A Bite of Torch
Instagram is an amazing thing. It’s one of the mediums I count on when it comes to knowing if a newly opened restaurant is worth trying or not. Case in point, Torch over at UP Town.
I’ve seen numerous food porn of its dishes over on my feed a couple of months back but never really had the time to go over for a review. But yesterday was a good day, so I headed on over with my dad and grandma for lunch.
Volcano Roll (P369.95) 4.5 out of 5 on the DO scale
This scorpion-looking dish is essentially a baked sushi roll with tempura, tamago, and Japanese cucumber, which is then topped with spice-baked freshly caught shrimps. I was completely floored with this roll – and definitely wished I had ordered it in a prior visit. It’s a balance of sweet and spicy, and the bechamel (?) over the top has such a smooth and creamy texture. Trust me, when I say that if you’re ordering a roll of this, you wouldn’t want to share it with anyone else.
Gambas Pizza (P329.95) 1 out of 5 on the DITCH scale
I’m very particular about pizza in the sense that I don’t like it completely enamoured in cheese because it could potentially be too salty. This pizza is an example of that. Although I quite enjoyed how the sides of pizza were crisp thin and would curl up at the edges, it was really just too salty for my liking. Not even the shrimps sautéed in chipotle and garlic olive oil could make it a win.
Blackened Chicken Alfredo pasta (P279.95) 3.5 out of on the DO scale.
The Cajun chicken slices sit atop fettuccine noodles tossed in a lovely and creamy alfredo sauce. I definitely liked how the chicken added a hint of smokiness to the dish; I do wish it were only more moist though.
Creme Brûlée Cake (P235) 5 out of 5 on the DO scale
I’m not one to shell out more than P200 on a slice of cake – from a restaurant that isn’t known for their desserts – so do take my word for it when I say that this cake is worth every Peso. It’s deliciously light and moist and it has the same grace of sweetness found in a creme brûlée. Like the famed dessert, it’s torched off at the sides, so it offers a bit of a bite and is an absolute treat.
I would marry this cake. I would trade all the chocolates in the world for this cake.
UP Town Center, Connecticut Greenhills, Trinoma