Torch Restaurant is another one of those restaurants I’ve always wanted to go to but somehow do not get to it. It is located along busy Connecticut street, after busy Lugang. They’ve got a number of parking spaces outside as well as available street side parking, which is always a big plus. Torch serves a variety of cuisines from pizzas to baked sushi to bar chow. The place is a chameleon of sorts serving families from breakfast to dinner then transforming into a chill hangout after 10.
Our first dish was a bowl of Sweet Potato Fries (P199), shredded sweet potato, think thinner but a bit wider Piknik. It’s a fun crunchy for sharing dish that’s made even better with a dusting of powdered sugar.
The Beer Tail-Mango Daiquiri with Upside Down Beer is Torch’s signature drink, a fun and unique looking drink I observed my companions drinking. I tried a sip of the Snowflake Coco-Lychee Martini Slush and found it to be like having an ice dessert, sweet and cold.
The soup was Mushroom Bisque (P235), pureed Shiitake mushroom drizzle with truffle oil and cream. The soup was thick and chunky and chock full of mushroom flavor which I liked.
Volcano Roll (P370) is a cheese covered concoction that gets one’s attention. The sushi is made up of spiced US scallops, tempura, cucumber and tamago (egg). The roll is gooey, full of flavor and is a joy to eat.
They called this a Secret Sushi since its not in the menu but you can order it if you know about it. The sushi is lightly breaded then deep fried and has cream cheese and smoked salmon inside. A good sushi option to those averse to having raw stuff.
A duo of pizzas, Steak Panizza (P330) and Gambas Pizza (P330) was served next. The panizza was nice, easily rolled and came with the requisite greens for stuffing. Each piece has a good amount of steak so there’s no comparing among friends. The gambas pizza was too spicy for me, maybe you guys would like to give it a try.
We got to play with our food when they served the Steak Fondue (P880). Cubed Meltique Ribeye that we skewered and cooked to our preference. There’s five sauce on the side to dip the beef in. One tip I can give you guys is to eat this quickly since the beef will not cook anymore when the container of hot oil cools down.
Salpicao Medallion (P480). Slices of US Angus beef is wrapped with bacon and placed atop a marble plate that’s kept warm. It’s cooked a bit to done for my preference but this beef is quite good especially for the price since its also served with garlic rice and beans.
For dessert I had the Panna Cotta with Fresh fruits (P100). Nothing special with this dessert.
I was surprised to find out the variety of dishes available at Torch restaurant, they even have some interactive dishes perfect for sharing and conversing around. The prices are reasonable and is a nice alternative in the predominantly Chinese cuisine in the Greenhills area.
Torch Restaurant63 Connecticut St., Greenhills
San Juan, Metro Manila
Telephone no.: 477-3771
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