Piggin' Out at The Pig Pen

by - Saturday, September 23, 2017


The Pig Pen is a restaurant located at Legaspi Village, Makati City. My first impression of it is that it only offers or prides itself with dishes made of pork, given its name, but I was terribly wrong. The Pig Pen offers a wide range of food selections, and we were able to try a bunch of them as we embarked in a gastronomic eatsperience in this restaurant.

PASTA



Mushroom Truffle P290
It's a shame that I wasn't able to take a photo of the mushroom truffle pasta, as it's one of the highlights of my trip to The Pig Pen. I think most restaurants overuse truffle that they try to put it in almost any dish and expect it to sell. Well, I believe that there are only certain dishes that go well with truffle, and this is that dish. I loved the subtle yet noticeable taste of the truffle. I loved how the creamy mushroom sauce and truffle fused so well that nothing overpowers the other.
Pulled Pork Canneloni P290
Slow-cooked pulled pork wrapped in freshly made pasta,smothered with creamy carbonara sauce and garnished with bacon bits and chopped parsley. This was another game changer dish from this restaurant. You can never say no to fresh pasta, especially if it was cooked as perfect as this!

Shrimp and Squid Ink Noodles P490
Rice noodles in squid ink sauce generously topped with garlic shrimp and Japanese fish roe. The dish was great, although I'm not into rice noodles, so I think it might not be the best noodles to use here since I think it stole and toned down the flavor of the squid ink in this pasta. 



Asian Salad

Hand-tossed fresh greens with festive fusion of sesame seeds, cabbage, onion, orange, singkamas, wanton and boiled egg. Light and refreshing, just what you need in a salad.

BAR BITES



Pork Carnitas Papadum P200
Nachos with a strong, Mexican cuisine taste coming from the pork carnitas. 

Sisig Papadum P200
My absolute favorite, and the one thing you can't miss when in this restaurant is their sisig papadum. I loved the savory flavors of the sisig toppings. The thin and crispy, made from scratch nacho chips, the sauce, and the sisig are all a match made in heaven. I highly recommend this.

Pork Dumplings P180
Crispy pork, garlic aioli, apple hoisin

Truffle Fries P200
Poutine style french fries and onion rings smothered with gravy and cheese sauce. What's most noteworthy about the truffle fries is that the fries and onion rings are cut like shoestrings, making it easier for all the loaded toppings to fully coat each strand.

PORK



Pork Belly Kimchi P350
Pork belly slices that are slow-cooked, bringing out the tenderness out of each slice, and served with kimchi on the side. My taste buds have been against the taste of kimchi for so long, but this pork belly kimchi is different. The kimchi here had a milder taste, highlighting the tenderness and juiciness of the pork more, and the sauce just being supplemental.

BEEF

Beef Shank, Mushroom, Bone Marrow P420

Beef shank and mushroom, topped with shave parmesan and served on top of bone marrows and a side of sliced, toasted baguettes.


CHICKEN

Grilled Tamarind Chicken P380
Chicken marinated in lemongrass, coriander, and black peppercorn, served with tamarind and chives sauce. I don't know how they did it, but they were able to serve chicken that's incredibly juicy and flavorful! I also loved pairing it with the tamarind and chives sauce. Yummy.

DRINKS








Phoenix Juice P190

DESSERTS


Black Rice with Mango P190
The black rice with mango looks pretty much like the famous Filipino dessert champorado, only that this has more components. The black rice tastes like a Filipino kakanin, except that it isn't sticky and dry. It also had some burnt up pieces that added a bit of bitterness in the dessert, and an ingredient that gave it a mild kick.

Dulce de Leche Praline P190
I can't remember what made me like this dulce de leche praline more than the banana cheesecake, but I did.

Banana Cheesecake P150
Their cheesecake is a bit more sour than what I normally have from other restaurants, which is not a problem for me, since I find it great when a dessert offers something more than just sweetness. The sliced bananas topped with caramelized sugar was able to balance the taste of the cheese in the cake.

The design of the restaurant is pretty neat. Rustic yet sophisticated. It's a place for an after-work, stress reliever booze.

The Pig Pen does a great job taking care of their customers. They do one hell of a flawless job from food to service. So help yourselves, get loose and go pigging out, because The Pig Pen has got your back!


My Scores:
Pricing - 3.5/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4.5/5
Taste - 4.5/5

Hungry for more,

Address: G/F Eton Towers Makati, Dela Rosa st., Legaspi Village Makati City
Restaurant Hours: 7am to 12mn, Monday to Saturday 
Parking: Basement Parking Available
Instagram: @pigpen.ph

The PigPen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



(Date of Visit: September 9, 2017)

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