Our waistlines seem to be the benchmark for setting New Year’s resolutions, having failed to resist gluttony, what with the many colorfully-delicious and mouth-watering dishes you only get to see and taste during the holidays, leaving you a happy tummy but feeling guilty plate after plate. But while most will swear to hit the gym or go on a crash diet to lose the extra inches earned like unwanted Christmas gifts, the rest of us are on the lookout for new dining spots for our next gastronomic misadventure. And as if on perfect timing that IGersManila got invited by Fez Gastro Pub BGC to try out their latest menu offering. With fellow IGersManila #TheMods Ed Calaycay (@edcalaycay) and Petim Maminta (@ipetim), we tagged along our #TheColl members Ivan Borlongan (@ivanborlongan), Iana Peralta (@ianaperalta), Oscar Garcia (@oscardelahopia) and Christoffer King Perfiñan (@christofferking).
Fez, a word that either refers to the Turkish/Arabic hat or the second largest city in Morroco, what this restaurant and bar is rightfully named after, as it offers an intimate dining spot for enjoying modern fusion Morrocan cuisine. It’s not exactly a new joint in the Serendra block, but with its Arabic-spiced menu, Fez surely is an added attraction for Instagram’er-cum-foodie like me. My snapshots below (posted via Twitter and Instagram) aren’t enough to do these Fez delicacies justice, it’s my first time (except for the Kebab) and each dish served seem to explode with flavors, new and spicy, but all delicious.
Persian Kebab with Basmati Rice
The unlimited Indian crisper called Papadum tasted like pesto flakes, the neophyte’s appetizer that preps up the tongue for the Morrocan fare on offer. The Persian Kebab is an all-in meal – fresh beef and chicken grilled with olives, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber – complemented with Basmati rice. And there’s a reason why the Fez Merguez Pizza is a bestseller, the spicy Merguez sausages and ground beef blend flavorfully well with prunes, apricots, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and what we all Instagram’er agreed to be a generous topping of mozzarella cheese, on a super thin crust that we were told to be an original recipe. And the star of the feast, is the Morrocan Tagines, that’s beef savored with saffron over a layer of couscous. It’s like feasting on Kaldereta, but the couscous is a totally different experience – like eating miniaturized beans – with the sweet and spicy toppings giving you tasteful options.
As expected, we were all busy snapping photos before each meal but we definitely had fun and enjoyed all the food. And while we didn’t want to play the food critic, we all agreed that this new gastronomic experience inspired us to “feast” not only with photos or videos for our visual satisfaction, but for our seemingly always-hungry tummy as well. So the next time you’re at BGC, be sure to drop by Fez Gastro Pub at Unit C07-A, Piazza Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, 1634 Taguig.
Keep the good vibes rolling! #KTGVR