Eats: The Girl + The Bull

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We celebrated my birthday last month and of course, I chose this (incredibly hard to find) restaurant in BF Homes. The name of it was actually the main reason why I chose this — it’s quirky and fun, much like its food!

On the way here, we got lost because we followed Google Maps’ directions. We arrived here tired, super hungry, and somewhat out of our happy moods. A note to the wise foodie: never go into the depths of BF Homes hungry and without a car.

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Everything was black and white and clean, and they have really pretty artworks and photographs on their walls (most of which were by and of the owners Gab Bustos and Thea de Rivera). It’s very hip and young — including their well-mannered servers who dress better than their guests (us included)!

I was surprised that they didn’t have a lot on their actual menu, compared to the one on their Munch Punch. If I remember correctly, they have four appetizers, seven entrees (minus their best selling Buttermilk Fried Chicken which is only available every Fridays and Saturdays), four desserts and about six cocktails.

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The mushroom + mixed green salad was my mom’s chosen starter. It has pears, roquefort blue cheese, candied walnuts, fried onions, and balsamic honey EVOO. I am not usually a fan of onions, but the ones in this salad is yum-oh — I ate all of them. Good balance of bitter and sweet brought by the chosen greens plus the candied walnuts.

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While waiting for our entrees, Sanji peruses the menu. Ever since our little boy started on solids, I became super conscious of what I eat because, well, he likes to eat what I eat. The Girl + The Bull is not baby friendly at first glance, but the ingredients that they used are organic and farm fresh — you just have to be wary of entrees that are too spicy / salty / sweet. If you plan to bring your child here, I’d say go, but be sure to bring a car as taxi’s are very very rare in the area.

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One of the entrees that is child friendly is the blackened snapper with sweet potato mash. It comes with beurre blanc, spinach oil, organic greens and tarragon vinaigrette. Sanji loved the mash as much as my mom loved the whole dish. It’s light, but definitely filling.

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I had their take on chicken bibimbap (which is not on their menu in any of mentioning sites). Out of the four dishes, this was my favorite because 1) it’s a symphony of flavors and textures, plus the chicken gives a nice counter to the heaviness of the rice and 2) the amount of food on the bowl is worth the price.

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My baby sister and Mario both chose the grass-fed tenderloin with squid ink potato puree, brown butter jus, maple red cabbage, deep fried leeks and torched mushrooms. I’d say this is one of the prettier dishes that I’ve had to date (the scallops at Stockton Place holds the top spot). I didn’t taste much of this dish because I was busy eating my own, plus feeding Sanji. But from the looks of it, my husband and sister enjoyed eating it so much because of the melt-in-your-mouth beef.

We had the faux twix with sea salt for dessert. It was divided into four slices but I could’ve eaten four more PLATES of it. No pictures because we devoured the whole thing, twenty seconds after the server laid the dish down. IT IZ THAT YUMMEH~~

Verdict

The food is tasty, but a bit pricey for the serving size (save for the bibimbap). But it is tasty. Will I delve into the maze that is called Aguirre again, just to visit this? Maybe. Maybe on a Friday or a Saturday, just to try their Buttermilk Fried Chicken, which is rumored to rival that of Kettle’s. Maybe, just to try their cocktails with their faux twix. This is what I like about this resto — it’s complicated, but oh so full of edible surprises.


 

The Girl + The Bull

346 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines
For reservations: Call or text +63.905.572.2556
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, store hours are 12 – 3 PM and 6 – 10 PM

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3 thoughts on “Eats: The Girl + The Bull

  1. Yay for Palahniuk collection! 🙂 I’ve been reading a lot of reviews about the place, too bad it’s far from me. 😦

    Someday, someday!

  2. Use Waze!!! Although Waze isn’t very good for walking because it takes notes of no-left turns etc.

    I heard about The Girl + The Bull a while ago but I’m never ever in that area and I don’t think Joey would be willing to make the trip there haha.

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