I am such a Tita. I have been since that term even trended. I don’t drink and I have never really entered a bar or pub before. I don’t do parties, #TGIF gimiks, and my night life consists of me scrolling through my phone or writing on my planners and journals. So when I got invited by Zomato PH for a dinner at Pablo’s Pub and Restaurant, I actually hesitated at first! I thought it was going to be just drinks but boy am I grateful I accepted the offer!
I arrived late in the venue because of traffic (as usual lol) so I was really worried that they were halfway through it already. But when I found out they haven’t started yet, I felt a huge load of burden on my chest fade away. LOL. I had an ample amount of time to take photos of the place and let you guys have a sneak peek of what Pablo’s looks like inside.
Of empty glasses and filled bottles
I was really surprised that we had the place all to ourselves (well, aside from a couple dining in and another couple who entered when we were almost done) and it was kind of enticing to just relax and hang around the place – very far from what I had imagined it to be! Pablo’s actually has a renegade feel – black paint, leather seats, and hint of mob class here and there.
While waiting for the others, Javier, one of the owners of the place told us where they got the name of the place. He said it was from Pablo Escobar, now, I have only heard of the name from a few of my officemates but according to a page on the world wide web, Wikipedia to be exact, Pablo Escobar was a Colombian drug lord and drug trafficker responsible for supplying an estimated 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States, turning over US $21.9 billion a year in personal income.
Can you see that small room with a television in the back of the place? That’s actually a function room that can be entered through a sliding door-slash-bookshelf of some sort! For P10,000 (or around $206), a group of 15-20 people can fit in the place with food and drinks. I actually thought it was a cool idea.
Surprisingly amazing food!
I didn’t really expect the food to be so good. This was my first time in a pub, I swear, and I have nothing to rave about but their tasty food. Upon arrival, I was given a glass of this Jameson Irish Whiskey and Coke (which I didn’t really touch because first, I don’t drink, and second, I’ve been soda-free for five years now). But it did taste good according to my fellow Zomato foodies!
The food that was first served to us was this mouth-watering basket of their own Paprika Fries (P160). I’m a publicly confessed french fry junkie so the thought of having to try yet another version of fries was so gratifying. It was a bit salty though for my personal preference but I still enjoyed the unique flavor to it (it was my first time to try paprika fries).
We were then served with their flavorful Spicy Chicken Tenders (P250). I’m a Bicolana and it’s given that we really love spicy food and although the name of the dish says spicy, the kick of spice in it wasn’t really enough for me. I have to commend them though for the perfect blend of tang and I think it was just enough for people who don’t have the same level of tolerance to spicy food as I have. It came with a sour cream dip but I prefer it be taken without it though for the emphasis of the flavor.
Then came the Chicharon Bulaklak (P230)! For those living in other parts of the world, Chicharon Bulaklak is a dish made out of deep-fried pork intestines and is a famous pulutan (food or snacks provided as accompaniment to alcoholic drinks) here in the Philippines! I got really guilty while eating it because I am still trying hard to lose weight and I make myself believe I’m on a diet. Haha! But I did enjoy it. It’s far from the usual chicharon bulaklak. It was very crispy and less oily than most versions of it. I also loved their take on the vinegar dip they had for it.
Just looking at it all in one place made me feel really guilty but I would be lying if I say I didn’t enjoy every single bite! It just seemed that one flavor complemented the other and they were all so distinct. All of it was good for sharing and are offered at a very affordable price. I say this just by basing on the location of Pablo’s.
And last but not the least, the star of the night, their bestseller and my favorite among all the food served to us, Pablo’s Cheeseburger (P190). Almost everyone in the table had a lot of questions directed to Chef Mario, the head chef of Pablo’s, about this yummy burger! The bun, toasted in brioche, was the softest bun I’ve ever tried on a burger, in all honesty. The patty was cooked medium well and just had the right taste for me although I’m not fond of cheeseburgers.
Woah, an alcohol analyzer? Wait, what?
This really caught my attention. Although, as I have mentioned earlier, I don’t drink, I think it was really nice of them to have an alcohol analyzer in the place. This device just lets a person blow on a straw inserted on that red circle area on it and then it quickly informs them if they have just the right amount of alcohol, or if they’re too drunk already to drive. Better to be safe and sure than to drink and drive!
PROMO ALERT! Pablo’s is currently celebrating its anniversary week from October 10 – 13, 2016! They’re offering their Pablo Cheeseburgers in the best sulit deals ever! You can buy 2 Pablo’s Cheeseburgers for P299 (originally priced at P190) and 2 Double Cheeseburgers for P549 (originally P290 each). Hurry up and avail of this sweet offer!
Pablo’s Pub and Restaurant
The Forum, 7th Avenue Corner Federacion Drive,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Monday – Thursday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Friday – Saturday: 5:00 PM – 3:00 AM
Disclaimer: I was invited by Zomato to dine in Pablo’s Pub and Restaurant. All thoughts and opinion about the resaurant and food are completely mine.