The Backyard Reservoir, Malingap

Carbs on Carbs on MORE carbs is what I consumed today in my first ever bloggers event, from their starters to their main dishes. I found myself so full that I could not process anything after consuming so much food.

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Located in 33A Malingap st. The Zone compound? or whatever they really call this place. Is this restaurant named The Backyard Reservoir. According to its owners Tertius and Mic, they called their restaurant The Backyard reservoir because they used to be on the reserved side of the garden before the place was fully developed into the place it is now. Being friends for more than 10 years, it impressed me that they were both very hands on with the place and that they entertained us well. The mustache on their logo is their trademark, because as friends they used to draw mustaches on their faces and laugh together. Their original plan was to make a steakhouse however they were not permitted to do so and so they came up with this menu, more American inspired I believe.

Bacon Lettuce and Tomato,  Php 145

Bacon Lettuce and Tomato, Php 145

Tuna Melt, Php 135

Tuna Melt, Php 135

El Pago, Php 230

El Pago, Php 230

Pesto- Tuyo, Php 135

Pesto- Tuyo, Php 135

For such a small place, they really do know how to pack a crowd. Their place was the most filled among all the other 15 or so restaurants in the area. And no wonder, because they do serve good quality food for very reasonable prices. If I were to recommend something from their menu it would be first their El Pago pizza. This was my favorite on their menu, I have never tasted anything like it. And it was named after the chef who created it. The next would be their Pastrami sandwich, I loved that this dish was really packed with flavor. Also their Bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich.

The ambiance of the place reminds me of a beach feel where you could just talk, chill, eat and drink. They made it feel homey in a not so homey looking location. I also think that they were smart when it comes to setting the place up, because it could fit about 20-25 people. So the next time you’re at Malingap street and would love to try something. You could check out this place at Z’s.

The Backyard Reservoir
Open from: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Facebook: The Backyard

Budget per person: About Php 200-300 at most.

Pi Breakfast and Pies, Teachers Village

Open from 7am- 10pm, this charming little place is a bit hard to find if you’re not familiar with Malingap street. I have read a lot of good reviews about their pies but this is only my second time to come here and I haven’t tried much but their 2 different Eggs benedict ( Salmon and the Original ), the Wagyu Beef Tapa and their Apple Gruyere.

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Apple Gruyere, Php 95

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Wagyu Beef Tapa, Php 245

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Sammy Eggs, 275 ( Salmon Eggs Benedict )

With the different displays of the cookies and bread around. This place makes me feel like I’m in some cute little bake shop somewhere, quiet  and quaint. I would recommend the Wagyu beef tapa and the Eggs Benny. I tried their Eggs Sammy and I would still go for their original Eggs Benny more than the Eggs Sammy. Their servings come pretty big so this place is good if you’re looking for something heavy that comes at a reasonable price.  Nothing really has wowed me yet in this shop, but their menu is broad and there are still a lot of things to try.

Budget per person: 300-400 pesos ( If you share a pie it could be cheaper)

Recommendations: Wagyu Beef Tapa ( Kind of reminds me of sweet Japanese meat and the chinese kind of Kimchi Rice. Very Asian feel )