Top Food Picks at THE BOXES Bacolod Restaurants

Top Food Picks at THE BOXES Bacolod Restaurants

Top Food Picks at THE BOXES Bacolod Restaurants

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Bacolod restaurants and restobars at The Boxes

The Boxes - Bacolod restaurants

Here are my top food picks at The Boxes — a collection of Bacolod restaurants and restobars at the NGC area.

What is The Boxes

THE BOXES is a collection of some of the finest Bacolod restaurants and restobars. It is very near the Bacolod Government Center at Circumferential Road, Bacolod City, but it cannot be accessed directly from the highway. One must make a turn on the right side of the government center, pass by at the back, and then make a left on the second corner after the NGC. It is called The Boxes because these restaurants and bars are literally made of container boxes stacked together and designed according to each one’s ingenuity.

The Tenants

The tenants at The Boxes have a lot of offer in terms of food, drinks, and experience, but I think they are underappreciated, primarily because the area is known for having bars and diners would not think of going here if they just want to have dinner. Some of them are Bacolod restaurants while some restobars but they sure have some good food over there.

And second, because of the cumbersome flow of traffic in this area. If you are not from around here, chances are, you will miss this place. But it is actually a lovely commercial district to scour and discover some great Bacolod restaurants. Plus, they have great selections of drink creations, aside from the usual beers and wines.

The BOXES by The Marketplace
• Deck #01 – Yellow Leaf Cuisine
• Deck #02 – Bok’s Restobar
• Deck #03 – Tiffany’s Confections
• Deck #04 – Chateau Al Fresco restobar
• Deck #05 – Fafi’s Fusion
• Deck #06 – STOW AWAY Restobar
• Deck #08 – Sugureta Bar and Restaurant
• Deck #10 – RETRO KTV & BAR
• Deck #11 – PONS Restobar
• Deck #12 – The Dee Loo Restobar and Grill

Good Food

From the many Bacolod restaurants I have been to, I felt like I have eaten every version of Pinoy food there is, but here at The Boxes, I found something new–new creations, new fusions, and even new ways of dish presentations. I surely enjoyed the Negros Bloggers first-ever Bacolod Food Crawl at The Boxes. Here I am featuring MY top food picks at ten (10) of the restaurants/bars at THE BOXES. They are presented in no particular order. Hope you also try them out, too. If you already went to any of these restaurants and bars, do comment what dishes you prefer there.

Tiffany's Confections - Bacolod restaurant

Tiffany of Tiffany’s Confections.

Tiffany’s Confections

Tiffany’s Confections is perhaps the homiest place at The Boxes. With French windows, white walls, and a nice garden, you get a nice and comforting feeling when you are there. Tiffany’s has a line of unique desserts and snacks. And she has coffees, too. You can have snacks here or your afternoon coffees and cakes, here, or you may have dinner in the neighboring restaurants and have your desserts here. My top picks at Tiffany’s Confections are the spicy spinach dip served with baguette for snacks and the chocolate hazelnut cheesecake for dessert. The spinach dip is made with cream cheese and has just the right amount of spiciness. While I am not a chocolate lover, the chocolate cheesecake is heavenly! They are open daily, from 2pm to 10pm. They are located at Deck #3, The Boxes. I also included Tiffany’s Confections chocolate hazelnut cheesecake in my list, Best Desserts of Bacolod.

Tiffany's Confections - Bacolod restaurant

Hot spinach dip with baguette

Tiffany's Confections - Bacolod restaurant

This chocolate hazelnut cheesecake is not cloying and is not too chocolatey. It is just enough to tickle the palate and give you a nice feeling after each bite.

Tiffany's Confections - Bacolod restaurant

Our family during hubby’s birthday at the al fresco dining area of Tiffany’s Confections. He had a chocolate hazelnut cheesecake.

Bok’s Restobar

Bok’s Restobar is a family-owned Bacolod restaurant run by sisters who love cars and who call each other as “Bok”. They have great tasting fusion dishes but the top two that stuck to my memory are their Mongolian Beef Rice Topping and their Fried Chicken Skin served with their special vinegar. The spiced vinegar (sinamak) is so flavorful that hubby bought a bottle for P180. Bok’s Restobar is located at Deck #2, The Boxes. They are open daily from 4:30pm to 1:30am.

Bok's Restobar - Bacolod restaurant

Bok’s Restobar has acoustic nights

Bok's Restobar - Bacolod restaurant

Must-try! Bok’s spiced vinegar. Only P180 for a long-neck bottle.

Bok's Restobar- Bacolod restaurant - fried chicken skin

Fried chicken skin served with Bok’s special vinegar — as in swak na pulutan!

Bok's Restobar - Bacolod restaurant

Mongolian beef with lots of garlic. This is a very flavorful dish that is best eaten with rice.

