Food Trip: Duo

Bretty’s on vacation from Singapore so we met up along with a couple of friends and former officemates at the Fort to catch up. Since it was a Friday and you know how all the restos get packed on Fridays, we decided on eating at one of the two places in Serendra that didn’t have a full house – Duo (the other one was Thai at Silk, but we weren’t in the mood for Thai that night).
Anyway, it was a bit late at night and we couldn’t decide what to order individually, so we got three platters to satisfy our cravings:

Bbq baby back ribs and grilled chicken with garlic rice, Php 895

I’m a big fan of barbecue and ribs so I was looking forward to this dish. Did it meet my expectations? I guess. The meat was very tender, falling off the bone, and the sauce was a bit too sweet for my taste but overall, it still tasted great and I would recommend this to friends. A bit pricey though – I think New Orleans a couple of meters away at High Street has bigger and better tasting ribs at a slightly cheaper price.
Trio Pasta: Angel Hair Aglio-Olio, Spaghetti Puttanesca, and Fettuccini with Creamy Pesto, Php 610


Now, the pasta – you see, we ordered this trio so we can have a bit of variety and options in case we didn’t like one or the other but sadly, all three pastas were lacking. The pasta itself was soggy (not al dente as Bretty and I lamented) and the sauce was blah. Obviously, this was our least-liked dish of the night – it remained largely untouched served for the initial serving each of us took to taste it. I liked the garlic bread though.

Seafood Medley, Php 895

The seafood medley is a bit of hit and miss. I liked the tuna belly but the squid was too fishy-tasting I almost felt like gagging. And I love squid! I love squid as much as I love prawns and eat them all the time even if I’m allergic to them. At least it wasn’t overcooked and rubbery, so I was still able to eat it while holding my breath (so the fishy taste wouldn’t be too overpowering).

Overall, I’d say the food wasn’t that great (there are a lot of good reviews about this place, though, so maybe it’s a matter of taste?) and I find it a bit expensive considering the quality. But, I would it give plus points for ambiance and quality of service – everyone was so polite and unobtrusive. Will I be back? Maybe not in the near future but I would still give it another go.

Thanks for the treat Bretts and I enjoyed catching up with you and having our coffee talk later that night! See you soon. 😛

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