It was indeed an appetizing adventure at Sentro 1771… to be able to feel the excitement again as I try dishes for the first time based on what I traditionally enjoyed from my favorite Filipino fare. New, but familiar, and definitely gastronomically satisfying.
Fresh Smoked Fish.
Oh this appetizer surprised me. It delightfully woke my senses. It’s like a favorite Filipino breakfast that wonderfully transformed into sliced spring rolls. It’s a mix of smoked fish (tinapang bangus), salted eggs, mustard leaves, onions, and tomato. This was so good and I wanted to eat this with garlic rice, hahaha. This appetizer is now one of my favorites!
I strongly encourage you to order this. It’s sweet potato that was boiled and baked. It’s also carved and filled with stir-fried vegetables made of sweet potatoes, cabbage, Baguio beans, carrots, celery, bell peppers, and secret ingredients. Generously pour the garlicky and sweet sauce on top of it. Sheer happiness in every bite.
Lengua With Mushrooms Salpicao.
Of course, I enjoyed the ox tongue that’s so very tender and tasty. But what made this extra special’s the mushroom salpicao. The shrooms packed a lot of awesome garlic flavor.
It’s galunggong (scad) like I’ve never had before. Galunggong fillets are fried in garlic oil, topped with garlic. This is just so good. If I could only have this with chili garlic oil, it’d be more explosive.
Fish Of The Day Pandan.
It’s whole fish stuffed with sauteed onions, tomatoes, miso, and malunggay, tied with pandan leaves. I liked eating this without the sauce so my palate can focus on the fish and the flavors from the pandan leaves and its stuffings.
Sinigang Na Corned Beef.
Beef shanks that were brined for days are cooked with tamarind broth and vegetables. You can actually request the staff to adjust the sour-level of the broth depending on how tangy you want the broth to be.
Sentro Bagoong Rice.
Oooooooh, yummy. This binagoongan rice is a meal on its own. You can devour this (good for sharing) without any viands. It’s rice cooked with shrimp paste (bagoong), topped with omelette strips, Macau chorizo, air-dried beef tapa, chicharon, and green mango strips. I love eating green mangoes and bagoong. The tangy slices of the green mango balanced the flavors and made it refreshing. The egg, chorizo, chicharon, and tapa can already be viands for the rice. This went well with the fish (Rated GG and Fish Of The Day Pandan) but for the other viands, I’d prefer plain or garlic rice with them.
It’s cheesecake with queso de bola slices and salted eggs on the side. The combination of the three works. Sweet, salty, and creamy blending in perfect harmony.
For drinks, you can have the bottomless sago’t gulaman, a Pinoy favorite, or have the fruity and refreshing cucumber lemon cooler and lemon grass iced tea.
Sentro Kape Barako.
Feeling too full from all the delicious dishes? Coffee helps. Sentro serves this special coffee blend from Lipa, Batangas.
Sentro 1771 has a very comfortable ambiance. The place is well-lit, that’s how I like it. And the crowd during my visit was surprisingly comprised mostly of Japanese customers who looked so happy eating Filipino food. There are so many dishes on the menu I’d love to try on my next visit.
Here’s the menu.
SENTRO 1771 (Makati Branch)
Address: Level 2, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati
Tel. Nos.: (02) 757-3941 / 09178660449
Email: [email protected]
Operating Hours: Weekdays 11am-11pm / Friday to Sunday 11am-12mn
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