The top-of-the-line Foie Gras Burger of Village Tavern.Photo courtesy of Jericho San Miguel of Tasty Pixel Photography
MANILA -- Village Tavern at the Bonifacio Global City is staying true to its image as a high-end American restaurant as it launched its line of decadent burgers using the much-revered Wagyu beef.
Chef Josh Boutwood, the corporate chef of the Bistro Group, has created four luxurious burger combinations that highlight the glorious Wagyu beef, as well as its homemade artisan pretzel bun.
The Truffle Burger (P625) features a thick juicy Wagyu patty, combined with a truffle-infused mayonnaise, creamy Asiago cheese and, to up the mushroom flavour, sautéed shitake mushrooms. This is a must-try for the truffle and mushroom lovers.
The Truffle Burger. Photo courtesy of Jericho San Miguel of Tasty Pixel Photography
Perhaps in keeping with its “tavern” tag, Boutwood created the Tequila Burger (P650), which packs a spicy kick with the premium beef patty cooked with a splash of tequila, with habanero-infused cheddar cheese, and topped by jalapenos. A piquant tequila mayonnaise completes the burger -- or can be used as a dip for the accompanying fries.
Tequila Burger. Photo courtesy of Jericho San Miguel of Tasty Pixel Photography
Home cooking was the inspiration behind the Reuben Burger (P595), marrying the Reuben sandwich and the breakfast burger. This was my favorite during a recent tasting with select food writers as it had a lot going on. I found it strangely interesting how the Wagyu beef and the tasty homemade corned beef brisket slices went well with the pickled cabbage, as well as the fried egg on top. It may be a bit rich for some, but if you’re looking at a protein-rich meal, this your best bet.
Reuben Burger. Photo courtesy of Jericho San Miguel of Tasty Pixel Photography
The most glamorous burger of the four is the Foie Gras Burger (P890). With its juicy Wagyu patty, caramelized onions, grilled cheese, and the piece de resistance—perfectly pan seared foie gras -- it was the runaway table favourite. Foie gras with its rich and buttery flavour highlighted the savoriness of the beef, without overwhelming it, elevating the burger experience.
Each burger comes with accompanying fries, but if you are looking for other add-ons, Village Tavern has a selection of interesting small plates like the Crispy Clams with Spicy Lemon Dip (P375) and the Homemade Jalapeno Poppers(P350).
For dessert, I would recommend the Warm Butter Cake – a simple butter cake that not too sweet and comes with a topping of ice cream, and a garnish of summer fruits.
Black Velvet Cake. Photo courtesy of Jericho San Miguel of Tasty Pixel Photography
You can also indulge your chocolate fantasies with their thick and fudgy Black Velvet Cake, or if you’re wanting something cold, the Banana Crepes, fresh bananas and crepe logs of banana ice cream, swimming in a pool of caramel, drizzled with chocolate hazelnut, and topped with another ice cream scoop, may be more your thing.
The facade of Village Tavern. Photo courtesy of Jericho San Miguel of Tasty Pixel Photography
Village Tavern is located at Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.