No! I’m not saying that Crisp on 28th is like a fickle-minded lady on her 2nd day of period who just doesn't know what to do with her life. What I’m saying is…it’s a restaurant that’s still testing the waters - it’s relatively new (opened last July) and is managed by a young team.
But they’re also about experimenting with different cuisines - fusion, innovation, and all that jazz. Ah. That must explain the Betsey x Martha toast box collab, no?
That being said, my second visit to Crisp on 28th was a mix of hits and misses.
Full Courtyard Salad (Php280) with Steak (+Php275)
One of Crisp on 28th's bestsellers. It's like an appetizer (greens), main course (steak), and dessert (sweet beetroot) rolled into one and drizzled with their homemade dressing. The steak was perfectly cooked (rare) but the salad in general wasn't my favorite among the dishes we ate that night - it's good but not great. From the point of view of someone who's been vocal about her apathy toward salads (lels), I don't think the Courtyard Salad is the salad that will change my lack of interest in this particular appetizer.
But! If you'd like to veer away from the usual salads and have Php500+ to spare, then you might want to try this.
Now this was where the Pinoy and Western fusion came in. It was a nice idea, really, and the adobo flakes were tasty and tender. But I thought it was a risky creation because I know that not everyone likes liver - either they like it or they hate it. Sadly, there are no grey areas in between.
I had mixed feelings about this dish - loved how tasty the adobo flakes were but hated the fact that the liver was a bit overpowering.
Falafel Salad Bites (Php290)
Loved this! Granted, I'm a sucker for anything that slightly tastes like kebab, but the falafel patties were delicious and could pass for an M&M's commercial - melts in your mouth!
Longga Plate (Php280)
Oddly enough, out of all the experimental dishes that we tasted that night, this was the meal that everyone liked. There was nothing different or unusual or out-of-the-box-ish about it except that the longganisa was homemade. Goes to show that familiar, although boring at times, isn't always bad. Safe choices can be great, too!
Smoked Salmon (Php450)
I was hesitant to taste this at first because I don't like eating things that look raw but the salmon was well cooked and the fishy smell was barely noticeable when eaten with cream cheese and a bit of lemon juice. It was good, but like the courtyard salad, not that great. Not something that I would order right off the bat because I'm not one to spend half a thousand pesos for a meal that hardly fills my tummy =)
Roasted Sambal Chicken Thighs (Php385)
Another one of their bestsellers and I could totally understand why. I think this meal represents what Crisp on 28th really offers - innovative comfort food (outside influence present on the sambal sauce but localized by adding silog and okra). This dish is like a chili binagoongan chicksilog!
Donut Bites (Php35 each / Php150, 5 pcs.)
My favorite flavor was the peanut butter & jelly, but in general the donuts were just okay, nothing spectacular. They were actually very light and airy, therefore far from being at the bang-for-the-buck level of Krispy Kreme and J.Co. But I thought it was understandable that this wasn't their strongest suit. I mean, hello, I don't think I'd hear anyone say he'd go to Crisp on 28th solely for the donuts...
Pumpkin Cheesecake (Php190)
Located inside Alveo Corporate Center
28th St., BGC, Taguig
0917 584 6883
Open Everyday at 7:00am - 11:00pm
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