We usually eat out as a family but, occasionally, we dine out with different foodies in Manila. We met one of the coolest foodie groups last night — Lomo Manila’s Happy Eaters. We were supposed to meet in the latest chocolate place and go-karting destination in the heart of Makati but both establishments had some delays in opening. We ended up at Bowler’s Restaurant, an English Pub/watering hole with a fine dining ambiance and menu.
The ambiance is dark, a bit serious, and projects an after-office watering hole feel. We did not notice the background music much, so it was a conducive place to chat. I heard the food gets mixed reviews and that it is just a cool place to hang out.
We all ordered entrees — the serving size is big enough to share. Usually, in gatherings like this, we would end up ordering one entree each and then share some of it with the others who want to try different food.
Sausage Platter (P335 +10%sc). Grilled Hungarian, German & garlic sausages topped with caramelized onions & honey lemon mustard dressing, served with house-made coleslaw, mashed potatoes or rice pilaf.
Corn ordered the sausage, and it was wiped out immediately.
Zel ordered the fish fillet, which she did not really like. The mashed potatoes had a rice-ish texture and were a bit bland.
The Fish and Chips entree was highly recommended, and it was indeed very good! The fish was quite tasty and the bread-like crispy covering was cooked very well. We regret ordering the mashed potatoes instead of the chips. Being an English Pub, Bowler has to have very good Fish & Chips. 🙂
For the first time, Aidan decided to stay at home because he told us he has a lot of things to do. This was the first time Aidan decided to be independent and just stay at home. Joshua, on the other hand, was very eager to go out and join us. Joshua is becoming cuter every day and is starting to have his own antics.
We also ordered the funky-sounding Irish Carbonade. It was quite unique — the meat was very soft, but sadly, the taste did not deliver on its promise. Maybe Irish food really tastes this way, a bit bland? (Would you know?)
Luis is a member of a non-profit organization called Up with People where they would bring young people (ages 18-29) from different nationalities and expose them to different cultures. For the third year, the Up with People group is coming over for a one-month stay in the Philippines from March 18 to April 19, 2010.
They are still looking for host families who could provide “a place for the student(s) to sleep, breakfast and most dinners, as well as an open environment to share customs and culture”. The transportation to the daily activities of the students will be provided by Up with People. They already have host families for 80 students, and if you are interested, you can still volunteer until Saturday.
Call Luis Petzhold, the tour manager for Up with People Asia, at +63 915 287 5556.
Bowler is recommended if you want to unwind with your friends over fish & chips. I wouldn’t go here just for the food because it has mixed reviews. A lot of restaurants seem to be opening in Manila, but most of them have ho-hum food…
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