Recovery Food at The Fort

For nocturnal gluttons such as my husband and I, discovering new 24/7 resto's ranks high on our to-do list; just a couple of numbers below "breathing". 

I used to love the 24/7 "economical" eateries {gotohan, mami, pares} with all my heart and gut, but unfortunately, they didn't love me back. One gave me an intestinal illness. So ungrateful.

Recovery Food facade

Due to that unpleasant experience, we now look for places that will give us the same kind of gustatory satisfaction sans the illness. I don't think that's too much to ask.

On our way to Starbucks The Fort last week, we chanced upon 24/7 restaurant with an intriguing name: Recovery Food. What's in a name? I don't know. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask our server what the name means. I did some fact checking via email and FB a day after we had our meal there, but I still haven't received a reply.

I do have an assumption based on the menu though. I think that the name implies recovering from binge drinking. Just a guess.

Chef preparing food

The place is cramped but well-designed. The semi glass-enclosed kitchen is almost as big as the dining area. I love the industrial look of Recovery Food's interior. I've always had a penchant for steel, concrete, glass, and wood combination.

At almost two in the morning, the place was packed. The only available seats were the ones facing the kitchen; it turned out to be quite entertaining. It was fun looking at the chef while he prepares our food. I can't say the same for the chef though. If I was on the other side of the glass, I'd probably put a brown bag {with eye holes} over my head while I prepare the food. Awkward!

Chef preparing food inside a kitchen

Restaurant Kitchen

Iced Tea in a bottle
Iced Tea  PhP 99/bottle

Recovery Food's Iced Tea comes per bottle. Once you get past the iced tea's uncanny resemblance to a bottled fish sauce, you will realize how good it actually is. It has a strong citrus flavor; similar to Wendy's iced tea.

Recovery Food Iced Tea

Interestingly enough, a couple of their dishes' names are parodies of known phrases and terms. I was torn between Amadobo and Tapa de Morning; the latter triumphed.

I ordered the regular size and not the Full Recovery {bigger size}. I found the amount ample enough for an average eater. For PhP 35, you can have the plain 'ol boring white rice changed to talangka {river crab} rice; and that's just what I did! It was so rich and added a lot of zing to the dish!

The beef tapa was well-marinated, sweet and delicious, but was not tender enough. The tapa, however,  becomes stellar when mixed with the ensalandang mangga {green mango salad}, talangka rice, and sunny-side up egg. The flavors blended really well together.

Beef Tapa with sunny side up egg
Tapa de Morning  PhP 180

Tapa de Morning with Talangka Rice

Ensaladang mangga

Happy Beef Rice - now, this is tender! The dish is succulent and hearty. What about all those fats?! That's what makes the whole thing extra good! Real women eat fats...3X a day.

Having said all that, I'd still choose the Tapa de Morning over the Happy Beef Rice. The add-ons made the dish good.

Happy Beef Rice Recovery Food
Happy Beef Rice  PhP 160

Happy Beef Rice Recovery Food

The Turondots with Dulce Gatas is a must-try! I like that they added ube jam to the usual banana and langka {jackfruit} combination. Dipped in the dulce gatas, the turon becomes extraordinarily good! It would be great if they tone down the sweetness just a tiny bit.

Turondots with Dulce Gatas
Turondots with Dulce Gatas  PhP 122

Quality: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Price: 3/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

Recovery Food
G/F Crossroads, 32nd St cor 8th Ave
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 511-7312
Facebook: Recovery Food
Twitter: @RecoveryFood

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