Monday, April 16, 2018

First Bite: Mimi & Bros

I simply cannot resist comfort food. And now with how things are going in Manila, I need daily supply of good food. Thankfully, a new restaurant just opened and it offers dishes that would definitely make get by a bad day. 

Hello, Mimi & Bros!
This charming restaurant situated at the corner of Crossroads, one of the pioneer food hubs in Bonifacio Global City, is now ready to tickle your taste buds with glee!
Currently on soft opening, Mimi and Bros offers familiar dishes like buffalo wings, tacos, fried chicken, burgers and ribs, all interpreted in a refreshing and delectable way. 
I got to try a handful of dishes from its menu during its media event last Wednesday.
For starters, we tried Breakfast Nachos (PHP355) which was topped with scrambled eggs, chorizo and corn! The chunky and flavorful toppings complemented by the thin and crisp chips is a great way to start a meal.
Mimi's Fried Chicken (PHP255, quarter with one side | PHP425, half with two sides | PHP685, whole with three sides) is nothing short of delicious! The beautifully battered chicken was crispy in every bite and was seasoned well that you don't even need to put gravy on it! 
I actually forgot about the gravy after one bite as it was already good as is. But, I liked it even more with Cilantro Mayo. It gave my crunchy meal that slight tangy flavor that I love. 
Another must try here at Mimi & Bros are the pork ribs! There are three kinds of pork ribs to choose from -- Classic BBQ Pork Ribs (PHP695, half slab with two sides | PHP1195, full slab with three sides), Smokey Bacon Pork Ribs (PHP775, half slab with two sides | PHP1345, full slab with three sides) and Rootbeer BBQ Pork Ribs (PHP695, half slab with two sides | PHP1195 full slab with three sides). 
Each one was tender and packed with sweet barbeque flavor. 
But if I were to choose just one, I'd definitely go with Smokey Bacon! The bacon strips gave a slight salty taste which added contrast in flavor. 
For sauces, I highly recommend that you go crazy. I tried half of the sauces and loved each one with Cilantro Mayo as my favorite!  
If you're not into pork but want something heavy, I suggest that you try its 6-Hour BBQ Beef Shortribs (PHP685 with three sides and three sauces). This may not be as flavorful as the Pork BBQ Ribs but it has that divine pure beefy taste that would leave you wanting more. Pair it with one of the many sauces for that extra flavor. 
I was very excited to try the sinful Chicharon Crusted Pork Chops (PHP425) as I love crunchy dishes. But the chicharon crust left me underwhelmed. It was a bit too chewy which I raised to Chef Ed. He told me that it must have been overcooked as it such should have not been the case. I liked the contrast between the salty pork and sweetened apple slices. I'll still give this another try though and I hope that I'll be wowed next time. 
I also got to take a bite of Bro's Burger (PHP285) and Bro's Rib Sandwich (PHP245) which were both great! Bro's Burger, described as 70% Beef and 30% Bacon, sounds like my kind of burger and it was amazing! The chunky patty was oozing with flavor and I didn't even need to put on condiments! 
Bro's Rib Sandwich was lovely too with its slight sweet taste. But I'd go with Bro's Burger anytime. (Note: These are just samples and not the actual size of the burgers.)
And if you're thirsty, try one of Mimi & Bro's cocktails! With its drinks designed by ABV, it would be hard to pick a favorite! 
Though quite pricey at PHP250-350 per glass, you'll surely get your money's worth.
I'll definitely be back soon!

Note: Half of Mimi & Bros turn into an al fresco space after 5 p.m. as inspired by walk up bars in L.A. 

Mimi & Bros is located at Ground Floor, Crossroads, 32nd Street, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

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