The food scene in Manila has been rapidly evolving with more international food chains entering the scene. From fine dining collaborations between foreign and local chefs to direct franchise or branches of well loved restaurants in Asia and beyond, most of these new comers are being welcomed warmly by the ever hospitable Filipinos. One restaurant that has entered the scene just around November of last year has been creating a buzz among meat lovers. They specialize in ribs and offer the biggest and juiciest of them ribs in town. That's Morganfield's for you.
Morganfield's originated from Malaysia and has branches in Singapore and China. Channeling Old American Blues, they combine "Music and Great Soul Food" in the form of their signature "Sticky Bones" prime rib slabs. They take pride in the time invested and quality of ingredients used to make their ribs the best and juiciest in town - marinated for 24 hours, slow cooked and baked for 3.5 hours, smoked for an additional hour and then grilled while basking in their home made tomato based sauce. All of their ribs have been spice rubbed as well with a special mix of herbs and spices.
Had the opportunity to be invited in the first looloo Rendezvoos of 2016 and I was more than delighted to know that Morganfield's was the sponsor restaurant. I've been wanting to visit this place. Located in the newly opened Uptown Place Mall, just beside The Palace, Morganfield's has been bringing people to the area. Located on the 2nd floor of the mall, the restaurant was spacious with high ceilings. There's this old American feel inside combining wood and bricks installments.
We got to try the following --
Drinks : Berry Easy, Virgin Apple Mojito, Agua Fresca
|Berry Easy for 195Php
|Virgin Apple Mojito for 165Php
|Agua Fresca for 195Php
This had strips of duck breast that have been apple-wood smoked, sitting on top of fresh and crisp greens with cucumber sticks, tomatoes, sesame seeds, spring onions, chili, boiled egg and century egg. Loved the tender meat with just the right trimming of fat and that characteristic apple-wood smoked flavor that always reminds me of bacon. This salad had a soy vinaigrette with olive oil as it's base.
Appetizer: Awesome Threesome for 495Php
This is their sampler of their best selling appetizers. It had Spicy Chicken Wings, Potato Skins, Crab and Spinach Dip and Nachos for dipping.
I liked the chicken wings most in this set - crunchy skin even though it's smothered with their spicy and sour sauce. Best paired with the sour cream dip but really, this can stand on it's own. Also take note that it's mildly spiced so you won't get all that sweat in case your not into spicy food.
The potato skins were baked with cheese and bacon bits on top and were just okay for me. Maybe if we got the chance to try them while they were still warm with gooey cheese, could have been a different experience.
The Crab and Spinach Dip was good though had a bit of a weird texture. You can taste the seafood that went well with the cheese but I guess I'm more of an Artichoke and Spinach kind of a gal and would stick to that. But then again this one was not bad at all.
Then the main event --- RIBS!!!! We were served with 3 huge rib slabs --- 1 Baby Back and 2 Spare Ribs.
According to the Chef, they source out their ribs from Spain. This particular dish uses Black Iberian Pig which are usually small, thus, their meat is expected to be tender compared to the regular sized ones. You have two options here - Jack Daniels Glazed or Jim Beam BBQ served with onion rings or fries and home made coleslaw on the side. We were served with their best seller.
Marinated with Jim Beam, a 900grams rib slab uses approximately 300ml of liquor. But since they slow cook, smoke and grill, most of the alcoholic content gets lost and only the deep flavors of the liquor remains.
This slab was a little spicy with some citrus kick but very tasty and exceptionally tender! No effort in chewing and has that melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
|A closer look at the glorious slab of ribs!!!!
|The whole deal!
|Sticky Bones Face-Off: Smoked Peppercorn vs. Garlicky BBQ
We got to try two of their Spare Ribs or those that they call "Sticky Bones". The Chef also likes calling these "Skater Board Ribs" since they're so huge they can pass as small skater boards!
|Smoked Peppercorn Spare Ribs - 850Php for Half Slab, 1595Php for Full Slab
|The whole deal!
|Garlicky BBQ Spare Ribs - 750Php for Half Slab, 1395Php for Full Slab
|The whole deal!
|300gm New York Strip Steak for 1395Php
|A look at the red meat inside this char-grilled to order steak
Overall, I liked this dining experience - food wise and ambiance wise. It's recommended to go here as a group since their serving of ribs were huge! They also offer cheap beer that would definitely go well their ribs.
4 out of 5 Stars for Morganfield's!
--- Morganfield's: 2nd Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th corner 9th Street, BGC, Taguig City