Let’s Eat: Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza (Makati City, PH)

Mi piacciono tanto la pizza e la pasta! (I like pizza and pasta very much!)

When I was self-teaching myself with some Italian words, these were some of my favourite besides my perennial favourite word “attraversiamo” (which means “let’s cross over”.

Going back to pizza and pasta, through the years, my tastebuds and stomach have developed this special love for these foods.  Hence, whenever I go for a food trip, I am always on the look-out for the best pizza and pasta and town.

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(Thanks to Fiel for capturing this panoramic shot)

Enter GINO’s BRICK OVEN PIZZA . This Neapolitan-style Pizzeria in Makati, Philippines located on Bautista Street, one of the side-streets of Salcedo Village, near the corner of Tordesillas (this is where the Salcedo Market is). And so before I leave Makati for another work opportunity, two of my workmates and I went on to try this pizza and pasta place.

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Upon entering the restaurant, I have noticed that the interior is simple with a comfortable vibe. Then came the menu… Going over it, I find the dishes straightforward – pizza and pasta, the very reason why we came. Here are the stuff they offer:

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APPETIZERS

House Salad

Mixed greens with balsamic dressing 150.00

House Salad with Burrata

Mixed greens with balsamic dressing 375.00

Summer Salad

Greens, prosciutto, dalandan dressing 195.00

Summer Salad with Burrata

Greens, prosciutto, dalandan dressing 420.00

Burrata Caprese

Cherry tomatoes, basil, burrata 335.00

Classic Burrata

Served with bread and olive oil 275.00

Classic Burrata with Cold Cuts

Ask the server for the available cold cuts for the day395.00

Burrata with Bolognese

Burrata, warm meat sauce, bread 415.00

Kesong Puti with Pastrami

240.00

PASTA

Aglio Olio

Spaghetti, garlic, olive oil, parmigiano 170.00

Tomato Basil

Spaghetti, tomato, basil, garlic, Parmesan 190.00

Salted Egg

Fettuccine, bacon, salted egg, cream, Parmesan 180.00

Classic Carbonara

Fettuccine, cream, egg, bacon, parmigianao 180.00

Bacon Sausage

Tagliatelle, bacon, homemade sausage, cream, Parmesan215.00

Pesto

Stracci, pesto, cream, olive oil, arugula, pine nuts 175.00

Bolognese

Pappardelle, bolognese sauce, kesong puti, basil, Parmesan240.00

Lengua

Tagliatelle, lengua, mushrooms, cream, Parmesan 230.00

Lemon Mushroom

Fettuccine, cream, mushroom, lemon, Parmesan 220.00

Stuffed Chicken

Tender slices of chicken breast stuffed with ground pork, served with aglio olio pasta 320.00

PIZZA

Margherita

Tomato sauce, kesong puti, basil 280.00

Queen Margherita

Tomato sauce, kesong puti, cherry tomatoes, basil 340.00

Arugula

Tomato sauce, kesong puti, cream, arugula 290.00

Sausage Pizza

Tomato sauce, kesong puti, homemade sausage, red onion, basil 320.00

Four Cheese

Tomato sauce, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Blue Cheese, Parmesan340.00

Buffalo Chicken

Tomato sauce, mozzarella, buffalo chicken, blue cheese 360.00

Prosciutto Pizza

Tomato sauce, prosciutto, kesong puti, arugula 410.00

Panna Sausage

Tomato sauce, homemade sausage, cream, parmigiano reggiano 290.00

Bianca Verde

Olive oil, garlic, kesong puti, ricotta, Parmesan, basil, arugula330.00

Rosa Bianca

Olive oil, garlic, kesong puti, Parmesan, cherry tomatoes, basil350.00

Mushroom Pizza

Cream, mozzarella, garlic, mushroom, blue cheese 345.00

Bacon Gouda

Honey, bacon, gouda 365.00

Pesto Mushroom

Pesto, mushroom, kesong puti, Parmesan, caramelized walnuts330.00

Lemon Speck

Olive oil, garlic, kesong puti, Parmesan, lemon, speck, arugula455.00

SMEGG

Homemade sausage, mushroom, eggs, gouda cream 370.00

Bomb

Balsamic onions, mozzarella, mushrooms, blue cheese 340.00

EXTRAS

Burrata

225.00

Parmigiano Reggiano

55.00

15.00

Gouda

55.00

Blue Cheese

25.00

Cherry Tomatoes

50.00

Kesong Puti

50.00

Garlic Mushrooms

65.00

Balsamic Onions

60.00

Bacon

115.00

Sausage

55.00

Prosciutto

120.00

Speck

120.00

Salami Milano

120.00

Guanciale

120.00

DRINKS

Bottled Water

30.00

Softdrinks

50.00

Iced Tea

Pitcher 120.00

Calamansi

Pitcher 150.00

Dalandan

Pitcher 170.00

Lemonade

Pitcher 250.00

What We Had:

