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August 18, 2010

CERCHiO's Sisig Pizza at iba pa

August 18, 2010

CERCHiO's Sisig Pizza at iba pa

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The creators of Romulo Cafe have transformed some dilapidated adjacent apartments into a classy, lounge-y hangout that offers Asian-Mediterranean Fusion cuisine. No doubt, Cerchio will be a hit in the Tomas Morato area as the owners continue to show how a modern restaurant should be done. Bravo!

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CERCHIO (pronounced as 'Tzerhr.kyoh') means Circle in Italian. This is the inspiration behind the interiors of the entire place, designed by Ivy Almario. My favorite "installation" is this wall of circular PVC pipes that form a honeycomb-like structure. It provides visual excitement for people entering the restaurant.

I think the circle element is overused throughout the restaurant, though -- if the design was food, it would be nakaka-umay.

The first floor is the best place to have dinner because it is well-lighted. One of Ivy's trademarks is the handpainted pillar with white and gray circles.

CERCHiO's Menu | Drinks

If I were to make a reservation, I would reserve the corner end table with the mirror behind it. It provides privacy but, at the same time, it gives the illusion of having a big space. I like the acoustics of the first floor; you cannot hear the person talking at the next table.

The next best place to reserve can be found on the second floor. Opt for these tables with black lounge chairs and oversized mid-century white chairs (with a bookshelf as a backdrop).

Beside the bookshelves is this conference room that can accommodate 12 people. You can reserve this for a minimum of P10,000 (consumable). It is an ordinary function room that is good for meetings but not for hanging out with friends.

The second floor's theme is more dark. Although it looks similar to a bar, it's actually a dining area. I'm not a fan of eating in the dark, though, as I find it quite lonely. Maybe if you plan to do some hanky-panky then this is a good, romantic place to reserve. :)

The area has very innovative, circular lamps with open-kiwi design made from paper. On the wall, you can find nice back-lit patterns that are better appreciated at night and from a distance.

The outside veranda is for smokers. It is a bit hot here because, for some reason, the winds do not pass through this portion.

It is interesting to listen to Ivy Almario as she explains the entire philosophy behind the Cerchio design. Thanks to Daphne's Urban Zone for posting this!

LINK: Cerchio Restaurant and Lounge at Urbanzone Youtube featuring Ivy Almario

We were at Cerchio to meet with Spanx and Ivan Man Dy for our strategic plans for Ultimate Philippines.

Thai Sinuglaw (P330). Pork Liempo and Kinilaw na Tuna

Big chunks of grilled meat, just the way most Filipinos like it -- still juicy, with lots of flavor in the meat. The kinilaw was also done very well. It was soft and had the right spice from the vinegar. This reminded me of the best sinuglaw I've tasted in Butuan. It's good to share but a bit expensive. Still, it's highly recommended. :)

Pumpkin Malunggay Soup (P90).

Ivan Man Dy ordered this, but I forgot to ask about it. Ivan?

Pork Sisig (P230).

The sisig was not the crunchy type. Instead, it had the texture of soaked chicharon but still with some bite. It had more meat than fat, and we were guessing that what made it yummy was the brain mixed with it. The sisig was served in small takal portions, topped with egg -- a really nice touch.

Nachos with Chili Con Carne, Cheese & Tomato Salsa (P350).

Although simple-seeming, the nachos were very good. We have this hunch that the nachos came from the best nacho maker in the Tomas Morato area. I forgot the name, but we're determined to find out who this yummy nacho supplier is. :)

Singaporean Crispy Squid Heads (P180).

This is a favorite Filipino pasalubong for people returning home from Singapore. The honey sweet flavor can be tasted throughout the crunchy squid head. What's great about it is that it did not have that preservative-aftertaste. I liked eating it with the little strands of raw onions. Highly recommended! :)

Sisig Pizza (P320).

This was the reason why we came here in the first place. It was good, but not that good enough to rave about it. Just imagine having their sisig version topped on the pizza. The sisig toppings were very little; thus, emphasizing the egg and sweet taste more. I would order it just to say that I've tried it and to have the right to talk to foodie friends about it.

Peri-Peri Chicken (1/2 Chicken) with Rice Pilaf (P390). Brazilian version of Inasal

This chicken did not live up to its Peri-Peri name. It just tasted like plain inasal, but their version was a bit dry. Don't be fooled by the description in the menu. Choose carefully.

We will probably return to try the seafood and meat dishes. Let me know if you've tried them and if you have any recommendations...

I really love this design! I'm starting to become a fan of Ivy Almario. :)


The place can get packed, which is why it's a good thing they have valet service. :)


The idea of "fusion cuisine" is getting old, and I don't think it fits the modern concept of the resto. Nevertheless, give it a try as the pulutan at Cerchio is good. Plus, it is a nice place to have meetings or hold reunions.



CERCHIO (pronounced as 'Tzerhr.kyoh')

Cerchio signifies a circle. Or anything round... earth, sun 
and the moon...human cell...even the cycle of life itself!

Cuisine is everything cooked "MediterrAsian" way, or the 
culinary diversity of Asia and the Mediterranean regions.


Location: # 76 Sct. Limbaga, Tomas Morato, Quezon City

Note: If you are coming from Tomas Morato, you turn into the side street where Don Henrico's, Nuat Thai and Congo Grille are located.

Phone: +632 3550998, 3515279
Mobile: +63 939 255-0888
Operating Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sun: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Facebook: CERCHIO Restaurant and Lounge

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P.S. We really think that even if you are from QC, you shouldn't go inside a restaurant just wearing your gym clothes. It ruins the experience and the ambiance of the entire place.






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