(This feature was published in ClicktheCity.com last January 28, 2013)
I’m a fan of hole-in-the-wall type of restaurants that may not quite be in the limelight but offer stellar food. One such discovery is the resto-bar called Forque.
Its warm yet bold interiors greeted me as I stepped inside the place. The wooden furnishings and dramatic drapings contrasted well with the bright red walls—it was a good backdrop for a nice lunch or night out.
Since January 2011, the restaurant has been dishing out European comfort food. The first thing I ordered was one of my favorite appetizers, Garlic Beef (P375). The restaurant’s version of Salpicao comes with a siding of garlic bread, which complimented the fork-tender beef chunks that were perfectly seared on the outside and still juicy and pink inside. The sprinkles of garlic and herbs made each meaty bite yummier. I actually finished the whole serving myself.
I found out that the owner of the restaurant, Bea Muñoz, is also a chef who trained under a Master Chef in Boca Grande Florida, and this is her first business venture after working in the U.S. for a year as a chef. “I named it Forque because as we all know, in different cuisines around the world—aside from Asian—the most dominant and common utensil is a fork. I always believed in naming a restaurant with something familiar would always have a recall and a feeling of comfort.”
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