If you are familiar with Grind Bistro, you probably would have known at this point that they are now down to having two branches- the one in SM Aura and at Net Park, BGC. The one in SM Aura is actually more of a cafe serving pastries, while the one in BGC seems to be a high-end American restaurant, centered on serving burgers, steaks, and other gourmet meat dishes.
Grind Bistro owners Steven and Cristina Carl, a husband and wife tandem, initially visualized of putting up a gourmet burger joint to please Miami Philippine Restaurant foodies. They decided later on to establish a full-fledged restaurant serving a variety of America’s comfort food specialties.
Thanks to the save up on your dining cravings app BigDish, I got 50% discount here on their lean time on a Sunday. That simply meant, I got to enjoy even more of Grind Bistro’s offering for half the price. BigDish is an app that you can use to book at some of the metro’s finest dining places. When you book at a certain time of day, you may get up to 50% discount off of your bill.
The restaurant actually boasts about their spacious dining area, with huge colorful chairs and comfy couches. The lights are set to dim to give off an intimate, relaxing vibe to its customers.
Grind Bistro has a “Create Your Own Steak” option in their menu. I decided on getting a Double Pork Chop (Php 795). It was a double cut meat, with a side of asparagus tempura and french fries. I find the meat on the tough side and hard to bite into, while the fries was very dry, and the asparagus tempura was high on salt. Nevertheless, this was savory and filling for its generous portion.
My friends and I also shared their creativity concocted Gourmet Burger (Php 750). It consists of seared juicy foie gras, onion jam, and sweet and sour balsamic syrup. The 1/3 pound meat was cooked medium well and the duck liver cooked on point. This sinful piece, inspite of being a mouthful was a delight to have, thanks to its mirage of different flavors and textures.
There was also the Nutty Black Chicken with Hazelnut Romesco Sauce and Sweet Chili Glaze (Php 595). We almost didn’t try out this one because of its odd name but am glad we did. This dish with its uncanny pitch black color was prepared in squid ink filled batter, seasoned well and cooked to perfection. It was by far my favorite offering that night, its meat tender and spiced just right.
For dessert, we had their S’mores and Hot Cocoa (Php 380). It actually consisted of toasted marshmallow, chocolate feiullitine, and vanilla ice cream, served in a cauldron with hot chocolate. I highly recommend this one, Grind Bistro’s fine contribution to a long list of S’mores variety. This turned out to be enjoyable to have for our last bite.
As for their shakes, I had a taste of their Chocolate Hazelnut (Php 225) and their Bourbon Caramel (Php 295). I only took like three sips from my Bourbon Caramel, and find it too sweet for my liking. You see Filipinos have an extra layer of sweet palate, but unfortunately, I don’t have that. I did appreciate the Chocolate Hazelnut variety more with its thick and strong presence of cocoa.
Another beverage that we end up having was their glass of refreshing Limeade with Mint (Php 100) priced at Php100). As you know, am a big fanatic of mint.
For comfort food that soothes the soul, pay Grind Bistro a visit and hit me up when you feel like sharing your thoughts about your dining experience. Don’t forget to hook BigDish and get instant savings.