*This is rapidly turning into a food week for this blog. For those who are waiting for the next beauty review, give me a few days. I’m a little behind on food posts, and I prefer to have even coverage. It is a food, beauty, and lifestyle blog, after all.*
Recently, all my new restaurant exposure has been limited to what I’ve read online from others. I’ve embraced the digital age with open arms, but a classic “drive by” takes me back to a time when you see the establishment in person before it blows up on your social media accounts. Color me nostalgic.
The restaurant du jour is 7Flavors by celebrity chef, Boy Logro. M and I rode past its bright green facade and 20% off soft opening promotion poster, so we made plans to have dinner with his grandma there.
The interior design is practically a work of art. It looks like a cafe that wouldn’t be out of place in Korea with its recycled wood tabletops and minimalist colors. Though the facade’s wall garden turned out to be faux, I was blown away by the visual impact of how fancy-minimalist-modern it all looked.
Inside, we were greeted with servers dressed in French-themed costumes, red berets and black-and-white striped shirts. Servers were courteous and attentive, so that was the second wow-factor of the evening. Now, for the main event…
Variety is fair for the price, considering the multi-cuisine offering of Asian and Western dishes and the second floor location of the buffet. I think the first floor is primarily for the cafe/a la carte orders.
If there’s one let-down, I’m going to be blunt and say that it’s the flavor and quality of the food. Most of the dishes were under-seasoned, and it was particularly noticeable on the veggie-flavored ones such as Eggplant Parmigiana and Pumpkin Frittata. The natural sweetness of the veggies needs to be tempered with salt to make it more savory. Some of the meats were either dry and/or flavorless. In the case of the pork loin, it was tender but had zero taste, so the orange beurre blanc sauce was the saving grace. Most of the time, the chicken was dry with the exception of the Buttered Chicken (curry) that was cooked and seasoned to perfection. The breaded fish with white sauce was also tasty.
Desserts left me wanting, because the brownies and cakes were also dry. Luckily, there were fresh fruits. An ice cream station would certainly help.
Verdict: Interiors are pretty and the menu varied. Even the price of PHP 499 for weekday dinner less 20% on promo would’ve been okay with me. It’s just a matter of adjusting the seasoning and cooking, and they should do that on the double while still at this soft-open stage. Trendy interiors can only do so much…
196 A. Mabini St., Addition Hills, San Juan del Monte (San Juan City)