Nowadays, people are always on the hunt for new restaurants to try out in the Metro. Just like how most people are, we too always look forward to finding new dining spots. And one of the areas that we usually go to is Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City (BGC). As it is one of the many places in Metro Manila where new restaurants just keep popping up almost every week. Who would have thought that a restaurant would be sitting on top of the Uniqlo building in BHS? In this edition of EATSplorations we will be taking you to a modern take on Latin flavors at Alegria – Cozinha Moderna & Sangria Bar. Join us as we share our latest food find in a unique dining spot. Enjoy!
Alegria – Cozinha Moderna & Sangria Bar!
Did we say unique dining spot? Yup, we found it unique because we didn’t expect that there is a restaurant on the top floor of the Uniqlo building in Bonifacio High Street. Funny how we tried to figure our way up without having to pass through Uniqlo. But yeah, we still entered through Uniqlo, only to find out that there is an elevator at the back that would lead us straight to Alegria. Alegria, has a very relaxing vibe perfect for friends or colleagues to relax and unwind after work.
Care for some Sangria?
Sangria is a well-known alcoholic beverage of Spanish and Portugese origin. It is like a punch, and its main ingredient is red wine and choppped fruit. In Alegria, they have several types of Sangria and as explained to us, their Sangrias contain 3-4 types of alcohol which makes it different. They are also looking into the idea of having a pairing. Pairing the different Sangrias with the different dishes.
Drinking has not been a part of our lifestyle for quite sometime already. The last time we drank was a few years back. Not until we dined at Alegria where we had the urge to give drinking a try again. Haha. We tried 3 different types of Sangria by the glass. Sangria Vermelha (Php250 a glass) has red wine, gin, blackberry and lavender. Cava Sangria (Php300 a glass) has Cava wine, gin and passionfruit. Sangria Verde (Php250 a glass) has Moscato, gin, cucumber and kiwi. Among the 3 types, our favorite was the Sangria Verde. Very refreshing and sweet, but it can be deceiving because we had several sips already before the alcohol started to kick in. Their Sangrias are perfect thirst quenchers for the drinkers out there!
Let’s EAT some Latin American bites!
The main man behind Alegria is Chef Charles Montañez, a young and passionate chef who aims to promote Latin American cuisine with a touch of Asian flavors to diners from all over the Metro. Bringing with him his experience from various well-known restaurants, Chef Charles is finally ready to take on the food and beverage industry by storm in cooking up one of a kind Latin dishes that Filipinos and foreigners will surely enjoy.
Pescado is Negra Cerveza battered fish with BBQ coleslaw. Crispy on the outside, tender and flaky on the inside. This is the perfect chow to go with a glass of Sangria.
Alegria’s version of Elote Con Chicharones has become an instant favorite! Corn on the cob torched in cilantro cream, quesong puti and covered with adobo pork crackling crust. ‘Nuff said!
The higlight for this dish is Chef Charles’ take on the tortilla. He makes his own tortilla, and we promise you, you will notice the difference. Topped with Puerto Rican Pork Loin brined in apple, salsa creole, smoked esquites, cilantro cream, caramelized red apple, Jalapeno and squash blossom. Every component worked perfectly together in creating one colorful and tasty dish!
A modern take on the traditional Fajita. Alegria’s Fajita Moderna is composed of the tender and flavorful steak fajita, mashed potato in coconut milk, red onion petal, chimichuri, mango salsa and baby elote on the side. If avocadoes are in season, instead of coconut milk, Alegria will use Avocado. We loved the different flavors and texture in this dish, and how Chef Charles gave it a twist.
One of our favorites in this EATSperience. Tender, juicy and well-seasoned chicken quarter paired with Chef Charle’s take on Paella. The rice had a good balance of flavors that complemented the chicken really well. Below are the different sauces that Alegria serves their diners. These sauces added flavor to the steak and chicken. We kept dipping into our favorites, which were the Hummus and Chimichuri.
We loved how each dish had a certain identity. We enjoyed how Chef Charles made sure that a balance in flavor is present in every dish. His passion for putting up tasty and good-looking dishes is simply impressive. So if you are looking for a new place to drink and dine, head on to Alegria for some good food and for some thirst-quenching Sangrias. They are still on soft opening and operating hours are from 5pm-12mn Sunday to Monday and 5pm-2am Tuesday to Saturday. Remember, just look for the Uniqlo building in Bonifacio High Street and Alegria is sitting right on the 4th floor. That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations, ’till next time!
Alegria – Cozinha Moderna & Sangria Bar
4/F C3 Annex (Uniqlo Building), 7th Ave cor 30th St, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
+63945 264 7828
5:00pm to 12:00mn (Sun-Thu)
5:00pm to 2:00am (Fri-Sat)
Budget: 1500 php for two