The Belle & Dragon Toasts 4 Years with Pints and New Plates
Chef Kim Suva was certainly on a celebratory high as she talked guests through the 11 new dishes that she’s laboriously toiled over in preparation for The Belle & Dragon’s anniversary. Turning four last August 28, celebrations were well underway over the weekend but as mega hangovers subsided and the post-party haze lifted, the best part of the aftermath was finding out that the revamped menu and cocktail list is here to stay.
A Legaspi Village post-work staple, Tuesdays at The Belle & Dragon is Skill Bill quiz night, every other Wednesday is retro and comedy night. Thursday Throwdowns is a dedicated nod to music trivia night, and Fridays are all about the ‘90s. Indy Villalon, SVP for Operations and Marketing, realised that while The B&D suffers no shortage of loyal night owl types, he also wanted to cover the lunch crowd, too, albeit with proper “pub lunch” offerings.
Launched last August 31, the cross-cultural menu has expanded to include a number of stomach-lining, comfort food-style plates that are good to share between two, three—and even four—jolly pub-goers in search of their pub fill.
Pinoy palates will definitely appreciate the Dragon Kaldereta of fall-apart shortplate and chips in a rich liver tomato sauce that arrives in flames for dramatic flair. The combustible ingredient? Gin. Pair this fiery number with another gin-based newcomer from the bar: Green Minded, a concoction of gin, cucumber, mint, lime juice, and simple syrup.
“Grazers” will love the Spicy Orange Chicken served with mango cucumber salsa and garlic yoghurt. Beverage Manager, Ian Osillo, swears by the combo of the spice with their new sweet and sour cocktail, Elder Lychee, a mix of vodka, calamansi juice, elderberry and lychee syrup.
Perhaps a “lighter” option for the ladies is the Goju Tofu Mini Taco filled with spicy gojuchang paste, fried crunchy tofu, and pickled vegetables. If you need to douse the heat, go for the girlie Belle All The Way, a tart and milky cocktail of Jinro, Yakult and Midori.
For a truly Asian experience, the Duck Ssam Plate (crispy duck breast and pickled vegetables served with pancakes and hoisin sauce à la Peking duck style); the White Chicken Rice (sous vide Hainanese chicken served with ginger rice pilaf); the Soy Chicken Rice (sous vide chicken marinated in soy and spices served with ginger rice pilaf); and Nasi Goreng Ayam (nasi rice topped with Indonesian style fried chicken and house-made kecap manis) are all spectacular choices for both lunch and dinner. Match any of the above Asian flavour profiles with the ginger twang of the Spice Me Up! cocktail and you can’t go wrong.
For the truly ravenous, the Pork Schnitzel Parmigiana—a welcome change from the usual chicken—is a massive deep-fried fillet served with chips and smothered in tomato sauce and mozzarella. Wash this heavy crowd-pleaser down with either the rum-based Dark and Bolder or a deadly tall glass of The Wrong Iced Tea.
The ultimate beer drinker of The B&D crew, Sunny Jhamtani, VP of Operations, propelled the pint game to new heights (we’re talking flights of craft IPA specials—and even make-your-owns with your choice of the three). It is highly recommended to augment one’s pints and flights with the Monster Loaded BBQ Fries—a heaping pile of onion rings, pulled pork, sausage, and thick-cut fries generously dribbled with melted mozzarella.
The dessert menu made some new friends too what with the light and slightly bitter-sweet Matcha Cheesecake and the super sweet Speculoos Biscuit.
Happy Cocktails Hour is priced at PhP150.00 all in from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. May the fourth be with you! Happy Anniversary to The Belle & Dragon!
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