Detalle Bar + Kitchen: The New Dine and Drink Oasis in Ortigas
The concept of Detalle (meaning ‘detail’ in Spanish) was born nearly a year ago as a brainchild to sisters Bernice and Denise Lim. “My sister and I have always wanted to put up our own establishment,” shares Bernice. “Discussions were really informal. They would take place over dinner with family and even through WhatsApp. In fact, this very place, which used to house Taverna, was where we had our first proper discussion. When we found out that it closed down, we became really intent on getting this spot because it has a very casual tambayan vibe.”
The sisters’ vision for Detalle fits the laidback Ortigas vibe perfectly. Though the restaurant also doubles as a bar, there is no dress code and the interiors are nothing fancy. The wood and metal furnishings give the establishment a sleek industrial vibe. The second level is an open-air lounge that the sisters have affectionately dubbed “the poor man’s Skye”.
Basque Fried Chicken
MargheritaOur main attraction for the night was D Burger (P380). The scrumptious, succulent 300g patty is always newly cooked to a perfect degree of medium rare by the staff. Supplementary ingredients are a healthy dose of blue cheese, arugula, bacon jam and aioli. The blue cheese gave the burger some bite, which gave the dish an overall zing. This was definitely love at first bite for me!
Assorted Chocolate TrufflesBeing a restobar, Detalle also has an extensive bar menu. During our visit, we were able to enjoy several of their top-notch cocktails such as the Holiday Mojito (P280), the tangy City Lights Lemonade (P310), the Julia Vargas JayWalker (P280), and The Great Godfather (P360), a Gold Label-based drink. All of these are made with nothing less than premium liquor.
City Lights Lemonade
Julia Vargas JayWalker
The Great GodfatherA unique concoction that I found fun were the Pepper Drops (P600), something highly reminiscent of a Jagerbomb only with four kinds of Dr. Pepper bombs. The so-called bombs are dropped into glasses of Dr. Pepper with a well-practised tap, creating a big splash that left us entertained.