February is not just the love month for our family. It is also the birth month of my second mom, my mother-in-law. And a birthday celebration isn’t complete without dining out.
My husband’s family has never been to UP Town Center and we have been hearing good reviews about the restaurants there, particularly Casa Verde. On my Recovery Food blog entry, I mentioned that the wait time is looooooong for Casa Verde and that it’s near impossible to be seated immediately. Lady luck was on our side that day, we did not wait for more than 10 minutes. Yipee!
Once seated, we did not order our main meals right away as we were still waiting for one family member to arrive. My father-in-law decided to order fries for appetizers. We already downed 4 orders of fries and my cousin-in-law still hasn’t arrived. I can already feel the stares and the smirks of the food servers. Call me paranoid, but when all you ask for is water and fries (for a good reason, of course) and you can see the servers look at each other and smile, you know very well what’s going on inside their loaves.
While passing time, we scanned the other tables, looking for something that would whet our appetite. One table, with 4 teenage boys, ordered the Mighty Ton. If you are not familiar with it, Mighty Ton is a big-ass burger. It’s a 12-inch burger with 1 kilo beef patty, lots of bacon, oozing with cheese, topped with lettuce, onion, mushroom and tomatoes. And don’t forget the fries. I was rooting for the boys to finish it, sadly, they were not up for the challenge that day and asked the leftover burger to be bagged.
On the other table was a giddy little girl, posing beside her Milky Way. How big is the Milky Way in Casa Verde? Let’s just say the glass is longer than a three year old’s torso.
Safe to say, the servings here are out of this world.
After a few more scanning, and lots of fries, my cousin-in-law arrived. She was carrying with her a cake and a bouquet of flowers as a gift for my mother-in-law. Casa Verde has a corkage fee, I’m not surprised. But they were kind enough to keep the cake and the flowers out of sight so as not to occupy space on the table since the restaurant is cramped.
Finally, we got to order.
I had The Dax which, according to their menu, is a combination of USDA eye fillet steak topped with brown sauce and onions, paired with tavern shrimps with tartar sauce. Served with rice and veggies.I highly recommend THE DAX. When you order a steak, they would ask you how you want your steak done, which should be automatic in any reputable restaurant but is not always the case. I requested for medium rare and it was perfect. The beef was tender and not overly-seasoned to the point that you cannot make out the basic taste of beef.
Husband ordered Brian’s Ribs which is the bestseller in Casa Verde. It’s baked pork ribs with a sweet, tangy piquet sauce served with rice, corn & carrots. Whoever Brian is, his ribs were too sweet for my liking, though I would still give it a score of 3.5 since it’s very tender and the serving is humongous.
And our not-so-little boy got himself Roasted Seasoned Chicken for dinner which is described as “Chicken quarter spiced with our secret seasoning, roasted and served with mashed potatoes and vegetable medley.The roast chicken is well-seasoned and juicy, perfect for kids who don’t to spend their energy on chewing.
Too bad we were not able to sample their desserts as we planned to indulge our sweet tooth in Cold Stone instead.
It has been more than a month and my husband is still raving over Casa Verde’s food. We would definitely be back and try the Mighty Ton and Milky Way with my brother with a big appetence for food in tow.
UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave.
Diliman, Quezon City
Monday – Sunday
11:00 AM -10:00 PM