inTENsify your morning at Sentro 1771

My family can be pretty picky when it comes to enjoying Filipino food. Back when we were kids, the only two restaurants that have successfully garnered the seal of approval of my food-loving grandpa and mom were Harana of the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel and Kamayan.

However, as soon as a restaurant gets our two thumbs-up, they can be assured of long-lasting loyalty from the entire family. This was the case with the two previously mentioned restaurants--Harana was our regular Sunday dinner venue where we all grew fond of its delicious Laing, Sinigang soup and Garlic Rice. Our Sundays would begin with an afternoon tea session at the lobby of EDSA Shangri-la where the adults would catch up with one another while the kids were taught how to enjoy tea sandwiches and an assortment of mini pastries and scones. My sister and I loved the sugar cubes that would be served together with our tea. After which, we will be allowed to roam around the hotel and play by the pool side. Come dinner time, the entire family will meet for dinner at Harana. My Kongkong (grandpa) loves the singing quartet that would visit our table and would gamely sing his requested songs.

As for Kamayan, this was our go-to place when entertaining family friends and relatives abroad. I remember watching the lechons (roast pig) being roasted and this was were we learned to eat using our hands. My sister would fondly recall how much rice she would eat in one sitting for as long as it's in Kamayan. We loved the garlic rice combined with their Kare-kare, Bopis and a lot more. Nothing gets more Filipino than enjoying good food on a banana leaf.

Fast forward to the present, more Filipino restaurants opened and yet my family stayed loyal to just a few. One of these is Sentro 1771.

It was my mom who first discovered Sentro 1771 after having lunch at their Greenbelt 3 branch with her colleagues. She shared how delicious their Sinigang na Corned Beef soup (Corned Beef in Tamarind Soup) was as well as the Lumpia Ubod appetizer.

This prompted both Paul and I to try it during one of our Sun-dates in Greenbelt. It was Paul who suggested that we try it and remembering Mommy's positive feedback, I quickened my pace towards the restaurant just in case he changes his mind.

Mommy was right, the Corned Beef Sinigang was delicious and we also enjoyed the Rated GG and the Fried Kesong Puti for starters. What I'm curious to try though were their breakfast meals but since I rarely get to wake up early on a Sunday morning, this has been part of my wish list for a couple of years now.

Luckily, an invite to try Sentro 1771's breakfast fare came on 10-10-10. After giving my confirmation, there was no turning back now. Despite the fact that the bed seemed extra inviting that morning, we pulled ourselves out of bed to attend to our grumbling tummies. Off we went to Sentro 1771 in Serendra, Fort Bonifacio.

The menu actually has a list of Filipino specialties and a couple of Western offerings. Our party of four agreed to stick to the Filipino dishes that morning.

Each Filipino Breakfast Set comes with a cup of their fresh fruit juice (that morning we had Mango-Papaya shake...yum!), choice of coffee/tea/hot chocolate, egg (cook any way you want) and garlic rice.

I highly recommend getting the Hot Chocolate as they use the native chocolate batirol-like formula giving you a rich dark chocolate flavor. I personally am not a fan of hot chocolate in the morning but I was glad to have chosen this over coffee or tea.

After which, we all made our choice of meat to go with our set:

Paul, the tuyo fan, chose the Spicy Tuyo Flakes (300) while I went for the Ginisang (sauteed) Corned Beef (Php. 350). I couldn't forget how delicious the Corned Beef Sinigang was and I was hoping they'd use the same chunk of tender meat for their breakfast set.

I was right! The Ginisang Corned Beef was so tender as it was sauteed with onions and tomatoes. It was so good that despite the frequent offers from my mom, sister and Paul to try their own meat choices, I was busy concentrating on my melt-in-your-mouth corned beef, poached egg and brown garlic rice.

Paul loved his Spicy Tuyo Flakes too. He commented that it has just the right amount of saltiness that wouldn't give him a stroke. The tiny tuyo pieces were served submerged in the spicy oil that made his breakfast meal more interesting.

Mommy, the healthy eater in the group, chose the Bonuan Boneless Daing na Bangus. She liked it because it wasn't salty and it's the kind that won't make you feel guilty about consuming the entire fish.

My sister was surprised to see just a few Beef Sirloin Tapa (Php. 350) on her saucer. This was her order because she has been craving for good ol' tapa for some time. While she said that the tapa was ok, we noticed her liking our last order more.

To share, we got the Kuisinero Fried Rice (Php. 250) which is rice sauteed with tuyo flakes, lots of garlic and topped with sunny-side up egg. My family teased me for ordering this as my love for fried rice has been a long running family joke but I noticed that everyone enjoyed this as both my sister and Paul kept on getting spoonfuls of the rice from time to time. This is definitely a must-order when visiting Sentro 1771.

It was a very relaxing morning spent with the most important people in my life. Too bad Papa chose to stay home and enjoy his morning coffee while reading the papers or he would probably also enjoy breakfast too.

Sentro 1771 is the perfect stop after a quick run around the Bonifacio High Street area. Nothing beats enjoying a warm cup of hot chocolate and a plate of Kuisinero Fried Rice to add some excitement to your morning.

Sentro 1771 is located at Piazza Serendra, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. You may call them at 856-0581.

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