I unexpectedly found myself, together with two of my officemates, as a last minute proxy for the renowned beauty blogger, Kat, of Kikay Si Kat, at The Hungry Hound for their Rum Night. It was my first time in this place, and here are my first impressions.
The Hungry Hound is a gastropub and by definition, it simply means that it is a restaurant in a pub. As stated on their website:
The inspiration for The Hungry Hound was the gastropub culture, founded by The Eagle in London in 1991 but at Hound, Chef Rob Pengson add some character to the classics by introducing items on the menu with Asian and even Filipino influences like sweet chili, kimchi, and even bacon-silog.
To be honest, I don’t really know what was expected of us during this Rum Night being a last minute proxy. What we do know was what our server told us: we could sample two of their drinks per person and four of their dishes for their custom menu that night, free. And so here are the dishes and drinks that we sampled:
Their Hot Wings (₱239) are really good appetizers. Each wing is decently-sized and is coated with their Rum Wing Sauce. It is served with Mango Salsa on top which complements it nicely.
Their Glazed Pork Belly (₱278) is an instant favorite of ours. It is served with Bacardi 8 Barbecue Sauce, Carabao Mozz Polenta (as stated on the menu) and some chips. The meat is so tender that you won’t really need a knife to cut it.
I had a bit of a dilemma with their Foie Gras 151 (₱369), not that it is not good (it is actually very good) but because I avoid eating food from “controversial” sources. Anyway, I had my fair portion of it for tasting and was quite a guilty pleasure. Interestingly, they light it up (as in flaming) as they serve it to give the surface of the Foie Gras some burn marks which gives it an additional texture. A bit of caution though on the cauliflower sides as they’re bitter, but the sweet pineapples complement that.
For dessert was the Rum Cake (₱198). It comes sprinkled with Cashew Brittle and Bacardi Crème Anglaise. The cake is pretty moist and not that sweet but feels a bit heavy.
Moving on with the drinks, I was only able to taste two from their selection that night so I can only comment on those.
Straight Thinker (₱300) was the first one I tried. Contrary to its name, you probably won’t be thinking that straight after trying this one. It is composed of Sugar Cane, Orange Bitters, Chocolate Mole Bitters, and Bacardi 8—possibly a good portion of it as the scent can initially tell you. I’m no alcohol expert but I can tell this one is really strong! It comes with a big chunk if round ice with a cherry embedded in it.
The second and last one I tried was the Manatee (₱330). It is composed of Bacardi 8, Sweet Vermouth, Peychaud Bitters, and Cherry Brandy. Like the Straight Thinker, it also packs quite a punch. I had to control myself from consuming the entire serving to avoid getting drunk on a Thursday night.
For Days (₱290) composed of Bacardi Gold, Bacardi White, Banana Liqueur, Orange Juice, Angostura Bitters, Lime Juice, Clove Syrup, and Coconut Milk.
Tai Tai (₱290) composed of Bacardi Black, Passion Fruit, Grapefruit Juice, Orgeat, and Burnt Sugar Tincture.
I think all their cocktails are pretty strong and their serving size quite generous so only a few servings are enough to give you your alcohol fix. Other drinks that were served that night were varieties of rum, vodka, gin, tequila, scotch whisky, and sparkling wine. I had a chance to take a sip of their Dewars Signature (₱680/glass, ₱9,800/bottle) and it was quite intense (for me at least)! 🍷
Based on this Rum Night I could say that The Hungry Hound can make some serious cocktails while also offering a good variety of drinks. Their dishes were also very good but a bit on the conservative when it comes to portions. Then again, the drinks and dishes that we got were prepared only for this event (as I was told) so I can only speak for the ones that we sampled. Overall, The Hungry Hound is a good spot to have drinks because of their wide selection and distinct cocktails. Their food is also something to look forward to but I’m not really in a position to tell if the portions are big enough for the hungry ones or just enough to go with your drinks.
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The Hungry Hound is located at the ground floor of The Globe Tower, 32nd Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, right beside Niner Ichi Nana.