November 02, 2010
Borough is an interesting restaurant that offers a slice of New York, serving up the very best of comfort food in the metro. New Yorkers now based in Manila are raving about the food. We tried it, and we agree with them.
The food is exciting and the presentation is not run-of-the-mill (ex. using a brown bag to "present" the fries). Borough seems to be out-of-place at the Podium mall, though. It should have opened in Bonifacio Global City, where it would have been an instant hit even on opening day.
The interiors are slightly confusing with the mix of floral seats, spotlights and a tavern-ish aura. It's been years since I last hung out in New York, so I'm not sure if this really represents a typical NYC hangout.
The restaurant got its name from New York, which is composed of five boroughs -- Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
There is a secret door at the side of Podium where you can enter Borough. They plan to place a curtain to conceal the entrance to the mall, so that it would really look like a hole-in-the-mall. Imagine, you can find very good comfort food at 12 midnight in the Ortigas area! Let's keep it a secret, ok? :)
- According to the owners, the best sellers are the Portobello Pita Pocket, BBQ Pulled Pork, Baked Mac and Cheese, NY Strip Steak, and Milk and Cookies.
- San Mig Light is interestingly at P60 only for a place like this.
- What I'm excited about is the Borough Brunch Special Menu, where you pay P550. It includes a choice of a brunch dish and unlimited servings of mimosa and sparkling wine every weekend!
We love this! The soup had deep tones of roasted tomatoes with cream. It also had just the right sweetness and was served hot. The bread with mozzarella and cheddar was good, too. (Doesn't it resemble french toast?)
A nice and unique idea. The portobello was good, but it was not served hot. It seemed like the cheese-injected portobello was defrosted rather than made from scratch. The chips were thin and crispy indeed, but had the aftertaste of overused oil.
I find this burger quite unique after having tasted all (or most of) the best burgers in Manila. The portioning and presentation were very good! I liked having the Brioche Bun for my burger. The beef was served medium rare, with blood oozing out of the meat. It was good -- very soft and tasty -- but maybe you can ask it to be cooked medium-well if you don't like it rare.
At P400, though, the burger is overpriced since you only get tiny sliced onions (not even the caramelized ones), a tired piece of lettuce and tomato slices with it. I guess you are also paying for the effort to present the fries in a stylized brown bag...
We often order meals with rice as our comfort food, and the sole with Jasmine rice did not disappoint. Its saltiness was at the right level and went well with the lemon twist. Eating the fish with bits and pieces of almonds and capers also made it a flavorful experience.
GF, Unit 107A, The Podium Mall,
12 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
For reservations, call: +632 570-8906.
Live an Awesome Life,
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for all the food and we are NOT connected in any way with the owner or the chef.
P.S. For New Yorker foodies out there, check out Borough and share your thoughts in the comments section...