For some reason, last week was a really loooooooong week for me and even before Friday rolled in, I was ready to flop down with exhaustion. But of course, nothing, not even fatigue, can keep me from food and I was really hungry when I got off work so hubby and I decided to look for a new place at the Bonifacio High Street Central.
Which initially didn’t turn out to be the best idea – Globe was launching the Nokia Lumia that night and it was so loud and too full of people. Hubby and I ended at the 2nd floor overlooking the amphitheater and settled into one of the not so crowded place – SutrA.
SutrA is actually the first restaurant to open in BHS Central and is from the same family that gave us Zuni, Duo and Asya. I loved the interior – dim lights and red upholstery that gave that distinct exotic ambiance, but it kind of felt a bit cramped. Anyway, there’s al fresco dining if that’s more your style (although, with the unbelievably hot weather lately, I wouldn’t really recommend it).
|I was too lazy to get up and take photos so pardon the limited view from my seat.|
|The menu which looked as exotic as the interior of the place|
Since it was past 9 and we were really hungry, we polished off the free bread they served us – nothing fancy, just mini pandesal-like with butter but I enjoyed it. But one look at our appetizer and hubby and I knew we were in for a treat.
|Antipasto Platter, Php450 – Lyoner, Prosciutto, Bologna, Brie, Roquefort, Gouda, Grapes|
It was perfect! I love me some cheese and cold cuts and that’s the first station I head to at hotel buffets. The staff were kind enough to serve us more bread – and I lost no time in piling the cheese and meat on it. The grapes were a nice touch to offset the tangy taste of the cheese and the salty meat; kind of helped prep our taste buds for the next dish.
|US Prime Tenderloin, Php1200 for 200g|
Let me just say this: the tenderloin was superb. It must have taken hours in the pressure cooker to get the meat to be this good. I am peppering my description with a lot of superlatives but it was a mouth-watering melts-in-your mouth perfection. And the fried/baked potato siding with cream filling was a nice partner to this dish.
|Baked Rigatoni, Php320 – with chicken, hungarian sausage and loads of parmesan cheese|
Our next entree was the baked rigatoni. Funny thing, while we were eating this dish, I kept on getting the chicken tenders and sausages that I had to ask hubby if we really ordered pasta. It was meaty and cheesy and very good as well. I liked the oily mixture which was left on the plate after we ate all the pasta, and I used it as a dip for the left over pieces of bread. Yum!
I was honestly so full by then that I didn’t think I could squeeze in more but I was determined to try what they have for dessert so we got their dessert sampler…
|Dessert sampler , Php375 – a scoop of ice cream, mangoes and strawberries, and moist chocolate cake|
…which was kind of a let down. After being treated to the most wonderful entrees I’ve had in a while, I was quite disappointed with the dessert. The ice cream was Selecta Hazelnut (cannot be denied – it’s our favorite flavor so we knew right away) and while I’m all for patronizing local products, I was expecting more. And the cake was a snooze. I have baked better.
I did love the mango and strawberry in syrup, but I felt that the dessert was a bit overpriced.
Overall, the food was great, the service quite impeccable (I didn’t feel like the staff were intruding yet I felt pampered and attended to), and the ambience perfect for a little date (although the small space leaves you with little privacy). It’s a bit pricey – our tabe came at Php 2,800 with service charge – but you know what? It was so good we didn’t mind the price tag at all. In short, we got what we paid for.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. And I am going to try that ostrich next time. You can check out their menu here.
PS. I was kind of surprised that I ended up loving this resto when I learned that it’s owned by the same family who owns Duo (which I didn’t like at all).