Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dark Beer and Seafood at The Perfect Pint

Another cloudy afternoon. Just perfect for some seafood and dark beer at The Perfect Pint...

After an awesome Black Tuesday experience at The Perfect Pint (see my previous post here at http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2014/07/black-tuesday-at-perfect-pint.html), it was time for another visit, for one more round at The Perfect Pint.

On the crest of the growing popularity of the gastropub and craft beer scene, The Perfect Pint's timing is just, well, perfect. And with Chefs Gene and Gino Gonzalez behind the The Perfect Pint's menu, you can be sure of great pub grub and great craft beer.

The Perfect Pint serves a variety of craft beer, including the very best local artisan brews, like Pivo Praha, Wild Ride IPA...

...and signature brews from Craft Point and Katipunan Craft Ales. Produced in small batches, each brew is fresh with bold flavors. More than a trend, Craft Beer is definitely here to stay.  

The Perfect Pint also serves its very own house brews. Start with The Perfect Pint's signature brew, the Black Mamba Stout (P 300/400 ml, 5.3% abv), with its distinct roasted malt flavor with reduced bitterness. Smooth and easy, this one gets you in the groove in no time, as you settle down at The Perfect Pint.

Pair your Black Mamba Stout with some of the freshest seafood dishes at The Perfect Pint, including the Baked Mussels (P 210), fresh and plump mussels topped with cheese and a generous load of garlic served fresh from the oven. The fresh mussels have a delicate and subtle sweetness, kicked up by the sharp and creamy cheese and crunchy garlic bits for a comforting blend of flavors.

The Perfect Pint's Oyster Two Ways (P 180), a half dozen fresh oysters served in two distinct styles...

...topped with a rich and creamy baked bechamel and the other set with a refreshing and tart cocktail sauce with beer reduction. The creamy bechamel and cocktail sauce both deliver distinct flavors, and I like the subtle spicy heat that gradually builds up with the cocktail sauce, just perfect with a cold dark beer. 

Gambas al Ajillo (P 295), fresh market shrimps sauteed in butter and another hefty load of garlic with fresh chili for a subtle yet lingering heat. The fresh shrimps have a delicious snap with just a hint of fresh sweetness in every bite, as the crisp garlic bits round out the flavors. Another piece of fresh shrimp with garlic, perfectly washed down with a cold dark stout.

Time to switch gear with The Perfect Pint's Graveyard Shift Porter (P 300/400ml, 7% abv), a boldly flavored dark porter with subtle hints of rich chocolate, caramel, and malty sweetness topped by a creamy head. Each gentle sip delivers a complex blend of flavors with each distinct note weaving a rich palette. With beer this good, it's best enjoyed in a series of gentle sips rather than one long chug to better appreciate the flavor.

Pair it with the classic Mussels in Beer (P 380), fresh mussels gently braised in beer and rich cream with chorizo and herbs. Simple yet hearty and comforting flavors, with the briny notes of the fresh mussels blending perfectly with the sharp notes of the chorizo, herbs and cream. Be sure to enjoy the mussels with a little broth, or better yet, dunk the crisp bread into the broth for that creamy finish.

One more dark Graveyard Shift Porter for the road. A cloudy day made even better with a few glasses of dark home brews and classic seafood dishes. Just another typical day at The Perfect Pint.

The Perfect Pint is located at the Second Floor, Crossroads Building, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City or call 823-1320 for inquiries.

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