Chris wanted to treat us for her birthday and she asked me if I could suggest a place. I just saw the review of Borough on Our Awesome Planet a few days before and it caught my interest.
Borough is named after the five boroughs in New York – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island. Borough the restaurant brings New York’s comfort food 24 hours, 7 days a week to the residents of Manila.
The Elvis sandwich was surprisingly listed under appetizers. I would have thought fried peanut butter and banana sandwich would be under the all day breakfast category. We all enjoyed it though specially with a dab of coconut dulce de leche and sour cream.
the Elvis sandwich P170
The chocolate chicken wings had mixed reviews. I personally didn’t like it so much. The flavor of cinnamon with a light hint of chocolate was evident but it was the heat of chili that dominated the taste. I wish it were crisp instead just soft.
chocolate chicken wings P280
The Caesar salad was quite nice with a light garlicky dressing. The bread on top as called an egg rothko. It was a slice of brioche coated with egg and fried. I wish there was a runny fried egg on top of the bread instead. That would have been more interesting than a French toast.
Rothko Caesar salad P200
Rochelle and Elisa had the onion soup. I tried it and loved the thick, gooey layer of salty & nutty Gruyère cheese. They didn’t scrimp on the cheese. The soup was little bit salty though.
French onion soup P200
Yvonne had the tomato soup. She found it a bit sweet. I tried it and found it just right. It was rich and creamy but there was a ‘tin can’ taste from the canned tomatoes used. Too bad since it was one of the better tomato soups I’ve tasted.
tomato soup P120
For me the big test of this restaurant was their cheeseburger which at P400 was not exactly cheap. The first thing I asked our server was, “Does the burger contain any eggs or extenders?” She guaranteed me that it was all beef and seasonings only. I simply cannot stand burgers with any extenders as you may know if you’ve read my other reviews of burgers.
I am very happy to report that this burger was all beef and it was seasoned with just salt and pepper. It was awesome! It’s almost as good if not a even a little better than my favorite burger from Chili’s. The beef patty tasted like good steak and it wasn’t greasy. The edges of the cheese were crisp and that gave a good salty crunch to the burger. Even the fries were great!
all beef cheeseburger P400
The biggest surprise was the bbq pulled pork sandwich. I never thought I’d find this in Manila and one that’s even better than the authentic Southern style pulled pork I had in Virginia.
BBQ pulled pork sandwich P220
The pork was super tender and the sauce was a strong vinegary, spicy bbq sauce that we all liked. The coleslaw was the perfect addition to tame the heat and sourness of the meat plus it added a much appreciated crunch.
Rochelle ordered the banana amaretto french toast for her main course. Smart girl! It was soooooooo decadent and heavenly. The bread was soaked in a banana custard and topped amaretto caramel flambe. It tasted so buttery and despite all the syrupy liquid drowning the French toast it was surprisingly not too sweet. It was a perfect balance of flavor, texture and all things good. This would work as a dessert for sharing too.
banana amaretto french toast P300
The server suggested the Mom’s milk and cookies. I think they should change the name to Mom’s cookies and milk. Don’t you think that sounds less awkward?
There were two types of cookies. A toll house type chocolate chip cookie and a spicy ginger cookie. Both were warm, soft and chewy. The milk was sweet and tasted like cream. I later learned that it was a combination of fresh milk and vanilla ice cream. The small bottle of milk came in an ice bucket and we were given small shot glasses that were just right for dunking our mini cookies in. This was truly comfort food.
mom’s milk and cookies P170
I’m so happy that Borough opened in Podium which is a stone’s throw away from where I work. I’m so happy they serve really good food and dessert. I’m not happy with their service and warm aircon but those things will eventually improve. I hope they maintain the quality of their food and add even more unique products not found in Manila’s restaurants. Thanks Borough, you brought New York closer to us. But did you forget hotdogs and pretzels?
Borough soft opening menu - front (click to enlarge)
appetizers, soup, salads, mains
The chicken burger was a healthier choice than my favorite cheeseburger. The burger was super tender and juicy. The monterey jack cheese was perfect on the mildly flavored chicken burger. It added just the right saltiness and creaminess. I didn’t really taste the corn salsa and I forgot to look if it’s really under the patty.
chili chicken burger P380
The dish that brought a smile to my face was the homemade pumpkin ravioli. Take a bite of the ravioli and you taste sweet pumpkin filling accented by savory basil pesto, fragrant browned butter, toasted pecans and dried cranberries. It was an amazing play of flavors and textures that brought ooohhhs and aaaahhhs to everyone who tried it. This is definitely a must-order!
homemade pumpkin ravioli P250
One of the owners of Borough was there and he gave us a plate of Brooklyn cheesecake to try. Even though we were groaning from our over filled bellies we tried the baked cheesecake topped with caramel sauce and toasted pecans. Another hit!
There were chunks of cream cheese in the cheesecake and the caramel sauce wasn’t cloyingly sweet but added a depth of almost bitter dark caramel flavor to the cheesecake. One of the better cheesecakes I’ve tasted in a restaurant.
Brooklyn cheesecake P220
GF, Unit 107A, The Podium Mall,
12 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong