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Monday, July 14, 2014

Salo: The Affordable Dining Destination at BGC

And then Salo came along. Salo only started operations in May, 2014 and we are still on soft opening, explains Joana PiƱon one of the owners. She says they saw a gap in the range of establishments in Bonifacio Global City as the community did not have enough affordable places to go to for lunch and drinks.

And after-work drinking joints are not very easy on the pocket. “Salo means celebration or gathering. And that’s what we want the restaurant to represent. We want the market to think of us when they are planning their celebrations and gatherings. And being a Filipino word, Salo also represents the cuisine that we serve,” she added.

Salo (2)Salo (3) Salo (1)   But Salo is not just for special occasions. With its silog selection (tapsilog, tuyosilog, steaksilog, among others), and line up of filling ulam such as Crispy Lechon belly (prepared fresh, prior to each service time), Bistek Tagalog, and Gising-gising, it’s a place that you can dine in everyday!

We serve Filipino regional specialties. The easiest to order are the rice bowls. But we also have portions that are good for sharing. For those who have had too much to drink, we’ve got some dishes that are perfect for hangovers.

What’s great about Salo is that we are able to serve food quickly, so those who are in a rush need not wait long. The concept behind the restaurant is a place that people can go to everyday — with food that they won’t tire of and with price points that are reasonable.

A lot of those working in BGC are looking for affordable and good quality meals, especially during lunch and but BGC doesn’t offer enough options. So the market ends up eating fast food which is not so healthy.

Besides, their menus are limited. There are also very few affordable places to go to for those who want to unwind in the evening.

The bars in the area are mostly high end. At Salo, our drinks are a steal! Especially if you buy, by the bottle. “We wanted a place that people can go to on a daily basis — with food that they won’t tire of and with price points that are reasonable,” points out Joana. Their average check is only P150 per person.

Salo proudly encourages its guest to try their Sisig, Crispy Lechon Belly, Tapsilog, Tuyosilog, and Bistek Tagalog developed by Chef Benjo Tuason and Chef Justin David.

Salo Adobo Rice

Salo Adobong kangkong

Salo Bangusilog

Beef Pares

Salo Binagoongan

Salo Chicken Skin

Salo Crispy Pata

Salo Goto 

Benjo Tuason holds a degree in Hotel Restaurant and Institution Management from De La Salle University College of St Benilde. He also has a Diploma in Hospitality Management, specializing in Commercial Cookery from Box Hill TAFE Melbourne. His longest stint was as a sous chef in Beau Monde International Hotel in Doncaster,Victoria. Before coming to Manila, he was Chef de Partie and part of the opening team of The Botanical – South Yarra.

Aside from being at the helm of Salo’s kitchen, he is also the executive chef of Relik, URBN and the newly-opened Nest Modern Table and Bar.

Justin David went to Le Cordon Bleu, Ryde, Sydney, Australia for his Professional Culinary Management Diploma and to Ryde-TAFE, Sydney Australia for his Advanced Diploma V in Hospitality Management. He also has a Ceritficate IV in Training, Assesment and Education from TAFE, SWSi Australia. He worked in several establishments in Sydney, Ausralia; Cebu and Manila.

Those who only have short breaks and are always pressed for time need not worry, Salo can whip up meals in a flash. Clearly, chefs Benjo Tuason and Justin David have taken into consideration the needs of the work force in BGC.

And this includes their need to kick back and relax with some drinks after duty. At Salo, the drinks are really inexpensive. Local beers start at P60 and a bottle of Tequila retails for only P1,200.

They make throwing parties easy! Salo is also an awesome stopover as an after-party place because they have anti-hangover treats such as Batchoy, Goto and the double-patty plus egg Longaburger Extra.

Salo is located at The Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. It is open daily, from 11:00 am to 4:00 am. For delivery, call 212-1212.

Social media accounts: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @salobgc


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