I finally got to try Uno a few weeks back, after only hearing rave reviews from mom and Jae.
It’s one of those restaurants in Tomas Morato that are worth the second visit, maybe even a third or a fourth. I know it can get tricky trying to secure parking space in that area, but still. Uno is worth the fuss.
I don’t have photos of the place, but just to give you an idea: I’m guessing the restaurant used to be a house given the place’s layout and overall structure. It does evoke a homey feel — at night, the place is dimly lit and dressed up nicely.
As we waited for our orders, the usual complimentary bread + butter combo kept us company. I’m not sure if these are made from scratch, but they definitely tasted fresh off the oven. I also liked that Uno’s servers weren’t hesitant to fetch us more bread and butter without us having to ask. Kudos, Uno!
Jae got himself this: Cream of Leek and Cilantro Soup with Mozzarella Toast (Php180). Serving size’s big for one, I think, but he was able to finish this (haha). Good, rich soup to jumpstart dinner.
We got Smoked Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio (Php250) to share. This appetizer is true to its name — tender beef that leaves a smokey, lingering taste after each bite. If you appreciate semi-cooked meat, you’re likely to enjoy this.
I got myself their Watercress, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Salad (Php228). I love how there are healthier alternatives in which bacon and cheese can come together (because off the top of my head, they’re perfect on burgers) haha. Anyway, this salad was every bit close to perfect — my favorite part of the experience was the cool, refreshing aftertaste each bite leaves. The honey roasted pepper dressing itself was a close second!
I believe this Sea Bream “Choron” Gratin (Php490) was my lola’s (grandmother) main course. Baked sagisi fillet with burnt sauce choron. This immediately became a favorite — I think we all had a piece to try. The sauce was the most memorable part of it.
Jae had their Soused Pork (Php380). Char-broiled pork rib chops with rum and orange glaze. This was okay at best; Jae didn’t like that the pork was a bit tough to chew.
Josh had their Salmon Buro (Php560) – flame-broiled salmon fillet with fermented rice and ginger risotto sauce. Imagine a good piece of salmon coated in an (essentially) equally good arroz caldo.
My dad liked Uno’s Lapu-Lapu Picatta (Php520), too. Baked lapu-lapu with caper and lemon butter. He was able to finish this with ease.
Mom got pasta: Pepper Beef and Mushroom with Garlic Olive Oil, Spaghetti (Php310). Serving size is good to share. This pasta ranks a 9/10 in the taste scale for me given that it’s mostly just basic, everyday ingredients tossed in one plate. Amazing flavor the garlic olive oil sauce gave the beef and mushroom.
As usual, desserts were to be shared by all, starting off with The Fallen, Uno’s take on the flourless chocolate cake. I’ve already forgotten how much this cost exactly, but I do recall that only mom seemed to like this. For the majority, it was just lackluster in terms of flavor. A better alternative would be Cafe Bola’s offering.
Their Cheesecake (Php65) was to-die-for though! The base of the cake wasn’t thick and creamy as in the case of ordinary cheesecakes — in fact, it’s the chiffon, crumbly type — but it was its subtle sweetness that made it special. Do have a slice when you drop by Uno!
We paired everything with their homemade iced tea blend. This received mixed reviews from my family, but I, for one, liked the drink’s slight citrusy kick.
Overall a good dinner. Too bad they’re closed on Sundays though (which is when my family usually goes on food trips). Don’t forget to call to make a reservation — (632) 374-0774.
Click on this link to view their menu at the time of our visit. I was told they usually make changes to the menu to accommodate other yummy dishes! =)
Taste – 4/5 | Ambience – 4.5/5 |Variety – 4/5 | Service – 5/5 | Pricing – 4/5 | Would Go Back? – Yes
Uno Restaurant | 195 Tomas Morato cor. Sct. Fuentebella, Quezon City