Monday, July 13, 2015

Fresh New Flavors at Stella Wood-Fired Bistro, BGC

Stella Wood Fired Bistro is a casual dining restaurant located at the ground floor of Bonifacio High Street Central, right beside its sister bar-lounge, Rocket Room. Stella specializes in wood-fired dishes characterized by the simple and fresh flavors of the West Coast, the Mediterranean and South America. Its bright and warm interiors, designer lamps and furniture create a refined ambiance perfect for corporate brunches or casual family dinners.

With summer officially over, our palates are now looking for mild and refreshing flavors that match the cooler rainy season in Metro Manila. That's exactly what we found at Stella through the new dishes on their menu.

We started our lunch with the Trio of Dips (P275.00) which consisted of roasted pumpkin hummus, sun-dried tomato & red pepper mezze, and truffled baba ghanoush, served with wood fired crisps. Among the three, my favorite was the roasted pumpkin hummus. I love hummus and substituting chickpeas with ground roasted pumpkin makes this version smoother, full-bodied with a sweet aftertaste.

Trio of Dips
Next served on our table was the Porchetta "Banh Mi" (P350.00) which is a marriage of Italian and Vietnamese flavors with the thinly cut porchetta topped with Asian slaw and Sriracha mayo, crispy shallots, cilantro and Thai basil, placed inside a Banh Mi slightly roasted in oven for extra crunch. It is then served with fries on the side. I loved the combination of the flavors of the savory porchetta with the aromatic Thai basil and the kick of Sriracha mayo.

Perchetta Banh Mi

Fresh from the oven is the Garlic Bianca Pizza (P350.00) a simple bianca pizza topped with roasted and toasted garlic, fresh baby spinach and Malagos pecorino cheese. It enjoyed munching on the pizza which has a crust which is crispy on the outside and moist and chewy on the inside.

Garlic Bianca Pizza

Next was a very unique and noteworthy pasta dish. The Housemade Chorizo and Garlic Spaghetti (P295.00). A flavorful combination of chorizo, roasted tomatoes and garlic slivers in a dark, well-balanced sauce with hints of both Italian and Asian flavors. It's very affordable too so you can finish a serving of this pasta dish without feeling guilty.

Housemade Chorizo & Garlic Spaghetti

We could smell this fragrant dish as it comes out from the kitchen. The Chowder Stuffed Jumbo Prawns (P595.00) is sure treat for seafood lovers like me. Plump prawns were topped with mixed seafood cream and quickly baked in the over giving the dish a deeper seafood flavor with a slightly crunchy crust. Bring out and blend all the flavors by squeezing fresh lemon on the dish. I love the way how flavorful this dish was, which I think will be best eaten with starch like steamed rice or bread.

We ended our lunch with Warm Chocolate Raspberry Cake (P295) for dessert. The moist cake was sliced witha coconut tuile tog give the cake a contrasting crispy texture. The cake is served with pieces of fish sauce crumble (fish sauce = patis) and topped with whipped hazelnut mousse.

Adding a more refreshing finish to our lunch are some of Stella's drinks. We had the Tropicales (P195.00) a layered drink of pineapple, watermelon and guava juice with fresh cut fruits and berries, and the Cococabana (P275.00) a blended drink of fresh ripe mangoes, coconut cream, vanilla essence and sprinkled with coconut dust.

Stella instantly became one of our favorite restaurants in BGC. We are excited to visit again so we can try the other culinary creations of Stella's Executive Chef, Chef Kalel Chan. It is also an ideal choice for lunch or dinner during a family or barkada staycation in BGC.

Note: All prices are subject to 12% VAT plus service charge. Check out other dishes on their new menu.

Stella Wood-Fired Bistro
Ground Floor Level, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Contact Number: +63 (02) 621-3222
Twitter @stellarocket

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