Last Wednesday, I was given the opportunity to try the items from one of the restaurants tucked away in The Fort Strip. I’ve never heard of Sunshine Kitchen prior to this visit, so I was really excited to see what they had to offer.
Photo above courtesy of the Sunshine Kitchen’s official Facebook page
Tanya Chua, who’s one of the people behind Sunshine Kitchen, told us that the restaurant focuses on serving Western comfort food. She also mentioned that she highly enjoys cooking for her friends and family, so most of the dishes available in the restaurant could be reflections of those which she prepares for her loved ones.
Near the entrance you can see a huge board showcasing several of their items. The board is a nice touch to the place, completing the rustic feel. It’s not filled with pastel colors and cushioned sofas, yet I felt like I just walked into an area similar to home.
Big, wide windows dominate a good part of the restaurant to make it feel less cramped, since the restaurant is admittedly pretty small. It was also a bit warm inside the place during our visit, but it’s probably due to us being seated next to some windows at around 1:30pm. The afternoon sun can be taxing on anybody’s air conditioning units.
I decided to order a serving of their Iced Tea with Mint. This I found to be enjoyable; nothing sickeningly sweet.
A couple of other bloggers went for Orange Juice (Php160.00).
If you’re looking for something a little more out of the ordinary, you may want to choose their Mint Cooler (Php160.00).
The meal began with a serving of their Crispy Medley of Cheese Balls with Pimiento Puree and Marinara (Php290.00). These were served hot and gooey on the inside. I liked how the pimiento set it apart from the usual cheese balls you get from other places.
I really enjoyed their Artichoke and Mushroom Pizza (Php550.00). Thinly sliced mushrooms, artichokes, onions, mozzarella and ricotta cheese in white sauce, all on top a very thin bed of pizza dough. Some areas were a bit burnt, giving the dish additional character.
Their Pan Fried Sole in White Wine and Capers (Php390.00) was indeed a type of comfort food to me. It’s very similar to the stuff that my brother would prepare for us at home during the weekends. Ms. Chua said one of their goals is for the place to be associated with good vibes, they definitely succeeded on that by serving this dish.
When the Beer Braised Beef Belly (Php490.00) was placed on our table, I couldn’t help but feel a bit sad that I’m not allowed to eat beef. It looked really beautiful and according to my companions, it tasted really good too!
The beef belly was simmered in Cervesa Negra, resulting to it becoming very tender. It’s served with sour cream and gravy, sauteed vegetables and mashed potatoes on the side. I had to be contented with just trying the mashed potatoes and I found the texture to be really nice and smooth.
We were served one of Sunshine Kitchen’s most famous dishes: the 6-Hours Slow Roast Porchetta (Php550.00). This was served alongside rice pilaf and some French beans. The meat was very tender and received good reviews from our group. The skin, on the other hand, had areas which were already a bit chewy.
It came with three different types of dipping sauces: vinaigrette, roasted garlic and herb salsa and white gravy. According to our server, some customers prefer to mix all three sauces together before eating it with the pork. I personally prefer just the salsa and white gravy.
If you want to eat the porchetto but would prefer not to have it with rice, go with the Porkichoo’s Sandwich (Php390.00). It’s the same porchetto coupled with mozarella and garlic and herb salsa tucked inside some bread. The arugula gave it the perfect peppery flavor to add a bit of oomph to it. Garlic aioli and mustard are also served on the side.
Tanya Chua also served us a dish which was just going to be introduced to the public: Angus Steak with Eggs Benedict. Again, I didn’t get to try the meat but it smelled so good with all that garlic. I guess it might be similar to salpicao. The eggs benedict looked mighty fine too!
We were able to try one dish which is perfect for all the cheese loving people out there: Truffled 4-cheese Pasta with Smoked Bacon (Php420.00). The four types of cheeses used in this dish are provolone, grana padana, brie and mozzarella. I thought that it was a delicious dish which is perfect shared with friends or family. It’s not a big serving but it’s very heavy on the stomach.
Another one of their bestsellers is the Cabanatuan Longganisa Paella with 2 Fried Eggs (Php480.00). This was also another small but heavy dish, which you could easily share with another person.
Despite all that food, nobody could say no once dessert was served. Sunshine Kitchen’s Key Lime Pie Ice Cream (Php240.00) is a real winner! Smooth, creamy and refreshing, this ice cream is sure to win a lot of customers’ hearts. We learned that this is homemade by one of the other people behind Sunshine Kitchen and is also sold by the pint exclusively in the restaurant for Php480.00. I should buy one for myself once I go back. 😉
The other dessert served to us was the Toblerone and Cheese Crisp (Php260.00). Grated chocolate and (what I think might be) cream cheese on puff pastry; it’s a dessert that might be perfect for those who aren’t fond of eating anything too sweet.
If you’re looking for a place to splurge on a bit and your office is somewhere within the Fort, Sunshine Kitchen is an ideal lunch place you and your colleagues. It’s a good place to visit for something a little different from the usual lunch fare. They offer lunch sets on weekdays for only Php399.00. The sets are already inclusive of a bowl of soup or salad and their iced tea.
For wine lovers, you may also avail of their Wine All You Can Promo from Mondays to Fridays, 6p.m. to 9p.m. The promo is priced at Php599.00.
*Sunshine Kitchen is located at the 2nd floor of The Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
**Thank you to Ms. Tanya Chua for entertaining us and letting us sample several of your items! Thanks to Aldous for the invite.