Grind Bistro in Net Park Building, BGC offers food that’s creative, tasty, and beautifully plated. It has earned its way into the conversation when it comes to American comfort food. Opened in May 2016, this restaurant is an upscale version of your textbook American fastfood joint. Grind Bistro is well known for their 100% USDA beef Grind Burger and steaks, but certainly there are far more interesting dishes to try. We visited last Saturday for lunch and had an excellent dining experience.
Our meal was booked through BigDish’s app, and we had an instant discount off the bill. In case you haven’t heard about it yet, BigDish is a brand-new way of offering dining deals and discounts. There’s no membership fee required. Just reserve online (through the website or mobile app) and get discounts off your bill depending on the number of people, date and time, and the restaurant chosen. Once booking is done, a confirmation code will show up and this should be presented to the restaurant at the time of visit. No hassle!
Review of Grind Bistro (Bonifacio Global City, Taguig)
Grind Bistro in BGC is a great foodie destination where guests can enjoy American comfort food and New World wines in a cozy setting. The atmosphere makes for an excellent date spot or a family luncheon. It’s neither too loud to cut off conversation nor too intimate that the awkward silences are painful. The light fixtures hanging boldly from the ceiling look very decorative. They add a retro flavor with the black cage pendant design, giving off soft and tender lighting to the surroundings. Appropriately so, the black chairs in the dining area are a good match. The accent chairs on the side look stylish and comfortable, with a pop of orange shades for a good visual contrast.
For starters, we had the thinly-sliced potato chips fired to a light airy crisp. It looks simple but prepare to be wowed. Tad salty and super crispy, these chips were truly satisfying and every bite kept us wanting to get more. The sweet homemade condiment also proved to be a good complement.
Next, we tried the Sliders (PhP 395), or what you may call “small bites of beef heaven.” This appetizing entree was presented as three mini Grind burgers made with 100% USDA ground beef “sandwiched” in brioche with onions and pickles. The beef was cooked medium-rare, as we requested, and all the other components worked together like a great jazz rhythm section.
When in Grind Bistro, don’t miss the Nutty Black Chicken (PhP 595). We expected this best-selling dish to be a hit, and we got it! The chicken may look burned but really it isn’t. Coated in squid ink mixed in tempura batter, the boneless skinless chicken was juicy, tender, and incredibly flavorful. Plus points go to the crunch of its exterior. The hazelnut romesco gave a subtly nutty and refined taste.
Pancetta, garlic, black pepper, cream, and egg yolk made up the Truffled Penne Carbonara (PhP 495). It was lip-smacking delicious and we were all smiles. We love anything with truffle and so far, this one did not let us down.
Topped with pesto, asparagus, and fresh ricotta, the Squid Ink Raviolis (PhP 370) were light, delicate pillows of devilish goodness, each filled with housemade steak and leek. Tinted with the ink of a cephalopod, the ravioli looked striking against a white plate, creating a “black tie” effect that’s appealing to the eye. Although the ink comes from a sea dweller, it did not taste fishy mostly because of the marinara sauce. The combination of flavors was well played.
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The brainchild of husband-and-wife team Chef Steven and trained wine sommelier Cristina Imperial Carl, Grind Bistro prepares food that are delivered with an elegant style and grace. Their menu is regularly reviewed and updated to make sure they keep their customers’ favorites and at the same time offer new items that give diners a fresh experience each time they visit. Reasonable prices, inviting ambiance, and friendly and efficient service are other good reasons to return. Book a table through BigDish and get up to 50% off discount. Can’t beat this deal! 😉