Tipple and slaw. What is a tipple? What is a slaw? Two quirky names brought together to tease the tongue and ears. A tipple is an alcoholic drink and a slaw is your coleslaw. But no, the menu is not all about drinks and salads, it offers so much more!
Taking inspiration from Man v. Food, the restaurant owners wanted to reintroduce American comfort food to the Philippines. This means that Tipple & Slaw’s menu features sandwiches as main dishes and there is definitely no rice to be found anywhere. Using homegrown, homemade and fresh ingredients, half of the bread are baked in-house, their meat undergoes in-house smoking and curing and even their mustard and ketchup are made in-house. They also offer lots of interesting drinks that are low in sugar and use natural ingredients like real strawberries and lemons. They have also taken a turn at serving forgotten drinks and some homemade ones as well.
All these I was able to experience during one of the bloggers’ events organized by by Aldous of aldousatetheworld.com.
The first item off the menu were the Corn Fries, made from mashed corn and served with barbeque mayo, wasabi mayo and spiced brown honey mustard. The corn bits remind you at every bite that this is not your ordinary french fries and the barbeque mayo is its best partner.
Next was the Volcanic Wings. These have all the goodness of your favorite buffalo wings, sans the bones, and stuffed with blue cheese. I found it to be mildly spicy and goes well with the buffalo sauce.
The next item was the Chicken Nuggets, something that Chef Francis was very proud of. He specifically mentioned that these were made from 100% chicken breast and without any binders, making it as fresh as could be. It came with mayo, chili ketchup, honey mustard and barbeque sauce. The barbeque sauce went best with it if you ask me.
Then we were introduced to one of the sandwich wraps. The Spicy Chicken Wrap was made with oatmeal crusted chicken, chopped herbs, smoked chili coleslaw, wrapped with a delicious homemade spinach tortilla. Make no mistake, that smoked chili coleslaw made me reaching for my drink!
The next was the Italian Beef Sandwich made with roast beef, grilled peppers, giardiniera (Italian relish), spicy mustard and beef drippings.
The Tipple Pizza is this thin crust pizza, slathered with tomato sauce, topped with pastrami, corned beef, smoked bacon, barbeque sauce, ranch dressing and cheese. It was super delicious and the best thing about it is that the corned beef and bacon still tasted really good even if it took me forever to taste it.
Another house specialty is the Tipple Burger made with smoked ground beef, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon fresh grilled mushrooms and barbeque sauce. At Tipple & Slaw, their burgers are hand-chopped per order and seasoned only with salt and pepper. I must say, the patty was really good and all these ingredients worked really well together.
Next came the Porchetta Sandwich which was made of stuffed and roasted pork belly, pickled red onion, arugula and balsamic syrup, sandwiched between homemade ciabatta. For me, it was a bit reminiscent of the Rendang Beef Burger I had at McDonald’s in Singapore. It had this distinct taste that I associate with Indian food.
Next was the Truffle Grilled Cheese Sandwich. It was made with four cheese and served with honey and tomato soup. The honey cuts through the saltiness of the cheese just right. The tomato soup tasted smoked and was also great for dipping those chips.
One pasta that we sampled was the Spicy Seafood Pasta, made with grilled shrimps, fresh salmon, fresh crab, crab fat and caviar.
And just when I thought the parade of food would never end, we were served with the Smores Ice Cream Sandwich. Made with graham crackers, biscuit spread, vanilla ice cream, coated with a chocolate shell, everyone was in agreement that it was sinfully heavenly. Everyone couldn’t get enough of it.
Last was the Apple Pie French Toast. It was made of grilled apples, caramel sauce, streusel, sprinkled with cinnamon dust and served on a French toast and topped with vanilla ice cream. It was milder than the Smores Ice Cream Sandwich but has a definite appeal on it.
Thus we ended the night: sated and on a sugar high. Good feeling was all around as we went on our way thinking of good reviews and future visits with friends in tow.Tipple & Slaw
Second Floor, Forum,
7th Avenue Corner Federacion Drive,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
***all photos were taken using iPhone 5