Last Friday, TSN went to Tapella and Prohibition Lounge at Greenbelt.
Food: Chicken in a Pedro Ximenez Sauce, Paella de Marisco, Salpicado a Mi Manera, Drinks: Mojito with Lagundi Leaves, Schweppe’s Tonic Water Guest of Honor: Tito Don ________ and his adorable labrador
S: Always love love my Bombay-tonics especially on a warm humid Makati night. Too bad the service sucked a bit because apparently me and my girls were not “foreign-looking” enough for the service crew. And, true to my nature, i gave the manager a piece of my mind — calmly though, at medyo pinigilan ako ni D & P. At least we had a super sweet labrador to fawn over. D: S was there already when P & I arrived. We were seated next to a lolo and his adorable dog. Then, we noticed that the lolo was talking to an imaginary friend. Si P tumingin na sakin with her Caviteña lips pointing towards lolo. At dahil di nya matiis, P asked the waiter if anong meron kay lolo. Sabi ni waiter, “palagi po yan nandito, and palagi din siyang may kausap na imaginary friend”. The waiter also said that his name is “Don _____” When we heard the “DON”…. D&P: TITO!!!! The waiters were nakakagigil but the food was okay, except for the mojito. Ang weird niya… parang lagundi leaves ang nilagay, nakakatinga! P: Bilang patay-gutom na ako, nabitin ako sa size ng serving. I don’t mind magbayad ng medyo mahal kasi sabi naman ni Mother Earth, “magtipid ka na sa lahat ng bagay, wag lang sa pagkain.” Mahal pero dapat sulit. In short, DAPAT MATINGA AKO! Kaso, ung Salpicado na inorder namin, 6 na ga-kulangot na piraso lang ang laman. Kaya para tumagal, hinati ko pa sa 4 na subo ang isang piraso. Inaaaay! Not to mention na pang-ilustrado pala ang service. Meaning, ilustrado lang ang pinagsisilbihan. At bilang mga native-looking na mga dyosa (pwera si D na mukhang anak ni Lucio Tan), dinedma kami ng mga hinayupak na waiter. Imbey!
S: Speakeasies became popular during the 1930s in the US during the time of the prohibition. A speakeasy is supposed to be a place where you can throw back, booze up and not worry about whatever anyone would say and about being arrested for drinking or some other unlawful behavior. Prohibition bar is attempting to revive the feel. It’s secluded, and only those who (have something to hide?) have an invitation can enter. Luckily, we managed to get invited, what with 3 times the charm. hehehe!
D: I texted S Thursday night and asked where ang lakad namin.
S: Let’s do Prohibition.
D: Huh? Ano yun? Ayoko makulong.
S: It’s a place. Backroom ng Dillingers sa Greenbelt.
D: Parang Jake Jillingers lang?
Soshal!!! The servers were so bibo!!! In Tapella, nung kinawayan ko ang waiter, kinawayan lang ako pabalik! In Prohibition, di mo pa sila tinatawag anjan na sa tabi mo! Mejo creepy buuuut soshal!!! We noticed also na makikita palang nila naghuhugot ng yosi ang guest, lalapit na sila para sindihan ang yosi! And to think ang dilim ng place.
Rene: Is it okay if you stay at the smoking section?
D: It’s okay, we’re Smokin’ [hot] naman!
P: Takte D, san galing yun?!?!?!?
P: Ang aanga-angang promdi, siyempre di alam kung saan yang Prohibition na yan. Ngayon ko lang narinig yun e. Kaya sunud-sunuran lang ako kay S. Tagal ko nang nagpupuntang Greenbelt pero ngayon ko lang napansing may escalator pala sa may tapat ng Muji. Pag-akyat namin, Gerry’s Grill ang tumambad samin. Nakaka-conscious ang dami ng tao. Pagpasok namin ng Dillinger’s, may malaki at separate na area pa pala sa likod. Bet na bet ko ang pagka-exclusive ng lugar. Feeling “ilustrado” kami! Nang lumalim na ang gabi, nagkayayaan na pauwi. Paglabas namin ng Prohibition at Dillinger’s, nakita ko ulit ang crowd sa Gerry’s Grill…PWE PWE PWE! HACHING! Makapag-mayaman lang…hehe 😛
Sophisticated ka talaga, S. Tubig lang kailangan CHUWEPS pa! 😛
Hi Bea! Totally agree about Cerveseria… I always forget what it’s called but i love the meatless pizza there with the arugula and mushrooms and truffle sauce. Prohibition has pretty good tapas too actually.
And for the record HINDI LANG SHWEPPES TONIC WATER ang ininom ko no!??!! Kelangan may alak syempre. Maaga pa noon eh, so pretend muna na umiinom talaga ako ng tubig…
Pagpumupunta ka sa Bahay ni Kuyakoy! 🙂 Former Embassy nga! 🙂
Hoy, saan ko nadadaanan yun???
Hahaha!Peace tayo P ha!! Kasi naman di daw niya alam ang Prive! eh, nadadaanan niya kaya yung always. So malamang sa malamang, iba lang ang pronunciation niya dun… de-PRIVE lang ba. 🙂
Di ko pa rin makalimutan ang sinabi ni D kay P, spell Privé! – Mariel
Bea, I can’t believe that Tapella did not give you a good service! Kami maiintindihan pa namin because we are not mestiza like you! hahaha! 🙂
Bea Hernandez says
Interesting! We also had a GNO last Friday. We were at Cerveseria and Bizu.
I highly recommend Cerveseria coz the food is excellent (and the wine too)
We’ll also try Prohibition soon 🙂
I’ve never been happy with the service of Tapella – altho the food is good! 🙂