I really loved the crunchy and well seasoned fried pork belly served with a trio of condiments. I normally remove the layer of fat from pork belly but since I couldn’t see it I just pretended it wasn’t there and enjoyed it.
✔ ✔ ✔ fountain of youth P199
The addition of three different condiments was a nice touch to the pork not that it needed it. It was already good as it was but with a touch of bagoong dip it was heavenly. Their bagoong was neither too salty nor too sweet.
bagoong dip, tomato vinaigrette, green mango
Everyone loved the bangus belly braised in olive oil and brandy. Think bottled sardines but the gourmet version. The flavors had depth and a little spice from the chilies made this dish perfect with garlic rice.
✔ ✔ ✔ Spanish Style Bangus Belly Sardines P319
Filipinos just love pork. Pork cooked any way. I’m more selective in the pork dishes I like and binagoongan is one of my favorites. Zarzuela’s version is now on the top of my list of best binagoongan. Lean pieces of pork fried until crisp and doused with good bagoong. This is definitely a MUST order.
✔ ✔ ✔ krispy binagoongan P359
This kare kare is the menu of their other restaurant Savor in Rockwell. This is the only dish that I truly didn’t like. It lacked flavor and basically any taste. Forget about the peanutty flavor I always look for in kare kare. One of my friends even commented that the sauce tasted like instant mix. I hope they improve this dish.
✖ Savor kare kare P429
The Savor maruya was an excellent concept. Fried battered bananas topped shreds of langka (jackfruit), vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche and chocolate sauces. I didn’t taste any langka but that’s not what bugged me. It was a really good dessert except that the bananas tasted oily. Thankfully the oil wasn’t rancid. It was just fried wrong. I would have given this dessert three checks if not for that.
✔ Savor maruya P129
Since the maruya didn’t satisfy the sweet tooth of six women I asked the waiter which dessert he recommended. He said the mango sans rival. I’m very, very picky about sans rival so I asked him, “Are you sure it’s crunchy? Really crunchy?” “Yes, ma’am I’ve very sure.” As soon as I sliced the cake into six even slices with nary a fallen crumb I got scared. A bite confirmed my suspicion. The sans rival was as soft a slice of chiffon cake. The waiter apologized and took it out of our bill.
✖ mango sans rival P129
Zarzuela menu (click to enlarge)
Zarzuela has some excellent dishes that I would go back for. I just hope they improve their desserts. Do give it a try and let me know about your experience.
✖ skip it
✔ not bad
✔ ✔ do order
✔ ✔ ✔ MUST order
Zarzuela : A Play of Filipino Flavors
Level 6, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing,
Shaw Boulevard cor. EDSA, Mandaluyong City