The Benildean Recommends: Hole In The Wall

The Benildean Recommends: Hole In The Wall

You and your friends have circled  the food court a billion times over, tried everything on every menu, and realized you craved not for food, but for an experience. You want a daring adventure for your curious palate and a pacifier for your raging appetite. All you have to do is crawl into that Hole in the Wall and take your chances.

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In the mood for food

Century City Mall’s food hall, Hole in the Wall (HITW), greets its customers with a fun and friendly environment bringing foodies far and wide into one big, merry food gathering, serving them up an original and eclectic artisan cuisine. If food enthusiasts want to taste good food, they can go to lavish restaurants that serve gourmet meals at exorbitant rates. But if people want to eat great food, they should definitely come to HITW and indulge in palate paradise.

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“Always bring something new to the table.” This was the key goal of every chef and staff of HITW, according to DLS-CSB graduate, Pam Medina, the PR and Events Manager of HITW. The mantra of this food hall echoes not only in the food it serves, but also in its ambiance. The environment, wherein all sorts of furniture and décor are imaginatively arranged, is very refreshing—not to mention their rad playlist. However, these are just details to enhance the already amazing experience with their food.

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To tee off the meal, the heaping platter of Nachos Cargado with Tocino of HITW’s Posporo was the perfect taster to cleanse the palate. Normally, nachos are very flavorful. Amazingly enough, Posporo’s bestselling nachos are mild and refreshing, like summer at the beach. Its sweet flavors blended flawlessly with the traditionally tangy salsa—an inventive Pinoy version of the Mexican dish. Staring at the empty platter, you find yourself at the edge of your seat in anticipation for the dish that’s sent every guest to some state of nirvana.

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Hole in one

The very pièce de résistance of HITW comes from one of their very own innovations: the Bad Bird Fried Chicken Plate. Cinnamon waffles are served with maple syrup, paired with two generous servings of crisp, deep fried chicken that’s perfectly seasoned with their secret Umami recipe, salty enough to balance with the sweetness. It isn’t too flavorful, which is normally how most dishes seasoned with umami make people feel they’ve already had too much after just a few spoonfuls. It’s easy to tell why people get out of their way and queue up for the Bad Bird—it’s instantly captivating, and the best part is that it’s totally guilt-free. Although the portions are quite sizeable, the meal still leaves some space for dessert.

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Capping off the meal were seemingly ordinary cookies by Scout’s Honor, another one of HITW’s highlights. There are a variety of toppings and batter flavors guests can pick from: basic chocolate chip cookie batter or double chocolate fudge batter, with toasted marshmallows, various chocolate chunks, and mixed nuts. All freshly baked to sweet and moist dessert perfection. It might even bring those without a sweet tooth to covet the desserts because they can decide to add ingredients that completely fit their preferences. These scout cookies will never let you down, especially when they’re paired with a glass of warm milk. What better way to seal in all those new and assorted flavors than your classic, freshly baked cookies?

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Posporo’s nachos, Bad Bird’s chicken and waffles, and Scout’s Honor’s cookies are only a glimpse of the limitless possibilities HITW is capable of. If HITW had only one ultimate goal, it would be to serve extremely good food as if it were the guests’ last meal. They will keep bringing newer, bolder, and completely revolutionized ideas to the table, for as long as they have hungry guests that crave for an adventure. HITW won’t stop until they’ve hit a wall. And once they do, it’s likely they’ll find a way to break it all over again. In the end, HITW will still take us in blissful expeditions to satiate our incontestably insatiable desire for a palatable experience.


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