MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER) - A new restaurant in Pasig City is giving the ubiquitous Filipino offal dish, sisig, a creative twist.
Toast Asian Kitchen & Tasting Room, which opened its first branch at the swankyThe 30th Mall in Ortigas in January this year, has come up with "Gyozig" - a portmanteau of words "sisig" and "gyoza". The dish has scrumptious chopped pig ears and cheeks packed in Japanese-style dumplings.
Mr Timo Roxas-Chua, one of the restaurant owners, says: "We take traditional Asian recipes and add modern or local cooking styles and techniques to the mix." He adds that the dishes at Toast combine well-known Asian recipes to create distinct flavors we hope customers will love.
Another creative dish is Wagyu Cubes, which comprises moist and tender cubes of Wagyu beef skewered in a stick, then slathered with one's choice of teriyaki or soy baste sauce.
For its opening, Toast had famed New York restaurateur Danny Meyer create unique cocktail creations.
"A cocktail done right can really show your customers you care," explained Meyer. "A good cocktail mix can make customers love a restaurant, which in turn will make them want to come back again and again."
Toast is also set to bring in renowned Singaporean mixologist Jason Grey to create more cocktails. Classic staples like mojito, martini and amaretto sour will be on the bar list, along with special concoctions like Jack Sparrow, Summer in the City, East Meets West and Mankari Sour.
Toast Asian Kitchen & Tasting Room, Ayala Malls The 30th, 30 Meralco Ave., Pasig City