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Friday, January 4, 2013

Torch Restaurant: All-Day International Cuisine in Greenhills

Whenever I eat out with family, friends or even with the beau, I'm always faced with the dilemma of where to bring them next. While I'd love to try out more unfamiliar dining spots, it's hard not to mind my companions' taste preferences. Fortunately, there are places like Torch Restaurant in Greenhills which offers a wide array of international dishes so each member of your circle can truly enjoy the whole dining experience.
Torch Restaurant

Located along the foodie street of Connecticut in Greenhills, Torch Restaurant greets its guests with a sleek yet comfy ambiance in black and white. There are also pops of yellow, red and blue to make the place more hip. And of course, how can I not mention the tall grass divider in the middle of the dining area which doesn't only look refreshing to the eyes, but also provides privacy to those who choose to occupy the banquet seating.

Torch Restaurant Greenhills Torch Restaurant Tables
Torch Restaurant Bar Counter

Aside from having a nice dining area perfect for feasting with the family or just catching up with old friends, Torch Restaurant prides itself for serving an extensive selection of international fare. From burgers, sandwiches and wings, to pastas, pizzas and even sushi and ramen, Torch Restaurant got them all covered. And for our trip, the beau and I decided to try out some international favorites starting with Torch's take on pizza.

Gambas Pizza P329

Even for the pizzas alone, Torch Restaurant has 17 different variants already. To make the most out of this Western favorite though, we were given a whole pizza with 2 exciting flavors. The first side we tried was the Gambas Pizza (P329.95) with chipotle garlic olive oil-sautéed shrimps and mozzarella cheese on top of oven-baked crispy thin-crust pizza. Being a shrimp lover, this pizza really got me digging. Every bite was delightful as it was an explosion of savory, cheesy and spicy flavors that I oh-so-love.

Philly Cheese Steak Pizza P369

The other side of the board was the Philly Cheese Steak Pizza (P369.95) with classic flavors of one of the American favorite sandwiches. While this side of the pizza was meaty and savory, I feel like my heart and palate still belongs to the Gambas side. The beau on the other hand, felt otherwise. He prefers this more than the spicy shrimp pizza.

Smoked Jabañero Glazed Salmon P435

For main course, I had the Smoked Jabañero Glazed Salmon (P435.95) served with unagi (eel) citrus sauce, mango salsa and garlic parsley rice. While I generally prefer raw salmon (sashimi), I can't argue that this salmon dish was delightful. The smoked salmon was cooked perfectly, and was well-complemented by its tasty sauce, while the mango salsa added a refreshing flavor. I really liked this dish, and even the beau agrees.

Salpicao Medallion P479 Salpicao Medallion Torch

The beau on the other hand, had the Salpicao Medallion (P479.95) -- 2 beautiful pieces of Certified Angus Beef medallions wrapped with bacon, and served with sautéed French beans and garlic parsley rice. This dish really smelled so good, and was uniquely presented too on top of a 2-story marble tile with a heater of sort at the bottom.

Salpicao Medallion

It was already a delight to view this meaty dish on our table. However, it looked more divine when we cut through the beef. The medallions were cooked to medium, I think, which I always prefer. And while it wasn't exactly the beau's preferred doneness, he was pretty pleased as every bite gave off an abundance of savory and succulent goodness.

Panna Cotta with Fresh Fruits P99 Bread Pudding with Sabayon Sauce P99

For a sweet ending, we shared both the Panna Cotta with Fresh Fruits (P99.95) and the Bread Pudding with Sabayon Sauce (P99.95). Initially, I thought I prefer the panna cotta as I'd normally do. However, I really liked the sabayon sauce in the bread pudding upon tasting it. It was very comforting that I enjoyed it to the very last spoonful.

Bread Pudding with Sabayon Sauce Lemon Iced Tea Regular P50 Bottomless P75

As for drinks, both the beau and I had Lemon Iced Tea (Regular P50 Bottomless P75). Unlike in other restaurants which simply uses Nestea, I liked that Torch Restaurant serves their own iced tea. It tasted of lemon with a hint of honey. Oh, and I really dig their glasses! It's not just because of the angle that the glass of iced tea looks like it's leaning. Even up-close and in person, it really is leaning! I call it Torch's leaning iced tea.

Wine-All-You-Can Wednesdays at Torch Restaurant

By the way, if you're a wine lover and you're planning a trip to Torch Restaurant, then you shouldn't miss its Wine-All-You-Can Wednesdays. From 6PM to 12MN, you can enjoy unlimited glasses of PKNT wines for just P400. Now, that's a good deal!

