Drinking and Dining in Dillingers 1903

I wanted to hit my head with my phone when we arrived at Dillingers last Friday night and there were no available tables. Wisdom from this situation: call for reservation. But because we were damn hungry (F U Makati traffic) and we wanted to know if the food in Dillingers is as great as the food in Bugsy’s, we settled in sitting and dining at the bar. Yaaaay for Perry, Sean and their other partners  for getting Dillingers packed despite having been operational for just a month!

I felt guilty for finishing 3 Jamaican Patties for merienda that my goal of getting and finishing the gigantic Black Angus Rib-eye had to be rescheduled.

We first had the best Buffalo Wings in town. Wings with thick, juicy meat– no anorexic chicken here!  The hearty sauce was challeging for a spiciness-coward like me, but not lethal. It went well with the blue cheese dip. I would have licked the plate and sauce bowl if I had these delicious wings at home!

The Grilled Chicken Ceasar Salad had crisp greens and a trerrific dressing. The grilled chicken was perfect but maybe not the perfect pair for the salad. I’d have this again sans the chicken.

 

The Spicy Tuna Pasta was creamier than I expected. I actually expected it with red sauce. It’s a welcome surprise that the cream balanced the spiciness of the dish. Kathlene aka Kwe, our Bicolana Halfy really liked it. 

The Chicken Fingers were definitely bigger and better than TGIF’s. I forgot to ask them if they used ostrich instead of chicken. Ang laki eh! Hehehe. Even without the dip, it would still be good because of the batter used. What’s the secret ingredient? Beats me. Maybe fairy dust. Or Mafia blood. LOL.

(Chef)Joanna didn’t share my avoidance of redmeat. Hence, we had Porkchops with Lyonnaise Potatoes. Couldn’t resist, I took a bite of the delicious smelling chops (please don’t tell the diet police)… and it was tender, juicy and flavorful! Loved the potatoes, bless Joanna for giving them to me and supporting my potato-addiction. The chops and taters tasted just like how my Mama makes it– and in my dreams, my Mama is Ina Garten.

The Bacardi Mai Tai was from alcohol heaven. I’d like to thank the gods of intoxication! And just a quick fact about this popular drink: The creation of the Mai Tai happened in Oakland in 1944 by Victor Bergron, better known as Trader Vic. The name of the drink was expressed by the the guests, who were from Tahiti, when they exclaimed “Mai Tai – Roa Ae”, which means “Out of This World – The Best”. I read that here.

(Kwe post-Buffalo Wings/pre-Chicken Fingers)

Overall, Joanna, Kathlene and I enjoyed our dinner in this new Mafia-themed restaurant in Greenbelt. The menu– designed to please everyone, unpretentious with basic yet impressive dishes. The prices– relatively inexpensive for Greenbelt standards. The wait staff– quick and informed. The ambiance– intimate-cozy-fun. I can see it as the next loc for my next business meeting. And where to spend my upcoming 29th 25th birthday. Hopefully, by December, they already have more than Mango Jubilee and Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert.

I invite all of you to dine in Dillingers 1903 and I’m very sure that it will also become your fast favorite.

You can join me next time and we can share the Black Angus Rib-eye Steak and a couple of shots of the Green Fairy

… or the tequila popularized by Entourage, Avion.

Dillingers 19033F Greenbelt 3, Makati
Phone: (02) 3917978
Twitter: Dillingers1903

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listening to: Sarah Mclachlan – Bring On the Wonder

Dillingers 1903

Bugsy’s has a new bro! Meaning, Perry has a new baby!

Welcome, Dillingers 1903. Big hugs from the foodies!

Inquirer calls Dillingers a swanky steak-and-brew resto-bar. It is on the third floor of Greenbelt 3, Makati City. It offers continental dishes and a wide array of wine, liquor and imported beer. I got to see it in it’s soft launch. I wanted to be there last night for its formal opening, but I had to sleep early. Booo.

Will be back there this weekend for a couple of mojitos and steak!

Congrats, Perry dear! I’m sure that Dillingers will be as (or more!) successful as your other ventures.

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listening to: Ok Go – Invincible

The Best Buffalo Wings (and Tenders!)

After months of invites from my former classmate Perry, I finally got to go to Bugsy’s 2 nights ago. Fabulous way to start February! We had to endure 30 mins of  going around Makati first, because noone of us knew where it is. :p I remember a hungry, irate Joko screaming, “Their food better be worth it!!#$@#!!!!”

The verdict? The reviews are correct. Bugsy’s has excellent buffalo wings! Chef Joko said it’s because of the butter! Their country fried steak, chicken caesar salad, southern fried pork chops, all American bacon burger and chocolate almond cookie with ice cream were all scrumptious, too. Thumbs up to the drinks, as well. But then again, only an idiot can fuck up vodka-Sprite and rum-Coke. Must go back to try the drink Bugsy’s Delight and the steak (?) The Godfather. Hmmm… fun and foreboding? :p

What else? Nice ambience, good yuppie crowd ((a few “thundercats”) and quite near my office. I’m definitely eating there again!

And yep, I think Joko thought the Bugsy’s experience was worth the minutes of getting lost in Makati. :p

Bugsy’s Bar & Bistro
San Agustin St, Salcedo Village, Makati
Somebody give me the number. Now!

Bugsy’s Bar and Bistro, Pasig
Unit C 105 City Golf Plaza, Julia Vargas Ave.
Pasig City, Metro Manila
(02) 489-4985

Photos from: the fantastic Michaela Giles

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listening to: Lady Gaga – Speechless

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