Modern Filipino Cuisine at Sentro 1771

Sentro 1771

Sentro 1771, Serendra, BGC

With all the amazing food varieties available and easily accessible (be it Japansese, Chinese, Thai, among others), there are countless times when we have to be reminded how uniquely special our Filipino cuisine is. Much like the crazy mix of our culture, the Filipino cuisine is also a melting pot of different influences. Equally amazing is the fact that we Filipinos still innovate and come up with dishes we can call our own, to add to our long list of uniquely Filipino dishes. My dear readers, I am proud to present to you, the Sinigang na Corned Beef.

sentro sinigang na corned beef

Sinigang na Corned Beef (Php 595)

The Sinigang na Corned Beef is exactly much like the Sinigang we’ve always loved, except it has corned beef. My friends have been raving about this dish, and I had to try it for myself, too. People have been lining up at Sentro to have a taste of the Sinigang na Corned Beef. Initially, when I read this on the menu, I was half-expecting the corned beef that I was familiar with: the one canned and shredded to fine strips. Of course it was not like that at all. The Sinigang na Corned Beef had big chunks of tender beef with vegetables, swimming in sinigang soup. The thing I liked most about their Sinigang, and any of their other dishes for that matter, is that you can have it returned to the kitchen to fit your taste. Need the sinigang to be more maasim? Let the chefs tweak it to your taste buds’ liking.

Sentro 1771’s Menu

But there’s much more to Sentro than their famous Sinigang. Here’s more of their must-try offerings:

The choice of dishes goes to show how much care and consideration for every customers’ need Executive Chef Vicky Pacheco of Sentro 1771 has put into the menu. The menu classifications were not based on the main ingredient, but rather, on the need that it will satisfy. Signature dishes for first-timers, Home Cooking for busy professionals, and Vegetables and Salads for the vegetarians.

duck pancakes

Duck Pancakes (Php 170 for four pieces)

A good beef or chicken alternative, Sentro 1771’s Duck Pancakes might just be the appetizer to tickle your taste buds. These Peking pancakes with strips of native duck slow-cooked in rhum vinegar, soy sauce, beer, and muscovado sugar and tucked into Chinese pancake pockets were a treat. They were sweet and the taste had depth because of the unusual ingredients used in cooking the duck.

However, being served in soup spoons made it a little difficult to eat. We weren’t quite sure how to go about eating it, so we removed it from the spoon and transferred it to our plate. Another hurdle in eating this was the Chinese pancake pockets, which was difficult to bite into. It was essential to tone down the flavors of the duck strips, but we had to knife through the pancake pockets just to get a bite off it. If eating it off the soup spoon was the correct way of eating the Duck Pancakes, then let me just say that it just wasn’t an easy task to eat it off the soup spoon. It would probably be best to loose the spoon and find a softer pancake pocket for this dish, because the duck tasted great.

B2B Sticks (Four pieces for Php 150)

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The B2B Sticks, or organic gizzards cooked adobo-style resemble street-foods, except you can be assured that these are safe! They’re also very flavorful and perfect with vinegar. Recommended for curious foreigners and people who’d like to taste a whole new twist to the regular street food.

Macau Chorizo and Cheese Tidbits (Php 240)

Out of all the dishes we tried that day, this has got to be my favorite! The Macau Chorizo and Cheese Tidbits were mini spring rolls filled with shallots plus two of my favorite things in the world: Chorizo and cheese (Keso de bola). I could not stop munching on them.

Lamb Caldetera (Php 480)

The Lamb Caldereta was a crowd favorite. Priced at Php 480, and good for about one and a half to two servings, this was well-loved by most because of the tender boneless lamb shoulder that was a great alternative for the usual beef. They were stewed with carrots, bell peppers, tomato sauce and spices. There was also a hint of spiciness, but you can have it more spicy if you like.

More note-worthy dishes from Sentro 1771

 I have to admit that despite the sumptuous feast, I had looked forward to dessert all throughout lunch. It had me at “Keso Flan”.

Keso Flan with Slices of Keso de Bola and Red Egg (Php 220)

There were no words to describe how perfect the Keso Flan, or cheesecake Leche Flan is. It’s the perfect sweet and salty combination that would leave you wanting more. It has the taste of a leche flan with the consistency of a cheesecake. With every bite off the slices of keso de bola or the itlog na pula, you just have to follow it up with a spoonful off from the Keso Flan. This is definitely number one on my list of dishes you must-try when you’re at Sentro 1771.

Fried Suman and Mangoes (Php 180)

The Suman at Mangga is already a common Filipino dessert. What is admirable about Sentro 1771’s take on this is the beautiful and artistic presentation.

Banana Tart (Php 150)

The Banana Tart is a puff pastry with light custard filling, topped with caramelized banana slices. It was not as mindblowing as the Keso Flan, but definitely a unique new dish you must-try when at Sentro 1771.

Location and Ambiance

Sentro 1771 is conveniently located at the corner of Serendra, just across Fully Booked at Bonifacio High Street. You cannot miss it with its wooden ceiling fans and rocking chars adorning the entrance. Despite this, it has a very modern appeal with its choice of Filipino paintings hung on the walls, as well as their lush, comfortable chairs.

The ceilings were also high, allowing for better ventilation. I also liked how the menu was written in glass and displayed on one side of the room. There’s a dining area outside for smokers, shaded by large yellow umbrellas.

Lastly, there’s wi-fi connection and several power outlets for the customers’ use.

Must-try (starting with the dishes I would most recommend)

  • Keso Flan – If you had money for only one item on the menu, you have to choose this one
  • Macau Chorizo with Cheese Tidbits
  • Sinigang na Corned Beef
  • Lamb Caldereta

What I enjoyed the most from Sentro 1771:

  • The food. I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed Filipino cuisine as much as I did here
  • The service. The attendants were very helpful
  • The menu. I liked that beside the food item on the menu, there’s also this tiny indicator (the small heads) which tells the customer how many people the dish is good for.

Thank you, Chef Vicky for the innovative new dishes from Sentro 1771

Some items are priced steeper than in other restaurants, but there are also a handful of dishes that make Sentro 1771 worth keep coming back to. If I want to discover new and exciting Filipino dishes, then Sentro 1771 is definitely the place to be.-HANA

Sentro 1771

Level 2, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati

Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Sentro Serendra Hours:
– Sunday to Thursday (7:00am to 10:00pm)
– Friday and Saturday (7:00am to 11:00pm)
– Merienda hours (3:00pm to 6:00pm)

Sentro Greenbelt 3 Hours:
– Monday to Sunday (11:00am to 11:00pm)

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2 comments to Modern Filipino Cuisine at Sentro 1771

  • Angelica Gutierrez  says:

    Hi Hana,

    I’m Angelica, the Digital Marketing Officer for Sentro 1771. :) Thank you so very much for trying our new dishes and blogging about them! Thank you as well for your feedback regarding the Duck Pancakes. Actually, you are supposed to slip the native duck strips into the pancake pockets and then eat them like peking duck. :) We will remind our servers to tell the guests about this upon serving, so thank you for pointing this out! It is because of honest feedback from guests like you that we are able to continually improve our service. <3

    Take care and have a great week ahead!

    • dollhana  says:

      Thanks as well! I’ll edit my post and let the readers know about it too. We honestly didn’t know how to eat it, so we just did what was convenient.

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