Monday, April 22, 2013

Mad for Garlic The Fort BGC

It's undeniable that all things Korean are currently the rage here in the Philippines. We have another establishment to add to that list -- Mad for Garlic, a popular wine bistro in Korea which has made it to our shores. Fort Bonifacio Global City is its 23rd location worldwide (aside from Korea it has also opened stores in Singapore and Jakarta).

Mad for Garlic Philippines at The Fort
I was invited to the media luncheon and I was impressed as soon as I entered the restaurant. There's garlic everywhere! Check out the garlic-shaped lamps on the walls. I love love love garlic and so I was quite excited to try what they have to offer.

Mad for Garlic Philippines at The Fort
We started off with Dracula Killer (P195, pictured above). Slices of toasted garlic bread is served with cloves of garlic cooked in olive oil and anchovies topped with some grated cheese. One order yields six servings. It's really good and it serves its purpose to whet your appetite for more quite effectively.

Mad for Garlic Philippines at The Fort
When I first saw Tutto Mushroom Salad (P665, pictured above), I thought it was a meat salad. Turns out it's actually three kinds of mushrooms (whole, fresh, and not the canned variety) drizzled with Teriyaki sauce then served with grilled red pepper, asparagus, and arugula on the side. Yummy but pricey!

Mad for Garlic Philippines at The Fort
Caprese Salad (P695, pictured above) was another shocker in terms of price. It seemed like a simple dish of sliced tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella cheese (really big slices), and pesto but I was told good quality buffalo mozzarella cheese is super expensive so there. I don't think I'll be ordering this on my own though, lol!

Mad for Garlic Philippines at The Fort
Garlic Snowing Pizza (P545, pictured above) turned out to be everyone's favorite. It's a crisp thin-crust pizza  topped with Mad for Garlic Special Sauce, shrimp, pineapple, and a flurry of crunchy fried garlic chips. Yum! Couldn't help but have a couple of slices even if I am allergic to shrimp.

Mad for Garlic Philippines at The Fort
Dancing Salsa Rice with Steak (P295, pictured above) is one of Mad for Garlic's more unique offerings. Garlic rice is served with wine-marinated beef then topped with fresh bean sprouts and a fried egg. It comes with some salsa on the side too. It's sort of like a cross between Pepper Lunch's Beef Pepper Rice and Bibimbap. I liked it.

Mad for Garlic Philippines at The Fort
Zuppa di Pesce (P655, pictured above) is a spicy dish reflective of its Korean roots. I initially thought it was a pasta dish but it's actually categorized as soup. It's a special spicy soup with various kinds of seafood (mussels, shrimp, squid, etc.) and shell pasta. It's served with garlic bread on the side.

Mad for Garlic The Fort
I also loved Gorgonzola Pizza (P475, pictured above). It's a very light, thin, and crisp cheesy pizza served with a small bowl of honey with garlic bits for drizzling. It's really good! You must eat it with the honey for the best possible taste.

Mad for Garlic The Fort
There were two signature drinks offered that day: Yuja Ade (P110, pictured above front), a Korean traditional herb tea made of yuja fruit preserved in honey. It's a sweet yet citrusy drink that's mixed with lime soda (imagine citrus fruits, honey, and 7-Up mixed together). Wine Ade (P170, pictured above back) is a unique concoction made of red wine and soda (imagine red wine and 7-Up). Both drinks are pretty good!

Mad for Garlic The Fort
For dessert, we had Garlic Sprinkle Gelato (P175, pictured above). It's a big scoop of Mad for Garlic's special Garlic Ice Cream served with Garlic Cookie in a bowl lined with chocolate syrup. For me the best way to eat this is to put some ice cream on the cookie before taking a bite. The garlic ice cream tastes like vanilla ice cream with just a wee bit of spicy flavor due to the garlic.

Mad for Garlic has quite a history since it was established 13 years ago in Korea. It's basically an Italian restaurant chain of Korean origin which uses garlic as the main ingredient in all its dishes. Garlic is probably one of my most favorite ingredients (I don't know if it's a vegetable or fruit, lol!) ever and so I really liked the food I got to try. I'll definitely be back to try some of the other items on the menu.

Oh yeah, their second store is already in the works at the new Shangrila Mall East Wing.


Mad for Garlic
G/F W Global Center
30th St. cor. 9th Ave.,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
808-9517


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