Recently, I, Mr. Eats, was able to try out one of Bonifacio Global City’s newest restaurants, Friends & Family. Some of you might have already tried it out, but well yes, it was my first time. However, even though it was my very first time to dine there, all the flavors from the various dishes that I tried reminded me about so many good memories. It was truly a one of a kind nostalgic EATSperience. I think a lot of you will be able to relate with me on this. You know, that Pinoy barbecue stall from years ago that made you want to go out of the house each and every afternoon or that Pinoy-style spaghetti that you would always ask your mom to make for birthdays and special occasions. There are still days when I would crave for those because those dishes bring a lot of great memories from several years back. That is why, in this edition of EATSplorations, I will be sharing about my very memorable EATSperience at Friends & Family in Bonifacio High Street Central. Take a trip down food memory lane with me, let’s go!
Friends & Family – Bonifacio High Street Central!
Located at the restaurant-packed commercial district of Bonifacio High Street Central, Friends & Family boasts of a restaurant that will take you several years back to your childhood days. Lots of wonderful memories brought back by tasty Filipino comfort food near and dear to each and every 70’s, 80’s and 90’s kid!
As you can see, Friends & Family has a great number of #happyfood in their menu. Cracklings, barbecue, palabok, crispy pata, sisig, spaghetti and so much more! Each and every dish surely has that certain nostalgic feel.
The place looks really perfect for friends and family. Big and small groups of hungry diners are welcome. I loved its tropical vibe and that it’s not intimidating at all. Friends & Family is also located just beside The Coconut Club, a place where you can chill out and have a couple of drinks after dinner.
Friends & Family also has a spot where diners can easily get homemade goodies and condiments made by local suppliers. It’s very similar to what Providore (one of their sister restaurants) has in SM Aura.
Friends & Family, it’s time to EAT!
A healthier and crunchier version of an all-time Pinoy favorite appetizer and beer match! I honestly enjoyed this dish. It was packed with all sorts of different flavors and textures. I enjoyed the tofu cooked with mayo, the crunchy kangkong and mushrooms, and of course, a little heat from the green chili made it even better.
Chicken and Pork Isaw, Pig Ears, Pork BBQ, Chicken Ass, and Betamax – the platter of all barbecue platters! This really tastes like Pinoy street barbecue on a plate. Perfectly charred and ketchupy plate of meat and innards. The party starts and ends right here. Well done, Friends & Family!
The first thing that came into my mind after my first bite was PALENGKE! Yup, it might not sound good for some but if ever you have tried the palabok in your neighborhood market, this tastes exactly like it. I was brought back to Arranque Market in Manila after my first bite. Nostalgia in a plate. Awesome stuff again, Friends & Family!
Super meaty and extra saucy plate of another memorable childhood favorite! I hate to admit it but this one’s another winner. I love my spaghetti with lots of sauce and hotdog. Therefore, Friends & Family’s birthday spaghetti won my tummy once again with this dish. It was just oozing with so much sweet and savory flavors. Definitely coming back for this one!
This is one of the two Lady’s Choice Limited Edition Dishes at Friends & Family, made by Chef Kalel Chan. I found it like a Pinoy-style spinach artichoke kind of dip but it had more depth of flavor coming from the different veggies and tinapa which was really good. The use of mushroom chips was also a great choice because it was a lighter and less guilty option.
The second Lady’s Choice mayo-inspired dish at Friends & Family! Extremely colorful and vibrant. I enjoyed the different kinds of textures in this one and the marriage of the rich salted egg mayo flavor and the sour and crispy bangus. Definitely a must try!
For that much needed “pang himagas”, as how the elders would call it. Yema Crema sealed the deal. On a hot summer afternoon, a shaved ice based dessert was the best. I found it a bit too sweet for my own taste but I loved how creamy and refreshing this glass of yema crema was. If you love sweet stuff, try this!
If you are looking for a new dining spot with food that is dear to both your tummy and your heart, Friends & Family is one restaurant that you should visit. With all the Filipino dishes that they have to offer, memories of your childhood will surely relived. Well done, Friends & Family! That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations, ’till next time!
Friends & Family
Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
+632 621 3222 / +632 621 3111
11:00am to 11:00pm (Mon-Sun)
Budget: 1200 php for two