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.
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.
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.
They have other options, too, like the pulled pork panini and the classic caldereta, one of their bestsellers.
I ordered vegetable salad. It was a refreshing healthy addition to the meat-heavy menu.
My favorite is their breaded tahong, which is part of their “bar chow.”
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.
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.
1669 Bocobo St, Malate, Manila
Open 6:30 am till 12 midnight