Earlier this month, one of Ayala Triangle’s pioneer restaurants, BFAST was “given a major facelift and was rebranded” into Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters. Looking back, BFAST didn’t seem like an enticing place to eat. I remember the place to be empty of customers most of the time and the menu seemed to be too expensive.
But right now, the rebranding seems to be for the better since it is now teeming with customers. It also helped that Filipinos are generally attracted to new things and the overhaul does seem to improve its image. So, one last night, we dove in to see what the restaurant has to offer.
My, Ate Che and Moche’s order: Angus Roast Beef for P169.00
My first thought was that it tasted like grease (or let me use the word sebo to better convey my meaning). Well, it was probably because we waited for everyone to receive their orders before eating, but the whole thing was really lacking in taste. The gravy tasted good but did not really improve the overall flavor of my food. And even if I don’t eat atchara (pickled unripe papaya), I tried to eat some with the beef anyway, since I wanted to find out if I am missing on some experience by avoiding it. Unfortunately, the taste remained the same. The only redeeming quality for me was that the meat was tender.
Jane and May’s Order: Pork Liempo Roast for P149.00
A couple of my officemates ordered this and I asked to sample it myself. I must say that it tasted better than the Angus Roast Beef. According to them, the skin/fatty part was crispy and the meat was really tender. I think another factor that helped the taste was that it was served last and it was still warm when we sampled it.
Ate Lulu and Marge’s Order: Pugon Roast Chicken for P99.00
A couple of my other officemates ordered this and this is what they had to say: the chicken wasn’t anything special. But just the same, it was definitely enough for Marge to order another cup of rice.
Ate Alma’s Order: Baked bangus Belly P129.00
Last but not the least was the Baked Bangus Belly. Among the three dishes that we ordered, I liked this one the best because the herbs provided great contrast to the fish. I should’ve ordered this one.
Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters Summary:
- Serving size is great
- Extra rice is only P10.00
- Restaurant is not too cold
- Gravy tastes okay.
- The plates were really slippery and kept moving around the table, making it difficult to cut the meat
- Extra gravy costs P5.00 per saucer
- The large iced tea costs P39 but is of the same size as the service water
The verdict: ★★★☆☆