Sorry to keep you guys waiting! We’ve been swamped with work lately but this won’t stop us from sharing the 3rd stop of our Great Eatscape EATSperience with SM Aura Premier and ForkSpoonManila. After our Italian cuisine EATSperience, it’s time to take things to a more familiar route especially for us Filipinos. Basketball has been extremely popular to us Pinoys because of our very own basketball leagues. From the collegiate level up to the pros. The sport has become more and more popular because of the NBA and its fair share of basketball superstars like Steph Curry, LeBron James, and the recently retired Kobe Bryant, just to name a few. As big NBA fans, we were thrilled to find out that we will be EATSperiencing the NBA Cafe Manila as the 3rd restaurant of The Great Eatscape! Pretty sure there will be a lot of great basketball in the place but will their food be able to meet our expectations? Get ready as we share with you our NBA Cafe Manila EATSperience, enjoy!
The place looks really AWESOME! Every bit of detail was just NBA and basketball. It looks way better than your usual sports bar too. However, the air-conditioning system was a bit non-existent when we were there. That’s easy to work out and we hope the management does something right away because it’s very important especially for the hot Manila weather. Aside from the air-conditioning, we were simply fascinated by how NBA Cafe Manila was designed. Of course, the NBA jerseys and other memorabilia stood out especially Kobe Bryant’s (Mr. Eats’ basketball idol) signed jersey. That’s about it for the ambiance, now let’s proceed to the FOOD!
NBA Cafe Manila served us generous amounts of American sports bar favorites! Even though we already shared every dish they served us, we still came out stuffed.
Mr. Eats: I love love love Onion Rings especially when it’s fried to a beautiful golden brown like this one! I loved the light and crispy batter that this one had. However, I was looking for a better dip. Something better and more flavorful like an aioli dip would have been a better match for these beautiful babies.
Mrs. Eats: My husband and I share a lot of common favorites and onion rings is one. I enjoyed NBA’s onion rings because the batter was not too thick and it was fried perfectly. As for the dip, I agree with Mr.Eats, another kind of dip would make this starter even better.
Mr. Eats: Bar food won’t be complete without Fish & Chips! NBA Cafe Manila’s Fish & Chips can pretty much measure up with the famous ones in town. The whole thing was not greasy at all. Perfectly fried batter and super juicy and flavorful fish. I enjoyed dipping it over and over in its tartar sauce. Well done!
Mrs. Eats: Another famous finger food that can please fried food lovers. I liked how the fish was cooked. It was not oily and the fish was tender and juicy. It was paired with coleslaw and fries, two of my favorite side dishes.
Mr. Eats: This classic pasta dish is a pleasant surprise! Who would have known that a sports bar can cook up something as delicate and delicious as this one. If I didn’t eat a lot of the Fish & Chips, I could have finished this whole plate. It was that GOOD!
Mrs. Eats: I loved the colors on this plate and NBA cafe’s take on using bowtie pasta for their Aglio Olio. Taste-wise it was good and flavorful.
Mr. Eats: Thanks to NBA Cafe Manila for serving these three together in one plate. However, this plate of pure awesomeness was just served for tasting purposes. Among the three, I enjoyed the All American Corn Dogs the most, then the Mini Burger and lastly, the Baby Back Ribs. The All American Corn Dogs tasted like something that I have never had before. The Mini Burger may be small but the beef patty was huge in both flavor and size. The Baby Back Ribs were good but nothing great.
Mrs. Eats: This plate made me really enjoy our EATSperience in this cafe. First and foremost, corn dogs has been a childhood favorite of mine. And NBA cafe’s corn dogs was immensely good in taste. Their hot dogs tasted like it was homemade and the batter was cooked perfectly. The mini burger had pure beefy goodness. Plus the melted cheese on top of the patty made it more mouthwatering. The ribs was flavored well however it was a bit dry for me. But all-in-all EATSperiencing these 3 was such a treat!
The 3rd stop of The Great Eatscape was a one of a kind EATSperience. We never thought that NBA and good food can be put together, but after this EATSperience, we can safely say that it worked in NBA Cafe Manila. We were also stuffed after this leg of this food crawl because of the tasty bar chows that we ate. It might be hard to keep up from now on. That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations! Follow us to the last two stops of The Great Eatscape!
NBA Cafe Manila
Fifth Floor, SM Aura Premier, C5 Road Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
+632 556 1683
10am to 10pm (Mon-Thu and Sun)
10am to 1am (Fri-Sat)
Budget: 1000-1500 php for two