March 08, 2011
After the success of Chef's Table Restaurant, Chef Bruce Lim has opened a Robinsons Galleria Mall Veranda Restaurant called Hyphy's. It is a San Francisco-inspired restaurant that serves the comfort food that Chef Bruce grew up with in SanFo.
It is a bit intimidating for a mall restaurant and seems a bit out of place. It would have been more appropriate to locate it in Mall of Asia's San Miguel by the Bay. The food is Fil-Am fusion, which is quite unique but maybe a bit hard to relate to for most Filipinos (especially for those who have not been to the SanFo area).
I don't usually like mall restaurants, but this is something worth checking out when you are in the area of Robinsons Galleria Veranda.
One can always expect the design elements in a Chef Bruce restaurant to be artistic. Here, the cool skateboard wall and the diagonally lined ceiling serve as eye candy. I like the heavy duty tables and well-designed chairs, which resemble those used in schools.
From the outside, the restaurant does look a bit intimidating -- even the name, which got its inspiration from "Hyperactive", "Hype" and "Fly".
The price ranges from P150-P300/dish. Budget P500/person when you eat here.
For most Filipinos, our peg for Clam Chowder in a Soup Bread Bowl would probably be the one in French Baker. Hyphy's soup was creamier and denser, and the bread was thicker than usual. We loved the sour dough bread that Chef Bruce made.
We enjoyed the Pancit Molo with its clear, not-too-oily soup. The dumplings were soft and tasty. Although, it would have been better if it was served piping hot. It was just warm when it got to our table.
We found this very ordinary. We were planning to order Mac & Cheese, but we got Baked Mac instead. The waiters were not knowledgeable about the menu -- they couldn't even give a good recommendation. Will try the Mac & Cheese next time.
This dish was particularly memorable because the milkfish belly was so fatty. (We're wondering where they get their supply of bangus...)
If we were to nitpick, I'd say the fish was cooked with a lot of burnt edges (not sure if this is the SanFo way of serving fish). Also, it was served with just the sweet sauce and sweet atchara. This would have been perfect with vinegar.
SF Steak Sandwich (P290). Stonestown steak sandwich joint inspired Chef Bruce to make this. Thin sliced beef with sauteed onions and peppers, topped with cheese and stuffed in bread, served with fried potatoes.
We liked this. The beef was indeed thinly sliced (like julienned vegetables) and topped with generous servings of semi-melted cheese and sweet sauteed onions. They used the same sour dough bread used in the soup bowl, so it was just a bit hard to eat it like a hamburger. We had to slice it into pieces instead.
The mocktails are unique and something that even kids can order. Next time, we will request for the drinks to be served colder (or we can just add more ice).
We found it to be the only unique restaurant along the new Veranda wing of Robinsons Galleria. Most people go to Papa John's in this area, but Hyphy's is a unique place to try. (We saw Robina Gokongwei-Pe eat here when we visited.)
Overall, it is a bit of a mixed review for us since we couldn't really relate to the taste of Fil-Am food that much. The flavors are good and the prices are reasonable. We just feel that the restaurant concept is out-of-place in Robinsons Galleria, but it might work since there are a lot of unique dishes to try. Do let us know if you have something you can recommend.
Hyphy's by Chef Bruce Lim
The Veranda, Robinsons Galleria, Quezon City, Philippines
Etymology: San Francisco Bay Area, shortened perhaps from English dialect "hyperactive"; other sources cite a combination of "hype" and "fly."
Telephone: +632 477-7611
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Full Disclosure: We are fans of Chef Bruce Lim's food. We know Chef Bruce from previous times when we dined in his other restos. I'm not related to, connected with or compensated in any way by the restaurant featured in this blog post. I'm not connected with, compensated by, or represented by any PR firm. Please report any PR firm claiming to have connections with OAP.
P.S. I dislike Robinsons Galleria Mall because of the lousy parking area. The Veranda restaurants actually have a small parking space in front of the restos, which makes it very convenient -- if you're lucky to find space there.