An actual Combi van dominates the restaurant. Photo by Jeeves De Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA -- From the same group that created Distillery, Draft and Black Olive Cerveseria comes Off The Grid, a very different restaurant concept from their usual upscale restaurants.
Off The Gird caters to diners who are looking for great food but with an office worker's lunch budget
Off The Grid's menu is inspired by the culinary travels of Gus The Bus, a fictional hipster Volkswagen Combi food truck that’s gone to Woodstock, serving street eats and sweet treats to ravenous concertgoers. His current stop on his world tour is Manila to give us a taste of his food truck goodies. It’s like getting munchies usually offered at food trucks but inside a comfortable air-conditioned place.
Basket O' Rings and Off The Grid Fries. Photo by Jeeves De Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com
Off The Grid serves addictively tasty appetizers. Everything is freshly cooked upon order. The generously portioned Nachos with Jalapeno Cheese Dip (P155) were very well seasoned with the jalapenos adding an inherent zing to the side cheese sauce.
The Basket O' Rings (P75) were different from the usual crunchy over battered onion rings we get elsewhere.
Off The Grid's street eats menu has a lot of food items that are best eaten with your hands like burgers, burritos and quesadillas.
Off The Grid's Fish TaCombi. Photo by Jeeves De Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com
I enjoyed the Bap-O-Rito quesadilla (P165), which was stuffed with bulgogi beef adding a Korean twist to a Mexican favorite. The Fish Ta-Combi (P165) was a massive fish taco that could be good for two people.
(From left) Juan Dela Cruz Burrito, Breakfast Burrito, Kimchi and Spam Burrito and Hydroponic Burrito. Photo by Jeeves De Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com
Regular diners swear by the Spam and Kimchi Burrito (P205), which has sweet, salty, savory and spicy in one bite. I also liked the Juan Dela Cruz Burrito (P175). This is a sisig burrito with egg and rice best with a squeeze of calamansi.
The Uncle Sam Burger. Photo by Jeeves De Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com
The Uncle Sam Burger (P165), Off The Grid's interpretation of a "classic cheeseburger," was a sight to behold. It had melted cheese that covered the entire Angus beef patty.
The Yokozuna burger (P175) is a katsu-like creation with the patty coated with a crunchy panko crust with Japanese coleslaw and tonkatsu sauce. The Dog-Father (P215) is a foot-long hotdog sandwich drizzled with mozzarella and pepperoni.
Philly Cheese Steak. Photo by Jeeves De Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com
Rounding off the sandwiches is Off The Grid's Philly Cheese Steak (P185), with melted cheddar cheese over grilled US Angus beef.
Trio of rice meals: Chili Con Carne, Hotdog Silog and Taiwanese Fried Chicken. Photo by Jeeves De Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com
Gus also had something for rice bowl fans. The Luchador Bowl (P115), US Angus beef with bean chili and melted cheddar cheese; Dog Silog (P135), frankfurter with burrito served with an egg and atchara; and Taiwanese Fried Chicken (P195), crunchy chicken with a sweet-salty soy based dipping sauce.
Hazelnut Bread Pudding, Cup O' Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Tres Leches Custard. Photo by Jeeves De Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com
Finish these off with Off The Grid's sweet treats. They have soft serve ice cream (P79), banana hazelnut cookie butter bread pudding (P99) and smoothies (P95 to P105).
Margaritas. Photo by Jeeves De Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com
Need to chill out a little more? Off The Grid also serves margaritas and beer. Perfect to end a long day.
I liked Off The Grid for its value for money. The food is really good and the servings are generous for the price. The burgers are big enough to be split in two and they would still be filling.
Pair any entrée with an appetizer like nachos or the onion rings and you've got a great meal for two at around P150 to P175 each.
If you're looking for street eats and sweet treats on a budget, a visit to Gus at Off The Grid will definitely satisfy your trip.
OFF THE GRID
G/F Venice Piazza
McKinley Hill, Taguig