Chef Steven Scudder‘s claim to fame? He was the chef behind the success of Paper Moon in Jupiter (do you remember that?), Endangered Species in Malate, and Aresi restaurant and bar in QC (then Subic). After a short stint in Tagaytay Highlands, he finally decided to open his new restaurant — Bistro Mondo, in partnership with Edna Sandejas, owner of Blue Leaf and Alley 8 hotel.
It was very interesting to talk to him. He shared how he was first assigned to Intercontinental Manila in Prince Albert, fell in love with a Filipina, and decided to stay in Bulacan for good. He is very friendly, so don’t miss the chance to engage him in some chitchat.
Bistro Mondo (meaning world bistro) serves Chef Steven’s favorite American, Italian, and French dishes in an easy neighborhood hangout in Bel-Air gilid. It is indeed a breath of fresh air in the budding foodie street of Polaris (at the back of Burgos St.) in Makati.
The second floor is not yet finished, but when it is done, it will most likely be THE bar destination in this side of town. There will be an al fresco roof deck with a big tent (similar to the ones you see in Alphaland Mall) and a U-shaped bar. This is where the smokers hang out at the moment.
The restaurant is beside Alley 8 (so called because it is a boutique hotel with only 8 rooms) located on the Ebro St. alley. Most of the foreigners who stayed in Alley 8 raved about it because it is clean, pest-free, and only costs P2,000-P2,500/night.
The chef recommended the Baked Cheesy Chicken Dip but we decided to go with the mussels. It was simple, di malansa, and presented neatly. A bit ordinary, but it is good as pulutan.
Bistro’s Special (P390 +10% service charge). 12-inch thin-crust pizza with their own original pizza sauce and mozzarella, cooked in their world-class wood-fired oven with Tomato, Smoked Bacon and Quail eggs, finished with fresh basil.
The pizza was good — thin and crusty on the outside, and a bit chewy on the inside. It was cooked well (only the edges were burnt).
I usually like my pizza with just cheese, but they don’t have 4-cheese available. The Bistro’s Special has quail eggs, which is unique, but I don’t think it added any flavor to the pizza. The bacon used was not that tasty, though. I’ll try the Chicken and Mushroom Pesto pizza next time.
The Pugon Chicken caught our attention on the menu. The chef warned us that the serving sizes are for Americans, but my business partner, Tom, and I were able to finish it easily.
The chicken was juicy, and the taste was very basic. I did love the sweet roasted vegetables and tomatoes that came with it.
Pork Tenderloin Alla Bistro Mondo (P425 +10% service charge). Oven-roasted whole pork tenderloin served with creamy mandarin and green peppercorn sauce with garlic-flavored mashed potato and grilled vegetables.
We ordered this other main dish, but it was a bit too hefty for us already (considering we were full after the chicken). The pork was very tender and went well with the sauce. I liked the added touch of the orange slices. This is good to share with 2-3 people.
The owners Edna and Chef Steven were very friendly, and they chatted with us about the origins of the resto. Edna is very happy that her Alley 8 customers now have a place to eat for breakfast. She is also excited about the completion of the al fresco dining area on the second floor.
Overall, Bistro Mondo is worthwhile to check out with its good food (check out the pizzas) and big serving sizes. Expect to pay around P500 per main dish. The acoustics were somewhat bad despite the high ceiling — you could hear the conversations at the next table. Nevertheless, when there’s background music, the place becomes conducive to meetings or a get-together with a good old friend on a Friday night.
Currently open for dinner only, from 6pm to 12mn.
Directions: From Jupiter St. near Mang Inasal, turn into Polaris St. and go straight. Turn left after you see Alba’s restaurant. You should already see Bistro Mondo on your right after you find yourself on Durban Street.
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals and we are not connected in any way with the owners.
P.S. Here is an interesting post by my friend Lori of Dessert Comes First during my segment in the Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho shoot in Kubli Springs, Quezon: Tailing Mr. Awesome Planet in Quezon Province. The Food Bloggers Segment features Joel of Market Manila, Lori of Dessert Comes First and me of Our Awesome Planet, plus two more food bloggers. 🙂