Bamba Bistro: Soul Food and a Song
Just three months old, Bamba Bistro is a corner restaurant in BF Homes that has given comfort food an elegant look and a new meaning.
Modern Bistro + Confiteria
Bamba is a two-in-one dining place – the larger restaurant area with indoor and outdoor seating and the cozy confiteria where you can grab a cup of coffee or a serving of their desserts like Queen Elizabeth (a medley of dates, walnuts and butterscotch sauce) and a chocolate-y concoction called What’s My Name Again?! (interrobang included).
WiFi-free“You’re just going eat here for two hours, might as well make it a good salu-salo,” says chef and owner Cristina Legarda. “I believe a table is sacred – you eat there and you talk there. It’s not everyday you’re together with someone, even if they live [with you] in the same house. It’s just nice to sit down and eat together,” she adds. I couldn’t agree more.
Inside the bistro
“It comes from the song ‘La Bamba’ because my dad plays the guitar, and when I was young, every time I’d cry he’d play that song--which is every upbeat--and it would make me happy,” says Chef Tina. “So it’s a good memory that I have that connotes comfort.”
A Modern Take on Family Recipes
Re-invented family recipes make up Bamba’s simple yet diverse menu. From My Mom’s Canneloni to Spanish stews like Lentejas (lentil soup) are dishes that Chef Tina enjoyed sharing with her family as she was growing up. “Even our special sangria is my lola’s recipe,” she shares.
Comfort food is elevated because of the beautiful presentation that is telling of what the chef has under her belt. Chef Tina’s culinary experience includes working under Chef Jessie Sincioco of Le Souffle fame and Chef Billy King. She also worked in Osteria Mozza at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, a restaurant owned by the formidable trio of Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton and Joe Bastianich.
So naturally, it felt like I was in an episode of Top Chef when the first plate of food came out. After having a few sips of their House Brewed Iced Tea (P95), the Mussels cooked in Chorizo Cream (P290) was laid on the table. The serving and the addition of the chorizo bits make it a filling dish and one that you can eat with some steaming rice.
House Brewed Iced Tea
Mussels cooked in Chorizo Cream
Le Cochon Sliders
“Food is music to the body, music is food to the heart” says author Gregory David Roberts. And what of conversations over good food? I would think it’s nourishment for the soul.
How to get there:
From South Superhighway, exit to Sucat. From Sucat Road, turn left to the BF Homes entrance and go straight along President’s Avenue until you reach Aguirre Avenue. Look for Sinagtala Village on the left. Bamba Bistro is outside of its gate.