Stella/Slice/Jamba Juice on a Friday Night

Finally, after several weeks of bad, gloomy weather, yesterday was the perfect night to go out. Ge and I went to Bonifacio High Street Central. I love that place, there are just so many restaurants worth trying out. Traffic nga lang ang katapat when you’re coming from Manila on a Friday night.

We initially decided on eating at Nolita but it was jam packed by the time we got there. Buti na lang, or else I would have succumbed to eating so much carbs in the form of pizza and pasta. 😛 We walked around and finally settled on this place called Stella. Apparently, it is from the company that brought us Museum Cafe, MoMo, Mr. Jones and Chelsea. We’ve tried all but Chelsea. We love Museum Cafe and MoMo but Mr. Jones absolutely sucked. Buti na lang Stella didn’t. 🙂 Adjacent to Stella is the Rocket Room which is a bar which also serves food from Stella and some tapas and pica pica.

The thing unique about Stella and the Rocket Room is that it has a wood fired concept which lends its dishes a smoky kind of flavor. 🙂

Complimentary bread with roasted tomatoes and herb dip

I got the crusty rye bread and Ge got the white dinner roll with the nipple. Haha! The dinner roll was soft and chewy on the inside which goes perfect with the dip. We had to control ourselves from getting second servings so when the waiter asked “more bread, maam?” I immediately answered no. Bago pa makaorder ulit yung katabi ko. 😛

The Stella Salad | Butter lettuce, crispy bacon, sundried tomato bits, candied rosemary pistachios, buttermilk chive-ranch dressing, malagos pecorino

A very refreshing salad! Still didn’t beat Cyma’s Roka Salata though. Ge said he would have enjoyed the salad more if we ordered the ceasar salad.

Stella’s Porchetta | Pork belly stuffed with double smoked bacon, fennel, herbs, served with warm rosemary sultana sauce

The serving size was huge. We were supposed to order two main dishes but the waitress politely informed us that one meal is good enough for two. This was their sosyal version of lechon kawali. The pork belly went well with the sultana sauce. However, kahit na masarap, we found this dish too laden with fat, even the sultana sauce was not enough to get rid of the nakakasuya taste. My brother would have enjoyed this pork dish, being the carnivore that he is. We were not able to finish the two huge chunks of pork that was served to us!

Roasted Seafood “Firecracker” Fusili | Spicy olive and sundried tomato cream, dried chiles, fire roasted seafood, fresh herbs, malagos ricotta

This was our best meal of the night! There were huge chunks of shrimps, salmon and squidlets. When ordering food, I would usually go for the spicy ones. Gerald only acquired liking spicy food when we got together. Food really is an acquired taste. 🙂

We loved our Stella experience. The serving portions were big, and the price was not too expensive. The food presentation was also tastefully done.

For dessert, we headed to the other side of BHS Central…

There wasn’t anything I wanted in Slice that I thought would be worth the calories. So I headed to Jamba Juice beside it and ordered a Mango Peach Topper–yogurt parfait with mangoes, peaches, bananas, granola, muesli and nuts. When I went back to Ge nagulat ako at ang dami nyang inorder! Caramel cake, banana muffin with blueberries, and a Chocnut-coffee smoothie. The caramel cake was really yummy, it was worth the calories! The banana muffin reminded me of my mom’s baked goodies, moist and flavorful. The Chocnut-coffee smoothie had the distinct chocnut taste and it was not too sweet. My Mango Peach topper from Jamba Juice was disappointing though, masyadong maasim! i should just have gotten fro-yo from somewhere else…

Ang dami nya inorder!

Me and my Yogurt Parfait

Gerald and his Cake

Where can we find wedding cakes na caramel cake sa loob? 🙂

Banana Blueberry Muffin

Mango Peach Topper–pero bakit bananas ang topping?

Yey, it’s a very long weekend and I’m not going to PGH! Woohoo!!! 🙂