Our Mini Banquet at Gorda Fil-Mex Urban Cuisine

by - Thursday, May 18, 2017


Gorda is one of the newest restaurants deserving of all the attention in Uptown Parade. Opened by a brother and sister team in November 2016, this restaurant and bar offers deliciously good Fil-Mex food and drinks in a New York-inspired setting. Team Kalakdarin paid Gorda a visit last Saturday night to indulge in some of their delectable food. 

THE RESTAURANT






THE FOOD

Mama's Nachos Full P600 || Half P400
Nacho chips loaded with generous amounts of spiced beef estofado, gooey trio local keso sauce, ensalada and jalapeno atchara. Call me crazy but there were times that night that I felt like I was eating a lasagna because of how good the beef and cheese combo of this appetizer was. Good thing the jalapeno atchara gave it a mild kick to wake me up. The half serving size was also insanely huge that an order was enough to feed around 10 of us. Mama truly knows how to make the best nachos in town. 



Calamari P380
Made from deep frying breaded squids before adding a touch of local spice dust, and serving with homemade crema and pinakurat dips, this calamari is a divine blessing from the god of the seas (and the kitchen)! The squid itself was thicker than usual, but not rubbery or tough. The coating of every piece of the calamari had a little bit of sweetness to it. It's nothing that I've tried before. 

Beef Pepper Relleno P300
Bell Peppers filled with spiced estofado, black beans, corn inasal and trio keso melt. The bell pepper as the "plate" for the filling was a nice move, as its taste and crunch gave the whole dish the wow factor. 

Lechon Tacos P200
This was one of the most innovative tasting dishes I've had so far. It's made from combining the ever crowd-favorite Cebu lechon, liver pate and ensalada in a soft shell taco. The clash of the unique flavor and saltiness of the lechon and the acidic touch of the ensalada was just epic.

Keso Quesadilla P300
Trio Local Keso, Homemade Crema, Ensalada. Who's a solid cheese lover in here? (raises hand). The keso quesadilla may seem like a dish so simple. Well, it is, and that's what makes it more interesting. The thick cheese tasted so good and not really salty. Gorda was so successful in turning a simple quesadilla into a heart-winning dish.

Tapa Burrito (deconstructed) P350
Carne Asado, huevo, ensalada, garlic, cilantro arroz. The tapa of this burrito had a perfect balance of sweet and salty. The cilantro rice and all the other ingredients also gave it more flavors. My only concern about this burrito is that it tasted far differently from a typical burrito. The strong taste of the herbs and spices was missing. 




Pollo Inasal Skillet P450
Marinated chicken inasal, cilantro sinangag, roasted pimiento & onion, homemade crema
The chicken inasal was tender and wasn't dry. It was packed with spices that went beautifully with the rice and sauce. Presentation was also spot on. 

Gorda's Avocado Pie P250
The avocado pie is a good dessert especially for those who don't have the tongue for sweets. The taste of the avocado in the filling wasn't lacking, although a bit subtle. The buttery graham crust added a nice crunch, while the kalamansi crema on top added the acidity perfect for washing off any strong, left over spices in your palate.



Horchata Morena P320
A concoction of homemade roasted grains, whiskey, and rum

Watermelon P320/glass || P900/keg
The perfect drink for a drinking session with your best buds. If this watermelon keg doesn't bring you closer with your friends, then I don't know what will.

Overall, I had a very pleasant dining experience from Gorda. The food, the ambiance, and the service, everything was worth every bit of my time. It's hard for me to choose a favorite from all the dishes we were served that night, but if you'd insist, then I'd say that my top choices are the mama's nachos, the lechon tacos and the calamari. 


My Scores:
Pricing - 4.5/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 5/5
Taste - 4.5/5

Gorda Fil-Mex Cuisine is located at 2/F Uptown Parade, 38th st. corner 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Date of Visit: May 13, 2017

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