Aside from the extensive array of killer drinks and cocktails, The Long Bar at Raffles Makati launched a new power lunch menu called The Long and Short of It consisting some very palatable dishes, from small bites like the bar chows to some really promising entrées. One may indulge on their ala carte dishes or the special tailored set menu; choice of one appetizer and one main course.
This is their Steak Frites – a gorgeous slab of wagyu flank steak served with fries and and a rich, earthy and peppery mushroom sauce. One of my favorites from the entrées we got.
Started the feast with their signature cocktail, the Singapore Sling.
Tanqueray Gin, Cherry Heering, Cointreau, Fresh Lemon and Pineapple, Angostura Bitters topped with a whisper of Benedictine.
Oh it was as good as I remember, fruity with just the right amount of tartness. Notes of lemon and pineapple on a sweet fruit-juice like cocktail that definitely packs a punch as it’s spiked with tanqueray gin.
We tried a bunch of stuff for starters, promising dishes from their bar chow and power lunch menu.
Starting with their Crispy Rock Shrimps with Chili Mayo (P1,000). Plump succulent shrimps with a crispy batter, simple but really good. A light and batter and some slaw for that slight tinge of crunch then there’s some citrus-y notes that balances the rich flavor of the shrimp. Then I tried it with the chili mayo and it provides a wonderful kick of spice leaving me wanting for more.
They also serve these flat-breads cleverly called the long bar… a twist on the classic Tarte flambée.
I’m partial for anything salmon so I got their Smoked Salmon Long Bar… (P350). A light and crispy crust with nice toasted edges a bed of creamy cheese and some chives and cheese giving these nice creamy, buttery notes. Then you hit the smoked salmon bits yielding an awesome bold flavor of the well loved fatty and succulent fish.
Tanqueray Ten, Cherry Blossom, Grand Marnier, Benedictine, Lime and Pineapple Juices, Angostura Foam, 24k gold.
A cocktail with all the good stuff, luxury in a tall glass. It offers the refreshing flavor as the Classic Singapore Sling with the faint tartness of pineapple and lime and packs a punch with a kick of Tanqueray Ten and Grand Marnier. It’s foamy, fruity and the 24k gold flakes, though tasteless adds a nice dimension of texture into it.
Who doesn’t love Pork Rinds (Chicharon)?! Crispy fried fatty goodness with a chilli-tamarind dry rub!
Their Pork Rinds (185) had an awesome crunchy outer bits with the usual chicharon goodness, then you hit the fatty bits and it melts in your mouth. The richness of the fat and all the meaty flavor balanced by their unique dry rub. A right combination of tartness and spice, not to overpower one’s palate but to titillate it, leaving you wanting for more. I could eat this all day, really good stuff.
From one sinful dish to another, I really enjoyed their PBB Trio (P255).
PORK BELLY BUNS! — Succulent pork belly strips with cabbage and mustard. All these good stuff are encased on these little fried buns crispy that’s crispy on the outside. And as you bite into it the meaty goodness of the pork belly overflowing with flavor. The fatty bits almost melts in your mouth and the slaw adds a nice tinge of crunch for a nice contrast in texture. Then you hit the mustard sauce base with a nice hint of tartness and spice to balance the rich flavor of the meat.
Havana Club 3 Anos Rum, Fresh Lime, Thai Basil and Mint, Mandarin Orange, topped with Soda Bubbles.
Still one of my favorite cocktails at the Long Bar. It’s definitely one of the best mojito I had. A right balance between the a bit of tartness from the oranges and a faint hint of mint that balances the bold flavor of the rum. If you like mojito, this one’s a must-try!
For the main entrées I got their Steak Frites and their awesome LECHON Pulled Pork sandwich.
Lechon, lettuce, tomato, hoi sin mayo on sourdough bread
Lechon Pulled Pork Sandwich — AWESOME!!!
Really tender lechon strips filled with meaty goodness, then you hit the veggies retaining a nice tinge of crunch to the bite. Then there’s the hoi sin mayo giving a nice hint of sweetness further highlighting the flavor of the pork strips. It’s a pulled pork sandwich taken to new heights! Lechon strips for pulled pork? A YES!
Wagyu flank steak, french fries, mushroom pepper sauce.
Wagyu flank steak — succulent and well seasoned served with a very rich and peppery mushroom based sauce. Meat that’s full of flavor then you hit the peppers and some of the salt on the side to tweak the saltiness. Then there’s the rich and earthy sauce that further highlight the flavor of the meat. It’s a very hefty meal it’s a fairly big cut of meat plus the fries for some carb fillers.
Local Majestic ham, gruyere cheese, bechamel sauce on rye bread.
Brunch comfort food done right, I really liked their Majestic Ham Croque Monsieur. Rye bread and all it’s faint earthy and sour goodness enveloped by a light bechamel sauce. And then there’s the generous ham slices and all its meaty and savory flavor. And to top it off a mild and nutty cheese that’s gruyere.
A new favorite at the Long Bar, their Chinese Five Spice Fizz got me hooked for its really interesting flavor. An interesting cocktail made with Remy Martin VSOP, lemon, soda bubbles, Chinese 5 Spice syrup, and fresh ginger. The unique kick of taste from the five spice keeps you wanting to drink more. And I love the candied ginger bits too!
For our sweet endings, we tried almost all of their dessert offerings; The Long Bar Cheesecake, Mango Coconut Trifle, and their Bread and Butter Pudding.
Light mango cheesecake with a nice caramelized top.
The Long Bar Cheesecake (P300) — A nice creamy cheesecake base with a sweet graham crust, you’ll get faint fruity notes of the mango and as you hit it with the berries on the side their tartness gives a nice bit of tartness.
Light creamy custard base with layers of mango and coconut giving a nice medley of fruity goodness, sweet but not cloying, it’s a very light and refreshing sweet tooth treat.
Their Bread and Butter Pudding with English Toffee Ice Cream (P300) is a really simple and good sweet tooth treat, very worthy of the raves it got from all of us. A warm pudding buttery and light and then you hit the fruits giving a nice hint of tartness really soft as if some of the bits would melt in your mouth. Then you hit it with the cold English Toffee Ice Cream giving this nice contrast of warm and cold and a spike of sweet flavor that I just can’t get enough of. This one’s a must-try!
After all the booze and that much good food, I just felt the need of getting tea, you know, a nice warm cup to end the awesome brunch.
I got their cinnamon tea! A warm cup of happiness with this amazing aroma added a little bit of honey and it’s just perfect.
VERDICT: An awesome power lunch menu, good bar chows now it’s definitely a nice addition to Long Bar’s menu. Got to enjoy some really good stuff; well prepared entrees, reinvented pub favorites and their killer cocktails. Service was laudable too, I’m going back for the Steak Frites and the LECHON Pulled Pork Sandwich!
VALUE FOR MONEY: Depending on what you order, cocktails and menu items here can be really pricey. But if you have the resources to splurge for some good food, go try stuff from their new menu!
The Long Bar, Raffles Makati
1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue
Makati City, 1224
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