Here are Our First Impressions on The Butchery Shop & Pub, Fort Bonifacio’s Newest Watering HoleAugust 18, 2019
There are way too many gastropubs in Manila. It has become so commonplace, that I groan every time I hear another one of its kind has opened. I try to avoid them unless I hear great news, otherwise, if I’m looking for that kind of atmosphere, I’ll stick to a tried and tested gastropub, or have a drink elsewhere. The Butcher Shop and Pub at first does not do anything to change my negative view on the gastropub. The interiors make the place look like every other gastropub around, with a giant blackboard menu and wood everywhere. It does look like a slightly updated version however, neatly and tightly designed, down to the restaurant logo. The menu also reads like that of a gastropub, but has a separate breakfast, bar, and regular menu, which is a little all over the place—you’ll understand what I mean if you ever set your sights on it.
It seems as if the people behind the place decided to take a look at the trendiest menus across the city and then rammed everything into their selection. For breakfast, there’s French toast and smoked hash, for lunch, there’s Hainanese chicken and bangers, while the bar section has burgers and sisig. It is infinitely confusing, and not everything seems to fit the setting. However, the prices are definitely cheaper than the other gastropubs in the area, which have made it seem as if the term is synonymous with hefty prices.
For what it’s worth however, The Butcher Shop and Pub serves up decent dishes; manly food at big portions, that are worth the slightly lowered price tag. The best thing we ate, and what should be their flagship dish, was the aptly named The Best F^#%ing Pork & Beans Ever. The baked beans were definitely not your usual canned fare, and were baked long and slow, with huge chunks of pork that were ripped away from their bone. The pork chop was a hefty size, grilled while still juicy, with flavors that were subtle enough to compliment the pork and beans which accompanied it. The rice was surprisingly flavorful too, and everything worked incredibly well together. For PHP 350, this was a steal, big enough to share between 2 people as a main.
Everything else is worth its price—the Dumaguete Sisig brought nothing new to the table, as the island-inspired style sans the sizzling crispiness has been done before, but was justified by its PHP 200 tag. The sirloin that came off the Make Your Own Steak part of the menu was thin and the quality not so excellent, but the tasty rub and sauce we chose made it good value at PHP 280. The beer cocktails were different from the usual, and were surprisingly good; the beer never lost in spite of the caramel or fruits it was paired with.
The Butcher and Shop is a tiny revelation in The Fort, which has become known as a dining and drinking destination which leaves your wallet empty after one night out. The quality might make this feel like a higher-end college hangout, but it is straightforward and has no frills about it. If you’re looking for a much cheaper alternative in the area, then this might just become your new watering hole.