Whenever I hear “Poblacion”, the first thing that pops up in my mind is NIGHTLIFE. Poblacion is known for being one of the go-to places whenever you wanna have a good drink with your friends. It also has some of the best bars and restos in the metro. And a new addition to the lineup is Essential Goodness For The Pilgrims, a rooftop resto bar located in Lub D Hostel (the biggest Hostel here in the Philippines)! I’m so excited to share with you all of the amazing food and drinks we got to try at their launch!
First things first, lemme just gush to you guys about the interiors of this place! I just loooove how everything is put together. TBH, I wasn’t expecting this kind of luxury for a restaurant in a hostel. Most of the time, I see restaurants in other hostels to be quite small, and minimally designed. I just love the whole warm and cozy vibe of Essential Goodness For The Pilgrims! It just invites you to have a seat, eat a nice meal and have a great drink while you’re at it.
Now onto the food! Their dishes are really well thought out and the processes the chefs had to go through, just to achieve the revamped beloved filipino dishes with their own twists, were amazing! Each dish was cooked to perfection and plated so beautifully, each photo we took was very IG worthy!
Half Stacked Pancake. berry compote, lavender whipped cream, bacon. Lovely pancakes and bacon combo!
Eggplant Omelette. roasted eggplant, three egg scramble, minced beef. The absolute FLUFFIEST omelette I’ve ever tried!! It’s like biting into a fluffy egg cloud. A must try for egg lovers!
Essential Breakfast. green eggs, english bangers, bacon, baked beans, rye. A hearty heavy breakfast!
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. roasted chicken meatballs, buffalo sauce, blue cheese, sesame bun.
Patty Melt. wagy beef patty, emmental, rye toast, jalapeño, caramelized onions. Definitely one of our table’s favorites! Super good!
Steak and Fries. house rub cured top round, brown butter, potato confit. Medium rare goodness!!
Hambagu. japanese curry, wagyu beef patty, fried egg, japanese rice
I gotta say, it was hard to choose a drink from their wide range of cocktails! I’m the type who likes to try out new and unique flavors, and boy did they have plenty!
Earl Grey. First drink is composed of earl grey tea, vodka, elder flower, lime and cointreu. It was a nice refreshing drink that paired well with the breakfast food!
Next was the Kaffir Lime. It had kaffir lime, vodka, chili, lemon and syrup. If you’re familiar with tom yum soup, this drink definitely resembled that! It had all of the sourness, spiciness and kick to that classic soup! A drink for the more adventurous people!
Their drinks definitely shined and I can only imagine now how their bar would do well at night with all of these great drinks! Definitely inviting my barkada here next time!
Lastly, I had the Wasabi. Yup, this drink had wasabi in it!! Apart from that, it had whisky, lemon sour, syrup, angostura bitters. My top recommendation that you should try! Honestly was afraid to try this one, but surprisingly it’s sooo good! Who would’ve known that wasabi would go well in a drink! Mad props to the creative genius who made these drinks! Def gonna try the other drinks next time.
Essential Goodness For The Pilgrims is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. onwards.