Best Bites January: The Top 7 Things I Ate This Month

January zoomed past, and without noticing it, February is here and I almost forgot to write about the fabulous food finds I had last month. In this Best Bites article, meats, pasta, and Italian cuisine dominate. So without further ado… Below, the 7 best things I ate in January:

1. The Elvis Burger from Teddy’s Bigger Burgers

Who would have thought that bacon, bananas, and peanut butter would work well with a burger? Teddy’s Elvis Burger resurrects the King of Rock n’ Roll’s favorite sandwich—it’s a mind-blowing burger creation meant to satisfy both the adventurous and safe eaters alike. Sweetness, saltiness, crunch and creaminess combine together in this new exclusive offering from Teddy’s Shangrila.

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
6/F Shangrila Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City
11:00AM – 9:00PM (Mon-Thu); 11:00AM – 10:00PM (Fri); 10:00AM – 10:00PM (Sat, Sun)
Other branches: click here

2. Vitello Tonnato from Caruso Ristorante Italiano

Underneath a thick sauce resembling hummus lies an awesome surprise: thinly cut veal that just melts in the mouth. The chickpea-like sauce is actually made of tuna—tangy and creamy, it complements the delicate meat beneath. A must-order at Caruso!

3. Tritico Pasta from Caruso Ristorante Italiano

You can’t dine in an Italian restaurant and not eat pasta, and when you’re in Caruso make sure you try the Tritico Pasta, a sampler of three of their best creations. The Garganelli al Funghi is a real delight for truffle lovers: homemade garganelli (pasta tubes) with porcini and truffle sauce. The Tagliatelle Crema Tartufo has a lighter cream sauce, and is topped with prosciutto. The Raviolini is filled with spinach and ricotta, then doused with a delicious butter-sage sauce.

4. Panna Cotta from Caruso Ristorante Italiano

One bite into Caruso’s Panna Cotta and you know why it’s one of their best-sellers. Caruso’s version is similar to the leche flan; silky, dense, and creamy, it came topped with chopped nuts and caramel sauce. A must-try for the folks with sweet teeth.

Caruso Ristorante Italiano
210 Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air, Makati City
11:30AM - 2:30PM; 6:00PM – 11:00PM

5. Chicken Pesto Pasta (PhP325) from Torch Restaurant

Torch’s pesto is perhaps the best I’ve tried yet. Unlike other renditions which most of the time are bland, Torch’s has an herby, slightly spicy, and citrusy sauce that’s so addicting and delicious! Normally it comes with fried chicken tenders on top, but I asked the servers if it can be replaced with grilled chicken—and they gladly obliged! I’m definitely returning to Torch for more of this pasta.

Torch Restaurant
Locations: click here

6. Bacon-Wrapped Medallion from Niu by Vikings

photo credit: A Not So Popular Kid
Who can say no to steak, cheese, and bacon? Niu by Vikings offers plated dishes aside from the regular spread, and one of these is the Bacon-Wrapped Medallion. Gorgonzola, bacon, beef medallion, asparagus, and deconstructed hollandaise make this beauty a must-order at Niu. Approach a chef from the grilling station and request for this—don’t be shy!

Niu by Vikings
5F SM Aura Premier, 26th cor. McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

7. Amanti della Carne (PhP179/PhP229) from Pomodoro Pizza

Pomodoro is a Kapitolyo hole-in-the-wall that became popular because of its affordable artisanal pizzas. Take for instance the Amanti della Carne, or the all-meat pizza—a thin-crust pie loaded with pepperoni, ham, sliced Hungarian, ground beef and mozzarella. For its price, it’s quite amazing that the pizza is actually very good—an even better alternative to overpriced competitors, I’d say.

Pomodoro Pizza
6G San Rafael Street, Pasig, Metro Manila
10:00AM - 10:00PM

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