For the pasta, we tried Salted Egg Pasta (P180). I personally adore the taste of the fettucine – aldente and gooey.I am personally surprised that the bacon-salted egg combination works wonders to the palate! It is like a Filipino-version of carbonara but is creamier.The other pasta we tried is Bacon Sausage (P215). Just like the salted egg pasta, this too has a creamy consistency. What made this dish a stand out is the sausage which really tasted good.

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For the pizza, we tried one of their best-sellers — SMEGG (P370). I love the fact that it is thin crust, with the right crisp and generous toppings. We also ordered Margherita Pizza, which is made up of tomato sauce, kesong puti, and basil. With just three ingredients, it is just so amazing to the taste as it really was flavourful!

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And finally, we sampled one of their desserts – Chocolate Chicharon!!! Okay, I admit, I ordered it because I find it unusual and to satisfy my curiousity. When it arrived, it wasn’t really enticing to eat, but when I got to taste it, I find the weird combination working some wonders to my taste buds. The dark chocolate surpisingly tasted good with the chunk of crispy chicharon.

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In general, I love the food at GINO’s. I am looking forward to trying out their other food offerings especially their burrata which most people have raved about.

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GINO’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA MAKATI
Bautista near corner Tordersillas St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Email: ginosbrickovenpizza@gmail.com
Mobile: +63 917 964-5339 (for reservations)
Operating Hours: 11.30am to 9.30pm

***Special thank you to Alyssa for allowing me to use her phone to capture our food. hehehe.

Let’s Eat: Early Bird Breakfast Club

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” – John Gunther

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What better way to start the day than with a sumptuous and tummy-filling breakfast. When I was a child, my mother would always remind me and my sister as to how “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. And she was right. It is essential to invigorate our body straight away in the morning if we want to be feeling good at work or at school.

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One of my favorite breakfast place is The Early Bird Breakfast Club which has three locations at the moment: BGC in Taguig City, Century Mall in Makati City, and Eastwood in Pasig City.

Here is a quick rundown of their menu, and some random shots of the food me and my sister have tasted on 3 different occasions.

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Healthy Brekky

Poached Egg Caesar

Crisp romaine and rustic garlic croutons tossed with homemade Caesar dressing and fresh Parmesan shavings, topped with a poached egg 195.00

Feeling Fruity

Seasonal fresh fruits with yogurt and Palawan honey 210.00

Spanish Sardines with Kesong Puti

Classic home-made Spanish-style sardines paired with local kesong puti. Served with crispy whole grain toast. The perfect dish for a light and healthy snack or starter! 225.00

Poached Salmon Aioli

Light poached salmon fillet on crispy whole grain toast topped with a poached egg and served with garlic aioli. 310.00

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Breakfast in Bread

Bacon & Egg Nest

Two strips of bacon and one egg baked with cheese on top of a soft bread cup with a small side salad underneath. 295.00

Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomato Soup

Cheddar, mozzarella and gruyere between slices of toasted bread with sweet and spicy onion relish served with roasted tomato soup on the side 325.00

Eggs Benedict

Toasted English mufffin with warm honey roast ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce 420.00

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Bites of Breakfast

The Early Bird Toast

A simple but quirky toast to start your morning! 2 sunny side up eggs inside 2 toasts. 115.00

Sausage Skillet

Breakfast bites for the big boys! Hot plate of Spanish chorizo, English banger, hashed potatoes and caramelized onions.275.00

Bacon Twist

Twists of bacon baked to crisp peffection, served with classic maple syrup 295.00

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Sweet Sweet Breakfast

French Toast Fondue

With cinnamon sugar, maple syrup and melted chocolate 210.00

Brownie ala Mode

Get blown away with classic chocolate brownie and ice-cream with a smoking, sizzling, caramelized twist! A must try for chocolate lovers! 255.00

