New restaurants are popping up left and right all over Metro Manila. Familiar local concepts, sought after international franchises, and many more new players are out there trying to get their fair share of Manila’s ever-growing hunger for good food. In this edition of EATSplorations, we will be sharing about a new local restaurant called Savage in Arya Residences, BGC. Savage is the brainchild of Bistro Group’s Corporate Chef, Chef Josh Boutwood. Chef Josh, who is a Filipino-British chef, thought about doing something out of the box. With Savage, he challenged himself to think and do something that can feed both his personal desires and his diners. Keep on reading to find out what makes Savage your new go to restaurant in BGC, enjoy!
Savage at The Plaza, Arya Residences!
We know that BGC is home to an array of restaurants, old and new. And we find it interesting that aside from the many dining spots that are located in the commercial places in BGC, there are hidden restaurants that are usually located at the ground floor of residential buildings. Diners can find Savage at the Ground Floor of The Plaza, Arya Residences in Bonifcacio Global City.
A quick look around Savage!
Black furniture, dominantly gray walls, and overhead light fixtures—Savage shows an industrial chic design that matches the open kitchen concept. Upon entering, we knew that we will be having a cozy dining EATSperience, also because of the natural light coming from the glass-walled windows. Savage is a 60-seater restaurant that has a bar area for diners who wish to see firsthand the action happening in the kitchen.
Chef Josh derived a new concept wherein he can use wood and fire as his main tools for cooking. Once you enter Savage, you’ll know what we mean. Open kitchen, grill, wood and fire. Nothing unique at the beginning, but wait ’till you taste the food.
After learning so much about Chef Josh and Savage, it was time to try what they have to offer. First up, Devilled Eggs! Smooth and creamy eggs topped with smoked oil and ash. We really had to share this equally because we loved it so much. A much much better version of the classic dish!
Light, airy and crunchy pork rinds with vinegar powder and curry ketchup. Did we say curry ketchup? Might be strange at first, but it definitely worked for us! Baby Eats enjoyed this so much as well, she had several pieces of this heavenly starter.
We are a grilled corn-loving family. And when this dish arrived at our table, we instantly grabbed a piece each and enjoyed its natural sweet flavor with a dollop of harissa and garlic emulsion. The addition of onion ash made this dish even more special for us! Superb job, Chef Josh!
For its price, we know it may be a bit pricey, but believe us, you’ll get your money’s worth. One huge cut of perfectly grilled porkchop with mustard leaf chimichurri. We were really impressed with how tender it was even though it was cooked entirely on the grill. The sweetness of the peach and refreshing chimichurri complemented the porkchop really well. This one’s certainly a must-try dish!
Savage rice is an extra order if you want carbs to go with your choice of meat. It had pieces of chorizo that made it really flavorful. The whole Eats Family really enjoyed having loads of this. Next time, no more sharing, hehe!
Flank steak, cooked just the way we like it. Another meat grilled perfectly over fire! Served with pickled ramp and onion ash. We found the technique of using onion ash in certain dishes, really unique and interesting. It’s not just being visually appealing, but it also adds another layer of smokiness and flavor to the dish.
It’s finally time for the sweet stuff! This one was made up of light and chewy meringue topped with vanilla and strawberries. It was lovely to have this after a barrage of superb savory dishes!
For a more traditional touch, this Kladdkaka is a must. It’s a Swedish chocolate cake that is rich and super moist. This one’s another winner for chocoholics like us!
As diners, we feel the passion and drive of the chefs through their food. And Chef Josh’s desire to use pre-industrial cooking method using wood fire and smoke is something that truly impressed us. His creations are definitely worth the hype it’s been receiving from the foodie community. Aside from that, the ambiance, the friendly staff and of course the mouthwatering dishes make Savage one of our favorites in the list of newly opened restaurants in the Metro. So if you are looking for something new with a concept that is not the norm, head on over to The Plaza, Arya Residences and try Chef Josh Boutwood’s Savage. We can’t wait to come back and try out his other dishes! That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations, ’till next time!
The Plaza at Arya Residences, McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
+63915 333 9546
11:00am to 3:00pm and 6:00pm to 10:00pm (Mon-Sun)
Budget: 2500 php for two