Where to Eat in Tomas Morato: Boa Kitchen and Socials
In the last decade, Karla and I have jet set through most of Asia, savoring on some of the most delicious flavors along the way. And all through out our culinary journey, I’ve come to realize one thing — Asian Food will always be Unique. It’s Bold, Exciting, and Ever-Changing. Very much like how I would describe this new Asian nook we’ve recently discovered in Tomas Morato. Say Hello to Boa Kitchen and Socials! Let’s eat?
The Boa Kitchen + Socials Story
If you’ve ever read the children’s book The Little Prince, then you’re probably familiar with its famous opening savio. It shows a picture and the author asks readers what they think it resembles. Eventually, it’s revealed that contrary to common perception, it’s not a hat but is actually a boa constrictor that’s swallowed an elephant. Depicting that sometimes, things aren’t what they seem.
Now that same drawing inspired owner Joey Marcelo to come up with Boa Kitchen and Socials. From the most obvious, the restaurant’s look and feelsis a colorful representation of its mantra – Always Change. During daytime, BOA Kitchen + Socials upholds its kitchen character. An airy space filled with a modern tropical vibe, serving hearty dishes that fill the heart and soul. A menu that serves unique and ‘surprising’ dishes, as conceptualized by Chef Julius Necor.
And come 6:00 PM, Boa’s vibe takes a total 360 degree transformation. Becoming a modern spot decorated by flashy neon lights, eased with a soothing ambient music. By then, Boa entices its diners to take it slow with bolder, more experimental food options. Coupled with a few of their homemade cocktails, desserts, drinks to soothe the night away. GENIUS, I call it.
BOLD, EXCITING Flavors at Boa
First things first. Initially, there was supposed to be five of us to dine that day. However, due to unforseen circumstance, only Harvard of AlwaysHungry.PH and I went. Of course, that didn’t deter us from having a gastronomic feast at Boa Kitchen and Socials. We just chose to gun for classic favorites and a couple of new items in the menu. ‘
We started our lunch with something famously Asian: Fried Spring Roll Lettuce Wrap (Php 195.00). Tasty golden-brown spring rolls, wrapped in fresh lettuce leaves, and dipped in a sweet-chili Nuoc Cham sauce. A delightful combination that definitely stirred up our appetite!
We then quickly followed it up with another classic favorite: Kare Curry (Php 425.00). Nope that’s not a typo. The dish is really a juxtaposition of all things good: Pork Belly slices sitting atop a bed of thick peanut-curry sauce. One wish we had was more sauce to tie the flavors altogether. But I can’t complain about its sophisticated veggie array: carrots, french beans, and potato marbles for that extra classy touch!
New Menu Items at Boa Kitchen: Khao Soi, Nasi Goreng, Anise Cheesecake
Next on the new menu of Boa Kitchen was Khao Soi (Thai Curry Coconut Noodles, Php 350.00). At first glance (and smell), one would mistake this hefty bowl for being the Singaporean Laksa. But as you start slurping on its thick, savory-milky soup, you’d know it’s a deeper, bolder variation.
A marriage of the coconut’s sweet creamy taste, the curry paste’s amazing aroma and earthiness, and the grilled chicken’s meat and smokiness. And that hint of spice? Just lovely! Took the flavor to a whole new level. SOI GOOD!
By now, we were all craving for some rice to balance all the strong flavors. So having their new Nasi Goreng (Chicken Php 289.00, and Shrimp Php 328.00) proved to be a good idea.
A plateful of seasoned rice, paired with small chunks of meat, then topped with two whole fried eggs. AND OH. Don’t forget the slices of fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. And the vibrant kropek served on the side for that extra crunch!
Ready for dessert? Take a bold move and deviate at Boa Kitchen. Instead of your usual mango sticky rice or luscious cakes, let’s do something pungent and spice-laden: A Deconstructed Star Anise Cheesecake.
A creamy anise cheesecake compote, set on a bed of crushed salty graham, crumbs paired with sweet mango cubes on the side. An acquired taste, to be honest. But I liked it a whole lot. And I urge you to be intrigued and give it a shot!
Enchanting Drinks of BOA
Finally, drown your troubles away with Boa Kitchen’s famed drink: the Purple Potion (Php 320.00). An Instagram-worthy cocktail that amazingly changes from blue to bright purple – right as the local Sirena Butterfly Blue Gin is poured in. Honestly, I don’t know the exact science behind it. But who cares? The place itself is different, might as well succumb to its magic. 🙂
Tough work week? Make everyday a Fri-YAY by giving in to Boa’s Free Flowing Sangria for only Php 550.00 per head. Every day, daytime or nighttime. I’m not kidding.
Boa Kitchen + Socials is located at the Mezzanine Floor of 45th Scout Rallos, cor. Scout Tuazon, Quezon City. Call (02) 8290 3103 for inquiries and reservations.
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