After a trip to Pampanga during the long holiday, we decided to pass by UP Town Center to have lunch, and ended up choosing Torch. I guess you can say that Torch has a similar concept/menu as restaurants like Red Garlic and – A mishmash of different cuisines, like American, Italian, Japanese, etc. I heard that one of their very first branches kept getting mixed reviews from customers, so I kinda lowered my expectations – Yet deep inside, I was still so excited to try their food.
Menu: Appetizers (appetizer sampler, truffle fries, buffalo asian wings), Soups (mushroom bisque, roasted pumpkin soup), Salads (soft-shell crab salad), Pizza (white truffle sausage pie, gambas pizza, garden pizza, margherita pizza), Panizza (steak panizza, white truffle sausage panizza), Steak (US angus tenderloin salpicao medallion), Sushi (volcano roll, vegetarian roll, cream cheese salmon, smoked salmon truffle), Burgers (ultimate torch burger, classic burger), Beef Pork Poultry (jabanero baby back ribs, chicken yakitori), Seafood (smoked jabanero glazed salmon, shrimp popcorn, baked fish fillet in tangerine teriyaki), Pasta (burger mac and cheese, chicken cannelloni, blackened chicken alfredo, meatball pasta, tartufo pasta), Breakfast (salpicao tenders, tocino fingers, bacon and eggs, US angus beef tapa), Skillet omelettes, Dessert (fried bread pudding, chocolate fountain, panna cotta with fresh fruits), Drinks (juices, shakes, soft drinks, coffee & chocolate, tea, beer, wines, cocktails).
Their Milo Dinosaur was great, but it had way too much ice in it.
Philly Cheesesteak Pizza – Classic Philly cheesesteak sandwich filling on a fresh, oven-baked thin crust, topped with mozzarella and cream cheese. My mom absolutely loved this pizza so much. I loved the extreme thinness of the crust, and it almost felt like I was eating a delicious sheet of paper with cheese, tomato sauce, and shreds of juicy steak on top.
Torch’s Signature Roll – Sushi roll filled with soft-shell crab, ebi tempura, unagi, tamago, and Japanese cucumber, topped with fresh wakame seaweed, kani, and ripe mangoes. The rice had a nice, sweet finish that didn’t taste weird at all. You may think that there’s too much going on with this sushi dish, but all of the ingredients provide a nice balance of flavor.
Bacon & Egg Carbonara – Cream-based classic carbonara in fettucine, topped with poached egg and bacon bits. The pasta could use a little more salt, but other than that, it was just fine. The bacon strips/bits were also perfectly cooked.
First of all, I love how we pretty much covered all the bases when it comes to Torch’s bestsellers – Pizza, sushi, and steak (in the form of our pizza’s toppings). I had a great meal here, I’m already excited to try out more of their dishes the next time I return.
Food: 5/5 (taste), 5/5 (presentation)
Torch is located at UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Tel no: (0917) 512-0000. You can also find them at Greenbelt 5, Trinoma, and Greenhills. Links: Facebook || Twitter || Instagram: @torchresto.