Eat, Drink and Chill at REDD Restaurant
Sometimes, you just need to take a break from a busy schedule and de-stress from a challenging day at the office. If you are looking for a cool place to hang out and chill with friends, check out REDD Restaurant in Prism Plaza at the Mall of Asia Complex.
It was late afternoon when I joined a small gathering of fellow foodies. We were at Prism – a food and fun hub located at the 4th floor of Two E-Com Center of the Mall of Asia Complex. It was my first time visiting Prism Plaza, but it is definitely a place to watch.
We met up at REDD Restaurant, and as the name suggests, the entire restaurant was decorated in red, but not in an oppressive manner. It was still able to maintain a relaxing ambiance. At first glance, I thought it was a Japanese restaurant, but after looking at the menu, I found out it actually served Filipino cuisine.
For appetizers, we tried their Sisig ala Kanto – it is now officially my favorite sisig in town–made with tender pork face, chicken liver, and pork lengua, with just right amount of spices. Other choices include the Juana Fries – a huge bowl of homemade crispy wedges with chili con carne and fresh salsa.
They also served Sinuglaw – their best selling mix of grilled pork with yellow fin tuna in vinegar and coconut milk.
They next served us Roasted Chicken Pochero, a tomato based chicken dish with a smoky flavored soup – an interesting twist to a traditional Pinoy favorite. The chicken was boneless and cooked in a ham-tomato broth, local veggies, chickpeas and spices.
They served Chicken Pork Adobo as a main dish, an all-time favorite with locals and foreigners alike. It is made with pork belly and chicken quarters, and cooked with Liliw vinegar, light soy and secret spices. REDD slow cooks the meat, which make is tender and succulent. You can’t go wrong with adobo.
Their Pork Binagoongan was completely deconstructed, but in a good way. People that avoid bagoong (shrimp paste) can now enjoy the dish because the crispy, deep fried pork was on top of the fried talong (eggplant), and their flavorful version of bagoong served on the side. This is definitely a must-try.
Other dishes you should consider include the Kare Kare Trio, a traditional dish served with three types of meat: grilled chicken, beef brisket, and fried pork. It is cooked in local peanut sauce , and accompanied by blanched vegetables and bagoong on the side.
Of course, you have Crispy Pata– deep fried garlic-crispy pork front legs served with three types of dipping sauces– which is definitely a show stopper..
However, if you are to try one thing in REDD, it should be their Beef Kaldereta. The sauce has a hint of liver paste, olives and pepper, and garnished perfectly with grilled red bell peppers, potatoes and carrots. Definitely one of the best caldereta I’ve tasted EVER!
For the health conscious, REDD offers green choices in the Oh My G! section of the menu. You can go for the yummy Gising-Gising (green beans cooked in spicy coconut cream) or the ever-popular Pakbet de Iloco with its fresh and crisp veggies.
Of course, no Filipino meal is complete without rice and dessert. We tried their Bagoong Rice and Tinapa Rice. Both are very flavorful, but I have to confess my favorite would be their Tinapa Rice.
For the desserts, we got their Turon Overload, a mix of plantains (saba) , cheese, sago, langka (jackfruit), cinnamon, and brown sugar wrapped in a lumpia wrapper then fried.
REDD is the perfect place for anyone who wants to try Filipino Comfort Food at its finest. With quality food and affordable prices, REDD is hitting all the right notes. I can’t wait to see them add branches in different parts of the Metro.
However, REDD is not just about filling your tummy. It’s a great place to meet up with friends and family without breaking the bank. REDD Restaurant is particularly ideal for BPO employees looking to chill after a long day of work. They serve local beers, iced cold alcoholic drinks and mocktails. These include their Pinoy-themed Mango Cloud, Coco Lychee, Ube Jalaya and alcoholic beverages from the Mixology section like the Sunset by the Bay, Alamat, Coco Martini, and Mojito de Guimaras. Aside from food and drinks, REDD has its own cool KTV room and a fun beer pong table for those who want a different twist to their barkada bonding activities.
REDD Eat + Drink + Chill Restaurant offers a fun alternative to the usual after hours place with its relaxed vibe and fun. It is located at the Prism Plaza, Two E-Com Building, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.