The Filipino term bodega means storeroom or warehouse. “’Di ba when you go to your bodega, you see your old clothes, old toys — so parang yun yung concept niya,” says Nathan Flores of Bodega, a gastropub that tries to serve up some nostalgia. The restaurant launched a new menu with memorable dishes.
The Sizzling Beef Pares features slow-cooked five spiced beef brisket pares with tender ox cheeks and gravy. Saktong-sakto pangtanggal amats, brad. Other new dishes include the Isaw Sampler and Quezo Fundido (Appetizers); Mami Pares (Soup); Boneless Bangus and Pinaputok Na Isda (Mains); and Kare-kareng Bagnet (Sharing Plates).
Jogging Bukas is the restaurant’s bestseller. The combination of lechong bagnet, chicharong bulaklak, and crispy pata will have you jogging the next day. Bawi-bawi sa exercise, nakakahiya sa dad bod naten.
Sinarabsab makes a comeback. It’s a winning “salad” of Ilocano grilled liempo, roasted eggplant, and green mango with bagoong.
Greek Inasal Gyros is Bodega’s Pinoy take on the Mediterranean tabbouleh salad, with chicken inasal served with either pita or rice.
For the dessert, there’s the Kung Hey Fat Choi—fried tikoy rolls, vanilla ice cream, and langkaramel syrup.
Bodega is open Mon-Sat 11AM-11PM, and is located at Retail Space – A, 109 Valero Street, Two Central Condominium, Salcedo Village, Makati, Metro Manila.
The original article was first published in Manila Bulletin Lifestyle.