Neither the annoying rain that left my new wedges drenched and dirty nor the strong wind messing up my ironed hair could deter my “will” to go to the Mall of Asia to meet up with my best friend, Kwin aka Siz. It has been a while since I last saw her and there’s a certain “something” that compelled me to see her. B also rushed to my office after work and tagged along. 🙂
Again, I wasn’t planning on eating dinner. I suggested we just grab coffee or something since it was cold outside. It made perfect sense to sit somewhere, have coffee and smoke. But no, being with Siz and B almost always means we have to eat. Since I had no choice, I took charge and suggested we eat at Bistro Ravioli, a restaurant I spotted last Thursday when we were in the same mall.
From the outside, the restaurant looked cozy and clean. Although it felt a little awkward going inside the empty restaurant despite it being dinner hour already. Oh well, I blame the restaurant’s location for their lack of customers. It’s by the techy lane, near the department store.
I wanted a salad but for some reason, my tongue slipped “pasta” when I was telling the waitress my order. 😛 Nah, we asked what was their best-selling dish. She said it was the Garlic Seafood Spaghetti (Php190), and so we ordered a solo plate.
As soon as this was laid on our table, I immediately thought it was going to be a really dry pasta dish and indeed it was. I was expecting a lot from this pasta but it failed to pass my picky palate. For me, the dish tasted more like a pesto dish. But Siz thinks otherwise, saying she liked it. Oh well. You have to taste it to believe me–or her.
The Three-Cheese Ravioli (Php199) was one of my two favorite dishes that night. The three-cheese filling was enough, not scrimping. 🙂 The pasta itself was good, I don’t know if it’s fresh too, but it seems like it. 🙂
The Rosticciana, a pound of pork ribs in Italian-style sauce, was B’s choice. This one also failed to meet expectations because it was so tough! B, who is a big man at 5’10” even had a hard time slicing them into bite-size pieces. Imagine how I looked like when I was trying to pry it off the bones. I didn’t like the sauce, it was too sweet for my taste.
The Margherita Pizza was the yummiest of the four dishes. They have a brick oven, which I think every Italian restaurant (casual or high-end) should have. A pizza should always be cooked in a wood-fired brick oven. Agree? 🙂 Of all the dishes on our table that night, the pizza gave us the biggest bang for our buck. 🙂
The two are very supportive of my blogging so let me just throw it in that when our dishes were served, we spent a good 15 minutes taking pictures. Seriously, they’re making a career out of this!
I saw some of the waiters stealing a glance at us when this was happening. Perhaps they thought we forgot we ordered food to eat and not just to photograph. 😀