A few steps from my office, I found a place that really caught my attention. From afar, it looks like a dungeon with Harry Potter-ish vibe. A little bit intimidating on the outside yet inviting as my curiosity provokes me to try and dine. The Belle and Dragon is located at Carlos Palanca Street, Legaspi Village in Makati. Nearby restaurants are Gringo, Plantation, Nanbantei Yakitori Bar and Salad Stop.
The Belle and Dragon is known for its coldest and freshest draft beers but little did the neighborhood know that they also serve high quality and affordable meals. Sharing you the food I tried out during my visit.
Sharing you snaps taken during my visit:
Run down of the food I tried!
Wanton Crisps, Hoisin Sour Cream slaw, Sriracha aioli, Mozzarella, cheddar and ground pork
Chili Cheese Chips
Pork Chili Ragu, Mozzarella, Cheddar on Thick Cut Fries
fried Brussel sprouts, bonito flakes and malt vinegar
Salt & Pepper Squid
Crisp Calamari Seasoned with Salt and Peppers, seasoned with vinegar
Chicken Karaage Baos
Ginger Soy Soju Marinade, Fried Chicken Thigh, Pickled Vegetables and Fried Mantao Bun
Mixed greens, Soba Noodles, mangoes, grilled shrimp, creamy sesame dressing
Thai Steak Salad
Wagyu flank steak, basil, mint, cilantro, lime, leeks and Japanese rice.
Herb Crusted Salmon
Pan seared crusted salmon, corn pudding, charred corn and cherry tomatoes.
Braised Tripe and Egg
Chorizo, garbanzo, tomatoes, sweet paprika, poached eggs and grilled sour dough
Fried Pork Shank
Red pepper marmalade, sweet potato puree, soy mignonette, sweet chili vinegar, fish sauce calamansi
Double Dragon Burger
Made from USDA Black Angus meat served with cheddar cheese and caramelized onions. You can play with it by having some additional foie gras, fried egg, bacon and or sautéed mushrooms. Depends on your mood!
Clams & Mushrooms in Sake Butter
served with grilled, steamed clams, roasted mushrooms, sake butter and leeks
The Wurst Threesome
cervelat sausage, veal bratwurst, beef banger, red cabbage, sauekraut and potato mash.
House Dry Aged Steak.
Bone in USDA Black Angus Rib Eye, aged in house for 28 days.
Chocolate almond soil, seasonal fruit and vanilla cream
Sticky Toffee Pudding
butter scotch, candied dates, vanilla ice cream
dark chocolate ganache, roasted meringue and crackers
There are a lot of food right? If you'll ask me what are my favorites, I will share it to you. For the starters, I love Wanton Nachos. I think they're the only pub serving this kind of fusion. I like how they incorporated the magic ingredient "sriracha" into it. I'm sold! Next is the Salt and Pepper Squid. Imagine yourself eating a popcorn but this time, it's squid. It has the perfect balance of spices which I believe perfect with a pint or bottle of beer. For small plates, I recommend Herb Crusted Salmon. Chef Alec Santos made a great job of putting corn pudding as the base which adds more texture to the tender, perfectly cooked block of salmon.
Double Dragon Burger with supplements of Foie Gras is the BOMB! I will definitely go back for this burger. It's hard to put into words all the awesome mixture of flavours I've tasted on my first bite so I want you to try it for yourself. B&D Cheese Cake for dessert is a must! It's moist, creamy and delectably good. I am not in a good mood during my visit but this dessert just made me extra alive and inspired.
You may come here for the beer but you will definitely stay for the grub!
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