Paprika is a new restaurant in the RCBC Savings Bank Bldg in BGC, the same building as Mecha Uma but on the 2nd floor. You can’t see it from the street, no signage from outside and no windows so in a sense it’s hidden from plain sight. Paprika is a place that serves comfort food but turns into a watering hole as the sun sets.
The cozy atmosphere inside does not feel cramped even though there’s no windows in Paparika. Walls are filled with little knick knacks showing the design style of the owners.
While waiting for out eating companions to arrive, we munched on the Trio Dip (P165). Mini pieces of toast served with a Spinach, Truffled Mushroom and Eggplant Caponata dip. Each one represented a different flavor with my favorite being the eggplant caponata.
Next up was a board of Bacon Onion Marmalade Bruschetta (P165). Toasts topped with gruyere cheese, bacon and onion marmalade, and alfalfa sprouts. A beauty in form and flavor, a mix of sweet and salty with a satisfying crunch with the alfalfa injecting a bit of raw grassy flavors to tie it all together.
The Aligue Pasta (P300) was a head turned of a dish, resplendent in creamy orange. Spaghetti noodles are coated in a aligue (crab fat) and coconut cream sauce and topped with deep fried shrimps. It looked promising but the taste was a little weird for me, I just could not pinpoint what it was that was wrong.
Bagoong Pasta (P220). This deceptive little dish was my favorite of the whole meal. Spaghetti tossed with sweet and salty bagoong, and tomatoes topped with a piece of fried pork belly. The pork belly might be the first thing that draws you in but it’s the tasty pasta noodles, well coated in the genius bagoong sauce that will have you go more-more.
If you love meat then the Adobo Overload (P305) should be on top of your list of dishes at Paprika. Deep fried pork adobo sits on top of adobo rice and drizzled with adobo sauce and adobo mayo. This one really lives up to its name, there adobo everywhere, the rice was a bit too much already for me as plain rice would have balance the dish out.
Another meaty option is the Baby Back Ribs (P325). Half rack or ribs served with garlic mashed potatoes.
Comfort food favorite Chicken and Waffles (P245) flaps onto our tables. Two pieces of buttermilk fried chicken with quarter waffle pieces served with maple syrup and gravy. A nice and filling deal.
Roast Beef Pares (P255). Elevated rice topping goodness using roast beef slices instead of cubed beef pieces. Garlic rice sits on the bottom with chili garlic oil to give it a little kick.
If you desire some alcoholic libations, you might want to try some of their signature cocktails like the playful Smores (P255) with colored marshmallows and a piece of graham cracker. I sipped a little of the La Playa Barcelona (P305) because of the citrus and lychees and I quite liked it exactly because it contained those flavors. The drink that will elicit oohs and aahs will be the Bacon and Eggs (P375), it will be served covered in a container together with a lighted cigar. The drink will get a smoky aroma and taste from the cigar to complement the Jameson, and egg white plus a bonus piece of bacon (yes, BACON).
For dessert, we were served a dessert called WTF “What The Fudge” (P180). Dark and White chocolate ganache, coffee jelly and topped with chocolate soil. This reminded me so much of the dessert we had at Olive Tree Kitchen and Bar. I was wondering why until I saw the the pastry chef was the one I saw and served us the dessert before at OTKB. I was too full to even taste a little of this but my companions polished everything off in glee.
Paprika is a wonderful find for comfort food with a quirky little twist. The place is comfortable for a quick meal or an after hours drinking place with their unique cocktails.
Paprika2nd Floor RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Tower 25th and 26th Streets Bonifacio Global City Taguig City, Philippines Contact No.: (632) 425-9621
Facebook Page: Paprika PH
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