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)

Ambiance: ★★★★★

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.

Service: ★★★★★

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.

Food: ★★★★★

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! 😀

1C07A Serendra Commercial Strip, 26th St. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
For inquiries, call (02) 9011840 / +63916 2504532
Date Published: 08/19/2013
19 / 20 stars

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30 Responses

  1. Wanderer Juan

    Great review of Fez, this is the first time I’ve heard of this restaurant. I am also not familiar with Moroccan cuisine and would hope to try some in the near future.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha yeah me too. When I first heard of the restaurant’s name, I actually thought that it was a play name for “face” because some people who mock the Visayan dialect pronounce “face” as “fes” or “fez.” It turns out that the restaurant is named “Fez” to reflect the largest city of Morocco and its medieval capital, which is “Fes.”

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  2. Bobs

    You got me with the Pita Pockets. Haha. The food looks so appetizing and I couldn’t wait to go there. I’ll find time to visit this place and verdict it myself. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Raya. 😀 This place can be a haven for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. But the best time to go here is the late afternoon when dinner is a few hours away. You can be alone here and treat the entire restaurant as your own because there will be no one else in. If you’re not quite hungry, just order an entree or two. Grab some quick bites to tide you over without spoiling dinner.

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  3. Gil Camporazo

    It is good that you have timing it that you and your fellows occupied the whole place with no other customers. The place seems so cozy and comfy, and also the foods are so appetizing.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, food create are created and presented simply; these stuffs aren’t ones to blow your mind with creativity or ingenuity, but sometimes good, simple food and a cold drinks are what you want on a warm weeknight/weekday. 😀

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  4. Genzel

    I haven’t had my lunch and this post makes me hungry, really. I want that pita pockets. They look so tasty. I hope I’m somewhere near Taguig. It seems there are lots of resto to try there.

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  5. Jonas Labagala

    Mum’s Roasted Chicken looks so delicious with all the gravy in it! Gaah! It’s tempting!

    Pita Pockets looks delectable too! I love how it’s arranged carefully. I’m always attracted to it. 😀

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  6. Algene

    Na-amaze naman ako sa discounted price. It’s so sulit nga! BGC is indeed the top destination for foodies 🙂 Maraming great restaurants eh!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes! I have only discovered this place recently. Grabe outdated na ako, Haha I need to study the map to drive to BGC more frequently without getting lost.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      My mom actually wanted to purchase the same voucher from the online deal site after knowing how great our dining experience has been but the deal was already done.

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  7. Sky

    Yeah I agree, it looks like the roasted chicken of kenny rogers. I love chicken pitas, but the only downside after eating it, is the smell when you burp.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      The solution is only to drink plenty of fluids to keep you hydrated and improve the digestive process. Another way is to drink clear herbal teas for a natural de-tox of your digestive tract. 😉

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  8. Marie Michel

    Goodness! look at that gravy smothered abundantly on chicken, lol! And the pita pockets are as inviting…. 🙁 I’m hungry! Thanks for this hunger-inducing post (lol). ^_^

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha. If you’re like me who’s not really into eating but into tasting, one order of the Mum’s roasted chicken can be enough for 2-3 people to share. Just order extra rice and you’d be too full to stand up in the next 5 or 10 minutes. 😛

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