Sear – the word itself already evokes a multi-sensory play to meat lovers’ imagination. The sound of sizzling oil and the melody that it creates as soon as the meat touches the hot pan, the mesmerizing smell of charred meat, and the captivating color of caramelized crust truly promise flavors that will orchestrate a song as you savor each bite. So, upon seeing the name “SEARED” emblazoned above the restaurant’s floor to ceiling glass façade, one can’t help but salivate with great anticipation.
Aside from its name, the owners behind SEARED Restaurant are passionate meat eaters themselves who aim to consistently serve the most scrumptious dishes every single time, thus, they use sous-vide cooking method. Sous-vide (\sü-vēd\) which means “under vacuum” in French, refers to the process of vacuum sealing food and putting it in a water bath and cooked in a precised, controlled temperature. This ensures that the inside is properly cooked without overcooking the outside and retains moisture to deliver super-juicy, flavor-packed results from edge to edge, every time.e
To showcase a variety of sous-vide dishes, we were presented with The Godfathr a.k.a The ultiMEAT Platter. This lets you sample four of their meat offerings for just Php 1,685.00. The size of this platter can easily feed a party of four, but of course, this can also be consumed by two meat-loving people. The platter includes a juicy pork chop, fall-off-the-bones baby back ribs (the crowd’s favorite), thinly-sliced and melt-in-your-mouth wagyu beef brisket, and moist and perfectly-cooked country-style fried chicken.
SEARED also introduced its signature burger, Malcom’s X. Named after one of its owners, Malcom’s X is a 1/3 pound,100% Wagyu Beef Burger, topped with a strip of bacon, sunny-side-up egg, and melted cheese and served between two slices of soft brioche bun. In my opinion, the combination of flavours and texture would have been near perfect if the bacon was crunchy rather than tough, and the egg yolk to be a bit more runny. Still, we recommend you try this when you visit Seared.
Other healthier sous-vide fares include Seared Salmon w/ Lemon Butter sauce and an Asian-style Braised Wagyu Short Ribs called ‘The Migrant’. The salmon was soft and flaky with hints of herbs and subtle flavours coming from the thyme and lemon reduction. For those whose motto is “Rice is life”, they can try The Migrant (think, Galbi Jim) as the ribs come with a hefty serving of rice. The portion may look small but the chunks of ribs were actually pretty big.
Do not sleep on their appetizers too; Like the addictive Twisted Poutine and Cowabunga–mini taco cups filled with wagyu beef chili, homemade béchamel cheese sauce, bell pepper and tomatoes. Crazy about wings? Seared offers 3 delicious kinds: Garlic Parmesan, Murdock (their version of Buffalo Wings), and BBQ Wings.
If you’re looking for a lighter fare, Seared has an amazing Pink Peppercorn Salad and a refreshing, tasty Sardinella Pasta.
For now, they only have one dessert on the menu – the good ol’, Skillet S’mores. Classic, straightforward, and delicious.
SEARED turns into a lounge after dinner with their bar area found on the second floor. Their bartenders can shake up fun drinks with their playful mocktails: Kadence and Love Hurts . Of course, classic cocktails are also being served like the Don Draper, Singapore Sling, Moscow Mule and Whiskey Sour. Do try their signature cocktails too–Lady Boss, Girl Boy, and Stephanie.
SEARED Restaurant and Lounge is a modern American gastronomic hub that will meet your meaty expectations and more. Do check them out at Unit 9 G/F Technopoint, Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Follow @SearedPH on Facebook and Instagram for more updates!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. The author did not pay for any of the dishes mentioned in this article. However, we still provided you with our honest opinion.