Monday, July 17, 2017

First Bite: Seared

I've always wanted to visit Seared after seeing some of its mouthwatering photos online. However, my weird schedule was never cooperative and I always find myself being anywhere but Julia Vargas. Thankfully, my schedule last Saturday finally cleared up and I managed to join Always Hungry PH's food crawl's first stop. 
Hello, Seared!
I was greeted by a two-story restaurant with chic interiors. The huge slab of lighted marble dining table sure was eye-catching. 
The second floor could accommodate around 20 guests and it's ideal for those who want to chill and order drinks from the bar. 
While waiting, I ordered Love Hurts (PHP150) while R went with Elle (PHP135). 
Soon, plate after plate of mouthwatering dishes were served.
The first dish that caught my eye was Cowabunga (PHP265). This plate of taco cups stuffed with flavorful wagyu beef chili topped with homemade bechamel cheese sauce, bell peppers and chopped tomatoes was absolutely delicious! 
The Salted Egg Chicken Poppers (PHP250) was nothing spectacular as it was your usual battered chicken in salted egg sauce. 
The Sardinella (PHP235) had a nice mild spice from the Spanish sardines and herby taste from oregano. It also had a bit of garlicky kick which I liked. 
But if you prefer red sauce instead of oil based for your pasta, you might want to order the Meaty Pomodoro (PHP235) which was made extra flavorful with minced beef and onions. 
If burger is more your thing, then you have to try Seared's Bleu Cheese Burger (PHP390). The pan-seared wagyu beef patty was beautifully seasoned as each bite was packed with flavor and oozing with meaty goodness. The strong flavored bleu cheese and caramelized onions added contrasting flavors that made this dish a winner. Do try the twister fries it comes with too. It's worth the calories.
Kids would fall in love with Hamilton (PHP285), Seared's version of country style chicken. What I liked about this is that they used chicken fillet making it easier for impatient foodies to indulge in this crispy and juicy goodness. 
And for serious meat lovers, Seared has the Godfather (PHP1,685) which is a platter of A Chops (sous-vide French-cut pork chop), Hannibal (marbled wagyu beef brisket), Hamilton and BBQ Baby Back Ribs
I wasn't able to try the beef brisket and the ribs but I managed to get a few pieces of A Chops. It was tender though a tad dry so make sure that you get some sauce.
My favorite would be Mr. Porter (PHP3,100), the succulent pan-seared wagyu porterhouse. Though it comes with a hefty price of three grand, each bite would convince you that it was worth every cent. It was oozing with delectable flavor and there was not a single morsel of meat that made me think that I was eating something substandard. 
But if meat is not your thing, do order the Seared Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce (PHP650). This salmon fillet with thyme and lemon butter reduction would make you sing Under the Sea. I loved its slight tangy taste and buttery goodness. It also comes with mashed potato and salad but I zeroed in on the beautiful slab of salmon
I wasn't able to try the nachos but based on how JC finished it, it must be really good.
To cap our meal, we feasted on Skillet S'mores (PHP150) and I fell in love with the perfectly torched marshmallows. It was lightly drizzled with chocolate syrup and the crushed graham base was equally delightful. 
It is definitely something I'll order again. 
Overall, it was a good meal. I have some favorites I'd go back for. I just hope that they'd do something with the very slow service for the drinks. 
It took over an hour to serve my strawberry yogurt drink and R's raspberry and ginger mocktail.

Seared is located at Ground Floor, Techno Point Building, Julia Vargas Avenue, Pasig City.

Seared Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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