|Sentro 1771 at Serendra welcomes guests with a smile.|
It's been ten years since Sentro 1771 opened their doors to the public with original modern Filipino cuisine. Chef Vicky Pacheco elevated Filipino cuisine to a different level by creating local dishes in a chic and elegant setting--incorporating touches of Swiss and French techniques along with familiar Filipino flavors. From the time they started the business, Sentro's 1771Modern Filipino cuisine had indeed set a trend in contemporary Filipino restaurants. Since then, Sentro 1771 continues to innovate its menu. They are committed with quality so one will be surprised to see a full-service kitchen. Foods are guaranteed fresh a made upon order-no commissary.
|Duck Pancakes is a great way to start your meal.|
|B2B Skewered Chicken Gizzards are your best bet to streetfood.|
Sentro has compelling interiors--the menu is muscular, a strong variety of Filipino classics revitalized for the district's discriminating patrons and a healthy selection of comfort foods guaranteed to please the expats and Filipinos who frequented the area.
|Camote Cups are perfect for someone who's on strict diet.|
|Adobo sa gata will give Adobo fans a reason to rejoice!|
For starters, Sentro 1771's Duck Pancakes has an Asian flavor with a twist. A pretty good alternative to pork or beef. Strips of native duck slow-cooked in beer, rhum vinegar, soy sauce, and muscovado sugar are tucked into Chinese pancake pita-like pockets served on soup spoons. It actually reminds me of adobo flakes although this one's a bit on the sweet side.
|Macau Chorizo and Cheese Tidibts are so cute and tasty too!|
Macau Chorizo and Cheese tidbits (P240) are cute mini spring rolls filled with Macau chorizo, shallots and keso de bola. If you're somewhat adventurous when it comes to food, go ahead and try the B2B sticks (P150)--Skewered grilled organic chicken gizzards cooked adobo style and are perfect for those craving for some street foods.
|Sentro 1771's Seafood Bagoong Rice is such a hit!|
For first timers, don't miss their house specialty and all-time best seller: Sentro 1771's Sinigang na Corned Beef (P595)--Corned beef short plate and boneless beef shanks in tamarind broth with local vegetables. Customers can ask food to be prepared the way they want it and according to their diet restrictions or how they want it to be spicier or more sour.
|Lamb Caldereta is my best bet and will certainly something to come back for again and again and again.|
Carnivores will definitely go ga-ga over Sentro 1771's version on Lamb Caldereta--Succulent and perfectly tender boneless lamb shoulders stewed with carrots, bell peppers, tomato sauce and spices. Can be served mild or spicy.
|Sinigang na Corned Beef is a house specialty and all-time best-seller|
Their Crispy Pork Kilawin is just as good. Deep fried pork strips slathered with thin slices of leeks, carrots and onions in some vinegar based sour sauce. For the health conscious, they have grilled fish of the day stuffed with onions, tomatoes, miso, malunggay, tried with pandan. Pair it with organic brown rice.
|Best paired with organic brown rice, this fish of the day is perfect for a healthy guilt-free meal.|
Since as of this time, I am still on a diet program, I personally like their Camote cups--carved sweet potato filled with stir-fried cabbage, Baguio beans and carrots (P240) and two-egg Ampalaya crepe (P150) sautéed bitter melon on egg crepe, topped with salted duck egg.
|Keso Flan is such an experience, try it to believe it!|
Bloggers on my table dished out on Sentro's 1771 Seafood Bagoong Rice topped with grilled squid, shrimps, and hits flakes. For Adobo fans, they have a wide range of adobo choices from the classic Chicken Pork Adobo, Adobo sa Puti (no soy sauce), Adobo sa Gata (vinegar-peppercorn-garlic with coconut milk),Garlicky Adobo, Lamb Osso Bucco adobo and Catfish Adobo Flakes.
There's a vast selection of sweet endings to cap off your meal. I suggest you try Keso flan. It is a lechwe flan-like dessert that tastes like cheesecake and is served with slices of keso de bola, and salted duck egg. It is such an experience as a it has the contrasts of salty and sweet.
|Fried Suman with mangoes and drizzled with chocolate syrup.|
If chocolates are your thing, there is Fried Suman with mango drizzled with generous chocolate syrup or banana tart. If you like something cold, there's halo-halo cup for you sold at P75 for the small one with ten ingredients that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth.
|Sentro 1771's Halo-halo is certainly divine.|
I no longer wonder why Sentro 1771 is such a popular dining destination. It's simply one of the best settings for a romantic date in the city. They've got delicious comfort foods, honest-to-goodness modern Filipino cuisine and excellent service (We requested lemon water for our table, and even if it was not part of the menu, the waiter gave each one of us our lemon water without any hesitation!) The chefs pours their hearts and souls into your every meal. Customers will surely walk away filled with happiness each time you dine.
So if you happen to have balikbayan friends or expats, or simply would want to spend the weekend or a day with good food, good ambiance and excellent service, Sentro 1771 is the place to go.
Sentro 1771 is a member of the 1771 Group of Restaurants that includes Chateau 1771 in Greenbelt 5, Cafe 1771, WineBar 1771 and Sidebar at El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3 is open from 11:00AM to 11:00PM (Mondays to Sunday) while Serendra is open from 7:00AM to 10PM (Sunday to Thursday)/7:00Am-11:00PM (friday to Saturday). For inquiries and reservations, call Sentro Greenbelt 3, (02) 757-3941 or Sentro Serendra (02) 856-0581.
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