We are all very busy people. Sometimes, picking a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of a mall or any crowded area is already the best, yet simplest, way of making dinner with friends special. Work has recently forced me to re-discover the Fort area, now officially known as Bonifacio Global City, and luckily I stumbled upon Sutra Restaurant and Bar which is located at Bonifacio High Street Central, the far end of Bonifacio High Street opposite Serendra.
Sutra literally means a thread or line that holds things together, and is derived from verbal root siv, meaning to sew (oh yes, I had to Google that). It is amazing though how beautifully apt what this word means because I do believe that food and dining has a great deal to do with relationships. This evening was a wonderful example.
While waiting for two of my best friends to arrive, the waitress who have been patiently going through the menu with me also informed me that Sutra is owned by the same people behind Duo and Zuni. I was smiling broadly at my choice; after all, I love Zuni. The first few minutes I was fine just admiring the nice centerpieces and the view but soon I had to eat something. I succumbed to the Steamed Water Dumpling (P170) for my starter. I finished all four pieces in minutes and that was not because I was hungry -- it was that good. Next time, I will try the other flavors in the dumpling list.
Steamed Water Dumpling
When finally the trio was complete, we immediately chatted away after ordering but had to pause to agree that the complimentary bread and the dip were definitely home cooked yummy.
Without waiting long, our orders arrived one by one. The Arugula, Prosciutto, Spinach Salad (P295) was such a winner that we forgot to take a photo before we devoured it. We were already halfway the mixture peppered with Baguio Spinach, Ripe Mango, Red Onion and Avocado showered with Mild-Spicy Orange Vinaigrette when we remembered to snap a shot. And that was also when I remembered that I am actually eating vegetables again, which is a miracle in my mostly meat-for-meals life.
Arugula, Prosciutto, Spinach Salad
Then came our choices for the main course. First on the table was the Arborio Risotto (P340). This one is perfect for Zarah as she is set to leave for Italy. Maybe she will find far better risotto in Italy, but I must say the chorizo, Manila clams, saffron, sole fillet and squid thrown in this dish were all perfect and complementary to each other. This dish was a meal in itself and got the ball rolling for the many good news to come.
Next one we tasted was the Baked Rigatoni (P320) filled with capsicum, chicken tenders, Hungarian sausage and parmesan. While the baking might not be all perfect, the flavors more than made up for it along with the excitement we were all feeling for each other. Even though we will not be venturing to the same adventures, we have this meal to go back to until the next one.
Third and last was my Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs (P575). It was so tender and the sauce almost made me forget to share again, but of course I did not forget. My friends concurred that this has got to be one of the best baby back ribs in town.
Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs
We savored every bite of each other's picks for around two hours while planning for our different travels. The al fresco area added a bit of magical feel to our stories of what the future brings.
The next time we'd see each other will be when we are all back from wherever each of us was headed, days after that dinner. But I did not wait that long before I ate in Sutra again. Hence, the addition of Deep Fried Lamb Spareribs (Php 620) among my list of favorites.
Deep Fried Lamb Spareribs
If you are seeking out a place to celebrate relationships through dining then Sutra should definitely be on top of your list.