XO46 Heritage Bistro (Century City Mall)

XO46 Century Mall MakatiThink of a Filipino dish. Imagine its taste, texture, and presentation elevated a few notches higher. That’s what I experienced at XO46 Heritage Bistro.

XO46 Century Mall Makati -021When you enter this restaurant at Century Mall in Makati, there’s that uniquely Filipino feel that welcomes you. The servers wear traditional Filipino costumes and they only speak Tagalog, unless the guests are foreigners. The walls have capiz (mollusc shells) decors, there are abaca woven seats, and they have other details about their interiors that add to that distinctly Filipino ambiance.

Carlo Lorenzo with Chef Tanya Dizon of XO46 Heritage Bistro

Carlo Lorenzo with Chef Tanya Dizon of XO46 Heritage Bistro

Four pieces of complimentary puto (rice cake) are served along with two spreads, aligue (crab fat) butter and pineapple butter. The puto has three flavors: Puto Tagalog (original), pandan, and ube. There’s also a serving of complimentary Chichirya de Manila, or crunchy dried corn that’s a popular Filipino snack.

Puto

Puto

For my appetizer, I tried the Chicken Pintxos (Chicken Inasal Skewers). It’s chicken inasal which is slightly sweet, complemented by the salty green olives. The crunchy olive oil bread goes well with this. Chicken Pintxos is actually a Spanish style appetizer that’s Filipinized.

Chicken Pintxos (Chicken Inasal Skewers)

Chicken Pintxos (Chicken Inasal Skewers) Php275

I loved their Tahong con Chorizo. Tahong (mussel) is sauteed with chorizo, milk, and spices. The creaminess of the milk balances the saltiness of the chorizo. The tahong taste and the chorizo flavor go well together.

Tahong con Chorizo

Tahong con Chorizo Php345

Their best-selling main dish is the Crispy Binagoongan. That’s deep fried crispy pork, sauteed in their homemade bagoong (shrimp paste). My favorite.

Crispy Binagoongan

Crispy Binagoongan Php365

And just when I thought that the binagoongan was my fave dish, here comes Pinais na Alimasag that made my taste buds all tingly. This was love at first bite. It’s crab meat, coconut strips, coconut milk, chili, onions, garlic, and other spices baked in banana leaves.

Pinais na Alimasag Php435

Pinais na Alimasag Php435

If you’re used to the Filipino Caldereta, here’s a twist, try Caldereta XO Style. It’s like a Filipinized shepherd’s pie with the beef caldereta at the bottom and mashed potato on top.

Caldereta XO Style

Caldereta XO Style Php550

For dessert, taste their Cassava Cake with Salted Caramel served with a scoop of ice cream. It’s sweet, slightly salty, and creamy.

Cassava Cake with Salted Caramel

Cassava Cake with Salted Caramel Php175

To wash it all down, they have complimentary cucumber water. It’s refreshing. I asked Chef Tanya Dizon why they chose cucumber and not lemon, lime, or mint. She said cucumber is light, subtle, and refreshing.

XO46 Century Mall Makati -024I highly recommend XO46 Heritage Bistro. But don’t just take my word for it. This restaurant has been recognized several times as the one of the country’s best restaurants.

XO46 Recognition

Read my other XO46 article (SM Aura Branch), click here.

XO46 HERITAGE BISTRO (Century City Mall Branch)
Address: 2nd Level, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave. corner Salamanca St., Makati
Tel. No.: (02) 556-8143
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/XO-46-Bistro-Filipino/184146081640792?fref=ts
Website: http://www.adventmanilagroup.com/xo46-heritage-bistro.html
Menu: http://www.adventmanilagroup.com/menu.html

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