XO46 Heritage Bistro

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Remember when we visited Isla Café a couple of months back? Well now it’s time to visit its counterpart, XO46! I can’t really tell the difference between the two restaurants, to be completely honest, but I’ll stick to my assumption that XO46’s dishes are a tad bit on the pricey side. XO stood for ‘Extraordinary’, while the 46 actually refers to 1946 – The year that the PH gained their independence from the Americans.

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Took these interior pics before our waitress took us outside to be seated. Just like in Isla Café, all of the staff spoke in straight Tagalog.

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Menu: Spanish Tapas, Filipino Tapas, Sopas at ensalada, Mga paboritong Pilipino, Mga gulay, Mga karne, Mga lamang dagat, Kanin at pancit, Merienda, Mga dulce, Mga inumin.

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We were given so many appetizers before the actual food came out – Kornick, puto, and mantekilya.

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My usual order of Lechon Kawali. Meat was a bit dry, and didn’t have enough fat in it. Good thing it was accompanied by a delicious liver sauce. The onion rings were very tasty, too.

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I tried their Banana Peanut Butter Shake, which was highly refreshing and filled with so much flavor. I know you can easily make this at home, but it was one of the best peanut butter & banana shakes I’ve had.

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Binagoongang Baboy.

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My parents had the Ginataang Santol – Santol stewed in creamy coconut milk with chili, lechon bits, and dried shrimps. I’m sure it was delicious, but it gave my parents the runs. :\

I know this is supposed to be the classier version of Isla Café, but honestly…  I may have enjoyed my meal at Isla Café a little bit more. I feel like I should blame it on my order though – I’ll definitely try out another dish the next time I come back here.

Ambiance/Interior: 4.5/5
Staff/Service: 5/5
Food: 3.5/5 (taste), 4/5 (presentation)

XO46 Heritage Bistro is located at Estancia Mall, Meralco Ave., Oranbo, Pasig. You can also find them at Century City Mall and SM Aura. Links: Facebook || Twitter.

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