For those who are looking for a place to practice the Spanish tradition of Sobremesa that is to socialize after meals, look no further as I think Sobremesa restaurant will make you hang around longer to do just that.
I recently had the pleasure trying out Sobremesa and sampling their new dishes. Sobremesa’s food was honestly new to my palate as their offered flavorful dishes are a fusion of Latin American and Filipino influences which was created by Chef Benjo Tuason, the same man behind Relik and URBN in Bonifacio Global City.
Sobremesa’s interior is modern yet homey which made me want to unwind and exchange stories with my family, friends, or with Me-An.
As Sobremesa promotes socialization over good food, they placed a small cage in each table where guests may store their phones. They placed a card on it which says…
Delicious conversations starts when we keep our gadgets here. First one who reconnects, treats everyone!
Isn’t that cool? If Me-An challenges me to put my phone there, I’m sure I’ll end up treating her.
This food review of mine will be shorter than usual since, as mentioned, South American-Filipino fusion dishes are new to me. Please bear with me as I’m not strongly acquainted with Latin American dishes.
We started off our meal with a basket of SHRIMP POPPERS, PhP 250 (or 5.2 USD). The shrimp’s crispy texture paired with the savory dressing made up for a good appetizer.
You’ll be happy to know that Sobremesa offers value meals on top of their standard menu in order to cater to those people looking for good food at a mid-range price. Their value meals come with rice and iced tea.
The are a lot of dishes offered like the Filipino classic the savory BISTEK-STYLE BANGUS WITH SALTED EGG AND TOMATO SALSA or the PERUVIAN SPICED ROASTED CHICKEN, both priced PhP 250 (or 5.2 USD) respectively.
I got to try out their STIR-FRIED BEEF AND PEPPERS WITH POACHED EGG, PhP 250 (or 5.2 USD) which I found the poached egg unexpectedly complementing the stir-fried beef and peppers. I just wish they add more seasoning to it as it lacks a bit of taste.
Meanwhile, Sobremesa’s SAUTÉED SEAFOOD WITH CHILI GARLIC BUTTER AND WHITE BEANS SALSA, PhP 250 (or 5.2 USD) is a good choice for those looking for a spicy meal. The white beans salsa is a bit interesting as it’s unique. I wasn’t able to taste it though so I couldn’t describe it.
What really caught my attention was the DEEP-FRIED PORK BELLY, PhP 250 (or 5.2 USD). It looked plain and simple but it surprised me as the seasoning was very good in the delicious, crunchy pork belly.
Moving over to their main course, I immediately dug in on the SOBREMESA RIBS (no price yet). That thing was huge! The meat was tender, but I found it to be a bit dry. There is nothing an extra sauce can’t fix.
If the ribs were a bit average for my taste buds, Sobremesa’s GRILLED LAMB STEAK, PhP 565 (or 11.67 USD) is what I think is my favorite dish out of all that I’ve tried. The seasoning on the lamb was perfect and the meat was really juicy. It was a bit difficult to eat it due to its bony structure, but it didn’t stop me from eating it.
I also found their CARNE Y GAMBAS (no price yet) to be just as good. The Sirloin steak was roasted very well. Additionally, it tasted really good even without the help of any sauce.
We finished up our meal with some sweet treats, one of it is the SALTED CARAMEL AND BANANA CHEESECAKE, PhP 230 (or USD 4.78). The cheesecake was sweet and decadent. The banana on top complemented it, while the drizzled thick salted caramel sauce helped balance the sweetness.
Sobremesa is Reasonable
Overall, I found Sobremesa to be reasonable. Although I found some of the meals to be average at best, some are really good with its strong flavors with a fairly good price. Adventurous foodies will also be pleased with their fusion dishes. Lastly, the ambiance makes one feel comfortable. I really think it’s a perfect place for reconnecting with one’s family and friends.
Other restaurants that are great for hanging out are the following:
Sapphire Bloc Ortigas Center, Ortigas, Pasig City.
Operating Hours: 11AM to 2PM and 5PM to 11PM (Mon. to Thurs.) and 11AM to 2PM and 5PM to 12 midnight (Fri. to Sun.)