Published on September 09, 2015
I have heard a lot of positive reviews about Recovery Food, most of which come from my officemates. My husband and I were supposed to try it earlier this year, but we ended up eating at Kuse because there were no available seats at the time of our visit. But a couple of weeks ago, we finally got to visit its second branch in BGC, the one in BGC Stopover Pavilion.
We arrived around 11AM on a Saturday which probably explains why there were only a few occupied seats. That made me curious how the place looks like on weekdays.
The restaurant is quite spacious. The minimalist interior somehow radiates an industrial vibe with black, white and red as prominent colors.
My husband knew that it was going to be a long day. We were supposed to check out the Baby and Kids’ fair which will then be followed by a scheduled medical appointment and a food-tasting invite that we had to attend. To pump up his day, he decided to have his second serving of coffee. Too bad I could not share it with him!
I think I may have finally uncovered the mystery behind the name Recovery Food the moment I laid my eyes on the restaurant’s menu. They offer food to diners who simply want to… uhmmm… recover! They offer comfort food for those who are trying to recover from a hangover, those who want to recover after spending an all-nighter from work, those who are still gaining their appetite back after recovering from flu, and even those who are struggling to recover from a broken heart. Hahaha!
I asked one of the waiters what their bestsellers are. The one who attended us said that we must try their Tapa de Morning and S.S.T (Spicy Sweet Tuyo). I wasn’t in the mood for tuyo so I went ahead to try their famous tapa.
Their rice meals come in two sizes – Regular and Full Recovery. My husband and I opted to have the regular serving.
Their Tapa de Morning comes with their homemade tapa, rice, egg and ensalada. I know it is just a matter of preference, but I actually don’t like tapa that has an overpowering sweetness. If I wanted something like that, I should have just eaten tocino instead. (It reminds me of this very famous restaurant that claims to serve the best tapa in town, but I got disappointed because their version is a bit too sweet for my liking. Again, it’s just a matter of preference.) I like my tapa to be more on the salty side with a perfect blend of acidity and a hint of sweetness. I was just glad that Recovery Food’s version passed all my criteria! Plus, I loved the fact that the beef strips are very tender, which almost gave me the melts-in-your-mouth sensation at every bite.
I was guessing that my husband would get the S.S.T. because he loves tuyo! But because we just had dried fish for breakfast a couple of days before our visit at Recovery Food, he checked out the other items on the menu. At that moment, the waiter told us that they have new items that aren’t written yet on the menu. He pointed at this small board on top of our table.
Boyet skipped tuyo and settled with the equally sinful (and deadly!!!) Doc Sisig! The crispy pork bits are sitting comfortably on a bed of garlic rice. Mixed with tons of onions and then topped with a generous amount of chives and sliced green chili, you’ll surely get that perfect mix of heat and salty flavor. Mixed with calamansi, the acidity somehow added a nice kick to an already tasty dish.
We could not complain about the taste. However, my husband pointed out that it would have been better if the sisig and garlic rice were served separately. What happened was that the oil (both from the sisig and the garlic rice) settled at the bottom of the bowl, making his last few bites quite unbearable because of too much oil. But other than that, this rice meal will surely help you RECOVER from whatever you are going through. Hihihi!!! :p
31st Street Corner Rizal Drive,
BGC Stopover Pavilion,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
* All photos were taken with a Nikon Coolpix S3600