At the foot of the towering skyscrapers of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) hides Tipple and Slaw, a bar and restaurant at The Forum. The place reeks of manliness—a series of Cuervo and Hendrick’s and Jägermeister are displayed on clear shelves and a couple more stored behind the bar, and probably out back. The restaurant itself seemed to say, “If you’re not drinking, you must be lost.” And if you’re not eating, you will be regretful.
Owner Chef Francis Lim meant for these pub grubs to be dealt with gradually. You wouldn’t want to go straight to heavy dishes. Something like the Spam Bombs would be just about right. Sarcasm aside, don’t let this plate deceive you, it’s a minefield of new flavors accompanying the nostalgic taste of good ol’ breakfast Spam and mash.
Cheddar Chorizo Nachos—the name of a well balanced food pyramid. Except for the fact that there was too much cheese, too much meat and too many calories, this sinful dish was absolutely divine. Dump cheese on anything, or dunk anything in cheese, and it will take its taste value up a notch. Even if you burnt cheese accidentally, like how the Burnt Mac n Cheese was born, it’s all bound to end in a foodgasmic experience.
The Burnt Mac is any meal’s climax. Its smoky flavor is just enough to contest a creamy 4-cheese option. Whether the meal is to share or solo, this mac’s mild and strong cheese combination leaves just the right satisfaction until the serving pan is scraped clean.
If these manly diners are still hungry, which is most likely, then it’s time for a heavier dish to go with their harder drinks. Unlike most of the starters, the flavors in the Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo aren’t compacted in one spoonful. They are diluted and spread out enough so that diners savor the flavors, and eat the entire plate instead of getting tired of strong ingredients in every bite. Rice meals are very heavy and they take the risk of having some left over, but not this gumbo. Every peso paid will be digested in this platter.
If you decide to skip the heavy meal and move on to dessert right away, they have one of the most unconventional variations of the classic S’mores. As cliché as it may seem, their S’mores Ice Cream Sandwich was not at all typical. Warm chocolate ganache and freshly toasted mallows sprinkled on the ice cream sandwich brought such a creative twist that lingered on the palate, a taste reminiscent of our childhood.
Although Tipple and Slaw is more recognized as a bar, the food they serve creates a name for itself. The drinks at the bar are fantastic on their own, but their pairings will bring out their best qualities. Nonalcoholic drinkers can still enjoy the rustic ambiance and gentlemen’s-club setting. After a long week of long days at work, Tipple and Slaw at the Forum is where you should decide to celebrate the weekend and have a good time.