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.
2F Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place, Ermita, Manila
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I once passed by this resto and was tempted to go in. Yun land, ayaw ni hubby ng Italian food that day. We ended having lunch at SSC along Salas St! 😀
Oh yeah, I have those times as well. I think it’s commonly natural for us to sometimes have moods where our appetite would depend on. 🙂
OMG! This made me so hungry as in :O I love the ambiance of the resto plus nice food shots you have in there! Too bad about the credit card, but at least you have claimed it right away. I wanna visit this place soon. Me and my boyfriend loves to try restos we haven’t been before 🙂 Thanks for sharing this! 🙂
Thanks for the commendations. 😀 You’re welcome! You can visit their other branches nearer to your place.
That spinach and feta cheese ravioli with pesto sauce made me go hungry! But it’s a bit pricey though.
The man of steel really is a boring movie.. hahaha!
This ravioli is considerably pricey but it’s really good stuff. 🙂
About Man of Steel, I wonder why it has been rated very high and topping the charts, too. ❓
Good to know that their Ravioli is delicious.
About Man of Steel, I really wonder why it topped the charts considering the boredom they’ve made. It even made my nephew sleep in the cinema till I woke him up.
That’s good to know about difference between Ravioli and Lasagna. I will try ravioli dishes on my next Italian resto escapade.
I couldn’t agree more, that Movie is indeed boring and just finish it watching it for the sake of not insulting my pocket.
Haha my friends feel the same about the movie. I didn’t have anyone in my circle saying otherwise.
What a nice Italian Restaurant you have there. As for this time, we don’t have Ravioli in our place but I will consider your review as my guide as soon they will open a branch here in Davao.
Hi Pal Raine, you have a recipe blog, right? I think you can search for other ravioli dishes recipe and then try them on your own at home. Infuse your personal style into the taste and share it with readers. That would be fun (experimental). 😛
What an extreme description of this Italian resto, especially its “extreme sauce and cheesy goodness” If this place is in our residence, I would prove it by myself how extreme it is!
Haha yeah words and pictures are nothing when compared to the real experience. 🙂
I like to try the diablo wings. It really looks so tasty.
They were super nice! In Makati, the closest branch is at Greenbelt. Check the place out! 🙂
basil reminds me always of my mom… she brought home a basil plant and everything she cook, she adds basil leaves. love to try their chix wings. Yahweh bless.
Everything she cooks? Whoa I I like basil for every bite is minty and lemony. If you eat basil every day, you must have totally acquired its health benefit: protection against unwanted bacterial growth. 😀
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