What I love about the Podium is that it is the home of restaurants that serve different types of cuisines. So far, the ones that I have tried are Indian (New Bombay), Chinese (Shi Lin), fusion Mexican-Filipino (Madeca), and lots more. This time, I paid a visit to a small resto called Brasas to sample some delicious Latin-American delights.

Their interior’s walls are decorated with Spanish expressions and little drawings of bulls. It may look unkempt, but I think it gives it a bit of charm.

Menu: Latin classics, Sandwiches & wraps, Picadas, Soup & salad, and Beverages.

We only ordered two things: First is the Cuban Pork Wrap. Very, very meaty, with slow-roasted pork shoulder, sautéed onions, rice and beans all wrapped up in a soft flour tortilla. It was light, yet filling.

Our appetizer is their Empanadas Colombianas, crunchy corn empanadas filled with beef brisket, potatoes, and served with a small bowl of aji dip. I expected it to be a little bit bigger, but other than that, this dish was great too.

For our drinks, we tried out their Latin Iced Tea (right), which is tea infused with passionfruit, mixed with lime and honey, and Guarapo, (left) sugarcane juice with mint and lime. The iced tea just tasted like regular iced tea, and I liked the sugarcane drink better. Should’ve tried their version of the pina colada instead.

Brasas is good for those who want to try something else other than the usual Japanese, Thai, Chinese, American, etc. cuisines.

Brasas is located at 5/F The Podium, 18 ADB Ave Wack Wack, Mandaluyong. Tel no: (02) 570-5559. You can also find them at SM The Block, SM Aura, and SM Jazz.


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