Sunday, November 13, 2016

First bite at The Barn (by Tipsy Pig)

Place: Rustic and modern. The wood furnishings and the warm lights create a homey, country look. The steel lines and mirrors, not to mention the flat-screen TVs, give the contemporary touch. The dining spaces feature long tables, giving the hint that this place is not really for romantic dates but for big group meals and chill drinking sessions. The chairs are comfortable, while the tables are spacious but some are wobbly.


Food: Delicious and copious!


First on our table are the Ultimate Chips and Fries (Php 290). Thin potato chips and fat french fries, served with three dips: Bacon Jam, Buffalo Cream Cheese, and Garlic Mayo. All these dips are delicious, and there's something for every taste: the first is for those who want it sweet and smoky, the second for those who want it hot and creamy, and the last is for those who want it more mellow with just a little punch. The taters are not oily and are perfectly fried. The cheese topping adds the right amount of salt to this good starter.

Next, some salad: The Barn (Php 290). The dish features salad greens, alfalfa, boiled egg, marble potatoes, blue cheese, and candied walnuts. All these ingredients are drizzled with some Bacon Vinaigrette. This salad is a good mixture of flavors and textures. Each forkful is satisfying! The ingredients are fresh and are of high quality.

Then, the Shrimp Rigatoni (Php 290) for a serving of pasta. Al dente rigatoni smothered with a creamy tomato sauce that tastes like it simmered all day. Nothing sharp or salty, just a good, mellow tomato flavor. Plus, the jumbo shrimps are fresh and juicy!

Last on our table are The Barn Sliders (Php 425). Three sandwiches in one dish! You have a Burger Slider, a Pulled Pork Slider, and a Fried Chicken Slider. Plus, a big serving of fries! The Burger Slider is delicious, with its sauteed mushrooms and that meaty, moist patty. The Pulled Pork is not bad; the meat is tender and flavored like American barbecue, spicy and tangy. The Fried Chicken Slider is not bad, but it has nothing great to offer in terms of taste. A thing we don't like much are the buns used. They taste a little cheap and they're a tad too soft.

Price: Considering taste, quality, and serving size, the food here is reasonably priced.

Service: Waiting time for food is acceptable. The staff are nice and friendly, but a bit inattentive.

The Barn (by Tipsy Pig) is at UP Town Center.

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