I remember the last time I covered Brickfire for WhenInManila.com a couple of years ago. It was an event hosted by Writer’s Block Philippines, and I met the really charming marketing manager, Jowie Maulawin. It was a year after when we discovered how small the world was—that she was actually the girlfriend of one of my climbing friends (who happens to be the mind behind Thinking Chair Photography).
With Jowie and the Cupcake
Last Wednesday, in an exclusive food tasting event, Jowie invited the Cupcake and I to taste test an array of dishes that they’re thinking of serving in their new menu. It consisted of fifteen plates, from starters down to the desserts. Imagine how full we got after!
Brickfire Food Tasting Event
The event was held in Brickfire’s second branch in SM North EDSA. Brickfire gained its reputation by being the only place that served great steaks at a friendly price in the Katipunan area. Their customers then were usually students and residents who lived nearby. I instantly fell in love with the Duke, and it became the reason why I kept returning. Even when I come from work all the way in Bonifacio Global City, there are times I just crave for Brickfire and don’t mind crawling through the C5 traffic just to get my Duke fix.
Brickfire in North EDSA boasts a sleeker design as compared to their Katipunan branch. I was actually very amused when Jowie explained the theme—that the whole restaurant was supposed to be a giant oven.
Which explains the brick walls when you first enter, followed by a black area (this serves as the coal), and the seats and couches made of black wires to act as the grills.
The fifteen dishes included:
- Bacon and Chicken Wrapped with Mango Coulis
- French Onion Soup
- Pumpkin Soup
- Crab Broccoli Salad
- Asian Pasta with Grilled Chicken Fillet
- Stuffed Rolled Fillet with Lemon Butter Sauce
- Seared Fry Salmon in Creamy Coconut Sauce
- Pork Chop Pizzaoila
- Fillet Mignon with Cream Cheese Sauce
- Wasabi Steak with Wafu Sauce
- Capistrano Spice Ribs
- Creme Brulee
- Cinnamon Crepe
- Samurai Crepe
Of the four starters, I definitely enjoyed the Bacon Chicken Wrapped with Mango Coulis. The Pumpkin Soup was also really good despite it not being in a thick consistency that I’m used to. Among the mains, I liked the Fillet Mignon with Cream Cheese (which is actually made of a part of the Duke), and the Seared Fry Salmon in Creamy Coconut Sauce. (Cupcake thinks this one was a giveaway because they put two of my favorite things together: salmon and coconut.) Of the desserts, I loved the Creme Brulee and Samurai Crepe. If I had to be completely honest—if I wasn’t so full, I probably would have finished each and every dish. Everything tasted world-class. I was very amazed.
Below are some photos of the dishes:
Bacon and Chicken Wrapped with Mango Coulis
French Onion Soup
Asian Pasta with Grilled Chicken Fillet
Stuffed Rolled Fillet with Lemon Butter Sauce
Seared Fry Salmon in Creamy Coconut Sauce
Pork Chop Pizzaoila
Fillet Mignon with Cream Cheese Sauce
Capistrano Spice Ribs
The Desserts: Samurai Crepe, Creme Brulee and Cinnamon Crepe
Samurai Crepe and Cinnamon Crepe
A glimpse of mine and Cupcake’s table
If you happen to be in the north area and are looking for some casual dining, drop by Brickfire Oven-Roasted Steaks and Chops in either Katipunan (along Esteban Abada Street) or SM North EDSA.
A happy me after the Brickfire Food Tasting Event
Brickfire Oven-Roasted Steaks and Chops
0917 354 7318 or 426 2254 (Katipunan)
0998 261 2851 or 0927 523 1130 (SM North EDSA)
Open Monday to Sunday: 10am to 12nn