The “rice and chicken” tandem seems to be a default choice for anyone who’s looking for accessible comfort food. Why? You can be stuffed with goodness and you can be full without feeling much guilty out of consuming too much fats and unhealthy ingredients.
So my girl friends and I stopped on a rainy Saturday at Fez Gastrobar in Serendra Piazza Branch, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig as we’ve planned to have the “rice and chicken” entree offered as promotion at CashCashPinoy: Mum’s Roasted Chicken, a “healthy alternative to the usual fried chicken.”
Side dishes offered in the advertisement were: rice pilaf, grilled veggies, sautéed marble potatoes, or baby asparagus. The meal is paired with a glass of iced tea. Original price? PHp 440. Discounted price? PHp 190! Definitely, it was a good buy. 😀 If not only for the price, read why else:
Review of Fez Restaurant and Bar (Serendra, BGC, Taguig City)
Rare is the restaurant where we dine in from start to end and not have any “co-diners” who split the attention of servers to half or maybe more. I’m not sure why there was not a single one customer who dared to eat here when we were in. So it looked like we reserved the entire space for ourselves! 😛
Ambiance is good on both European-style indoor and outdoor (al fresco) settings. Wooden chairs and tables contributed to the homey, minimalist and clean atmosphere. Background music is Moroccan and so I couldn’t understand a word. Anyway, that’s fine—for as long as the songs were soothing to the ears.
On the whole, I recommend Fez Restobar as an ideal spot for hanging out with friends, dating for couples and just having casual meals alone. You won’t feel intimidated because the place is quiet, very different from the busy and lively street outside.
Ordering was simple. Since there were no other open tables, we got quick service from the two staff who treated us with a genuine sense of lighthearted pleasure.
Fez Restaurant and Bar’s menu merits considerable exploration, as there seemed a lot of interesting entrees. This is because Moroccan (North African) cuisine is a mix of Mediterranean and Arabic as well. Must-tries are Cous-cous Salad, Roasted Pumpkin Soup, Pita Platter, Crunchy Pork Belly, and Lamb Shank Tagine, among others.
From the poster, Mum’s Roasted Chicken looked downright tasty. I thought there were supposed to be two side dishes but we were served with only one, and that was sauteed broccoli chopped to bite-size pieces, a solid addition to any grilled food.
Mum’s Roasted Chicken was better executed than expected. The taste had a little semblance with Kenny Roger Roasters’ roasted chicken but with creamier gravy and more tender texture. Portion was generous, with two pieces of chicken, a cup of java rice, and an unlimited refill of the gravy. After chomping, we all realized that an order is too big to handle alone.
Nonetheless, we ordered Pita Pockets (PHp 260) only to immerse ourselves with another Moroccan dish a little further. 😀 The Pita Pockets consisted of fresh pita bread packed with chunks of chicken tandoori, tomatoes, caramelized onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and mixed cheese.
It was a challenge to pause and appreciate each bite as I was overwhelmed with the rich flavor mostly oozing from tomatoes, chicken chunks, and cheese, especially when I added the accompanying sauce. Yummy!
Price for Value: ★★★★☆
The prices of food are just right; the taste is enough to forget about soggy toes and leaky umbrellas. In spite of the scarcity of restaurants offering Moroccan cuisine in the metro, the food here felt familiar. It can leave adventurous foodies a good smile after receiving punches of satisfaction on both the stomach and the senses. We’re looking forward to another dine-in here on warmer days! 😀