Upon hearing the name, you'd half-expect some sort of Wall Street themed-restaurant with grey interiors and lots of LCD monitors showing Bloomberg and business news. The Stock Market isn't anything like that at all. Owned by Del Monte Philippines, this pineapple-themed restaurant doubles as a deli and grocer as well.
I haven't been to The Stock Market in a while but I have good memories of the place so when one of our friends decided to celebrate her birthday there, I was really looking forward to it.
For starters we had a couple of their Flatbread Pizzas with Arugula -- Prosciutto, Pineapple, and Mozzarella (P340, pictured above right) and Neapolitan Sauce, Italian Sausage, Mushroom, and Mozzarella(P329, pictured below right). The freshly baked flatbread pizzas had really thin, crisp, and greaseless crusts so the you can really savor the toppings. I was rather disappointed with the fresh pineapple chunks because they were very dry, bland, and tasteless, with nary a hint of the sweet-sour pineapple taste we usually crave for.
We also ordered Stock Market Fresh Harvest Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette (P240,pictured above left). The same bland pineapple chunks were in it. I've had this salad before and I remember being totally blown away by the taste. It wasn't just the bland pineapples, they seem to also have lessened the vinaigrette. The salad was still okay but it was nowhere near the caliber of what I previously had. The Neapolitan Flatbread Pizza was a lot more flavorful and better received by the group compared to the Prosciutto, Pineapple, and Mozzarella.
For my main dish, I decided to settle for Spice Crusted Sea Bass with Cilantro Cream, Smoked Pepper Mayonnaise, and Frisco Slaw (P795, pictured above left). The sea bass was baked with curry powder and other spices on top. It was okay, albeit the description makes it sound a lot better than it actually is. The quality of the raw ingredients is undeniably top-notch, it's just that put together the whole dish just didn't strike me as very special. Our friend then ordered Pan-Fried Cod Cakes with Corn Chowder Sauce (P295, pictured above right) to accompany our entrees. Kids will surely love the Cod Cakes, with its crunchy breading coating the finely flaked fish.
Meanwhile, hubby had Pan-Seared Roast Beef with Potato Gratin (P995, pictured above left), which is one of The Stock Market's signature dishes since it uses the meat from Del Monte's very own pineapple-fed cows. The beef was juicy, tender, and flavorful. Good enough for sharing, it was the hands-down favorite of our group. You can order it with a choice of Bordelaise or Foyot Sauce. For dessert, I picked the Creamy Banana Trifle with Billowy Meringue and Hot Fudge Sauce (P160, pictured above right). You can actually order FIC ice cream and yogurt concoctions since The Ice Cream Bar by FIC just opened inside The Stock Market, but I wanted to complete my Stock Market experience so I refrained from ordering an FIC dessert. The dessert was not very good, consisting of heavily drenched but dry spongecake pieces, banana slices, and sweet liquids inside the glass. The chocolate sauce wasn't fudgy at all despite the description. It was so sweet I couldn't even finish half of it. Next time I'll go back to having their foolproof Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream (also P160).
I love The Stock Market's quaint pineapple-themed interiors. It's a very photogenic place inside and out. Service is also excellent -- the servers were very attentive even if it was a full house and we were inside a function room.
Take note that this establishment gets really full so it's best to reserve before you go. Del Monte Pineapple Juice and Four Seasons Drink are bottomless, and you can avail of a function room for a minimum order worth at least P6,000.
The Stock Market
B1/B3 Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City
8566300 to 01
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