Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Finding the "Perfect Match"

While some restaurants are busy preparing for their wine pairing sessions, a gastro pub in Bonifacio Global City is making a trend that will make beer drinkers happy. The Perfect Pint, located at the Crossroads, BGC, launches a unique dining experience that shares wonderful dishes that go well with crafted beers - "The Perfect Match."

Forget about sisig, forget about pizza, forget about barbecue. Because here at The Perfect Pint, those are not the dishes that go well with their crafted beer. Actually, none of those traditional Filipino favorites could be encountered in this amazing and filling adventure made possible by the metro's budding chefs, brewmasters and food editors.

Band of Brewmasters

Four dishes and four different crafted beers prepared by the talented chefs, brewmasters and food editors, all worth of an hour or two of dining experience and some Php599.00, The Perfect Pint's The Perfect Match started last October 20 and will last until November 13, with different battle themes every week.

And earlier, for their second week, I had an amazing chance of trying for the first time an experience that is definitely one for the books. Together with some friends and foodies, I indulged in some wonderfully crafted beers while munching on its complementing dishes.

I honestly never thought that this could be done. This experiment, as I'd like to call it, made me realize that beer isn't just for fried or grilled dishes after all. A little bit of imagination and a pinch or two of courage and craziness, beer could be enjoyed with some nicely cooked dishes like what we had tonight - Blackened Chicken Breast with Charred Cuban Corn Salsa, Glazed Pork Belly with Apple-Onion Potato Mash, Salmon Gravad Lax and Mac & Blue Cheese - yes, mac & cheese!

The dining experience would go something like this: Visit The Perfect Pint at the Crossroads in 32nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, and order their Band of Brewmasters (offered from October 27-30 only). Once your order arrives, you'll get four crafted beers in mini glasses, and four different dishes on one plate. The servers will also give you a score card where you'll place your score on which pair goes well, number 4 for the best pair and number 1 for the least matching pair. Make sure that you enjoy each pair and as you determine which is appealing to your palette and which is not. Once you are done eating and drinking, place your scores on the paper and give it back to the staff. Participants will get a chance to win gift certificates from The Perfect Pint or the one-of-a-kind Brew tees. Lastly, don't forget to pay, of course. Hehe.

Out of the four pairs, I seriously think that the Blackened Chicken Breasts with Charred Cuban Corn Salsa with Sierra Madre Wheat Ale by Brewmaster Francis Onate is the best pair for me. The nice blend of the chicken dish complements the soothing flavor of the beer that relaxes my nerves. I had a fun time enjoying this pair since I just came from work before heading here.

The Perfect Pint will be holding more food-pairing showdowns in the next days. On November 3 to 6, they'll have Food Writers' Hot of the Press that will feature the works of Miss Nana Ozaeta of Food Magazine, Miss Nina Daza-Puyat of Appetite Magazine, Miss Marilen Fontanilla of F&B World Magazine and Miss Marie Pascual of Appetite Magazine.

And on November 10 to 13, they'll present the Chef's Specials. They will have Chef Peachy Cebrero, Chef Bob Abes, Chef Nina Abes and Chef Waya Araos-Wijangco for this week.

I'm pretty sure, a lot of you love beer, but just in case you wanna try your favorite drink with something gourmet-ish or something that you'll never thought could maximize the amazing flavor of your beer, well, head on to The Perfect Pint and enjoy a night on sumptuous meal made more meaningful with a glass or four of crafted beers.

Smores for Dessert

Happy eating and drinking! Well done, The Perfect Pint!

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