Showing posts with label Italian Restaurant. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Italian Restaurant. Show all posts

Friday, August 24, 2018

Classic Italian Breakfast at Bigoli Eastwood

August 24, 2018 0
With our Team Lead, Kim Ortega

Ristorante Bigoli is an Italian-inspired dining place situated right at the heart of the party and food destination of Eastwood City in Libis, Quezon City. Actually, no need to put some superfluous descriptions about this restaurant to emphasize its specialties. The name itself annotates that the restaurant is offering a plethora of Italian fares, a kind of food selection that provides delight even to gourmand travelers.

As a food blogger who loves to delve into other culture and cuisine, I am very much fascinated with Italy's long history of gourmet artistry, something that has been the subject of much interest among gastronome adventurers. Its much-loved regional concoctions: pizza and pasta have been around the world and have spawned a variety of versions already. This unique delight over Italian food is what Bigoli has been known for.

Bigoli branch in Eastwood

Through its repertoire of Italian casual dining tradition, Bigoli is trying to bring that part of Italy to satisfy cravings of the discerning foodies in the Philippines. Delish and savory with a balance taste of tangy and spicy thrill, the selections are concocted based on the genuine characteristics of Italian dining.

Bigoli's proximity to our workplace makes it also a convenient destination to have a quick breakfast fix. And to savor the experience of comfort dining in a classy Italian atmosphere. The classical music playing in the air provides a different sense of warmth, a proof to Italy's unique characteristic of being a naturally romantic country.

Salad and Pasta

The breakfast buffet, which has been the steady feature of this restaurant since 2013, is a favorite meal setup due to its affordable rate and tasty selections of signature breakfast favorites. What makes Bigoli an instant hit among food lovers in Eastwood is, apart from its accessible location, its classic Italian flavors that suit to Filipino palate.

This dining destination has been popular among BPO employees around the area due to its quick serving style and the distinct western flavors with a Filipino twist. It is also one of the fewest casual dining establishments in Eastwood that offers breakfast buffet at a reasonable price. It features all-time breakfast favorites like omelet, pancake, Italian fried rice, sausages, and Bigoli's signature dishes, pasta and pizza.

Italian Chiec

The buffet table of Bigoli has four stations: all-day breakfast favorites (pancake, omelet, sausages, chicken, vegetables) salad (freshly cut carrots, cabbage, jelly, croutons, shredded turnip), fruits and Bigoli's classic Italian recipes like pizza and pasta.

I like the Italian chicken marinated in delicate herbs and drizzled with tomato sauce, crispy in the exterior but tender in the interior. I like how the herbs coated the meat, very flavorful and distinctively savory, but not too piquant, just the right amount of spices wrapping the white meat. I also like the white cheesy pizza (not available during this breakfast trip), very creamy in every bite. I'm not really into pizza because I don't like the smell of tomato paste but this white pizza rocks! Crust is thin and crispy and it has a generous amount of cheese and garlic. I love food rich in cheese and garlic, it boosts my appetite.

Formerly Fazoli that had morphed into an elegant food establishment at the heart of Eastwood, Bigoli boasts a cozy ambience reminiscent to regional Italian home. Masterpieces of famous Italian artists adorned the dining area.  A beautiful veranda also overlooks the citywalk and the Romanesque staircase highlights the chic interior of the place. Overall, Bigoli's structure reflects an ultra-homey feel, providing diners a unique sense of comfort.

Interior of Bigoli

Bigoli's breakfast, which serves delectable Italian recipes, has the most reasonable rate compared to other restaurants offering morning buffet in Eastwood. Per person is only Php214.00. Bigoli opens from Monday to Thursday at 6:00 - 10:00PM/Tuesday to Sunday 5:00-10:00AM.

The only downside of their breakfast buffet is the redundant food selections. Most fares are rich in carbohydrates without anything to balance the meal. I am hoping to see changes in the food stations next time, additional varieties, fish and vegetable perhaps or some variations on recipes.

Special thanks to our generous TL, Kim Ortega, for this treat! 😘

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Breakfast Buffet at Bigoli Eastwood

June 02, 2018 0

With my colleagues, sampling the all-time breakfast favorites at Ristorante Bigoli

Bigoli is an Italian term for an extruded pasta made from whole wheat flour and originated from the Italian region of Veneto. So it's not surprising that Ristorante Bigoli offers a plethora of pasta selections in addition to antipasto, paninis and casual meals. Its pasta varieties have flavors concocted from authentic Italian recipes that's so aromatic, luscious and savory. So when you dine at Bigoli, you can have a taste of Italy without leaving home.

Its garlic bread has been my favorite. The goodness of cheese and cream, and the spiky aroma of garlic and other herbs blended together to produce an insanely scrumptious garlic bread. Perfectly savory!

And though I am not into pizza, their cheesy white pizza is entirely an exemption. The creaminess of cheese and butter and mouth-watering flavor, sprinkled with parsley, smudged on a thin crust, are enough to captivate my difficult appetite over pizza.

