Twist Comfort Food + Difference

Just when you think that the Tomas Morato, Quezon City food scene has been saturated, up comes this new restaurant called Twist which brought eager diners a new feast for the eyes and mouth.

 ImageThe place looks cozy, the food tastes great, and the service is excellent. I’m sure this will be one of the new favorite hang-outs of couples and friends alike.

It’s hidden in the second floor of the building right beside Il Terrazzo. There’s several other restaurants there, too. We have yet to try the others, but we’ve already developed a soft spot for Twist.

ImageTheir trademark placemats has Paris written all over it.

When people ask about the food from Twist, I guess the best description would be fusion comfort food. There’s a mixture of Filipino, Italian, American, and French all over their menu.

ImageThey have the French Onion Soup

Image…and Seafood Caesar Salad

Other appetizers which looked good but we didn’t order were the Chorizo Sliders and the Twist Croque Madame.

Image Hands down our favorite was their 1000 Ways to All-Day Breakfast. It’s served with garlic brown rice and two eggs cooked to your liking, plus your drink of choice – either apple or orange juice, coffee, or tea. Then you could choose three of either USDA Beef Sukiyaki Tapa, Honeycured Porkloin Tocino, Maple Beef Belly Bacon, English Corned Beef, Limepeel Tinapa, Naked Longganiza, or Airdried Seafood Bounty.

We had the bacon, corned beef, and tapa that night. The bacon was crunchy and sweet and oh-so-delicious! The corned beef and tapa were really good too, and despite their HUGE servings, we couldn’t get enough of this.

ImageSee what I mean about the servings being HUGE? Their Herb-Grilled Pork Chops is one of those dishes good for sharing. Although a friend of mine found it a bit hard, we liked it anyway.

ImageAnother crowd favorite is the Artisanal Cheese Macaroni, which everybody finished off happily.

ImageThey gave us generous servings of their Filipino-Style Tulingan, too.

ImageWe couldn’t resist ordering a side of Truffle Fries. We didn’t taste the truffle much; in fact, it was coated heavily in cheese. But it was good nonetheless.

Dessert is not something to be missed here.

ImageThe Tiramisu Chocnut is yummy, but in my opinion the chocnut flavor was overshadowed.

ImageGoat’s Milk Panna Cotta is something I’d like to order again and again. Light and not sweet, it’s a refreshing dessert to cap off any meal.

ImageFeel like a kid again with the Famous Twist Cookies with Goat’s Milk. They have Speculoos, Kimchi Nutella, matcha blanco, honey walnut oats, triple xocolat, and lemon peel cheesecake cookies. It’s served hot with the flavors oozing out of the cookies.

ImageThe Twist Coffee is an Italian blend, with hints of Benguet and barako. It’s a fun sight to see.

ImageImageWe’re so happy to have tried out Twist, and I thank my cousin Sarah for making this recommendation. We’ll be back for more good food!

 

Twist Comfort Food + Difference is located at 2/F Pos Building, Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Madriñan Street, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

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Green Pastures

If you haven’t tried this restaurant out, don’t hesitate. Just try it. You won’t be disappointed.

Since Shangri-la’s East Wing opened its many culinary doors, I’ve heard people rave about the food from Green Pastures, and told myself that a meal there is a must. But Francis and I put it off several times, often being distracted by the other options in the mall.

One Saturday evening, when he asked where I wanted to eat, I just blurted out Green Pastures. I told him to get a table while I contemplated a very important decision inside a store. After 15 minutes of “contemplating,” I found him in the restaurant’s waiting area with several other people, still unable to get a table. We sat there for another 10 minutes salivating over the dishes we saw people eating, and by then our appetites have been thoroughly whetted.

Their menu is printed on plain paper and attached to a clipboard. There are no pictures – just names of the dishes and the description and corresponding prices. We found it difficult to order, but our waiter happily walked us through everything.

For starters, our waiter recommended the Autumn Sunrise salad.

ImageI fell in love with the name and with the salad itself! Francis and I devoured this like salads were running out by the second. The combination of blue cheese, sweet potato chunks, and candied walnuts with the greens worked really well for us. It was light and fresh and the perfect start to what would be an extremely satisfying meal.

ImageTheir Pinoy Egg reminded me so much of Kinder eggs, with a surprise hidden inside every chocolate egg! We loved the surprise that was waiting for us inside this duck egg wrapped in longganisa and served with fresh fern salad.

ImageBeing a HUGE fan of french fries, I had to try out their Duck You! (Pretty brazen name, don’t you think?)

I’ve read from blogs and other articles that they have amazing duck fat fries, but I’m afraid I’m not going to join their bandwagon.

ImageFrancis chose this Al Funghi Pasta, which was good, but not quite good enough (compared to their other dishes), if you know what I mean.

ImageLastly, we had their Blue Ribbon Burger, described in their menu as “grilled freshly ground Kitayama Wagyu shortrib, chuck and brisket with malagos roquefort blue cheese, grilled brioche.”

And it was served with fries too! We ordered way too many fries again.

ImageFrancis fell in love with this juicy baby. He devoured his half of the burger in record time!

ImageWe absolutely LOVED our Green Pastures experience, and we are sure to be back to try out other dishes (and maybe order a few previous ones!).

Organic food? Hell yeah!

 

Green Pastures is located at 4/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, East Wing, Mandaluyong City.

Telephone: 654-3219