When on the lookout for a good time, head over to Rue Bourbon Bar & Restaurant in Eastwood Citywalk 2, and have a taste of what Mardi Gras is like, all night, every night. Rue Bourbon Bar & Restaurant brings to the metro its twist to New Orleans cuisine, hand in hand with the wildest concoctions to guarantee a fun night for everyone. (If New Orleans rings a bell, that’s probably because you watch The Originals, too!) Rue Bourbon in French means Bourbon Street, the famous strip of bars and clubs in New Orleans, which is not only a forefront tourist destination, but also a street whose rich history takes us further into New Orleans’ past.
The two-floor bar and restaurant is a go-to for many people who are looking to drink and enjoy a night out with friends. It’s located along the sea of bars to line the Eastwood Citywalk 2. The bar counter is located on the first floor, a preferable place to pick a seat at if you’re looking to seriously get piss drunk for the night. On the second floor, comfy leather chairs and couches provide a sophisticated feel to the bar, and tables can accommodate big groups of up to seven to ten people. A smoking area is also available outside the bar, or on the bar’s veranda located on the second floor. If only I smoked, I would love to have a drink and enjoy the view of the Eastwood streets’ hustle and bustle from the bar’s veranda.
Rue Bourbon’s menu featured their bestsellers, such as the Rue Bourbon Wings, the Hangover Burger (aptly named as this is Rue Bourbon’s recommended item in their menu when you’re suffering from the hunger pangs of a hangover), and their famous Caramel Beer. There were so many dishes I wanted to try but couldn’t, which definitely guarantees a return visit for another helping of their New Orleans cuisine.
For starters, we went for the Rue Bourbon Wings, and Classic Chicken and Sausage Gumbo for the soup. I loved that both dishes were big enough for sharing. The Rue Bourbon wings were not spicy as I had hoped for, but they’re not exactly Buffalo wings, so that’s okay. It had a hint of liquor from the Bourbon style sauce, and had an overpowering sweet Southern sauce, which was neutralized by the dip. I can’t quite put my finger on what the dip was (was it a tamer version of blue cheese, or a garlic dip?) but it went well with the heavily seasoned wings. The Classic Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Soup, on the other hand, was the soup we chose mainly because of the Chicken and Hungarian sausage bits. Spices like okra and bell pepper, among others, also made the soup a tasty treat. It was also garnished with steamed rice, which proved to be a good companion for the soup, as it was something to munch on while you enjoy the subtly spicy soup.
The Poutine, or the Canadian version of French fries, is also a hit with the guests of Rue Bourbon. Poutines, like the one pictured above, are commonly served with thick-cut fries generously smothered with gravy, and topped with cheese. Rue Bourbon’s take on the dish also involved throwing in pieces of beef sliced thick, as well as bell peppers of the red and green variants.
We opted for something “pork” for our entree, and settled with a hefty serving of Barbeque Ribs with Jambalaya rice. The Barbeque Ribs comes with a choice of mashed potatoes or Jambalaya rice, and the promise of spicy rice won over the will to reduce the carb intake. Apart from the savory and huge serving of pork ribs, it was also heavily glazed with hickory barbecue sauce which made for a delightful dining experience. I also enjoyed the serving of carrots and broccoli on the side, albeit a little dry.
Rue Bourbon is popular for their alcohol, whether imported, hard-to-find liquor brands, or their own special takes on beer. Their bestseller was the Caramel-flavored Beer, promising to change the mind of anyone who’s alcohol-averse. True enough, their Caramel-flavored Beer was heavenly! And the problem with beers like this is that you just can’t get enough of them until your head hits the floor (unless you do have a strong discipline to get home sober). The Rose-flavored Beer was also delightful, with a moderate rose flavor. I still wonder, though– how do they make rose-flavored drinks?
The Pub-cum-restaurant offered two desserts in their menu, and we couldn’t choose just one, so we had both. The Choco Lava was a delicious dessert choice, with vanilla ice cream on the side, and caramel syrup drizzled on top. It did have a chocolate center, but was too thick to ooze its way out of the core as we cut through the cake. The Bourbon Cheesecake was our favorite between the two desserts, mainly because the Choco Lava was a little too sweet for this little girl with a sweet tooth. On top of the Graham crust, the cheesecake was a rich mix of cheese, Oreo biscuit, lemon juice, whipped cream, cherry, and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. The thing with moderately sweet desserts is that you keep wanting more of it, and that’s the case with the Bourbon Cheesecake.
We also had a shot of Patron, while we enjoyed watching the flairtending action over at the bar c/o Rue Bourbon’s talented bartender. All throughout the evening, the energy never went down. It was festive and merry, and there was always something to look forward to. Rue Bourbon did a wonderful job in recreating the Mardi Gras experience for the people in the metro, and I’m inviting everyone to try the experience for yourself! Go out with friends and get partying at Rue Bourbon Bar & Restaurant in Eastwood. I guarantee that you will have as much fun as we did.-HANA
Rue Bourbon Eastwood
Eastwood City Walk, Orchard Rd Bagumbayan, Quezon City
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