That night I was donned in high-low black dress, white bejeweled strappy high heels, and I brought my orange purse. I curled my locks, painted my lips red, and wore an expensive perfume. I looked every bit a woman who is about to meet a man for a night of romantic rendezvous… only I wasn’t. That night I was with my good friend, Imee and since we picked a swanky place for our Christmas dinner, we thought we should dress the part. The posh place in question? Sala Bistro in Greenbelt.
Sala Bistro is one of those restaurants I used to gawk at whenever I passed by that part of Greenbelt. Translation: it’s not something I could afford to visit whenever I like. They serve wine, the place glowed under faint lighting, the patrons are of the wealthy side, and the price of the food is heart-attack inducing. The staff are dressed well, prompt, and spoke in English. Good thing I was dressed well to conceal my real identity, hahaha…
It takes some time for the food to be served, but they give you complimentary bread so you won’t die in your seat waiting for your order.
We also ordered a glass of white wine called, Pebble Lane Gisborne Chardonnay (PHP420, gulp!). It is sweet at first sip, a little citrusy but leaves a bitter aftertaste. It took me a while to appreciate the taste because I’ve developed an aversion for wine after a night of intoxication and a terrible hangover that lasted for days. But one of my resolutions is to learn how to drink wine again so I pushed through it. Further into the night, I’ve grown to like it.
The names on the menu made me feel like they were written in Sanksrit, so I asked the waiter for their bestseller. He said that one of their most popular dishes is the Casarecce Pasta (PHP 560). I took his word for it. It wasn’t aesthetically pleasing, but it tasted good. It’s one of those pasta dishes that is on the salty side.
My friend, on the other hand, had Spaghettini (PHP 590), a seafood pasta. It is sour and salty, a bit spicy, and the taste of herbs was intense. I liked it better than the Casarecce.
For desserts, we shared a slice of Chocolate Tart (PHP 290). It’s basically a brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The presentation was good, but there was nothing special about it.
I had Cappuccino (PHP 120), which was nice and frothy.
In conclusion, Sala Bistro is a nice place, good ambiance, patrons dress well to impress, it’s quiet, and the staff look and speak well. Indeed, it is a perfect place for a quiet dinner with friends, family, or most especially, with a special someone. The place imbibes a romantic atmosphere and the food is okay, what’s not to love?
I will tell you what’s not to love, the price. Though it is beautiful I believe that the food is ridiculously overpriced. For one, a 400 ml bottle of Viva is already 90 bucks. So for drinks I suggest you take the flavored ones, because really, if you are going to pay that much, at least make it something worthy. If you want water and you’re not picky, just ask for tap water.
The food is not at all bad, but I’m not going to jump up and down about it either. I’ve had great-tasting pasta before for half the price of what we had here. I think Sala Bistro is one of those places where what you are really paying for is the ambiance, rather than the food. I give them A for food presentation, but for the taste, it’s a B.
Still I liked the experience, if only for the fact that I shared it with a good friend and we had an opportunity to be served like we were royals.
The damage? It’s PHP 2, 919.29, inclusive of the tax and service charge. Yes, I think I just had a little heart attack.
G/F Greenbelt 3
Ayala Center, Makati
Contact no.: (02) 729-4888
Business Hours: Monday-Thursday & Sunday – 11AM – 11PM
Friday – Saturday – 11AM – 12AM