If you haven’t been to Borough yet, it’s a trendy little restaurant located to the side of the Podium, with entrances from both inside the mall, and along the ramp that leads to the parking area. Inspired by New York’s, uh, boroughs, the restaurant is a bit pricey, but is open 24 hours, has different menus for different times of the day, and serves all kinds of comfort food.
My favorite dish at Borough, and so far my favorite salad in Manila, is the Seared Tuna, their versionof Salas Nicoise. At Php390, it’s quite pricey for a bowl full of vegetables and a bit of fish, but it’s a healthy and more importantly, filling alternative to a lot of dishes out there.
The menu describes it as “Seared tuna, olives, marble potatoes, hard-boiled egg, roasted peppers, anchovy, green beans, and cherry tomatoes on a bed of mixed greens tossed with balsalmic vinaigrette. A hearty portion.”
With maybe the exception of the potatoes (which anyway are marble, so they’re tiny, there’s not a lot of them, and they’re cute), everything else is fairly healthy. The vinaigrette is well-made, a tangy-sweet concoction that coats the greens enough so that they glisten, not drown. All the vegetables are fresh, the green beans a particularly pleasant addition, as they provide both sweetness and crunch. The tuna is well-seared, cooked on the outside and blushing pink on the inside, a beautiful piece of protein. The egg also helps take away the fact that you’re eating a lot of vegetables, though the roasted peppers, with their slight smokey sweetness and the tomatoes’ burst-in-your-mouth freshness aren’t the kind of vegetable flavors you run from. Sure, it costs more than your average salad, but it also contains more than your average salad. In fact, I can name a few places where the salad costs this much or more, while having less on the plate. Lovely flavors + when you think about it, a fairly reasonable price + 24 hour availability is why when I have a craving for something filling and healthy, I immediately head to Borough.
ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City