URBN Bar and Kitchen — It’s so much more than a party place, as they serve really good contemporary comfort food. A gorgeous feast of premium dry-aged steaks, rack of lamb, ribs and so many sinful dishes that would excite everyone. A classy restaurant without the attitude, its laid back dining setting is what I really liked.
Stars of the feast, their Australian rack of lamb and the In-house dry aged ribeye that got countless raves for their sheer awesomeness.
The place was just spacious and gorgeous, a combination of moderm design influences and then you have the couches, comfy and chic. The service was great too, with very attentive and pleasant servers, it’s a great place without the attitude, the snootiness, which I really liked.
Started the dinner with the most basic of things, some home made potato chips and dips.
Some home made potato chips served with aioli and pesto dip, it’s one fun snack, the simple stuff; some crispy chips with the dips giving the much needed flavor to it, the aioli ever so creamy and the pesto dip that’s light and nice, its simple but good nonetheless.
Crispy Jamon Serrano and manchego bechamel.
I love their Double Baked Manchego Souffle! Took a bite and was drowned with all of it’s cheesy goodness, ah the manchego cheese, creamy, almost buttery and piquant with the base and the cheese bits almost melting in your mouth, a hot swarm of cheesy goodness then you hit the jamon serrano bits not only giving a nice tinge of crunch, but giving a wonderful spike in flavor, it is really good.
Tartlets that’s crumbly, bite into it and you hit the cheese and bacon filling, with the bacon bits giving off the slightest bit of crunch, then the onions, starchy and a bit sweet, then you hit the pesto and cream cheese topping, simple and good.
Mixed greens, poached pears, candied walnuts, shaved parmesan and a raspberry vinaigrette.
A delectable mesclun of greens, then you hit the poached pears, which I really like as it improves its flavor and texture, then the candied walnuts, sweet crispy bits of joy and the shaved parmesan bits, but what really makes this salad special was the light and fruity raspberry vinaigrette.
Scallops with cauliflower puree and crispy jamon.
Plump scallops, seared, succulent with some crispy bits this being seared, then you hit the creamy and light cauliflower puree, and I got to enjoy the good medley of very simple flavors, got another one this time with the jamon and it gave a wonderful kick to it, a spike of flavor and texture withh all its cured and salty goodness.
A light and refreshing shrimp cocktail, eat the shrimps alone and you get this nice tinge of spice, leaving you wanting for more, but then if you hit it with the cucumber and mango bits, you get this fruity and creamy combination of flavors that’s very nice, its well balanced flavors is just right to whet the appetite.
Herb and horseradish crust, roasted pumpkin and a garlic yogurt sauce.
One of the highlights of the dinner, their Australian Rack of Lamb was really good! An herb-y crust and then you hit the lamb that’s succulent, tender with the fatty bits almost melting in your mouth, then there’s the yogurt sauce, ligth and creamy with that hint of garlic flavor to balance that gaminess of the meat. The roasted pumpkin was a nice touch, it gives off a slightly different flavor and texture. This should not be shared! It’s really good, you’d be tempted to keep all the good stuff for yourself. 😀
Ribs wet rubbed with a sticky bbq based sauce served with rice pilaf and chili butter sweet corn kernels. The sweet wet rub of the ribs was nice, giving off a nice smoky, bbq flavor, the meat was fork tender and with the rice pilaf, it’s definitely filling. I do like the hint of spiciness from the corn, gives off a nice tinge of heat, and a abit of contrast in flavor.
I really liked those mini Black Benny Angus Burgers, tender and thick angus burger patties with a nice toasted outer layer topped with mild cheddar then you hit the bacon onion jam that’s smoky and salty at the same time and the aioli at the base for that creamy kick, the patty was nice, thick and well seasoned. For the mini curried shrimp burgers, though I like that hint of spiciness from the curry mayo and the nice tinge of crunch of the coleslaw, I find the curry flavor to be a bit overpowering as I wasn’t able to fully appreciate the flavor of the shrimp patty.
A pan fried steak that’s nice and well seasoned covered with mushroom gravy and served with mashed potatoes, The steak was really flavorful and some may find it to be a little bit salty, but I love salty stuff so I was totally fine with it, my advice is to hit it with the mashed potatoes, it takes the flavor down a notch.
URBN’s take on the classic mac and cheese was awesome! You still get the crumbly top and the cheesy and chewy macaroni bits but the inclusion of chorizo and all its salty and smoky glory gives their Mac and Choreese quite special. It’s very simple and very good goes well with the ribs and steaks we had.
Saving the best for last we had their In-House Dry-Aged Bone-In Ribeye Steak, as soon as this beauty was served at our table, I was excited of its seemingly succulent meat, its wonderful aroma, and all its glisterring goodness. The steak was cooked medium rare, tried it first without the sauce and I oh so love how the meat was really succulent and the fatty bits melting in my mouth giving me utter bliss, herb-y rich flavors that I’d gladly eat even without the sauce. The ribeye being dry aged, it gives off a more pronounced beefy flavor and a more tender meat, it was really, really good.
Then for desserts, the sweet ending to this lovely feast, we tried a lot! 😉
Mango or Chocolate served with Vanilla and Chocolate Sauce.
For their classic souffle, we tried both mango and chocolate variants, though the mango souffle offers a more lighter flavor with the fruity mango base and the sweet caramel syrup, I’m a shameless chocho-holic so I really liked the chocolate version better, oh rich chocolate goodness when you hit it with the chocolate sauce and everything just melts in your mouth warm, chocolate-y, sweet — awesome.
Chocolate Love-Ah Cake with rock salt and extra virgin olive oil.
It’s no secret that I have this obsession about chocolate lava cakes, I just love the varying flavor, texture, and temperature when you eat it, URBN’s Chocolate Love-Ah Cake takes it further with the inclusion of some rock salt, those salty bits gives a nice hint of salty flavor as you get lost in the warm chocolate cake base, the gooey chocolate stuffing and the subtle flavor of the vanilla ice cream that’s cold and comforting. The nuts on the base was a nice touch, gives that nice hint of crunch to the bite for a more interesting texture.
For those that love things that are sweet and salty at the same time, their salted caramel cheesecake is truly an awesome sweet tooth treat, oh light and creamy cheesecake base topped with a generous drizzle of caramel that’s sweet and sticky then you have these rock salt bits giving a nice hint of saltiness, it was definitely my favorite of the desserts that we had.
VERDICT: URBN Bar and Kitchen serves really good contemporary comfort food; premium dry-aged steaks, lamb ribs, all the good stuff in one place. Good food and excellent service, and I love the fact that the place is devoided of any snootiness, it’s cozy and inviting, and I can’t wait to go back here and try some other stuff.
VALUE FOR MONEY: Depending on what you get, menu items can be a tad pricey, but if you’re willing to splurge, reward yourself for a special occasion and have good food, it’s very well worth the price.