A recent visit to Trinoma led my parents and I to have lunch at Torch. None of us knew what to expect from the restaurant, except that we were told to try their pizza.
Located at the second floor of the mall and near the chapel, the one in Trinoma is the restaurant’s third branch. The original store in Greenhills, San Juan opened some time in 2010.
I happened to like the interiors of the place. I’m no pro, but I thought it was in line with the minimalist design and that the little potted plants lent a nice touch to soften things up a bit. We visited on a weekday so there weren’t a whole lot of people dining yet.
Once we were seated comfortably, we were handed copies of the menu which we took the time to peruse. Torch’s menu was, to be honest, a bit confusing. They offered so many things from different cuisines that we weren’t sure what Torch was really supposed to be specializing in. They had sushi, pasta, ramen, wings, etc. It wasn’t something we were too crazy about, but were still willing to try.
While we were going through the menu, our server gave us a glass with fried noodles as appetizers. My Mom and Dad enjoyed munching on these salty, crispy things. It kind of resembles the fried miki you get on the streets.
While my parents were enjoying the crunchy fried noodle strips, I was more content with my bowl of Roasted Pumpkin Soup (Php189.95). I loved how it had just the right amount of creaminess to it to make it addictive, but not nauseating. The sweetness of the pumpkin still shined through, while the bacon and the garlic bread were great accompaniments.
Mom ordered one of the items off Torch’s Breakfast Pinoy Fusion menu: the Salpicao Tenders (Php219.95). The U.S. Angus beef tenderloin cubes were served with an egg (cooked the way you like it), garlic rice and atsara (pickled grated papaya). Mom thought that this dish tasted really nice, especially the atsara which she claimed to taste be awesome. :p
Her serving of Salpicao Tenders also came with a glass of red iced tea.
Dad was in the mood for pasta and ended up trying Torch’s Vongole Pasta in Olive Oil (Php324.95). It came with a generous serving of fresh clams, cherry tomatoes and a piece of garlic bread. Dad found this to be satisfying, but nothing to sing praises about.
As per the recommendation we received, we decided to order pizza to share among the three of us. There were quite a lot of choices so we had a longer time deciding on what to get. Thankfully, our server informed us that we could choose two flavors off the pizza list and simply pay for the more expensive one.
With that in mind, we decided to get the White Truffle Pizza and Gambas Pizza. Our verdict? The Gambas Pizza was the cheaper one and the more delicious one too! Even with the White Truffle Pizza’s lure of fresh mushrooms, truffle oil, grilled Italian sausages, Fontina and mozzarella cheese, it did not win against the simple sautéed shrimp and mozzarella cheese of the Gambas Pizza. We’d also like to put the spotlight on Torch’s thin and crispy pizza crust. If you’re into thin crusts, theirs’ really is a must-try! Good thing we listened to our friend’s recommendation!
For dessert, Mom and I decided to split a serving of their Pannacotta with Fresh Fruits (Php179.95). I’m really glad we decided to order this because it was really, really good. The pannacotta itself was silky smooth, with just the right amount of sweetness to it. All that against the varying textures of the grapes, kiwi slices and mangoes made this a dessert worth recommending.
*Torch is located at the second floor of Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. They also have branches at the U.P. Town Center and along Connecticut Street in Greenhills, San Juan. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram for updates. 🙂