Choco Banana Berry French Toast

A combination of Nutella, fresh bananas and blueberry jam between caramelized French toast 295.00

Yin and Yang Champorado

Rich Belgian dark chocolate and Belgian white chocolate champodaro served with sweet toasted dilis on the side 275.00

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Early Bird Signature Pancakes

Homemade American pancakes with unique blend of fruit-infused cream butters and Vermont maple syrup 325.00

Build your Own Omelette

A classic seasoned 3 egg omelette with your choice of the following fillings:

Onion – 10.00; Tomato – 10.00; Potato – 25.00; Kesong Puti – 40.00; Cheddar Cheese – 40.00; Bacon – 60.00; Chicken – 60.00; Breakfast Sausage – 60.00; Mushroom – 85.00; Chorizo – 135.00

Breakfast of Champions

Carefully crafted dished to fulfill your breakfast cravings

Lemon Butter Bangus

Pan-seared bangus fillets with garlic lemon butter relish, served with breakfast rice and topped with a poched egg 325.00

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Adobo Sunrise

Breakfast rice overloaded with famous adobo flakes 325.00

Sunny Salpicao

Tender pieces of chicken breast marinated with signature sauce and sauteed with button mushrooms, served with breakfast rice and a sunny side up egg 345.00

Viva Longganisa

4 pcs. of heirloom-recipe longganisa served with breakfast rice and your choice of egg 345.00

Sweet Glazed Katcino

A delightful hybrid of your favorite tocino and katsu! Crispy boneless chicken coated in a sweet glaze over Breakfast Rice and topped with a sunny side up egg! 375.00

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Sausage & Bacon Stuffed Pancake

A savory and meaty pancake stuffed with sausage and bacon on a bed of onion gravy! Served with homemade mashed potatoes.375.00

Tenderloin Tapa

Beef tenderloin in sweet marinade, served with breakfast rice and your choice of egg 395.00

Chorizo and Mushroom Risotto

Spanish chorizo and fresh mushroom risotto with Parmigiano Reggiano 465.00

The Early Bird Full English

1 English banger, 2 strips of bacon, mushrooms, ripe grilled tomatoes, 2 fried eggs, hash potatoes, baked beans, and a choice of either 2 pieces of … + 495.00

The Early Bird Full English with Authentic Black English Pudding – 570.00

Arroz Caldo Crunch

Rice porridge with tender chicken breast fillets and famous adobo flakes 265.00 

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Sides

Toast – 45.00

Egg – 45.00

Plain Rice – 45.00

Whole Grain Toast – 55.00

Breakfast Rice – 65.00

Hangover Rice – 75.00

Black Pudding – 75.00

French Fries – 80.00

Hash Potatoes – 80.00

Bacon Strips – 120.00

Sausage – 120.00

 

*** Items and prices are subject to change without notice. Service charge may apply.

Drinks

Early Bird Signature Drinks

Babycino – 45.00

Nutella Hot Chocolate – 145.00

Oreo Snowflake – 145.00

Butterbeer – 155.00

 Coolers

Pandan Iced Tea – 95.00

Strawberry Passion Iced Tea – 95.00

Mango Honey Iced Tea – 95.00

Calamansi Hazelnut Iced Tea – 95.00

Lemon and Mint Iced Tea – 95.00

Fresh Lemon and Lime Juice – 135.00

Fresh Orange Juice – 165.00

Vitamin C Smoothie – 165.00

Flavors (Mango , Pineapple, Banana, Orange)

Tropical Smoothie – 165.00

Flavors (Kiwi, Strawberry, Pineapple, Banana)

Sodas

Coke – 65.00

Sprite – 65.00

Bottled Water – 45.00

 

Coffee Break

Espresso – 90.00

Espresso Macchiato – 95.00

Americano – 110.00

Cafe Latte – 110.00

Cappuccino – 110.00

Iced Latte – 115.00

White Chocolate Mocha – 120.00

Hazelnut Latte – 120.00

Iced Cappuccino – 145.00

 Tea (by Dilmah)

Brilliant Breakfast – 100.00

Pure Chamomile – 100.00

Green Tea with Jasmine Flowers – 100.00

Lychee with Rose and Almond – 100.00

Italian Almond – 100.00

Rose with French Vanilla – 100.00

 They also have a selection of Wines (both red and white)

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When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”