Before heading back to Manila from Subic, we had lunch at this restaurant along the road named Urban Deli. I have read several reviews and articles about this place, and according to those who have dined here, they didn’t really enjoy their experience much because the food was too expensive, and didn’t taste anything special. That’s actually a weird thing to complain about, because food at a delicatessen is supposed to be a tad bit pricier in the first place (probably because most of it is imported), if I remember correctly. Anyway, I ended up choosing this place for my review since it was my birthday (hooray!) and of course we had to go somewhere special.
As with most delicatessens, you will find a selection of meats, imported cheese/butter, freshly-baked bread, and pastries on display (look at the size of those frozen steaks!).
You can also find a bar on the second floor.
Menu: Breakfast, Sandwiches, Hot sandwiches, Burgers, Salads, Soups, Pastas, Filipino favorites, Comfort food, Starters, Seafood specialties, Beef specialties, Chef recommendations, Seafood, Beef, Chicken, Duck, Lamb, Pork, Side dishes, Fondue and raclette, Desserts.
Refreshing Blueberry Iced Tea.
Fancy water bottle! We didn’t get to take it home, though. Boo!
Pastrami Sandwich with beef pastrami, lettuce, tomato, cabbage, white onion, cucumber, gouda cheese, and curry dressing. There are four options for the dressing, as well as two options for the bread – A soft roll (which I picked), and a toasted French baguette. The slight sweetness of the fresh roll complimented the peppery pastrami meat, as well as the veggies and cheese (I’m so glad they didn’t use ordinary store-brought cheese for this dish!). It’s easy to eat too – Sometimes when I order a pastrami sandwich, I have to resort to picking out the fillings one by one because of the sandwich’s sheer size. Not with Urban Deli’s!
Cheeseburger featuring a 140-gram beef patty, two slices of gouda cheese, onion, tomato, lettuce, and Belgian fries with ketchup and mustard dressing. My parents liked the pillowy-soft burger buns, and according to them, the thick beef patty was super filling as well. The fries weren’t too bad either!
Spaghetti Carbonara – A so-so dish. Would probably appreciate it even more if the grated cheese wasn’t mixed in.
French Onion Soup – This was quite pricey – One of the most expensive French onion soups I’ve had, so far. It wasn’t so bad. I really liked the piece of bread found in the middle of the soup.
I’m honestly relieved that Urban Deli wasn’t too much of a disappointment (and it wasn’t as overpriced too, as some people have mentioned). I could probably dine here again if I have time – Hopefully I’ll be able to try their desserts and pastries too.
Food: 4.5/5 (taste), 4.5/5 (presentation)