To hear of newly opened restaurants is usual news here in Metro Manila. Every week, a place opens up somewhere that screams for everyone’s attention, whether through its flashy interiors or picturesque plating. All in an effort to make a memorable dining experience for their patrons. Yet, there is a quality that many new restaurants often look over. An element that this loud and crowded dining scene so desperately needs. This being the impact of simplicity.
One such place that has refreshed me with this simplicity is the newly opened Pinot in BGC. It is a modern European restaurant by Chef Markus Gfeller . Hidden away at the back of the Spa Wellness building in Bonifacio High Street, one may miss their front door when passing by. Their entrance avoids the crowded walkways of High Street and is located at the back along Lane P. It is simple in its facade with just a black door and an overhead lamp marking its entrance. Best to keep a watchful eye when looking for their front door. Then again, there’s also the Pinot sign right next to it.
Bright and Intimate
Entering the door, you’re met with Pinot’s bright and cozy lobby. The neutral tones and metallic decor greet you in as well as their liquor cabinet at the end to entice you as you wait to be seated.
Walking on, you’ll see the dining area composed of tile floors paired with white and off-white decor with some greenery and wood scattered around for a botanical touch. Blue velvet chairs circle the tables while several private rooms are located at the back. Pinot is sleek and homey in its interior design. Relaxed while still emulating a sophisticated taste in its setup.
A Taste of Subtlety
On Pinot’s food, Chef Markus shares, “We offer modern European fare from best quality ingredients grown organically and sustainably from local farms or sourced abroad. It is our aim to create non-intimidating, unpretentious, approachable dining experiences for friends and families.”
This sentiment is clearly seen and tasted in his dishes. The Duck Ragu is a complex blend of savory from the duck with a slight sharpness from the pomelo and creaminess from the coconut adlai. While the Sea Bass is a light flaky serving that gets its richness from kale purée and black garlic dashi.
This mellow but masterful mixing of flavors brings a dimension of depth in Gfeller’s dishes. This challenges you to think as you experience each dish yet never intimidating you with too much frivolous flavors.
A night of Pinot’s prix fixe meals can go from quick 2-course meals for business meetings to elaborate 7-course meals for more grandeur dinners. You can also avail of their whole roasted carving selections such as Roasted Maple Duck, Rack of Lamb, or the on-the-bone US Ribeye for larger groups. Pinot also has no corkage fee so you can bring your favorite wine to enjoy with their delectable fare.
Whether it’s for your next date, an intimate family gathering, or even just a casual dinner with friends, Pinot pulls off a unique mix of its fine dining identity together with its laid back vibe. Chef Markus’ ingenious blend of local and imported ingredients come together to create modern European flavors with a subtle nod to local taste. The nuance and sophistication expressed in his dishes are a testament to his skill. As well his dedication in creating a satisfying dish that is always best paired with a good glass of wine.
Pinot is located at the Spa Wellness Building, Lane P, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila. For reservations, contact (0998) 586-4230.