I had a notion that Tipple and Slaw was just a bar that served the usual bar food in dark digs. That’s the reason that I’ve put off a visit until they invited some of the KTG to sample their creations. It was interesting to find out that Tipple meant “to drink”, it’s just perfect for a bar and I guess slaw is for the food so drink and eat away.
Tipple and Slaw is located at the 2nd floor of The Forum BGC beside Koko Buri. Parking is a bit of a challenge so you are better off parking in The Fort Strip and walking about 2 blocks.
The bar is right smack in the center of the restaurant with different seating like the communal benches, single steel chairs. Best seat in the house is the concrete topped table in front of the bar with high bar chairs.
Chef Francis Lim of Nav and Melting Pot is the culinary brains behind Tipple and Slaw. A quick look at the wall of framed pictures will give you an idea of what he aims to serve. Giant sandwiches, beer and a picture of Alan Richman of Man Vs. Food. A quick browse thru their menu had me kicking myself why I did not schedule a visit to try their food before.
We started with Spam Bombs (P200). Little garden variety golden yellow deep fried balls topped with nori (seaweed) strips. I felt there was not enough spam pieces mixed into the mashed potatoes, a little more would have made this starter better.
Chicken Nuggets (P250). Inspired by the ones from McDonald’s complete with homemade bbq sauce. These are the real deal, you can taste real chicken breast meat with the better bbq sauce.
Corn Fries (P200). Mashed corn with corn kernels then shaped into easy to eat french fries look alike. This one I really enjoyed, corn flavor all the way with a quick dip in the bbq sauce, a must order.
Pastrami Fries (P280). French fries topped with pastrami cubes, beef gravy and shaved cheese. The pastrami cubes were smoky and meaty and went well with the gravy and cheese.
Breakfast Fries (P250). This plate is a beautiful mess of french fries topped with bacon bacon and fried egg drizzled with Hollandaise sauce and finished off with sharp cheddar shaving. Break the egg and mix everything altogether to enjoy the different flavors and textures.
Irene had the Strawberry Iced Tea (P95) while I had the Orange Iced Tea (P95), both served in mason jars. Both drinks were refreshing with nice tea and fruit flavors.
BBQ Beef Brisket (P450). Smoked beef brisket tossed in that finger licking good bbq sauce with crispy potatoes and coleslaw on the side.
Truffle Fried Chicken (P350). Two boneless chicken fillets smothered in white truffle gravy with a home-style biscuit and potato chips on the side. I’m not usually a fan of liberal use of the synthetic truffle but it does not distract from this dish. It gives it a nice aroma but it’s the creamy gravy that complements the chicken fillets perfectly. A great deal of a dish.
Spaghetti and Meat Bombs (P330). A simple pasta dish with giant cheese filled meatballs and tangy tomato sauce. I felt the meatballs could have been cooked shorter for a softer bite but the flavors were simple and good.
Want a little alcoholic drink to go with your food then you might want to try their Gentleman’s Drink (P270) and their Spicy Mojito (P270). The gentleman’s drink has rum, pepper sauce, mustard, ketchup and pickles, ingredients most often seen in sandwiches that cocktails. The spicy mojito adds a dash of spiciness to the classic mojito with the use of fresh chilies.
Truffled Grilled Cheese Sandwich (P300). I’m not really a grilled cheese sandwich fan, thinking they are not exciting at all. This grilled sandwich features four different cheeses, drizzled with honey for a little sharp and sweet contrast. Served with tangy tomato soup on the side, a complete meal that is sure to tempt more than the usual grilled cheese fans.
Pastrami Sandwich (P350). Thick sliced of 10 hour smoked beef belly with spicy mustard and creamy horseradish plus a pickle on top. No shortage of meat with the generous slices plus a spicy kick from the mustard and a sour note of the horseradish. You won’t be disappointed both in flavor and side if you order this.
Porchetta Sandwich (P350). I had high hopes for this roasted pork belly with pickled red onions, arugula and balsamic syrup sandwich. It looked positively wonderful but it was lacking a little oomph in taste for me.
With all the food that was served, it’s a wonder we had any space left for dessert. One look at the Smores Ice Cream Sandwich (P180) banished all those notions. A thick block of vanilla ice cream topped with graham crackers and covered with a chocolate shell and topped with roasted marshmallows. I heard they supersized this one and kept the price the same, insane.
Apple Pie French Toast (P180). Keeping with the sandwich theme, this dessert had grilled apples, caramel sauce, cinnamon dust and streusel in between two slices of French toast plus some vanilla ice cream on top. They added some balsamic vinegar which I felt clashed with the other flavors.
Tipple and Slaw serves some wonderful, happy for your craving and tummy food. Prices are reasonable and serving sizes are generous. A quick option for a quiet lunch as it’s one of the overlooked places.
Tipple and Slaw2/F The Forum BGC 7th Ave. cor. Federacion Drive Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines Contact No.: (632) 500-0882
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