Borough: 24/7 Comfort Food

I don’t even know where to begin. Shall I start with ambiance or shall I start with their fare?

Borough, that I originally spelled with an S, is apparently something that you can find in a dictionary. Hahaha!

Anyway, I loved it, at least from our first visit. It was surprising that I opted for a pasta dish considering that that usually is in the bottom of my list. Why shouldn’t I? It sounded different and it got me really curious. I ordered Homemade Pumpkin Ravioli with basil puree, bits of cranberry and pecan nuts. My verdict? It was heavenly. I can’t think of any other way to describe it. I’ve yet to ask if there is a vegan option after which I’d have to bring someone there. Right? And I really can’t think of how it cannot be vegan!!!

Phil read it from the paper and as we had nothing else planned we decided to give it a try. I did not expect much from it because oftentimes American food spells blah, well, for me. Somehow, they’re too bland, too fatty, too boring and too big a serving. My expectations then were somewhat close to that before having that order of ravioli.

Phil on the other hand got Sole Amandine, something that I never heard of. He said he has read good things about it a couple of times from books so he just had to try it. He says it is fish that tastes like steak. It could be the fish or the way they cooked to perfection. Whatever the case is, it’s all good.

I think Borough is something so simple and something a bit fancy at the same time. Most of their viands are familiar but they spruce it up a bit. The result is warmth and goodness.

Have I mentioned I loved the interiors? Everything about it impressed me. The upholstery, the half-finished bar and walls, the pipes used for the staircase and legs of the tables, the lighting, the wall filled with mirrors and etc. It is a wonder they pulled it off!

Actually I don’t remember the rest, I’m guessing that’s a serving of salad, philly cheese steak, steak and eggs and onion soup.

You have to try their fries too. I would say you can drop by for other kinds of beers but it is not so reliable. We have tried chocolate buffalo wings but it didn’t taste so chocolatey at all and it also didn’t look appetizing enough so nothing fancy. Borough is costly but for those up to try something new, surely you can spare some more.

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Korean Barbecue: A first!

Perhaps most of us wouldn’t have an idea what these are called but we all love them because these side dishes often come free with ordering a main course from  a Korean restaurant.

I’ve always hated Korean food so it is a wonder why I forced visiting one before 2010 ended. Anyway, up until 2009 I did not touch any of their food until I was forced to try Kimchi and loved it. That same day, I tried cooking Tok Po gi, (something that I don’t really know how to spell so do help me out) with about 10 of my students. They told me that it is a delightful yet simple dish fit for the kings. After eating they took it back and told me that it is the basic street food in Korea. What did I think about it? It was phenomenal of course probably because it is something different and of course because it was oh so spicy! So after that I always ate Kimchi with our Nilagang baka. I did try cooking tok po gi again but failed. It wasn’t until late 2010 that I finally tried Korean barbecue. Well I just love being a late bloomer… wink

It is unfortunate that I was not able to catch the name of this resto so all I can do is tell you that it can be found outside metrowalk when you walk towards… wait I’ll ask phil or you go ahead and ask him yourself. hahaha.

So basically, the reason behind me not being experimental with Korean food is that aside from the foreign red pepper sauce that let’s face it is too spicy for Filipino taste I kind of hate sweetish dishes. And as most would be recommending Bulgogee that is almost always sweet, the rest is oh fect why do I always tell long stories… huhuhu

so the reason why I wanted to try Korean food is none other than their grill which is very close to the Cambodian BBQ that also made use of charcoal or so I thought. I recommend it for people who are not so experimental. It is the first step in loving Korean food. As it is cooked plain in front of you, you can have your way with how much garlic or how much sauce you can manage. You can barbecue pork, beef or fish or any other you see on the menu depending on the restaurant. Whether or not you want to wrap it in aromatic or plain old lettuce leaves is up to you.

and a Korean restaurant finally is added to the list of what to eat whenever I don’t feel like cooking. Koreans I know have expressed that our Filipino food is too oily and salty too salty so from there expect that you will find their dishes a little bit bland.

My final verdict. I’m very much satisfied.