sitting atop a sweet and acidic balsamic vinegar. Dip the eggplant on the balsamic sauce before popping one in to your mouth for heightened enjoyment.
Grilled Octopus with Green Romesco and Black Olive Salsa (P230). Colors just pop out of this beautiful little plate filled with soft and tender octopus (no need to strain your jaw). Dip the octopus in the creamy romesco sauce and scoop a bit of the salsa, place it in your mouth and watch the flavors explode.
Burrata with Prosciutto, Walnuts and Marinated Olives (P485). This was good but can’t beat the one from Green Pastures. If you are up for some burrata then by all means get an order. There a bit of crunch and contrasting flavors supplied by the walnuts and prosciutto.
Squid Ink Battered Prawns with Jalapeno-Honey Aioli (P390). Black and orange play off each other, a unique way of combining these two ingredients. The squid ink heightens the taste of the sea and its a perfect appetizer for sharing. Inject a bit of spice and sweetness with a dip in the aioli but if you ask me the crispy prawns are good enough to stand on its own.
Risotto Verde (P605), another pretty presentation, the colors are just eye catching. There’s a dollop of salmon tartare that you can eat as is or mix it into the risotto to give it more creaminess. The salmon was cooked perfectly, crispy on the outside but still tender and juicy inside.
Porchetta with Rosemary Roast and Caponata (P490). A hush descend on our group when this plate was laid on the table. A brilliant mix of a slab of porchetta, side by side with some perfectly mashed potatoes and a sweet and tangy vegetable salad. The pork is fork tender and what ever cloying feeling is balanced out by the caponata’s tangy flavors.
Grilled Porkchop with Balsamic Figs and Mashed Sweet Potato (P490). I have no problems with regards to the taste but 1 piece of porkchop is just not enough to justify the price.
Stracchi Pasta with Lamb, Black Olive and Sage Ragu (P430). The flavors of this pasta dish reminded Irene and me of the papardelle from Draft except this one uses lamb instead of beef in the ragu. Irene can now gorge on this guilt free.
For dessert we had Tiramisu (P230) and this decadent looking Chocolate, Almonds and Raisin Torte with Vanilla Ice cream (P200). At first glance, I assumed it would be too sweet but after a taste I was proven wrong. The chocolate and raisins pair up perfectly with the dark chocolate getting some sweetness because of the raisins.
Black Olive combines simple, approachable food with twists here and there and serves this together with their ice cold beer. I may not have like everything we tried but the ones I like deserve a 2nd helping in the future.
Have you tried Black Olice Cerveceria? What do you guys think?
Black Olive CerveceriaUnit R3A & B, Capitol Commons Meralco Ave. cor. Shaw Blvd. Pasig City, Philippines Contact No.: (02) 633-2071
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