Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Broken Oven, Loyola Grand Villas

Home of the Sisig Kaninballs and more! ;)

A few weeks ago, Mark, Bianca, and Beanie of Eatsplorations were in Quezon City for the weekend, so we thought it'd be a good time to meet up for lunch. They invited me to check out The Broken Oven's new store at Loyola Grand Villas and since I remember really liking their Truffle Lechon Sisig Balls at the Ultimate Taste Test 2017, I immediately said yes.
Marco Olives has come a long way since he started his business two years ago. From home deliveries to having a stall at Industrie Food Loft to finally having his own place, it just shows that hard work pays off! Congratulations, Marco!
The Broken Oven is located at The Gardens, which is pretty much the village's community center. It's where most, if not all, of LGV's events happen, so it's a really good spot to open a restaurant. It has made them more visible to potential clients, so even though their space can only fit 10-15 people, they've been getting a lot of orders via delivery and take-out from both residents and those living in nearby areas. 

Their dishes range from breakfast items to pasta plates to specials like sisig, gambas, and beef salpicao. I'm glad that the food they offer have that kind of comfort food feel, so they're great for days when you're feeling lazy or just looking for a great pick-me-up. 
We started off with their Chicken & Waffles (P270) - golden brown buttermilk waffles and southern fried chicken served with gravy and honey. 
This is something I wouldn't mind having for breakfast on a daily basis. I kinda envy the folks living near The Broken Oven since they can get their fix anytime they want. The chicken was juicy and tender, definitely a great match with the crispy waffle. Don't forget to drizzle it with honey! ;)
Next on our list is the Beef Salpicao (P300). It's definitely not the salpicao I'm used to, but I love it all the same. This one features U.S. rib eye steak, lots of garlic, and their special salpicao sauce. 
If you're looking for something on the lighter side, maybe for merienda, they have pandesal sliders on the menu as well. We tried the Corned Beef Kesong Puti (3pcs for P160). Enjoy generous servings of sautéed white cheese, corned beef, caramelized onions, their favorite pandesal, and crunchy chips on the side.
As expected, Sabine a.k.a. Baby Eats loved it!
But if I have to pick a favorite, I'd have to go with their Spanish Style Gambas (P300) which you can have either with rice or bread slices. We went with the bread, but soon realized that it was the wrong move since the gambas was super flavorful, it just had to be eaten with rice! Good thing the next two dishes we ordered came with some. Hihi :))
They also have what they call Tapa Fries which is deep fried dry aged US angus tapa which can be ordered a la carte for Php 200 or served as a breakfast set (with fried egg, rice, and atchara) for Php 240. It's a different way to have your tapa since it's more crunchy than juicy, but packed with flavor nonetheless.
Last, but not the least is their Crusted Lechon with Kimchi Rice (P260). It's one of their bestselling kanin bowls - filled with deep fried lechon belly slices, kimchi rice, and balsamic vinaigrette glaze. I've had kimchi rice before, but oftentimes, there's too little kimchi that you can't taste it anymore. This one has just the perfect amount so you can enjoy the flavor without it being too overpowering or spicy. The lechon wasn't oily like I thought it'd be, so I was pretty happy about that. 
Their slow-roasted pork belly is actually their signature dish, so you can also order it with plain rice or for sharing (with sizes good for two, four, or for an entire family!)

We washed it all down with their Chocolate Smores Milkshake - a steal at Php 120! Just check out this baby:
While we were busy taking photos of it, Beanie was busy enjoying it. Haha. So precious!! ♥♥♥
So if you're in the area (or even if you're not), I highly suggest you check out The Broken Oven! I promise you it's worth the visit! I mean just check out the smile on that little cutie!

The Broken Oven is located at The Gardens, Soliven II Avenue, Loyola Grandvillas, Malanday, Marikina City (there's also a QC entrance to the village!)
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