There are still equally satisfying recipes at Bigoli. Depends on one's cravings. And even though I regularly admitted that I hated spaghetti because I detested the smell of  spaghetti sauce, Bigoli dishes out the best Spag Bolognese concoction I ever tried.

And yes, I love the Italian-inspired interior design. 

This restaurant is not a run-down place where rustic tables and chairs adorned the whole area, this is a chic food destination where interior matches opulence of a regional Italian home. The spiraled staircase is reminiscent to a plain romanesque design of the exuberant renaissance Italy. The veranda has an overview of cool trees outside, and the buffet area has a feature of a narrow bridge design that boosts the restaurant's artistry.

So how about the menu?

It offers a variety of casual dining meals and the goodness of Italian comfort food. And they have varied choices of recipes where diners are allowed to create their own meals. Though Italian flavors in nature, food selections caught the taste of Filipinos who like a balance of pungent savory and creamy fares.

Bigoli branch located at City Walk 1, Eastwood City

However, the restaurant's Breakfast buffet has been it's most popular dining delight. Not only it offers the all time breakfast favorites, it also offers a buffet of pizza and pasta selections that have been Bigoli's signature dishes.

This morning, with some of my colleagues, we  agreed to spend our breakfast at Bigoli to have some taste of Italy. It was quite late for breakfast by Filipino standard meal time - 9:00 o'clock - but since work schedule in BPO is always nuts, and has this crazy term of lunch break even though it's still breakfast time - our revolting tummies need to wait until the clock chimed at almost mid-morning.

When we get there, the breakfast buffet time clock was ticking fast. One hour shy to be exact. So we were like chasing time to have our moments at the buffet table. Luckily, we used to move fast, so we were still able to make the most of our lunch break, gorging the mouth-watering dishes and palatial food selections while bantering at each other.

We enjoyed the rest of our quick food trip. 

A variety of Italian-inspired dishes, cheesy pizza, carbonara and chicken marinara

Who would not want to gorge this sumptuous cheesy pizza with thin crust for Breakfast?

An appetizer selection consists of fresh and sieved vegetables in salad dressing

The breakfast buffet of Bigoli at its Eastwood branch has been around since 2014 and has not been off from its daily meal features ever since. It became even more popular among BPO personnel working around the Eastwood City Walk due to the restaurant's proximity to the workplace.

The food selections include the all-time breakfast favorites - omelet, sausages, fried rice, pancakes in maple and blueberry syrups, mechado, chicken marinara. However, since Bigoli is an Italian-inspired restaurant, pizza and varieties of pasta, have been added to the buffet table in addition to some appetizers.

We did not miss anything from the selections. We sampled each recipe to scrutinize the taste if it's worth the money. From pizza to pasta, fried rice, plain rice, scrambled egg, sausages, chicken marinara, pancakes, garden salad, mechado and appetizers. Everything.

Personally I could vouch that indeed, this breakfast buffet is worth the value of money. With Php199.00 you can have a gratifying full breakfast meal without feeling guilty of ruining your daily budget. Trust me you'll never regret it. With pizza, pasta, scrambled eggs, rice and chicken with sausages rolled into Php199.00 price tag, it's the cheaper you can have for breakfast buffet around the ever expensive Eastwood.

We've a hearty appetite during this lunch out. Not that we're terribly hungry, but the luscious breakfast selections were so hard to resist we decided to make some more rounds at the buffet table 😂😅.

We were not sure if the juice selections were part of the breakfast package, but we took a glass of four seasons and cucumber lemon from the buffet area without bothering if the staff would call our attention 😁😅 No one admonished us not to get one anyway. We were giggling in our table discussing the perplexing circumstances.

This breakfast buffet only costs Php199.00 per person. And with its wide selections of breakfast favorites, who could complain? The amount is enough to satisfy one's craving for a perfect breakfast meal. Plus, all dishes are savory. In fact, we left Bigoli with a full stomach. 

Pancake in maple and blueberry syrups. Photo credit: Jessica Libantino and Ivy Del Remedios

Pepperoni Pizza with melted cheese, so mouth-watering!
Photo credit: Jessica Libantino and Ivy Del Remedios

At the Romanesque staircase of Bigoli! 😅😁😜

Catch this Breakfast Buffet of Ristorante Bigoli every Tuesday to Sunday at 5:00/6:00 AM to 10:00 AM. For only Php199.00 price tag, you can grab a bite of some Italian authentic recipes that have been Bigoli's signature dishes without spending too much. This is one of the most affordable buffet rates around Eastwood, especially along the City Walk.

Bigoli is just located near Global One building, at the City Walk I food junction where intercontinental restaurants, fast food chains and bars have mushroomed in recent years. This quaint place is surrounded with trees, so you could feel a bit of nature if you choose to dine at the veranda area.


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