Marmalade Kitchen is a restaurant cum kitchen studio venture of Chef Aileen Anastacio. Chef Aileen was previously the head chef of Goodies and Sweets pastry shop, I still remember that ube cake that Lauren loved when she was a baby. The restaurant is located at the 2nd floor of the Forum South Global in BGC but is overshadowed by the lines out the door Sarsa Kitchen located below. Marmalade Kitchen features Chef Aileen Anastasio’s own recipes on comfort food that she actually prepares at home.
I actually was curious about the place when I saw during a visit to Koko Buri before but thought it was just a dessert shop. There’s rows of take out goodies and cakes that supported my initial observation but that notion was dispelled when I was invited to try the place out by Chef JJ Yulo a couple of weeks ago.
The place is furnished in warm neutral tones with pops of orange like the lighting or small knickknacks and even an ottoman or two.
The seating is varied from couches to the standard tables plus a surprise like this elevated table set amidst a brick wall.
A surprising area in the restaurant is the full kitchen studio when Chef Aileen holds cooking classes. The space can also be rented out for small gatherings or even photo-shoots. You can check out their Facebook Page for a list of their cooking classes.
We started with a Cauliflower Tempura (P210). I’ve had a similar dish in both Green Pastures, Dulcelin Gourmet and the Girl and The Bull before and each place does their own take on it. Marmalade Kitchen’s version is more evenly coated with breading, keeping the cauliflower pieces juicier with more of a crunch outside. The sauce is sweet and sticky and just makes eating cauliflower even better.
Spinach and Artichoke Spread (P220), served with crostini and toasted ciabatta. Creamy and comforting with your choice of crunchy or chewy vessel. This is a great order for sharing amongst a group.
Banana and Toffee Pancakes (P290). Even though we were having dinner, this was a fun surprise after the savory appetizers but who cares, pancakes are great any time of the day. Big and fluffy pancakes topped with sliced bananas and gooey toffee sauce.
Pasta Alla Vongole (P290). A well executed version with al dente spaghetti and nylon shells, served with a piece of crusty bread on the side. I hardly order this in restaurants anymore after Irene learned to make her own version at home using my preferred manila clams.
Country Fried Chicken with Cheesy Fries (P360). Pieces of fried chicken paired with those fun cheesy fries. It’s nothing new but its simple and straightforward, perfect for the kids.
Garlic Longganisa Hubad (P290). This is as comfort as comfort food can get locally. A cup of garlic rice, sunny side egg and a heap of garlic longganisa, freed from its casing then fried. I prefer to mix this all up like I do with a lot of food to ensure an even rice and egg to meat ratio in every spoonful. You can go wrong with this dish.
Pulled Pork Sandwich (P320). Hand pulled pork with a sweet and smoky bbq sauce, topped with thin, crunchy onion rings in between a fresh burger bun. This was a favorite that night but the plating was a little too subdued.
Thai Shrimp Curry (P420), a red curry served with eggplants. This was so good I was reaching for the plain rice even though I exhausted my quota for the night with the longganisa.
You should definitely leave room for dessert, something Chef Aileen excels in. I loved the Key Lime Pie (P140) with its tartness washing away all the strong savory flavors, perfect with a cup of coffee. The Fallen Chocolate Cake (P130) and White Toblerone Cheesecake (P160) are also good choices.
Marmalade Kitchen is a great spot for lunch or maybe some dessert or even a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of BGC. Comfort food served as they should be with simple and quality ingredients.
Marmalade Kitchen2/F Forum Global South Building 7th Ave. corner Federation Drive Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Philippines Contact No.: (632) 622-9196
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