RELIK Tapas Bar and Lounge a Great Find

I just discovered a new dining spot just around the corner from my work place at the BGC.

It’s RELIK Tapas Bar and Lounge.

Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge is really not an easy find. It’s the kind of place you either stumble upon with luck or track down with a GPS navigation device. But it’s this low-key approach, from facade to food, that makes Relik such a worthwhile discovery.

Relik’s has a homey rustic ambiance and cozy interiors that makes it a great hang out to spend time with friends and family. The restaurant’s “modern vintage” theme is apparent in the mix of urban and retro designs. The walls a covered with vintage items like framed images from the 50s and 60s, wooden tennis rackets, a vinyl records and . Relik also has a private non-smoking room that’s perfect for executive lunches or meetings. This room can be rented out for events and parties.

Inside, diners are led to plush leather sofas under warmly lit lamps. Vintage touches like an old radio, typewriter and refurbished turntable-turned DJ booth add sentimental charm, making first-time customers feel instantly at home. In fact, almost everything about the place is comforting, especially the food.

For lunch hunter like me specially on a Friday or Payday. Relik is a good place to relax and not think of work for a moment and only concentrate your mind on the food. They offer a hearty lunch sets that are easy on the pocket are available. Each set includes soup, salad and one main course. A typical lunch set would consist of Roasted Pumpkin soup with Crème Fraiche, Caesar Salad and Lengua. Other days, one can expect some French Onion Soup with Manchego Crouton, a Garden Salad and for the main course, Chicken Parmigiana with Sweet Potato Fries. The set lunches vary regularly so there’s always something new and exciting to try out during the week. Various desserts like the Vanilla and Amaretto Panacotta with berry compote or homemade cakes are also available for the sweet-toothed.

“Modern tapas” is the term that Australian-trained Chef Benjo Tuason uses to describe Relik’s signature dishes. “We’re not strictly Spanish cuisine. It’s really honest and good food, cooked with a lot of love,” he says. “I believe that the produce should speak for itself. I like simple, clean flavors cooked with passion. It’s very important to respect the products you use and to cook with a lot of care because it will reflect on the dish.” Among those he recommends trying would be the Baked Brie with Honey Glazed Jamon Serrano and Tomato Salsa, the Chorizo and Fries (thick potato wedges mixed with Spanish chorizos and topped off with a fried egg), the Potato Bomba (ham and cheese croquettes with aioli), the Davao Blue Cheese with Spicy Paprika Sausage Tortilla and of course, their signature tapas that include the Spicy Gambas, Beef Salpicao and Lamb Meatballs. Apart from the tapas, he also suggests trying the main dishes. Two of those that should not be missed would be the 350 gram USDA Certified Angus Beef steak and the Relik Paella, which needs to be ordered a day in advance.

Relik is located on the 2nd floor of Commercenter Building, 31st Ave. corner 4th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. They are open for lunch from Monday to Friday, 11:30 pm to 2:30 pm, then for dinner and cocktails from Monday to Sunday, 5:30 pm onwards. Call 0917-5298333 or 0917-6248251 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Mondays to Saturdays for bookings and reservations. Ample parking is available in the building.

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