Common Table is anything but common, helmed by French trained Chef Ian Padilla, the menu is filled with comfort dishes that leans on the Asian side with pages upon pages of libations to soothe your thirst. The location is easy to easy to miss, we had to ask help from guards of Fraser Place in Valero. A short flight of stairs and you are led to the restaurant which opens up to the high ceiling with an eye catching mural of famous figures representing the partners. The decor is industrial yet still feels homey for a relaxing after work hangout.
Sousvide Beef Belly Yakitori. Beef end cuts, skewered then grilled to give it an appetizing char flavor and taste. I love the smokiness and the unapologetic beef flavor with a good balance of fatiness. A bowl of rice would be the perfect foil as do many of Common Table’s dishes.
Wagyu Salpicao (P899). Wagyu cubes cooked with garlic and chili and cherry tomatoes. I’ve never been a fan of wagyu cubes, I find them too mushy and absent of meat texture. I did get a piece and if you love beef cubes then this will knock your socks off.
The Common Table Pork Sisig (P410). What’s bar chow without the quintessential sisig, Chef Ian adds kewpie mayo to his version. The mix is a bit on the spicy side, at least for me, topped with an egg to add creaminess and chicharon pieces for that extra crunch one can never say no to. I’d reach your hand up and order a cup of rice. Oyster and tofu version are also available on the menu.
Crispy Skin Pork Belly Lechon. Pork belly that has been sous-vide first before being deep fried to get a balance of tenderness and crunch. Comes with the usual vinegar dip as well as truffle mayo and honey ketchup plus atchara on the side.
Common Table Pepper Steak (P899/400g). Beef belly mid cuts seared to lock in the juices and give it a nice crunch, served with french fries and one of the best pepper sauces I’ve tried. You’ll be using every piece of the fries to sop up the sauce.
Samgyupsal Gui. A kimchi and pork belly stew with pickles and nori. Equal parts spicy and sour, would be remiss not to order rice together with this one.
Soju Glazed Korean Fried Chicken (P370). A visually enticing piece of fried chicken laid on top of kimchi fried rice crowned with a quail egg and drizzled with gochujang sauce. The chicken was tasty all throughout with the gochujang giving it the kick one looks for in Korean food.
Salcedo Sunset (P240). A gin based drink with strawberry puree and lemon juice. A refreshing drink even I enjoyed with my little sip. This one of their many in house signature cocktails that you can try for a change.
Macadamia and White Chocolate Skillet Cookie (P320). Generous chunks of macadamia and white chocolate pepper this sharing size cooking that is ten topped with vanilla bean cream and drizzled with salted caramel. A sweet, crumbly and buttery finish to a meal of rich food and good drinks.
Common Table is an elevated gastropub paying equal attention to it’s wide range of comfort dishes as well as it’s plethora or drinks. It’s a great place to relax and hang but also a nice place to have a quiet lunch as it’s steady clientele of expats of office workers can attest to with their continued patronage.
Common Table2/F Forbes Tower (beside Fraser Place)
162 Valero St., Salcedo Village
Contact No.: (632) 541-0185
Facebook Page: Common Table at Salcedo
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