Get an introduction to the vitality of Italian food at this swanky restaurant where creativity and amazing flavors abound. Bistro Ravioli in Robinsons Place, Manila sits at a corner of the Midtown Wing for two years now. But it was only last Sunday night that we took notice of it, while roaming around the mall after watching Man of Steel (a very boring movie, by the way).
Maintaining their magic at a string of classic pastas, brick oven-baked pizzas and raviolis, Bistro Ravioli is known for their consistency, extremely fresh sauce and cheesy goodness. On the menu, their dishes look impressive but couldn’t be any simpler to make. How about on the taste buds? Read on this review to find out. 🙂
Review of Bistro Ravioli Italian Restaurant (Robinsons Place, Manila)
Just like their branches in MOA and Makati, their location inside Robinsons Place features minimalism. The combination of brown, white and green all around their walls, fixtures and lights somehow add to the calming and soothing effect in terms of the ambiance.
When we first entered, music was very loud. I don’t know if my ears just got numbed to the noise level but the volume softened as we were eating.
I could see that their designers have very well maximized the space capacity of this restaurant. 10+ tables which can accommodate four diners each and a long table for a big group are fitted in neatly.
Bistro Ravioli’s staff assigned to us was attentive and welcoming. Our orders were served quickly, and I don’t know how the food are cooked with that minimal amount of cooking time. I remembered that we had to wait 30-40 minutes before our spinach, eggplant and basil lasagna at home is ready for serving. In stark contrast, Bistro Ravioli makes pasta dishes in just about 10-15 minutes. Unbelievable!
The waitress was also quick on her feet to refill our glasses with water when she saw them nearly empty.
One thing that turned my boyfriend off though was that he accidentally left his credit card after paying, and the staff didn’t even manage to chase us to report and return the card. Good thing he noticed that something was missing in his wallet and so we went back to the restaurant to claim it back.
It seemed almost obvious and a requisite to order the house specialty: ravioli. There are five types of raviolis offered, each valued at PHp 245: Salmon Ravioli in Saffron Cream Sauce, Sausage Ravioli in Romesco Sauce, Three-cheese Ravioli and Mushroom Mozzarella and Spinach and Feta Cheese Ravioli in Pesto Sauce.
We had the Spinach and Feta Cheese Ravioli in Pesto Sauce and found it taste-bud-tingling delicious! This ravioli came with a filling of spinach and feta cheese contrasted with pomodoro sauce and topped with roasted tomatoes and pesto. It had generous amount of fillings, so even if it appeared small, it was enough for two people to share. Finishing my share of this pasta plus drinking water made me feel full. One bite and for a moment, your worries are gone, your fever breaks, and why yes, I’d be happy to try out their other vegetarian-friendly raviolis.
Then this question left me hanging: What is the difference between lasagna and ravioli? From my research, “A lasagna is a layered dish made with tomato sauce, broad-layered long, flat pasta and various cheeses, while a ravioli is a round or square-shaped “pouch” of pasta with fillings inside.” I hope I made this clear to my readers as well. 😀
Next we had another best-seller in the house: Diablo Wings (PHp 280) which consisted of buffalo-style chicken wings coated with a spicy barbecue sauce and served with a garlic ranch dressing. It wasn’t fiery spicy as I expected but it was spicy…and sweet. This dish is often categorized merely as an appetizer, but I think it well deserves to be a star this time.
Price for Value: ★★★☆☆
Prices are bit high, considering the portion of food (serving size) but I still recommend Bistro Ravioli as a great restaurant choice when you’re in the mood to pig out. They possibly can deliver never-ending rounds of every amazing pasta dish available in their limited but varied menu.
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