Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Monday – Thursday), 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 M.N. (Friday – Saturday), 11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Telephone Number(s): (+632) 757-3941, (+632) 757-3938
Mobile Number(s): (+63) 917-866-0449
Catering Site: http://www.1771catering.com/
Hello, and welcome to our first review for June 2016! This'll also be the first in a series where we'll take a closer look at some of the finest Filipino restaurants Makati has to offer. Since Independence Day is just around the corner, we felt that an all-Philippine theme for this month's posts would be appropriate.
Anyway, let's start off with Sentro 1771. Deriving its name from 1771 Adriatico Street in Manila where its sister restaurant Chateau had its beginnings, Sentro eventually debuted in Greenbelt 3 back in 2002. As such, it boasts of being the "first in modern Filipino cuisine," and continues to be one of the top-rated restaurants of its kind in the Metro. Whether it still deserves such high esteem is what we'll find out in this review.
Even from outside, Sentro 1771 has a very Filipino vibe. There's a tumba-tumba (rocking chair) near the entrance, where you can wait to be seated. You can also browse through a stack of magazines — most of which are travel- and real estate-related — while you're at it.
In our case, we didn't have to wait too long. Since we arrived at around 11 AM — which coincided with their opening hours — we were able to pick where we wanted to sit, which was near the window where we can get a good view of Greenbelt's beauty.
Once you're inside, it's easy to make yourself at home. There's relaxing music playing from the speakers, and the all-wooden furniture contributes to the overall homey, laidback vibe. Heck, even the plates look like they're made from wood!
For your appetizer, Sentro 1771 serves a fresh batch of roasted pumpkin seeds. They're a good way to ease your hunger, especially since the orders take around 15 to 20 minutes to arrive. You can eat them with or without the shells, depending on your preference.
After eating the seeds, we had a fresh batch of Fried Kesong Puti (Fried White Cheese).
Next, we had the Inihaw na Baboy (grilled pork).
Finally, we had the classic ginataan for dessert.
To accompany the three, we had the Manggang Manga drink.
Overall, we're satisfied with their offerings. They may claim to be a "modern" Filipino restaurant — which usually translates to "fusion dishes with a mostly Filipino flavor" — but we think they did a great job sticking to the classics. You can't just mess with traditional Filipino recipes, after all.
In our experience, the service was a mixed bag. On the one hand, a waiter ushered us into a seat as soon as we arrived. They also took our orders quickly, and most of the food arrived within a reasonable time limit.
On the other hand, there were a few slow moments. (Maybe because the place started filling up with people as timed passed?) The ginataan took a little too long, as did the bill and change when we asked for them. In short, they could've been more consistent with the delivery of good service.
If you're new to Filipino cuisine, Sentro 1771 is a good place to start. The place is stylish but unintimidating, and the food has just the right balance between "modern" and "traditional." We rate Sentro 1771 8.5/10.