Saturday, December 4, 2010

Apartment 1B: Gourmet Comfort Food

Recently heralded at the Manila's Best Kept Restaurant Secrets 2010 "Best Bistro" category seemed to be expats' favorite dwelling and dining haven. I was there just to take a late lunch and I noticed a plethora of foreign brass in casual Saturday clothes occupying almost all the al fresco tables outside, much like a Breakfast at Tiffany style-tidings.


The welcoming facade with a signage that exclaims "gourmet comfort food" speaks of a slice of heaven experience when you're here.


Apartment 1B a quaint place sitting at the brethren of the One Lafayette Square, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Characterized by the cozy and casual atmosphere blending with a homey touch with the presence of of their sofa bed and cushioned seats perched in a Texas-country home style rug. The counter is reminiscent to Australian bistro where pull-out menus are written on boards. The second floor comprises arrays of tables and chairs, again with a sofa bed and this time a large plasma TV hanging on the wall. Here is indeed an epitome of a warm abode(even the washrooms are a lot like those found in the hotel apartment); but the name Apartment 1B is actually derived from their unit number, a naming concept revolutionized by 6750.


My table is delectably graced by a Half Roast Chicken(Php430 + 10% SC) with fresh herbs, garlic mashed potato, complimented by a deliciously prepared gravy like no other. Concluding entree is of course a dulce deliciozo, a creme de la creme, a dessert. Frozen Pie(Php190 + 10% SC). Don't think it's just a piece of cake. It's essentially a frozen vanilla ice cream with Oreo crust drizzled with caramel and chocolate syrup with crushed walnut. It's probably one of those desserts that makes you forget your name, as the cliche goes.


The restaurant is a brainchild of Marilou Diaz Lim. I was supposed to order their baked Samosa but I don't have the gastric vacancy to accommodate my entire cravings. It's a gourmet goodness at its best. My hats off to the fine craftsmanship of Marilou Diaz Lim and making it at the year's FnB's most coveted accolade, MBKRS.

15 comments:

  1. I drooled over the veggies and mashed potatoes XD

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  2. @katey: yeah, but you should also try that frozen pie. it's really yumyum.

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  3. is the toppings nuts? I hate nuts on my dessert eh.

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  4. @katey: really? because without the crushed walnuts, the frozen pie will be nothing more than a chocolate crusted ice cream only.

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  5. Apartment 1B is just the kapitbahay of my former office. I love their gourmet popcorn and the margherita pizza. You should try the popcorn John.

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  6. @ladyE: i will probably come back to try it out. for next week, i am slated to dine at Terry's Selection(Chino Roces Ext) or I Am Angus(Yakal St).

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  7. malapit sa amin pareho ni e ang pupuntahan mo, hehehe.

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  8. @katey: saan dun ang malapit, ang Terry's Selection? or ang I Am Angus.

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  9. wow you finished that chicken all by yourself? looks like such a big piece!

    and the dessert looks so good! im definitely going to salcedo one of these days :D

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  10. @Smarla: hahaha, para mo na ring sinabi na maseba ako kumain. hahaha, but yes, i am, of some sort, a gourmand too. hahaha. i think a foodie should possess not only a fine taste but a fit-up gastronome. :) the frozen pie is a to-die-for. :)

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  11. @Smarla: by the way, at the area where apartment 1B is located at, you can also check out La Cuisine Francais and Terry's Selection, magkakalapit lang mga yun.

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  12. Pareho, Chino roces and yakal, hehe.

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  13. Grabe description mo palang tulo laway na ako hehe di kasi nag lo load un pictures sa akin bagal ng internet ko or something is wrong with my connection ; ( I want the dessert hehe
    xoxo
    MrsM

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  14. the frozen pie is a masterpiece.

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  15. @Katey: owww? ibig sabihin palagi kayo kumakain together?

    @Michelle: grabeh, superdupermegalidicously yummy talaga yung dessert. what happened to your internet connection, kanino ka ba nakasubscribe.

    @Rome: oh yeah, and that just might be the only reason for me to keep on coming back.

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