Restaurant Review: 22 Prime at Discovery Suites Ortigas
Published on September 27, 2016
Our friends from Discovery Suites, after reading my review of their hotel, invited us to have lunch at 22 Prime. When we had our staycation at Discovery Suites to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary, we went to 22 Prime while we were checking out the hotel amenities. We didn’t get the chance to give it a try since our friend, Joie, recommended a restaurant in El Pueblo. When we went to El Pueblo for dinner, the restaurant was closed for a private function, and we ended up having our anniversary dinner date at Racks! Hihi. But I guess the stars were on our side. We finally had the chance to have a decent date at 22 Prime a couple of weeks ago. Well, almost! We tagged along Zayne with us so you probably know how it ended! Hihi!
22 Prime exudes a classy vibe with its elegant interiors. The cozy lighting, high ceiling and use of earth colors make the restaurant perfect for either an intimate date or formal business meetings. The sophisticated look of the restaurant may scare away budget-friendly diners (like me), but after our lunch, I realized that you would be getting every cent you paid for at 22 Prime! You’ll understand why by the end of this post.
A basket of freshly-baked bread was served to us. The four types of bread with three spreads were the perfect way to jumpstart our taste buds for an exciting treat.
I took a bite of the soft bread topped with pieces of feta cheese with olive oil and balsamic vinegar reduction, and I knew right away that it would be my favorite. The moist bread and the pungent flavors of the spread were a perfect match. But then I got to try the potato bread which I paired with the herbed butter, and I immediately changed my mind! (By this time, I saw my husband mouthing “Ang sarap!”) I guess you probably know what happened next. The pairing of the tomato brioche and sundried tomato spread was simply OH-EM-GEEE! I seriously can’t find the words to describe it.
And in case you’re wondering, that giant flat bread in the photo is lavash. (I hope I got it right.) It’s sweet, and it somehow tastes like our local otap without sugar. Anyway, I promised myself that I would not be eating the entire basket to give way to the rest of the meal, but I just could not resist it. Hihi!
To warm our tummies, my husband and I decided to split their Lobster Bisque. The soup is very creamy. But much to my surprise, it wasn’t overpowering. It still has a distinct subtlety making my palates ask for more. It has a generous serving of fresh lobsters which reminded me of the feeling of going on an entire day of island-hopping in Coron. Seriously, guys, it really gave me that kind of feeling! Haha! (And once again, I saw my husband wink at me while saying, “Ang sarap!” I know, I know. He needs to expand his “foodie” vocabulary! :p)
The soup comes with tomato herb croutons. I was initially planning to snub it thinking that it would not be at par with the bread basket. Well, I was wrong! Can you see those perfect grill marks? Those are not for aesthetic purposes only. The croutons had a slight smoky flavor which balanced out the richness of the soup.
Here’s a tip: Never, as in NEVER, leave 22 Prime without trying out their steaks. I mean, duh! Just don’t! Trust me! Haha! Boyet opted to have one from their Steak Frites menu – Wagyu Hanger Steak.
I know that my photos can’t give justice to my claim. I should have exerted more effort in taking more decent shots for this blog, but our Little Kolokoy was already asking for her baon: carrots! Hihi. Anyway, this 200-gram-worth of oooh-la-la goodness was such a delight to our taste buds. The meat is still very tender despite ze hubby’s request to have it cooked well-done. Boyet’s verdict: Ang sarap! :p
Apart from the steak, the truffle fries that came with it were a big hit! Grabe! The fries looked so simple at first glance so I wasn’t really expecting much from it. But it was sooooo addicting!
We still don’t allow Zayne to eat anything that I didn’t prepare at home. But that smart kid figured out a way to have a “taste” of the fries! She probably saw how much we loved it! :p
Now, here’s what I got!
I chose to have the Surf & Turf. My plate has 200g Angus ribeye, two jumbo prawns and twice-baked potato. Again, I’m sorry for the crappy photos. I should have gone on Facebook Live to show you how beautiful my plate was! Hahaha!
I also had my steak prepared well-done. I’m still breastfeeding so I’m still as careful with my food intake like I’m still pregnant. Haha! But I was quite surprised the meat was still tender. The meat-to-fat ratio is perfect making the steak really juicy. And the taste? Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious. Lord. Saying it was perfect would be the biggest understatement of the year! The meat was seasoned to perfection. It was like I had a taste of heaven with that 200-gram thing! I let my husband have a bite of it. He closed his eyes, looked at me, and said nothing! It was THAT good! Hindi makatarungang sabihin lang na: Ang sarap! And the prawns?! It’s my dream to be able to cook prawns as perfect as these two beauties!
My plate comes with three kinds of sauces which definitely added more flavor and texture, but I opted to skip it after a few tries simply because I wanted to savor the “natural” taste of the steak and the prawns. I swear, make me choose between an iPhone7 and this plate once a week for one month, and I would definitely choose the Surf & Turf without thinking twice! Hahahaha!
We would have wanted to try some of their desserts, but Zayne was starting to get irritable. It was as if she was telling us that we were already past her siesta time. Hahaha! Fortunately, we got to try their Iced Tea. It was refreshingly good! Zayne kept on grabbing the apples on top. Hihi!
Albeit a bit pricey, food, ambiance and service are great. When Boyet and I were discussing at home what we would be having for dinner, he said that he didn’t feel like having dinner for two reasons. First, he was still quite full around dinner time. And second, he said that he didn’t want his tongue to taste anything new for the next three days! Hahahahaha!
So to Celine and the rest of Discovery Suites, thank you very much for having us! I was not joking when I told you that our lunch was perfect! =)
22F Discovery Suites
25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas,
* All photos were taken with Nikon D60