Make way as Eleven.8 Cafe Bar and Restaurant opens its doors at PGHI Hotel, a humble hotel ran by Pacific Global Hospitality Institute.
Eleven.8 (pronounced as eleven point eight) Cafe Bar and Restaurant had its soft opening last month and we were honored to be part of their Grand Opening and Media Launch last Friday, November 17, 2017.
The restaurant is located at the ground floor of PGHI Hotel, catering mainly to hotel guests but is definitely open for public. The space was previously occupied by another restaurant managed by PGHI Hotel itself. But now, the hotel let go of this and decided to have it leased instead. Now it is handled by Elite Creative Chef Food Company, the brains behind Eleven.8.
Upon entering the place, this is the first thing to catch our attention. All these elixirs are eye candies for us. Love all these, the variety, and the concept of not sticking to few base liquors. Anyway, the night is still young so let’s first start with their foods before heading out to their drinks. Haha.
Housemade Fries (P150) – generously cut fries with their special sauce. These huge-ass deep-fried potatoes are so heavy so if you’re thinking of ordering this as an appetizer, get ready to be filled in no time. But for bar chow, this is worth ordering for the entire night.
Bacon and Egg Burger (P280) – the thick patty sure is the big hit for this meal. The bread can be a miss but it doesn’t matter as the entirety is a-okay. You can either choose fries or onion rings on the side. Best paired with their House Specialty Iced Tea (P65).
Grilled Liempo (P380) – prepare to fill yourself even more with their version of pork belly. They leaned towards achieving a simple blend, which is perfect for those who are not into overly-tasty liempos. Comes with sauteed veggies. Best paired with Mudslide (P150).
Shrimp Pasta (P259) – this is an addition to pastas we’re coming back for. The medley of lemon and paprika is just amazing. It’s tasty, not salty and not too bland. Best paired with Third Party (P150) cocktail.
Vongole Pasta (P259) – the usual Vongole: clams, wine and tomatoes. Not the best one in the metro but seafood pasta lovers who do not want too much salt on their pasta, this one is just fine.
Salpicao (P450) – another classic bar chow staple. Love the how tasty this is but should have enjoyed it better if the beef was cooked a bit longer for a much more tenderness and better texture. This comes with either rice or mashed potato. Best paired with their Love Potion (P150) cocktail.
Crispy Pork Sisig (P240) – their Kapampangan take on sisig is a classic staple perfect for those late night stays over beer or cocktail. Best paired with Unfaithful (P150) cocktail. Why Unfaithful you ask? Because this drink will make you try something else other than your usual drink. No ruined relationships intended. Lol.
Sriracha Chicken Wings (P150) – the star of the wings. Of all the ‘spicy-flavored’ wings we’ve tried, this one’s the best so far. The chicken is well cooked and fresh.
Bicol Express Chicken Wings (P250) – a unique twist to Chicken Wings. Tastes weird at first bite but on the next ones, it’s surprisingly good! They also have Rootbeer-flavored wings. We haven’t tried it yet so it sure is a reason to be back. All of their wings are best paired with Mojito (P150).
Tablea Bar (P189) – this one’s our personal favorite! It’s so gooey good! Was expecting a bitter one but no, the tablea taste is just right and the vanilla ice cream on top made this perfect. Note: Not the actual size on a regular order.
All these are ready for all of you. They have quite the selection of cocktails well curated for you. Also, we have to compliment their concept of ‘pairing’ their food with their cocktails. This one’s a genius plan and it’s working. We’re pretty sure everything they have paired is perfect for one another. The cocktail complements the food, and vice versa. Kudos to this!
This is where the action happens. Cocktails are handcrafted in this area, you may ask their friendly baristas for their recommended drinks. Below are some of the drinks we had:
Third Party (P150) – a mix of Gin, Orange and Peach Schnapps. This is a bit strong for us but it was a good blend.
Unfaithful (P150) – a play of strawberry and guava juices to sooth the alcohol content. We cannot taste any alcohol on this, tastes like it was just regular juice. So we’re listing this as one of the night’s traitors (only alcoholics will get this, lol).
Love Potion (P150) – this vodka-based drink is one of their house specialties. This is amplified by the lychee syrup. And again, not intended for any love sorcery. Haha!
A bar is not a bar without these classics, Pinacolada (P135) and Mojito (P150). Mojito tops our list of cocktails. Definitely one of the best we’ve tried.
Catch their acoustic jam sesh as the performer of the night serenades you with good music, on top of their good food and drinks. This, for sure, will complete your chill Friday or Saturday night.
So if you’re in Tomas Morato or E. Rod area, pay them a visit and sit for good food and great drinks.
Visit their Facebook page should you want to reserve a table or book the place for your parties.
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