EAT: Filipino comfort food with a twist at Braska Restaurant, Malate

I rarely eat at Filipino restaurants as I prefer home-cooked Filipino dishes at home. But Braska, with its unique twist on Pinoy food, made me curious. Together with friends, we tried some among their not-so-usual menu.

Entering the restaurant, I felt the marriage of formal and casual, with fully set tables with wine glasses on one side, and a wall of reclaimed wood with colorful artworks on the other side. My friends and I loved the ambiance.

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Braska Restaurant. The name comes from the old name of Bocobo Street (where it’s located), Nebraska.

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On one side it looks like a formal dining area…

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…and the other side looks more casual with an artsy vibe

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The wall on that side is made of reclaimed wood from old ancestral houses.

We tried some of their classic and unique offerings. I don’t usually eat meat, but I was curious to try even a few bites of their dishes.

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Some of Braska’s specialties

What was particularly interesting was the beef pares, a classic Pinoy comfort food, placed in a panini. Braska chef Poch Hogar was particularly happy telling us about this creation. A simple street food suddenly became upscale. The pares surprisingly goes well with the panini bread.

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Braska’s bestseller pares panini. Photo by Mai Flores-Campos

They have other options, too, like the pulled pork panini and the classic caldereta, one of their bestsellers.

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Pulled pork panini. Photo by Mai Flores-Campos

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Beef caldereta, another bestseller. Photo by Mai Flores-Campos

I ordered vegetable salad. It was a refreshing healthy addition to the meat-heavy menu.

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Fresh vegetable salad as a healthy option

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Braska also has a bar…

My favorite is their breaded tahong, which is part of their “bar chow.”

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…and some pretty good food to go with drinks like this “Bar Chow” – chicken skin, chicken wings, and breaded tahong (mussels)

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Chef Poch Hogar sharing about the dishes she created, among them the pares panini.

We stayed overnight at the simple and charming art deco-designed Amelie Hotel, which is adjoining to Braska Restaurant, and so we had breakfast there the next day.

(Read my review on Amelie Hotel.)

There was a buffet table of cereal, soup, vegetables for salad, and more. There was also an option for a la carte. We ordered classic Filipino rice meals like tapsilog to go with the salad and cereal.

The menu also had an option for Guava Jelly French Toast, which I was curious to try, but since we wanted a heavy breakfast, we opted for the rice meals or the full spread of continental.

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Breakfast is a combination of buffet and a la carte especially for Amelie Hotel guests.

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Cereal section at the buffet table

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Breads and spreads

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My happy and satisfied breakfast mates

Braska is a chill place to hang out. I love the interiors, and my favorite is the wall of reclaimed wood, as I am partial to ancestral houses. Plus points also for their environment-friendly consideration.

The prices are also quite reasonable. Meals are usually P200 and up.

Braska Restaurant
1669 Bocobo St, Malate, Manila
Open 6:30 am till 12 midnight

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