FAFI’S FUSION House of Chilli Crab

If you have been or stayed in Singapore, you are most certainly gonna have a hankering for the Singapore Chili Crab. And in Bacolod, you will find it at Fafi’s Fusion House of Chilli Crab. Fafi’s Fusion dishes are made by Fafi himself — the family’s patriarch. The owners have stayed in Singapore for 10 years, so this country has had so much influence on them. The food at Fafi’s has a lot of Malay, Indo, and Chinese influence, so here you will find the terms like ketong, sotong, and sambal on the menu. But since it’s fusion, they also have some Filipino favorites there. My top picks for this restaurant are, of course, their Singapore Chilli Crab and their Cereal Prawn, which is fresh prawns sauteed sliced chilli, fresh curry leaves, and imported sweet cereal. Their chili crab can be made spicy or just mildly spicy, but it has the consistency of the sauce that I like. They have made it more flavorful to local palate, but I do miss the aroma of cilantro. Both are seasonal offerings though, depending on the supply of these seafood. If you are going there just to eat the chilli crabs and the prawns, make sure that you ask first from their FB page https://www.facebook.com/fafisfusion/ or call them at 0915-2045944. Fafi’s Fusion is located at Deck #5, The Boxes. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 5pm to 12mn.

Fafi's Fusion - Bacolod restaurant- Singapore Chilli Crab

This Singapore Chilli Crab at Fafi’s Fusion is a 900 gram-beauty. Sizes vary upon availability. They charged according to weight. Plunge into it without guilt using your bare hands. Don’t worry, they have soap and running water.

Cereal prawn - Fafi's Fusion - Bacolod restaurant

Cereal prawn at Fafi’s Fusion

Fafi's Fusion House of Singapore Chilli Crab

Fafi’s Fusion House of Singapore Chilli Crab

PONS RESTOBAR

Pons Restobar is a casual dining, chill place with zen elements incorporated in their design. They have good food and beautiful presentations as well as designer mixed drinks. I especially love their Fish Kinilaw and Chicharong Bulalak. Basta namit a. And check out their different drinks, as well, from the fraps, shakes, to the alcoholic cocktail mixes. They’re works of art. Pons Restobar is located at Deck #11, The Boxes. They are open daily, from 5pm to 2am

Pons Restobar - Bacolod restaurant

Fish Kinilaw of Pons Restobar

Pons Restobar - Bacolod restaurant

Chicharong bulakak.

Pons Restobar - Bacolod restaurant

Some of the non-alcoholic beverages at Pons Restobar.

Pons Restobar Bacolod restaurant

Pons Restobar on a late afternoon.

SUGURETA BAR AND RESTAURANT

In Japanese, Sugureta means “superior food”, we were told. Sugureta Bar and Restaurant is the only Japanese-inspired restobar in the area. They serve Japanese dishes and I super love their rich and big order of Sukiyaki. Their pork tonkatsu is good, too. And food is really affordable. But since this is a drinking area visited by Pinoys, they also have some Pinoy appetizers that’s great pulutan. Try their sizzling fish, too. Sugureta is located at Deck #8, The Boxes. They are open daily from 5pm to 1am.

Sugureta Bar and Restaurant - Bacolod restaurant

Sukiyaki at Sugureta Bar and Restaurant. This is only P300 (10″ dish). Now I know where to go when I get a hankering for sukiyaki.

Sugureta Bar and Restaurant - pork tonkatsu

The pork tonkatsu is the way it should be. Crunchy and kinda bland and its flavors just accented with catsup. I prefer mine plain.

Sugureta Bar and Restaurant - Bacolod restaurant

Sugureta Bar and Restaurant at Deck #8, The Boxes.

CHATEAU AL FRESCO RESTOBAR

Chateau Al Fresco Restobar is located at Deck #4, The Boxes. They are open daily from 5pm to 2am. This is the only restobar in the area with a wine room and a decent collection of wines. They have good food with big servings and really affordable. The bar setting with live music starts at 9pm, so you can bring your family or friends here for dinner from 6pm to 9pm, if you don’t want the bar vibe. After all, they are a restaurant first and a bar second. I super love their Pancit Effuven! Lots of meat and seafood and fried garlic. But most of all, I love the peppery taste–that’s the kind of pancit I love. They have Mozzarella Sticks, too, that are like the regular cheese sticks in lumpia wrapper, but the game changer is the sauce. You should put some of the sauce with each bite to know what I am talking about. Okay, I only said that I will mention two, but I also like their Fried Chicken Skin that doesn’t have batter–just the goodness of the skin and fat, and their Barbecued Back Ribs. They are picture perfect, too, so I am including them here. hehe By the way, they have one KTV room at the second floor that can be used for 3 hours at a consummable rate of P1,500 only.

Chateau Al Fresco - Bacolod restaurant - pancit effuven

Basta for me, this is the best pancit that made a good food memory.

Chateau Al Fresco - Bacolod restaurant - mozzarella sticks

Mozzarella sticks … don’t skip on the sauce. It’s what makes the difference.

Chateau Al Fresco Restobar - Bacolod restaurant - chicken skin

Fried chicken skin.

Chateau al Fresco Restobar Bacolod restaurant

Platter of Backribs at Chateau al Fresco Restobar

Chateau Al Fresco Restobar - Bacolod restaurant

Chateau Al Fresco Restobar, Deck #4, The Boxes.

