Modern Barfare at Dillingers 1903 Steak & Brew
Many of those who frequent Greenbelt must be quite familiar with Dillingers 1903 Steak & Brew. It has always been quite popular with foreigners, expats and locals who are seeking a night of casual drinking or light to heavy partying. However, the need to compete with burgeoning restopubs has pushed Dillingers to step up their game. “We’re confident in our ability to compete,” shares Panjee Lim, the establishment's Public Relations & Marketing Associate. “We’ve been around for some time now, and people know who we are and what we are about. We serve quality food and we don’t overprice. But even so, we still want to be able to offer new things to our old and new customers.”
Located at Greenbelt 3, MakatiDillingers’ revamped menu was a project that had been set on the backburner sometime prior. “We were so busy with our other events,” Lim says. “We opened Prohibition and organised an event in Boracay, along with some other things on the side. But earlier this year, we were able to set aside some time and really concentrate on conceptualising and developing our new food offerings. Of course, old favourites like the wings are here to stay, but there’s so much excitement going on with our new menu items as well.”
A platter of Buffalo Wings and Animal Fries
A sampling of their burgersThe real “onslaught” began with the main courses. At this point on, our requests dwindled from one dish shared by two to one dish shared by four! A temporary respite came in the form of the Clam Chowder (P295), a soup dish with clams, bacon, potatoes, onions and celery in a bread bowl—just like how one’s mother could make it.
Lava CakeWe were ushered into Prohibition to try some of their new cocktails. These interesting concoctions are prepared by top bartender Allan-King Roxas, winner of the Diageo Reserve World Class 2013 Bartender of the Year competition. Some of the night’s fun drinks were the Pink Lady (Tanqueray gin, fresh lemons and sugar syrup) and the Black Coffee (Johnny Walker Black, cacao, Drambule, portwine and fiery coffee beans). I was, however, most amused by the Cinema Rocks, a brilliant little project merging vodka and butter caramel popcorn together.
Allan-King Roxas in action
Cinema RocksDillingers is one to cater to those with a love of food and big appetites. While they are still in the process of making the establishment known as a new venue for the mere joy of casual dining, they can still guarantee to keep their old crowd—partygoing or not—thanks to the old and new gastronomic delights available for ravenous eyes.