The Epic Relik!

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Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge offers the best in food same as it provides the ultimate clubbing experience

If you mention Relik to a yuppy (slang for young professional), his compliments would usually be about the great music and the overly quenching cocktails. But those are only half the fun. Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge provides a gastronomic delight to those who devour huge servings and to those who eat with a very discriminating taste. 

Last Tuesday, January 29, I was greeted by a beautiful smile by Chef Benjo Cuason, one of the owner-chefs of The Fort's newest foodie hotspot. "I hope you are hungry", he said pointing to a very attractive sizzling wooden plate. On it are Jamon serrano (Spanish ham), Chorizo pamplona, stuffed Serpis olives, and Manchego (Spanish cheese). The dish, which name he later revealed to be "The Tasting Board" (PhP490), looks so pretty to be eaten but after my first spoon, the aftertaste of the delectable Manchego lingered. 

This experience is what Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge aims to provide to its patrons. "The real party", to quote Chef Cuason when you celebrate with friends and meet new ones not just by dancing and with a glass of alcohol in your hand but also by sharing good food. 

During our visit, there were no techno beats and pulsating lights but that I don't mind as Chef Benjo covered our table with several of their signature dishes. The Garlic Shrimp Quesadilla (PhP300) was a marvel and so was Mother Ann's Braised Ox-tail (Slow braised Australian ox-tails served with pomme puree and buttered carrots priced at PhP450). Chef Benjo and his team also came up with something very Filipino- the Chorizig, or chorizo sisig which is composed of crispy chorizo bits topped over sisig (PhP280). Now, that is something everyone can identify! 

Garlic Shrimp Quesadilla 

Mother Ann's Braised Ox-tail

The Tasting Board: Jamon Serrano, Chorizo pamplona, stuffed Serpis Spanish olives
and Manchego

Relik's Mixed Paella

Beef Tenderloin Salpicao

As we were savoring the food served, we didn't have an idea that there are still more coming. Relik's Mixed Paella (PhP510) had us all scream in unison "Wow!" after it was served. Still overwhelmed, we saw Relik's Beef Tenderloin Salpicao landed on our table. This Australian beef tenderloin sauteed in garlic and Worcestershire sauce is priced at PhP320. Just as I though the feast ended on a high note, a Cochinillo called it a wrap. And with a big burp at that! The Cochinillo (PhP4,500 and for 8-10 people) or the whole slow roasted suckling pig might appear too much to take but trust me, you will love it. 

I opted to forget that it was lunch break. I will not leave Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge without a sip of their famous cocktails. Mine was the sweet and tasty Grape Escape (PhP230). It tastes really good you 'll thought at first it is as a regular fruit juice. Other alcoholic drinks I got a sip with on broad daylight are the Dragon Berry Mojito (priced at PhP230 and highly recommended for girls), Orange Patty (PhP230) and Relik Perfect Cosmo (PhP184). 

That's not gonna be all of course. Relik offers a wide array of alcoholic beverages to choose from so it would be nice to study the menu before you'll go to have a visit. And I will make it easy for you. Here's the link: Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge

Isn't that epic? 

Chorizig: Crispy chorizo bits topped over sisig

Cochinillo: Whole slow roasted suckling pig

 The best of cocktails and punch: Clockwise from Top left: The Grape Escape,
Relik Perfect Cosmo, Dragon Berry Mojito and The Orange Patty

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