Welcome to this edition of The Monching Walks, the first for this year! My, it’s been more than a year since I last did a post like this…I’ve been really busy that doing an urban hike around the metro is more of a luxury now. Anyway, let me go to my main point.
It has been a yearly tradition of ours to treat my younger brother out on his birthday every June. We set aside one weekend to eat at a restaurant with our siblings. The 2014 and 2015 ones turned out fine, but CJ’s younger sister was unable to join us this year. Who would have thought that a simple trip to Pasig to have a laptop repaired would reach Bonifacio Global City in Taguig? We started off early by picking up CJ from her house and heading over to the MSI-ECS compound in Maybunga, Pasig City. The compound was located in an industrial area, but we researched the directions to the place – and finished our business there in no time.
We originally planned to head north at UP Town Center, but decided to go south at The Fort only at the last minute. (Admittedly, UP Town is now a favorite hangout spot of mine.) Surprisingly, the traffic was light for a Saturday! After parking the car at SM Aura (that’s the cheapest parking in the vicinity with a flat rate of P50), we had lunch at Kettle near the 5th floor dining area. Kettle has branches in Eastwood Mall and Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and a sister restaurant (Fireside by Kettle) at SM Megamall. We ordered three dishes: Pork and Potato Strips, Baked Brie, and Kettle Fried Chicken. My bet goes to the last two; the Brie cheese and forest berries jam jived together, and the fried chicken is leagues better than the usual Southern style variants. Plus points for the country muffins!
A long stroll is necessary after a hearty meal to help the food go down. This wasn’t a problem for us; Market! Market!, Serendra, and Bonifacio High Street were nearby. We started walking the stretch of stores along the latter, occasionally stopping by a few ones (I bought a bottle of body spray from the Lush Cosmetics outlet there). There was an exhibit sponsored by Grab at the Central Square area, where some vintage vehicles were on display. In addition, a few restored vintage cars were there to tour customers around. This was Grab’s campaign for the Philippine Independence Day—GrabVintage. CJ suggested that we ride the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado owned by Elvis Presley, which we did.
Continuing our journey on foot, we reached a lot of new destinations in the former military base. Out of the blue, we decided to visit Uptown Mall – which was really far if you didn’t have a vehicle. CJ went there a few days prior for their company’s event. It took a lot of foot power to reach the mall, but it didn’t matter as we were all used to traversing long distances. The newly built Uptown Mall, operated by Megaworld (of Venice Piazza and Eastwood City fame), had a few operational shops: Churreria La Lola, Base London, and a Rustan’s Supermarket at the basement. Walking back to civilization (read: Bonifacio High Street) with a light rain shower was an equally fulfilling experience.
That trip from Uptown Mall to High Street made us hungry, so we decided to have dinner at Serendra before going home. The usual question of where to eat popped up once more with a few choices emerging: Zao Vietnamese Bistro, Wee Nam Kee, Mamou, Chelsea Cafe, or Saboten. The last one was our unanimous choice that evening, since we all craved for a good rice meal! Saboten is a Japanese katsu restaurant in the same line as Yabu and Katsu Sora, and operated by the Raintree Group (of Chelsea Kitchen). We ordered individual sets for the three of us: Miso Katsu, Katsu Curry, and Clay Pot Katsu. I liked the first and third meal set we ordered, but the Katsu Curry one was rather drab and lacking. Incidentally, my younger brother ordered it! (On a side note, do try their tenderloin variants for your katsu order.)
All in all, we enjoyed this sudden trip to BGC – in celebration of my younger brother’s 18th birthday! I wish him the best, now that he’s 18 years old and an incoming college sophomore. It’s a long way to go before law school, but I believe he’ll make it.
Until the next The Monching Walks post, see you!