Dwntown & Halsted, BGC

Despite its bar brimming of top-line alcoholic drinks, Downtown and Halsted (Dwntown & Halsted) has humble interiors. Industrial and street, the graffiti wall is perfectly suited for the bar. Moreover, some artworks are displayed throughout the place and are for sale.
Dwntown & Halsted Bar

Downtown and Halsted is known in offering drinks but they are very much delighted to tell that they are also offering food which is crafted by Chef Marco Legasto. He is also the man behind the food of Abuelas and Prime 101.
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The first food served to us exceeded my expectation. The Mushroom Soup (P250) tasted fresh. It is thick but not creamy and the flavor is well-balanced.
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The Tikka Wrap (P240) has cucumber, lettuce, and yogurt with pleasing spices that did not overpower the vegetables. Chips are served on the side with a spicy dip.
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The Portobello and Quinoa Salad (P250) is a mystery. The taste is very distinct. Maybe because it’s my first time eating quinoa, the couscous-like seeds that glide to my teeth as I try to chew it.
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The pork skewer (P150) has the typical taste of barbecue but varied by less oil and less sauce. The chicken skewer (P150)  has nothing much appealing unlike the lengua skewer (P250) that is sumptuous and toothsome!

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The aroma of Spiced Black Mussels with Fresh Chili and Curry Leaves (P250) made me scream inside of me “I need vitamin sea!”
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The Crispy Pork Knuckles (P580) knocked us out as it satiated our hunger for the night. I just like how they make a sinful dish less sinful because it was served to us not oily. The dip for this is also good.
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The Baby Back Ribs (P580) is tender with the perfect non-smoky sauce.
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The Seafood Pasta (P350) may look like a pesto based but as I got to try it, the parsley and garlic creamy flavor prevailed. The Chorizo Pasta (P385) awakens your breakfast taste bud.

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The East Side Elavation (P350) is superbly concocted. It’s a drink made of hendricks, fresh lime, kiwi, basil, balsamic vinegar. A recommended booze!
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As for the artworks, the artist may send their work to them for screening.

Dwntown & Halsted is a place where the people could actually talk while hanging out and drinking their alcohol. It’s a street concept but classy in a way. The food was presented has its craftsmanship and with well-balanced taste; I like the lengua skewers, crispy pork knuckles, baby back ribs, and seafood pasta. As for the waitstaff, they accommodated us in a friendly manner.

Dwntown & Halsted

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Serving: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Taste: 4/5

Disclaimer: This review was sponsored but not swayed to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Aldous for the invite.

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Dwntown & Halsted, BGC

Ground Floor, Burgos Parklane, Forbestown Road, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

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After All Bar & Grill, SM Jazz

It does not always have to be a Friday night for friends to share good laughter. If you are looking for a place to enjoy good times any day whether with friends or family After All Bar & Grill is inclined to what you believe in. This newly opened bar and grill that is located in SM Jazz has the objective to serve good food, good music, and good laughter. Suffice to say that the name of the restaurant comes from the song, After All.
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We, bloggers, were presented with a lot of craft cocktails that made our table very colorful. I did not get to taste all of the cocktails and never planned on trying it all anyway since I need to be sober to judge (lol) their food.After All (4)-1024x1000

The drink I took is the Calibre (P150), it’s a Cuba Libre cocktail but infused with a salted sugar rim.
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This is their newest cocktail, Poison Ivy. I’m not sure but I think this is a vodka concoction. The taste is perfect!
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The  Apple Yuki Matsuri is very light but the hint of apple is prevalent. It is inspired by the sapporo snow festival in Japan.After All Apple Yuki Matsuri

The Cara Java Daiquiri is a coffee frappe but with the hint of alcohol. I’m thinking it’s the Kahlua or Bailey’s.
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These are the drinks I did not get to taste:

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Buko Melon Freeze
After All Buko Melon Freeze

Long Island Tea
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Of course, the night out is not complete without food! The Romanian Devil Squid (P180) is seasoned with magical herbs I could say. It’s very flavorful!
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This pan-grilled skewered cubes of wagyu beef, Saikoro Steak Skewers (P280), looks humble but after sliding out the beef to my mouth I just said, “wow!”.
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Their Deep Fried Crispy Pata (P700) did not disappoint and it’s drool worthy. It has crunchy skin but with a flaky meat which made us easier to slice.
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I love how the Tuna Salpicao (P290) is so chunky! It’s a little bit sour but  I can still taste the tuna like it is freshly caught in the sea.
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I also love how well they balance the flavors of the Seafood Teppanyaki (P390). It is vinegary but not overpowering.
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The Tiger Prawn Tempura is juicy and crispy at the same time. It is also served with vegetable fritters.
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The Waikiki Ribs (P450) is so tender and very bulky! The ribs itself is already delicious so I was just wondering why the sauce has to be salty.
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There is something special about their cake because you will inject an alcohol into it yourself. The cake below is served with Jack Daniel’s.
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The ambiance of the whole bar is less dim which made me think that After All is a bar and grill for all ages. As I have observed, the crowd is diverse. From yuppies, couples, foreigners, and even oldies, everyone is set to party! The bar area itself is making a contemporary statement with its colorful crystal glass wall. As I have tried their drinks and food, I can say that the price is pocket-friendly for a good food. From the bartender, servers, the restaurant managers, they are all accommodating and would make you feel home. As for the taste, I love how they would like to preserve the natural flavors of the food. I like all of it but as for the Waikiki, I hope the sauce is less salty.After All (2)-1024x1000

Ambiance: 4.5/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Taste: 4/5

After All Bar & Grill

G/F, Jazz Residences Nicanor Garcia corner Jupiter Street, Makati City

816 3652

Disclaimer: This review was sponsored but not swayed to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Aldous for inviting and letting me meet the restaurant managers!

 

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