Crisp on 28th is the sister restaurant of Hatch 22 with the same team of Chef Peter Ayson and Erwan Heussaff behind it. They serve all day breakfast fare with Filipino leaning ingredients like longganisa and adobo but still makes room on the menu for a few heftier plates. The name is a bit misleading as I found out, I had initially invited Jane and her girls to lunch at Crisp at 28th which she interpreted as having lunch at Crisp on Aug. 28.
Crisp on 28th is located where else but 28th Avenue in BGC, sandwiched between One Parkade and the Active Fun Bldg in the new Alveo Corporate Center. It is located across Terra 28th in between 8th and 9th Avenues.Easier place to park is at One Parkade whose elevator is in front of the Alveo Corporate Center.
The place is nice and comfy with seating for about 45 people with design elements that will evoke images of Hatch 22. I remember these chairs from Hatch 22, minus the color on the metal legs.
They also have a courtyard area, partially hidden by a wrought iron gate and some giant umbrellas. I’d skip sitting out here, especially in our hot and humid weather unless you want to smoke.
One of my pet peeves is ugly plates in a restaurant, a beautiful plate whether plain white or ones accentuated by details gives a dish lots of character. This is one of the things that sets a restaurant apart.
They are still on dry run so the menu is a bit compact, that’s not to say there is a dearth of choices. I actually had a few things I wanted to try but had to choose just one.
Lauren loves breakfast food – bacon, eggs and potatoes so she gravitates towards the Bacon and Eggs (P290). She just wanted plain hash browns instead of the onion and potato hash it came with, the chef readily agreed. It also comes with sunny side souffle which we had no idea what it was despite asking the waitstaff. A mixed greens salad with grilled honey lemon dressing was served on the side.
Those sunny side souffle turned out to be something unexpected, fried sunny side egg with the white made into puff. I have no idea how they do it but I’m in awe.
Lauren said her bacon tasted really good, we’ll just have to take her word for it since we did not even taste a morsel of it. Irene and I did enjoy the salad with it’s sweetish and citrusy dressing.
Irene got the Adobo Flakes (P300) which had a mix of strips of chicken thigh and pork belly adobo, salted egg salsa, seared tomatoes, fried egg and dirty brown rice. The adobo flakes went really well with a dash of vinegar. Mixing everything up in the plate (one of my favorite ways to eat) makes it even better as you get to taste a little bit of something in every spoonful.
I finally decided on the Shrimp and Grits (P485) after going back and forth with a couple of other dishes. Breaded shrimps topped on bulgur wheat and smothered with etouffee sauce. They added three sticks of fried doughnut, which were bland, I remedied it by dipping it in the slightly spicy etouffee sauce. I have no idea how authentic this Creole dish is but I enjoyed its strong and sweet umami flavors with a bit of spiciness.
There were some interesting dessert items on display but alas our tummies were too filled up. We just decided to walk it off an have some ice cream at Baskin Robbins instead.
We ordered 3 dishes at Crisp on 28th and enjoyed all of them. Prices are quite reasonable for the serving size and location. This restaurant has Lauren’s approval so a return is highly likely in the future. I’m eager to see what they add to the menu as well as try some of the desserts, tummy willing.
Crisp on 28thG/F Alveo Corporate Center 28th Avenue (between 8th and 9th avenue) Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Operating Hours: 8am to 11pm daily Contact No.: (0917) 584-6883
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