Along Scout Rallos in the Tomas Morato area in Quezon City is a small restaurant called Eighteen Bistro. “Hole-in-the-wall” restaurants may characterized by cramped spaces and dinginess but this joint is anything but.
Eighteen Bistro is known as an after-office hangout (with Php18 cocktails!) but I went there with friends for lunch. Its elegant modern interiors and food offerings are seemingly inspired by continental European haunts and cuisines.
The Portobello Mushroom Dip (Php285) served with thin slices of toasted French bread, and the Pumpkin and Walnut Ravioli (Php260) for example, are decadent appetizers that the group wasted no time in wolfing down.
Our lunch consisted of Chicken Parmigiana (Php340), juicy pieces of baked chicken fillets with zesty sauce of stewed tomatoes and mozzarella, served over mushroom rice pilaf; Roasted Pork Belly (Php365), a 3-hour slow-roasted pork served over potato terrine; and Mushroom Risotto (Php380), arborio rice topped with caramelized mushrooms and walnuts, all contributing to an upscale and satisfying lunch experience.
Eighteen Bistro is located at 51-B Scout Rallos Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City. Zomato users can book their tables online using the app.