STOW AWAY RESTOBAR

Needless to say, namit gid pang luto sang Stow Away Restobar. They are located at Deck #6, The Boxes, with business hours from 5:30pm to 2am. Some of their dishes are good for pulutan like the Beef Tapa, but we thoroughly enjoyed the dishes they served for dinner. My special mentions would be the Sizzling Bulalo Steak and even the Fried Lumpia. Love their Fish Kinilaw, too. And don’t forget the Nachos and the Filleto. Visit them and enjoy dinner before the happy hour starts.

Stow Away Restobar - Bacolod restaurant - fish kinilaw

Fish Kinilaw at Stow Away Restobar.

Stow Away Restobar - Bacolod restaurant - sizzling bulalo

Sizzling Bulalo at Stow Away Restobar – so tender and flavorful…and has strong hints of butter or magarine, too.

Stow Away Restobar - Bacolod restaurant - fried lumpia

Fried lumpia is really namet!

Stow Away Restobar - Bacolod restaurant

Stow Away Restobar at The Boxes.

THE DEE LOO RESTOBAR AND GRILL

The Dee Loo Restobar and Grill is located at Deck #12, The Boxes. They have grill because the owners are the family behind the Umbao Bacolod Chicken Inasal at the Manokan Country.  But aside from the inasal, they also have great dishes that may be shared by big groups. If it isn’t raining, it would be lovely to dine al fresco at their roofdeck because the view is breathtaking. My top food picks here would be the Sate Babe with Java rice, the Sinigang Supreme, and the Sinuglaw. Sinuglaw is the Fish Kinilaw mixed with slices of grilled pork.

The Dee Loo Restobar and Grill - Bacolod restaurant

The Supreme Sinigang is a mix of shrimp, fish, and pork. Seasoned very well and has just the right amount of acidity. Despite the many chili peppers, it’s not very spicy–it’s just for aroma. Mouth-watering indeed!

The Dee Loo Restobar and Grill - Bacolod restaurant

Sate Babe with Java (or yellow) rice. I like it because it’s not cloying and the barbecue is flavorful.

The Dee Loo Restobar and Grill- Bacolod restaurant

Sinuglaw at The Dee Loo. Namit ni!

The Dee Loo Restobar and Grill - Bacolod restaurant

The Dee Loo Restobar and Grill at Deck #12, The Boxes.

YELLOW LEAF CUISINE

Yellow Leaf Cuisine is a surprising corner at The Boxes. Located at Deck #1 of The Boxes, it is on the leftmost corner of the strip–the first one but also the last one you will reach if you make a turn from the back of the NGC. It is away from the maddening crowd of partygoers and rightfully so, because it is a quaint and homey restaurant that serves comforting food inside a restaurant with nooks and crannies that are Instagrammable-worthy. I super love their Chicken with Creamy Pesto Sauce and probably one of the best Salpicao I have ever tried.

Yellow Leaf Cuisine - Bacolod restaurant - Salpicao

Salpicao with mashed potato and Yellow Leaf Cuisine.

Yellow Leaf cuisine - Bacolod restaurant - creamy pesto chicken

Chicken in creamy pesto. I love the touch of the sliced ripe toatoes on top. Namit gid!

Yellow Leaf Cuisine - Bacolod restaurant - drinks

Lovely non-alcoholic drinks at Yellow Leaf Cuisine. Loved the Matcha (right).

Yellow Leaf Cuisine - Bacolod restaurant

Hubby and I — having a date? Pwde a. At Yellow Leaf Cuisine.

RETRO KTV

Retro KTV is a funky KTV bar that went all out in maintaining the Retro vibe of the place. From the cassette tape designed tabletops and place mats to the turntable designed door mats, and the mirror balls hanging from the ceiling, you get the retro feels wherever you look. Plus, you will get a giggle or worse a laugh when you read the puns intended in the menu. But despite the blast from the past aura of the place, it is I think one of the most modern KTV bars in Bacolod. Aside from all the feels that you get, the best feel is that of your tummy because they also have good eats. I do like a lot of their food there, but for this purpose, I will highlight the Alicia Cheese (mozarella sticks) with a spicy salsa dip and the Justin Biebercue (pork barbecue that’s mostly meat but it’s so tender). The Alicia Cheese is crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside because of the mozzarella. Eat it while it’s hot smothered with the flavorful salsa. If you are not going to have KTV, you can just dine outside or on their breezy second floor. Hang out at Retro KTV, located at Deck #10, The Boxes. They are open daily from 5pm to 2am.

Read: Retro KTV

Retro KTV - Bacolod restaurant mozarella sticks

Mozarella sticks with spicy salsa dip cutely named Alicia Cheese, a play on the name Alicia Keys.

Retro KTV Bar - Bacolod restaurant - pork barbecue

This pork barbecue only uses lean meat but is surprisingly tender and easy to bite, even if it was no longer hot when we ate it.

Retro KTV - Bacolod restaurant

Retro KTV during the day. This photo was published earlier in my other blog, SigridSays.com


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