Officially, it’s that time of the year again when ever-present Christmas decorations are all over the office and the uptick in events on our calendar includes parties—in addition to lengthy meetings and discussions. And as the “holiday party season” reaches its zenith from the first weekend of December, we all fear the wrath of the gaining extra calories, with more food on the table than usual. If you don’t want to see food, close this window right now. Else, come over to the dark side , and have fun while it lasts.
Following corporate tradition, the newbies in the IT division of our company have put together a Christmas feast for everyone. Last year, I was one of them and we gathered in CaiXa Resto and Bar. This time, we had it in Bagaberde 101, another ideal venue for events, functions, special occasions and celebrations.
The theme, though not necessarily evident, was about Bangon Pilipinas in honor of the victims of supertyphoon Yolanda. We donated a lot of money to contribute to charity but still spared some budget for ourselves to enjoy for the night (date: December 6, 2013). Games, jokes, raffle draws, talent presentations, food and the booze did wonder to our brain cells and kept us all satisfied. 🙂
Review of Bagaberde 101 Grill and Bar (Pasay City)
The place can accommodate 200 to 400 people, with over 50 tables around the entire dining area. Two bars are placed at the opposite sides across the main dining hall. Rest rooms are conveniently located beside the stage in front. Interior design and fixtures were without frills; lights extending from the high ceiling provided excellent illumination that was enough to see by.
The live band played good songs and we were much entertained before the real program hosted by our very own teammates commenced.
There was a good ratio of party attendants and servers, and while requests kept pouring in, staff came as congenial and friendly. Some even volunteered to take us pictures and posed to have their photos taken as well. 😛 I was most glad to consider their “helpful action” when food in the buffet table got replenished and served very quickly after each variant was depleted.
The party organizers chose the food for us. Filling up our “stomach real estate” were the following dishes:
Vegetable Spring Roll with Vinegar
Fish Fillet with Aioli Sauce (garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and egg yolks)
The food quality was overall okay—somewhere in between yay and nay—yet not as impressive as that one putting all grills and/or friers to shame. The fish fillet and vegetable spring rolls lacked crisp; and the chicken lacked flavor, herbs and aromatics. I’m sorry I couldn’t report anything for the liempo affair. My eyes lit up because of hunger and not because of having a “feel-good” awe for the batch.
For drinks, we could order anything from the bars though with an added “pay as you order” fee.
Included in the buffet package were these options: mango juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, iced tea, soft drinks and San Miguel beer (light). I tasted the iced tea and pineapple juice. Both were too sweet and I regret ordering sugary drinks instead of plain water. 🙁
Price for Value: ★★★☆☆
Just like last year, the fee per person depends on the position. (Again, I paid PHp 1000.)
For the purpose of rating the food prices for their value, I thought it’s fair to base judgment on the content on the menu. Pulutan (Fries, Calamares, Buffalo Wings, Gambas) prices average at around PHp 250; Sisig delights, PHp 225; Grilled Meat/Seafood, PHp 195-275; Sandwiches, PHp 150; Pancit and Pastas, PHp 260; Fruit Shakes, PHp 105; and Local Beers, PHp 75. Looking reasonable? Head out to Bagaberde 101 Grill and Bar yourself to find out. 😀
Operating hours: Tue – Sat: 11:00 am – 2:00 am