March 15, 2012
Relik is a popular tapas bar hidden on the second floor of Commercenter Building in Bonifacio Global City. We don't go at night when it gets packed with the bar crowd. We like eating lunch there because the place is conducive to meetings over really good meals.
We already ate there twice--first with my old boss, Pauline, and second for a Mercato Centrale partners meeting with RJ and Vanessa Ledesma.
Here's what we like and don't like in Relik...
The ambiance is a bit eclectic, with a mix of pieces of furniture and memorabilia. The entrance is on the second floor of the parking lot, and it feels like stepping into a dungeon because there are no windows to the outside world.
Relik's Menu: Lunch Set | Let's start with Tapas | The Greenhouse, The Warm Up, Let's get serious | Something on the side, Happy Endings, Non-Alcoholic Drinks | Relik Wine Selection | New Special Cocktails
This was my first time meeting one of my bosses in P&G Marketing, Pauline Lao, after I went full-time with OAP in 2008. It was a thrill getting to exchange updates and tsismis on what's happening in P&G, the P&G Alumni, and life after P&G. :)
This is the perfect appetizer! Each piece of the tasting board was carefully chosen and complemented each other. I liked the mix of manchego, jamon serrano and olives.
It's cheaper to get the Tasting Board rather than ordering each one separately.
Pauline loves the Brie, and she prefers it with her garlic rice. :) I love it too, and you can choose to partner it not only with the melba toast but with meat as well.
You can order the Manchego Cheese separately if you are craving for more. RJ loved this!
The soup was served with lots of onion pieces. Unfortunately, the taste was forgettable.
Their take on the classic Beef Salpicao was really tender and full of flavor. It's on the expensive side though for its size.
I enjoyed the flavor of the shrimps, but I was expecting it to be a bit more spicy.
For something different, order this black calamari. The taste was spot on, the squid was cooked to a nice crisp (not chewy), and it was not too oily. It's exciting to eat -- just don't mind the black pieces that might get stuck in your teeth. :)
This dish is good to share. The quesadilla slices were sort of heavy and tasted just OK.
I loved the sweet flavor of this mojito, but I think it's overpriced.
This is the best ox-tail we've ever tasted! From the signature sweet sauce to the very tender meat, we just wanted to savor every bit of the dish. We had to order another round of this to satisfy our craving.
This was a disappointment. The lengua had a funny taste already and we couldn't taste the flavor in the meat. The presentation didn't help either--it reminded us that we were eating pieces of cow's tongue.
The risotto was good; it had the right consistency and creaminess.
We liked the paella. It's good value for money, especially if you are eating with a big group. But I've tasted better paellas in our markets.
We don't recommend this dessert because it's ordinary. You can just grab Chatime Milk Tea or Tully's Coffee to end your lunch.
I recommend not getting the Lunch Set menu--order their signature Ala Carte items instead. It's more enjoyable if you have a big group that can share the tapas, paella, and Mother Ann's Braised Ox-tail. :)
Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge
2nd floor, Commercenter Building, 31st St. corner 4th Avenue.
Bonifacio Global City, 1200 Taguig, Philippines
Telephone: +63 917 529-8333
Facebook: Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge
★ - Recommended Dishes
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: Our meal was courtesy of my boss Pauline Lao, who is the sister of one of the partners. We are not connected with the restaurant and any organization promoting it.
P.S. One thing I really dislike about eating lunch in Relik is that parking is a nightmare in the area of 30th/31st street and 3rd/4th Avenue. Hope BGC fixes the parking problem soon.