August 25, 2015

Earth Kitchen Farm-to-table Restaurant in BGC- Healthy. Local. Sustainable.

Earth Kitchen, the farm-to-table favorite in White Plains, Quezon City, has opened its second branch at Bonifacio High Street Central in Fort, Taguig. After failed attempts to visit their first branch, now, we can finally cross it off our list. 

Earth Kicthen in BGC is located in the Upper Ground floor of BHS Central beside Lorenzo's Way and right above Jamba Juice. 

I love the casual and calming vibe of the restaurant. The wooden tables and chairs gave the whole place a garden-like atmosphere with plant decors and artificial grass turf flooring. 

Initially, I thought Earth Kitchen was all about healthy and organic vegetable dishes. The sound of its name might scare meat lovers and carnivorous foodies away, but you'll be surprised to know that Earth Kitchen also has pork and beef dishes. Still not enough to convince you? Then, maybe the sound bacon will make you change your mind. 

But before we indulge on that, let us start with a clean and refreshing plate of Watermelon and Rocket Salad (P300) and a healthy glass of Got Heart Mix (P200). Since Earth Kitchen is a partnership project with Got Heart Foundation and Hizon's Catering to support our local farmers, the vegetables and greens used in this salad came from Got Heart Farms in Tarlac and other partner communities from Luzon to Mindanao. 

The salad is currently one of their bestsellers and is vegetarian-friendly. It is made with fresh lettuce with organic/naturally-produced arugula, edible flowers, pili nuts, home-made kesong puti, and diced watermelon, drizled with balsamic vinaigrette. The drink on the other hand is a mix of fresh beets, carrots, cucumber, apple and honey.

Another vegetarian-friendly appetizer is the Risotto Balls (P275)- breaded and fried mushroom risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella cheese served with tomato sauce dip. 

It looked simple but we enjoyed the risotto with gooey cheese very much. It was fun to see how the classic risotto dish was served in a unique ball-shaped appetizer. Kids will definitely approve! 

Speaking of unique, another unique dish from the menu was this Smoked Tomato Soup (P235). I've tried tomato soup before, but it was my first time to have smoked tomato soup. It looks like pumpkin soup in the photo but the hearty bowl is a blend of organic smoked tomatoes, cream, and gremolata, served with garlic bread on the side. 

Sweet Potato Tops Ravioli (P400)- three pieces ravioli filled with camote tops, white cheese, pili nuts, in pomodoro sauce then sprinkled with basil and parmesan cheese. The use of camote tops instead of the usual spinach was very interesting. Even though there are only 3 pcs. of ravioli on this dish, the Filipino-inspired ravioli can still be very filling for one. 

All pasta dishes at Earth Kitchen are made from scratch to ensure its quality and freshness.

But what really caught our attention was their Scallops and Aligue (P480) using squid ink pasta. Serving size was big enough for sharing with generous amount of local scallops and appropriate serving of aligue. It consists of anise liquor and chilies, but the dish wasn't spicy at all. 

Moving on to the meaty dishes, a must-try at Earth Kitchen is their Beef Kebab (P410). I was initially skeptical on ordering this, but when told that it is one of their mains' bestsellers, we decided to give it a try. It didn't disappoint as the beef was very tender and juicy even when it was no longer hot. The Ifugao rice pilaf and tzatziki dip also paired well with the boneless beef ribs skewer. 

Now here's what meat lovers are all waiting for- Brasied Bacon (P580) slab bacon with red cabbage and marble potatoes in a sweet and savory sauce. The bacon was meaty and juicy with just the right amount of fat. 

For dessert, Earth Kitchen offers home-made and local ice cream flavors like this Pastillas Ice Cream (P110/scoop). It was rich and creamy with a distinct taste of the classic sweet milk candy in every spoonful. 

Overall, I really enjoyed everything we had at Earth Kitchen. From appetizers, down to the mains, each dish was unique, flavorful and worth to try again. I appreciate the use of locally-sourced ingredients and preparing their dishes such as the soup, pasta, ice cream, tortilla, and risotto from scratch. What's even worth commending about Earth Kitchen is their advocacy to help and support local farmers and indigenous communities through Got Heart Foundation.

Earth Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Earth Kitchen
Upper Ground Floor, BGC Highstreet Central, Taguig City
Tel Num: 0927-5437035

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