Last Saturday, I went out with friends to watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at Resorts World Manila’s Ultra Cinema. For the first time, I experienced watching a movie with fully reclining seats, enclosed private cubicles for couples, unlimited popcorn and drinks and a butler who arrives to refill food and drinks as requested through a three-second press of a button. The movie lasted for 161 minutes, and it was not boring at all, to my surprise—considering that I did not watch the first of the trilogy. Right after enjoying the epic fantasy adventure film, we had dinner at Murray’s New Orleans Bourbon Street Ribs, Steaks and Oysters. 😀
Review of Murray’s New Orleans Bourbon Street Ribs, Steaks and Oysters (Newport Mall, Pasay City)
Murray’s New Orleans Bourbon Street Ribs, Steaks and Oysters is a casual spot for drinking out with friends. It’s a jazz venue for a quick meal and a glass of wine. The atmosphere was chic and dim, an ideal place to bring your date. The walls popped with wooden brick designs, door and windows that mimic a home. In this essence, dining guests would feel like they are just guests to a friend’s house. Christmas lights were already on, to promote the spirit of the season.
It has a bar area where a wonderful wine selection is highlighted and absolutely not missed upon entrance. The piano keys on top were eclectic as decor. Modern and at the same time intricate. ♥
There were also tables and chairs outside. We were seated there and the best part was having a clear view of the performances of local musicians and actors onstage in Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila. It was fun watching them! 🙂
I have nothing against their service. Staff were eloquent and food didn’t take long to come out. Water was refilled and all requests were granted quickly. Customer service at this establishment had that ounce of decent quality we’re all looking forward to meet.
As an appetizer, the Mardi Gras Nachos (PHp 265) was exquisite. Pardon my ignorance but I just got excited to try out these tricolor corn tortilla with sour cream, sharp cheddar and mango jalapeño salsa. Oh, and there were also bits of grilled chicken barbeque. The nachos tasted ordinarily but it’s good to note they were crispy and I loved the different ingredients used here, especially the mangoes. 😀
Onions, celery, bell pepper, okra, Andouille sausages (spicy smoked pork), calamari, white shrimps, fish fillet and jambalaya spices — all in one superhero dinner wonder, in less than fifteen minutes. That’s the Seafood Jambalaya (PHp 435) we had, made with the base of most savory Cajun dishes. There was no ingredient that really stood out, but the entire dish was great. The creole rice casserole soaked up all the flavor and it was totally a filling meal.
The Baked and Blackened Chicken (PHp 399) was quite an intrigue. It’s roasted chicken with blackened seasoning, grilled vegetables and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. This blackened chicken had an awesome spicy exterior and just enough moisture inside. Though eating chicken had slowly faded out of my life, I still get to taste versions of it done in different cuisines once in a while. This time I wasn’t disappointed. The mound of smashed potatoes tasted fine to complement the taste, and It thought grilled red peppers and spicy mayo would as well make good condiments.
Fans of pastas with truffle cream sauce would be swooned by the quality choice of ingredients of the Black and Gold Pasta (PHp 449). This dish consisted of home-made squid ink languini pasta served with roasted garlic and sauteed oysters as toppings. The oysters were surprisingly fresh with no fishy smell to appall.
Are these authentic Cajun food? I’m not sure as I’m not familiar with Cajun food and the only previous encounter I had with this cuisine was with Cajun Red Rock which I gave a poor rating, by the way. In contrast, I liked the entrees we sampled at Murray’s New Orleans Bourbon Street Ribs, Steaks and Oysters.
Price for Value: ★★★☆☆
With Christmas and New Year’s approaching, I know that many people are finding interesting places to bring their friends and family to. I’d say this restaurant is a nice choice. Although prices may tend to go over your budget, dishes are unique and you can just take spending as a regular holiday thing.
Operating hours: 11AM – 12MN
Other branches in Metro Manila:
Upper Ground Floor, Robinsons Magnolia, New Manila, Quezon City | 02 9615711, 02 9615712
Bonifacio Street, Building 5, Bonifacio Global City | 02 8564326
Ground Floor, South Wing, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City | (02) 5501440