Terraz Bistro and Meetings by Raintree Restaurants is almost like a little secret, as it’s housed at the third floor of the Zuellig Building in Makati and it’s operating actively only during the weekdays (Mondays to Fridays, 11AM to 11PM). Clearly, its target market belongs to the working professionals in the area, the yuppies, and those who want food that has good value for their money without sacrificing quality.
This restaurant is a beautiful joint that offers a relaxed atmosphere for anyone who either wants to wear a suit or dress it down and feel fine (but please, no wearing of slippers, says the Management). Terraz is a perfect place to hold social events, corporate meetings and even romantic dinners.
Review of Terraz Bistro and Meetings (Zuellig Building, Makati City)
The design at Terraz Bistro Meetings is one that can only be described as private, intimate and modern. A seamless blend of bright colors, muted tones and mirrors produce a subtle elegance all throughout. While there are tables you see openly as you walk across the dining area, there’s a separate section further inside the restaurant where six conference rooms for meetings and events are placed.
These are conducive to organized bookings of small to medium groups of people getting down to business without being interrupted. I absolutely love the concept! The layout of the restaurant is expansive as it also offers accommodation for seating outside where fresh air can be enjoyed.
Service was fast, efficient and operative. Communication was professional—as it should be. Delivery of food to the table was done well. Our experience was delightful as well because of the staff’s friendliness. It made the visit worthwhile.
The Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna (PhP 275) is not your typical salad as it’s served with all kinds of goodness including the pan-seared ahi tuna, romaine lettuce, sliced Japanese cucumber, and vine cherry tomatoes in sesame dressing. It had that conglomerate of flavors that’s ideal when you’re looking for a great starter. The highlight must be the tuna, which will make tuna fans out of their comfort zone.
Arguably though, the Terraz Chef Salad (PhP 295) was about three times better than the first. 😛 This is because of the rich ingredients, namely: crispy parma ham, grilled bacon, red wine, roast beef in light salt and pepper vinaigrette and ranch dressing, apart from the romaine lettuce and hard boiled eggs we’re used to find in salads. I tried every single one and declare the grilled bacon and roast beef as best. Without question, this salad dish is a must-order.
Let me assure that the tilapia in Buttered Tilapia Saltimbocca (PhP 350) must have been grown in clean waters because it didn’t taste like dirt or something earthy. It was cooked well and served with vegetable pilaf, asparagus, sage tomato sauce and grain creamy mustard sauce.
The Pan-seared Boneless Chicken Cream Emince (PhP 350) came out with white-sauce pasta, Terraz baked potato, peppered asparagus and creamy mushroom. The creamy factor to the sauce hits the spot. I dislike white pasta but liked the dish as a whole.
Quality is more important than quantity when it comes to the Simple Saffron Spaghetti (PhP 250). This dish exemplified that theory. It consisted of homemade spaghetti pasta (thin, smooth and tasty), fresh spinach and smoked grilled asparagus.
Now onto why you’d really want to dine in at Terraz Bistro and Meetings… The Spicy Terraz Corned Beef Adobo (PhP 495) is an obligatory dish to order. Standing out as a house specialty, it’s the best corned beef we’ve ever tasted made with a glorious combo of slow cooked meat and sides such as garlic pumpkin, sweet mashed potatoes, and crispy white cheese (kesong puti). You’ll love these delicious pieces in one plate.
Whoa. I’ve seen, heard and tasted veal cheeks for the first time here and I’ve been intrigued. We agreed that the Merlot Braised Veal Cheeks was another winner. I know I have just already hinted that the Spicy Terraz Corned Beef Adobo was vying for best dish of our lunch meal, but I can’t help to say that this was on that same level. It was made with crushed garlic potato, olive oil, marinated root vegetables. Now I don’t anymore wonder how it’s like.
The Grilled Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallion and Foie Gras (PhP 695) would be the second best thing on the menu if it weren’t for so many other second best things present. Served with macaire potato, sauteed vegetables, mushroom ragout and merlot sauce, this creation was completely crafted with a balance of flavors and beautiful presentation.
Moving on to the desserts, we had Pavlovaz (PhP 150)—a cream-topped light, and airy meringue of Aussie or New Zealand extraction topped with fruit slices and whipped cream. It’s sweet, fruity and refreshing. I want more…but I’ve consider doing more cardio first. 😛
Last to fill our stomach was the Crepe Samurai (PhP 150), which looked like a volcano crater exploding with the mixed tastes of cinnamon sugar, caramel and fruity notes as there were small chunks of mango and banana swimming in the creamy sauce. Amazing. Those who have a sweet tooth will see this as a show-stealer. For sure, it can’t be skipped.
Price for Value: ★★★★☆
Terraz Bistro and Meetings exactly knows the market it caters. Food is tremendous and ambiance is great. For all these, prices are right for the value being offered. Add good service and a prime location into the mix and you’ve got yourself a brand new go-to spot for brainstorming sessions, lunch meetings with vendors, partners or clients, and/or special dates. That’s the move!