Dreaming about the concrete jungle where dreams are made of? Look no further because tucked inside The Podium is an intimate restaurant/bar called Borough, which is reminiscent of all things New York.
Borough 24/7: Welcome to the restaurant that never sleeps
Want some hearty comfort food? Yes, please!
Upon learning about Borough from a friend who has already tried this cool, (somewhat new) restaurant in Ortigas, most especially, its famed Mom’s Milk and Cookies (P190), I was more than eager to try it out the first chance that I had to drop by the area.
Loft-style interiors make for a cozy dining atmosphere
Cozy digs, open 24/7
Located at the first floor of The Podium, Borough actually has a very intimate feel to it in spite of being quite busy when I dropped by one Tuesday afternoon. With a look that reminds you somewhat of Dan Humphrey’s loft – only better, Borough is quite spacious and offers comfortable seating for diners while the second floor makes for a great venue for parties.
A peek at Borough’s second floor
But beyond its American-style comfort food and unique theme, what actually sets Borough apart from its contemporaries is that it is open 24 hours. I guess this is part of staying true to its New York roots as NYC, is also best known as the “city that never sleeps”.
But before I get ahead of myself, let’s peruse the mouthwatering Borough menu.
Yummy eats, all day, everyday
As I’m a big fan of chips and fries, of course I just had to sample Borough’s Chips and Dip (P110). I love the thinly-sliced crisps especially when matched with the sour cream dip! Some of the chips were a bit salty but that’s easy to ignore since for the most part, this was very enjoyable. It’s a big serving though so it’s best to share it with friends – unless you don’t mind the extra calories?
Chips and Dip
Next up, I ordered one of Borough’s most popular sandwiches, the Cheese-Injected Portobello Pita Pocket (P320). Described as “Portobello mushroom oozing with Monterey Jack in a pita pocket”, this one’s definitely a winner even for those who are not a big fan of veggies. Again, the serving’s huge so even if I gave a quarter of it for my officemate to try, there was still more than enough for me left plus it also comes with a side order of chips. I wouldn’t mind having this again…and again.
Cheese-Injected Portobello Pita Pocket
I had a long day ahead of me that time I first tried out Borough so I was already down to my main reason for coming to the resto, Mom’s Milk and Cookies (P190). Since I do love my fair share of sweets every now and then – especially when we’re talking about warm, soft, chewy, freshly-baked cookies, I simply could not pass up on this one. In typical Borough fashion, the milk and cookies was more than I could handle as each order of this dessert includes 9 bite-sized cookies (think Mrs. Field’s cookie nibblers) in three flavors with my favorite being the chocolate chip. Of course, don’t forget about the ice-cold serving of creamy vanilla-flavored milk which you’re supposed to dunk the cookies in; definitely a nice take on this classic comfort food.
Mom’s Milk and Cookies
So what else is available at Borough? Plenty! Given my enjoyable experience, friendly and speedy service, I would gladly visit it again and am looking forward to trying out the following: Falafel (P140), falafel, lettuce and tomatoes, drizzled with Tahini Sauce in a pita pocket served with Borough Chips; New York Dog (P180), all-beef hotdog in a classic hotdog bun served with Borough Chips, option to have it plain or topped with sauerkraut, pickled relish, spicy brown mustard and raw onions (add P20 for bacon or P40 for cheese); Steak Frites (P890), grilled NY strip steak served with herb butter and a choice of french fries or dirty mashed potatoes; and Eggplant Parmigiana (P390), panko crusted fried eggplant covered in mozzarella and sprinkled with parmesan and served with buttered spaghetti.
Desserts galore for those with a sweet tooth
Another thing that’s worth trying out in this hip restaurant is the Borough Brunch Special which is available from 10am to 3:30pm daily and only costs P550 per head. Aside from free flowing beverages (choose from mimosa, sparkling wine, orange juice, iced tea, coffee, and tea), you can also choose from 12 different Borough specials as your main dish like The Elvis (also available ala carte), fried peanut butter and banana sandwich served with coconut dulce de leche and sour cream; Borough Breakfast, two eggs any style with sausage, bacon, and homefries; and the Eggs Sardon, poached eggs, artichoke, spinach, and Bechamel sauce on English muffins served with home fries.
Again, Borough’s open 24/7 so if you’re suddenly in the mood for hearty comfort food that are far from being boring, you know where to go.
Borough is located at the ground floor, The Podium Mall, ADB, Ortigas Center.