Friday, August 7, 2015

Real, Fresh, and Clean Flavors at Earth Kitchen

Real flavors from the freshest, all-natural, locally-sourced ingredients come to Bonifacio High Street...

Earth Kitchen brings its homey, rustic, and comforting signature cuisine to Bonifacio High Street with the opening of its second branch.

Earth Kitchen's second branch is located at the Second Floor of BGC High Street Central in Taguig, serving signature dishes that made its first branch in White Plains, slowly turning out to be another of the metro's culinary hubs, one of the more popular dining destinations. And now, you can experience the same flavors right here at BGC...

Earth Kitchen is a partnership project of Got Heart Foundation, Hizon's Catering, Chefs David Hizon and JR Trani, each sharing a common passion and advocacy currently serving over 200 community partners. Inside, the spacious interiors reflect the partners' advocacies with the environment and local organic produce. 

Light wood tones and recycled wood is a recurring theme at Earth Kitchen's newest branch. Opened just a few weeks ago, Earth Kitchen is still on soft opening mode from July 20 to end of September, 2015, but you can be sure that the comforting flavors that made Earth Kitchen one of the must-try places in White Plains are faithfully recreated in its newest branch. Since the closing of Kitchen 56 by Earth Kitchen in Makati (see my previous post here at, the opening of a second branch in BGC is welcome news. Earth Kitchen offers wide variety of beverages, including all-natural and fresh juices. But you definitely need to try some of Earth Kitchen's blended fruit juices like the Got Heart Mix (P 200, L), a rejuvenating blend with beets, carrots, cucumber, apple, and honey; and the Got Heart Mix 2 (P 200, R), with pineapple, orange, carrots, ginger, and honey. The subtle and natural sweetness of the various fruits and vegetables combine with honey for a soothing and satisfying beverage to pair with Earth Kitchen's signature dishes.

Earth Kitchen is known for its fresh greens and vegetables, sourcing the very best and freshest produce locally for its many signature dishes. Like their Watermelon and Rocket Salad (P 300), a refreshing mesclun of organic and naturally-produced arugula, edible flowers, pili nuts, home-made kesong puti, and sweet watermelon drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. The subtle and contrasting spicy sweetness and fresh crispness of the arugula alone makes this salad dish a must-try. The distinct layers of different flavors from the sweet watermelon, home-made kesong puti, pili nuts, edible flowers and the vibrant sharpness of the balsamic vinaigrette weave a flavorful tapestry of fresh notes and contrasting textures. Other signature salads include their Forest Salad (P 320), Beef and Citrus Salad (P 320), Grilled Vegetable Salad (P 300), Pomelo Salad (P 360), and Tempura Salad (P 300).

Shrimp Spring Rolls (P 220 Regular, 4 pcs/P 325 Large 6 pcs), plump shrimps with organic herbs, fresh greens, and peanuts with lime hoisin sauce, one of Earth Kitchen's most popular and probably most photographed dish. One look, and a bite, tels you why this dish is highly recommended to first-timers at Earth Kitchen. The paper-thin, translucent wrapper and the vibrant fresh greens combine with the subtle pink hues of the plump shrimps in a medley of both colors and flavors.

The texture of the crisp greens contrast with the soft spring roll wrapper, and the shrimps deliver a fresh snap with every bite. the crushed peanuts add yet another layer of flavor and texture, capped by the sweet and mildly sour hoisin sauce to complete the flavors. The flavors are fresh and clean, simple and uncomplicated, yet real and honest. It's a culinary style that's consistent with all of Earth Kitchen's signature dishes.

Rainy afternoons are definitely better with Earth Kitchen's rustic Fresh Mushroom Soup (P 200), with organic shiitake, button, milky, and abalone mushrooms. The soup is rich, thickened by the mushrooms, delivering familiar and comforting flavors. The mildly sweet and nutty notes of the different organic mushrooms combine for robust flavors, just perfect for a rainy afternoon, or any day.

Earth Kitchen prepares their own fresh pasta everyday, offering nine signature pasta dishes. The Mushroom Ravioli (P 400), with fresh, home-made pasta stuffed with kesong puti, shiitake, button, and milky mushrooms with pili nuts in a light cream sauce is another of Earth Kitchen's signature dishes and a meal in itself.  The soft yet firm texture of the home-made pasta provides the perfect base for the dish, layered by the distinct notes of the mushrooms and the creamy sauce, with the pili nuts adding even more flavor and texture to the dish.

Earth Kitchen adds a unique local twist to one of its pasta dishes with the Sweet Potato Tops Ravioli (P 400), home-made ravioli stuffed with fresh camote tops, white cheese, pili nuts, basil, and Parmesan cheese draped in a rustic pomodoro sauce. The sweet potato tops adds its own unique texture and flavor to the pasta dish that's immediately familiar yet refreshingly different for an all-new flavor experience. The white cheese, pili nuts, basil, Parmesan cheese, and the flavorful pomodoro sauce rounds out the medley of flavors in the dish.

For the mains, Earth Kitchen's Beef and Chicken Kebabs remain the most popular dishes. But Earth Kitchen also offers other mains that hit the spot. Like the Roast Chicken (P 410), organic roast chicken with herbs, French beans, and baby potatoes, slow-roasted in its own juices making it perfectly moist and flavorful. The tender and juicy chicken delivers delicate flavors, punctuated by layers of distinct notes from the fresh herbs. Another hearty dish, with rich and comforting flavors.

Then, there's Earth Kitchen's creative take on bacon. The Braised Bacon (P 580), a thick slab of tender and juicy applewood-smoked bacon on red cabbage and marble potatoes, absolutely guaranteed to satisfy your pork craving. The thick slab of bacon laid on red cabbage makes for an impressive sight, adding an exclamation point to your dining experience at Earth Kitchen.

The subtle yet rich notes of the tender slab of bacon are enhanced by the mildly sweet sauce and the light tartness of the red cabbage for balanced flavors. The slow braised technique makes the thick bacon slab so tender, it practically melts in your mouth. It's pure pork bliss on a plate, seriously good. Chef JR Trani jokingly referred to it as a real man's dish, adding to the wide variety of dishes at Earth Kitchen with something for everyone.

Cap your meal with Earth Kitchen's homemade signature ice cream with the following flavors (clockwise from top left), Goat's Cheese (P 270), a unique and indulgent flavor with the mild acidic notes from the goat's cheese drizzled with wild Mangyan honey with dried figs and cashew nuts; Pastillas (P 110), a velvety smooth ice cream with the rich and creamy sweetness of pastillas; Vanilla Peanut Butter Crunch (P 200), home-made carabao vanilla ice cream with peanut butter and crispy turon; and Tablea (P 200), home-made carabao ice cream made with local tablea chocolate drizzled with chocolate chips and cookie crumble.

Real flavors from the finest and freshest all-natural and organic local produce with each dish made from scratch, from homemade pasta to homemade ice cream. That's what you can expect at Earth Kitchen. And you can discover their unique culinary style and advocacy at their newest branch at Bonifacio High Street...

Earth Kitchen is located at the Second Floor, BGC Hugh Street Central, Taguig City, Metro Manila or call +63927-543-7035 for inquiries and reservations.

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