I was invited by Sentro 1771 together with other blogger friends to try Sentro's new dishes. These were actually launched a few months ago but the last time I tried Sentro was January of this year in their Greenbelt branch. There, we tried Sinigang na Corned Beef and Rated GG for the first time---Sentro's Signature dishes. I was convinced that Filipino cuisine is undergoing some sort of renaissance indeed.
Many exciting dishes have been added since then. Still true to their flare of creating "modern Filipino dishes" that will excite foreigners and locals alike. If you have friends who need a food introduction of Filipino cuisine, take them to Sentro 1771 and you will not go without praise.
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"Mini spring rolls filled with Macau chorizo, shallots and keso de bola."
Bite size, crunchy and flavorful. A good way to set the tone for a full-course meal.
"Peking pancakes filled with strips of native duck slow-cooked in beer, rum vinegar, soy sauce and muscovado sugar."
Beautiful presentation. An appetizer or a light dish? Could be both.
Of course dining at Sentro 1771 will not be complete without the classics. Sinigang na Corned Beef was in the list. I have tried this at Sentro Greenbelt and I think it's genius. While they make sure you get your preferred intensity of sour flavor by giving you a sample of the broth before the dish is served, this one rather fell short of the high expectations set by my first experience of the dish. The broth was perfect except that the meat was not as tender as I wished it to be. Consistency is key.
It would have been best if it were more spicy. I was looking for that "hot" kick but this dish proves to be another "hot pick" in Sentro's new dishes.
FISH OF THE DAY PANDAN
Fish nicely cooked and flavorful. One of my favorites in this set.
I still want my adobo with soy sauce. I am such an old fashioned guy. But this one is indeed a welcome twist to the usual. Meat well tenderized. Milky flavor because of "gata". A little more intensity in flavor would be nice though. Another dish to watch out for.
Sentro has another ace---desserts. I was so eager to sample their friend suman again. This time, the mango that goes with it was perfectly ripe and sweet and the coco jam was an added twist to this well love Pinoy rice cake.
"Baked but light, no crust cheesecake served with queso de bola and red egg. Parang bibingka na hindi."
Keso Flan may taste like ordinary cheesecake when eaten without the queso de bola slices and red egg, but combined, it becomes extra special indeed.
I can eat a dozen of these. The light custard is the right sweetness I can go on eating without feeling overly stuffed. My favorite!
I am glad I finally tried some of the new dishes Sentro 1771, the first in modern Filipino cuisine. They sure have a strong lineup in their latest menu. Among my favorites here are duck pancakes, fish of the day pandan, lamb caldereta, seafood bagoong rice, keso flan and banana tart. I saw a couple more interesting names in the menu but this particular set was a powerhouse other dishes would to wait for the next visit. :)
Sentro 1771 Greenbelt
2/F, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati
Tel: 757- 3941
Sentro 1771 Serendra
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel: 856- 0581
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