THE VERDICT

While I don't frequent Greenhills, I was really happy with our dining experience at Torch Restaurant. It has a nice ambiance, prompt and courteous service, reasonable pricing, and its ace -- a really wide array of international menu. Although restaurants with a super extensive selection of items typically serve mediocre dishes, Torch Restaurant begs to differ. Everything we got to try was of good quality, and we'll definitely be back for more.

If there's one thing I don't like about Torch Restaurant, I think it's their odd-even psychological pricing. I don't mind paying in full amounts anyway. What do you think?

Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4/5


Torch Restaurant, Greenhills
63 Connecticut St., Greenhills,
San Juan City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 477-3771
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32 comments :

  1. I'm so jealous! I've been wanting to go here ever since I started seeing their posts around FB.

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    1. Try to visit them soon, Mary! :) Their food's great. We're planning nga to go back again soon.

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  2. d and i love torch! :) cant wait to visit again! I noticed their prices too, i think it's a pricing strategy to make it seems that they have affordable menu items haha! :)

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    1. I understand psychological pricing, but I don't get the P0.95 haha XD Wala na kasing value halos ang P0.05 change XD Or maybe that's just me?

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  3. Wow! That's a cool place to hang out ah :) I def love seafood so I might also love the dishes with seafoods :DD

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  4. Over all I find the resto classy and interesting to visit. The Salmon is indeed yummy and appetizing to eat. I am craving now, blame it to Torch restaurant.

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  5. The place looks elegant. The Salpicao looks very delicious. I haven't drop by to Greenhills for quite a while. :)

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  6. Only 400 for all the wine you can consume? our kind of restaurant on a Friday night. While I am not for pizza, torch salmon and angus beef offering is mouthwatering!!

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  7. Wine all you can seems like an interesting option as wines can really be expensive but for P400, it should be worth it. The ambiance also makes the place inviting.

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  8. Mmmm! Mouth-watering! I will drop by and grab a bite. Thank you for reviewing superb restaurant.

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  9. Another resto to take note of when I come home. I miss Greenhills!

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  10. omg! everything looks so yumm! indeed the restaurant looks so refreshing with all the and of course as long as the service and food is both really good nothing can beat that! xx

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  11. I've also been to Torch restaurant and loved it. :-) Compared to other venues which offer the same pastas and pizzas, Torch is one that serves much unique delights.

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  12. OMG! The place looks so classy :) Plus your oictures are saying "Come and visit, Torch!"

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  13. Been there once when we used a voucher that was about to expire. The Philly Cheese Steak Pizza got my attention and I'm looking forward to go back there soon. ^_^

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  14. Nice ambiance! Your photos of their food looks yummy! I'd love to go there and try it myself!

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  15. Fortunately, I never experience any dilemmas when I take my family out because we always eat at the same place and that's Jollibee... LOL

    @Algene, yup the pictures say come and visit, torch... the prices means stay away for me... hehehe

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  16. Everything looks yummy and I love the ambiance of the place!

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  17. Yes a bit tricky on the pricing. But then again the delivery is fascinating. Another good find Sumi. Hope to visit this one also.

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  18. I wonder who picked their wine for the cuisine; I wouldn't pair PKNT cabs with the dishes I see on this post. In fact, I wouldn't pick PKNT at all :) I'm not digging the gambas either; the shrimps are tiny on the flat bread...

    And yes, the pricing is trying too hard to be 'psychologically appealing'.

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  19. All the food look good, but the pizza is the best for me. May I ask, how can I get there, coming from Megamall?

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  20. Yung pizza nakaka takam! akala ko tuwing gabi lang sila open kasi torch ang name ng kainan.

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  21. Nice ambiance and I took notice of the tall grass divider. Oks ang idea na yun. Though I am more of a homebody type of person, there's no harm naman to try going out and spend one evening at this place. Sabi mo oks naman ang foods and that 400 pesos wine-all-you-can seems a nice treat.

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  22. Enticing ambiance that lures customers. Hope they can put a branch here in Davao City.

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  23. by just looking at their pizza, i know i'm going to love it... grease-less. their prices nga lang are a little bit high, but if the food taste great, okay lang naman kung paminsan-minsan lang. Yahweh bless.

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  24. looks like a nice place, and from the photos the food seems well-prepared and delicious. hope to visit Torch soon.

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  25. The wine all you can promo sounds great. Although I dont think I've tried PKNT wines. I better gather girlfriends and ask if they would like to try this one.

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  26. I want to try the Gambas Pizza here!!! <3 pizza!

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  27. Yung mga pagkain. . they look oh-so yummy! Mmm. .

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  28. do you enhance your photos before you post them? (aside from placing he watermark) or you upload them straight from the camera? ang galing kase!!

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  29. Ohhhh! so yummy food but I was not created to be occupied by eating delicious foods like tied up cattle.

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  30. I def love seafood so I might also love the dishes with seafoods.
    www.neworleansbarandgrill.com

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