Alley

The Grove by Rockwell, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. (C5), The Grove, Pasig, Metro Manila

Alley
4.3
4.5 Stars

12 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 4
  • 4 stars 8
  • 3 stars 0
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 13 Reviews
  • 39 Recommend
  • 12 Reviewers
Category:
Café
Business Hours
Open: 8:00a - 10:30p
Phone
+6325323928

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 8:00a - 10:30p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 10:30p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 10:30p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 10:30p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 10:30p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 1:00a
  • Saturday
    • 8:00a - 1:00a

Payment Options

Cash

More Business Info

Menus:
Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Chiara C.
5.0 Stars
3

For sure one of the most underrated restaurants today.

* Warm bacon and egg salad was simple, but delicious and even filling.
* Patty crunch sandwich was great. The beef is legit, tasty and cooked medium rare. The cheese serving was very generous. All the ingredients of the burger complemented each other into a very satisfying package.
* Glazed pork steak was good but not amazing. But good. And the fries were cooked very well. Reminds me of grade school days when my favorite food was the chips in Friday's fish and chips :)

Definitely going back to try the rest of the menu.

Like tori tori in san juan, one of few good restaurants open outside traditional meal times (we ate at 3pm)

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Muffy T.
4.0 Stars
6

Sometimes when i hear the word "healthy", i cannot help but associate it with "boring" - but the food at alley definitely isn't! their creative menu ensures that you get something good for both your body and palate. all their food is made from high quality and fresh ingredients. my favourite is the sweet and crunchy market beetroot salad with wine.

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Marco P.
4.0 Stars
6

I liked it.

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Lissa S.
5.0 Stars
2

Butternut squash soup 11088110881108811088️ (a tad too sweet for my liking)
Reuben sandwich 1108811088110881108811088️ Very fresh, generous shavings of beef and the side of fresh fried chips kinda make it less guilty (but who am I kidding?128517)
Breaking Bad Coffee 110881108811088️ K Lang

Cafe is worth coming back to. 128077🏼128077🏼128077🏼

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Kwokie K.
5.0 Stars

Alley is one of the "fresh" restaurants in The Grove by Rockwell Retail Row - what I mean by it is most of the restaurants there are new concepts or are single branch names by themselves.

Exception would be Sunrise Buckets, which has 1 more branch, Backyard which has 2 more branches and Pi which has another branch - but the general theme is that most are original themed restaurants.

We've been dining in Alley for a few nights already for its quaint restaurant feel and good quality food. We've had the pumpkin soup and salad several times when we were looking for something light - but the star for me is the squid ink vongole pasta. It took a while to serve because you see them cooking it fresh. Since the pasta already absorbed the squid ink, you don't get the stains on your teeth. The clams we got weren't sandy and have been de-shelled already.

One would suspect the clams to be not fresh since they're no longer on their shells but we didn't notice any issue with them.

We'll be trying more dishes with them in the future and let's see if they can keep it up!

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Edwin I.
4.0 Stars
3

I'm loving Alley's Pan Seared Salmon, Grilled Pork Chop, and Market Beetroot Salad.

The Market Beetroot salad was a green salad red beets, crumbled goat cheese, cashew all tossed with a red wine reduction dressing. The red wine reduction dressing was a tartier-sweet take to the usual Balsamic Vinaigrette. I loved the playful mix of flavors from the salty, sweet, tarty. Quite a refreshing salad indeed.

The Pan Seared Salmon would have easily been ordinary. What I loved about there take was the playful and flavorful plating of different touches that made the salmon dish quite delicious. The salmon was served on a layered pool of deliciously creamy cauliflower purée and citrusy-buttery Hollandaise sauce. The dish was garnished with nicely seasoned asparagus spears and slivered almonds.

Their Grilled Porkchop was also yummy. Again, Alley's chef brought interestingly delicious mixes of flavors to an otherwise common Porkchop dish. The meat was served on top of wilted spinach and a layered pool of sweet pumpkin purée and tarty-sweet Cranberry reduction. The mix of flavors certainly made the pork dish delicious.

This visit, the place was packed with diners. I guess this made service a bit confused. Firstly, we were still dining when one of their servers inadvertently handed the bill (which turned out to be the bill of another table). Then, after our meal and after asking for our check, we were handed with a bill which turned out to be the statement of another table. And lastly we had to wait for a good 20 minutes to get our correct statement. Perhaps their servers were overwhelmed with the number of customers. Hopefully they can get to rectify this.

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Reich T.
4.0 Stars

After brunch we decided to swing by Tiendesitas as i wanted to look at some kittens.  I am planning to get a foldie.  There are kittens alright but no Scottish Fold.  And the siamese breed costs a whopping 12 grand...128560128560128560.  I miss my long lost estranged kittie. 

Tiende is near The Grove.  Hmmm, perfect timing to scout some of the restaurants in the area.

The Grove consists of a couple of restaurants,  coffee shops and a supermarket.  It is a smaller version of Burgos Circle.  I cant seem to remember which restaurant offers the dessert with strawberries in it.  Went to Precynt first,  i asked the staff if they have a separate menu for pastries,  she said no...and she pointed the counter (which only has a few sad looking cookies).  I am not in the mood to deal with snotty wait staff hence we transferred to the joint next door.

I present to you... Alley. 

The joint has lovely interiors.  Brick walls,  low ceiling adorned with light bulbs (for IG worthy photos).  I liked the mismatched furniture,  the wooden chairs are lovely.  Even the mismatched throw pillows.  Eclectic x relaxed x modern vibe.

On to the food.  We ordered the following:

Chicarones with the star anise infused dip.  A healthy take on the famous bat chow.  I didnt like this as making a healthy version of chicaron makes it not less fun to eat.  I prefer the artery clogging ones.  I still give them an A for trying though.  Skip the star anise infused dip.  It's a 10 on the weird taste scale.   

Caramelised Banana Bread.   Thick slice of banana bread topped with walnut ice cream.  I have never met a banana bread that i didn't like.  And this one is no exception.... Come on!  Caramelized banana bread...  This one is the king of all banana-infused breads.  The bread is moist and not overly sweet,  top that with a generous scoop of walnut ice cream and you're all set.  The walnut ice cream is white as snow,  smooth like liquid velvet,  entices yout tastebuds on each bite.  The thing with ala mode  desserts is that they tend to be on the diabetes inducing side.  This one isn't,  the light flavor of the banana bread blends well with the ice cream.  You get to enjoy your dessert without slowly succumbing to sugar shock.

The restaurant needs to work on staffing as there is only one server on a Saturday.  Hence it took them a while to serve the food,  get the bill and prepare the items for takeaway.  And this place is not for loners,  it can get noisy especially when there's a lot of customers (blame it on the low ceiling)

Three stars for the service. Four for the awesome banana bread.

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Kyle B.
5.0 Stars

Alley's Patty Crunch (P349) is hands down one of the best sandwiches I've ever tasted. Thick potato bread + juicy Angus beef patty + crunchy onion rings + cheese = perfection. Not to mention they also have friendly waiters. 10084️ starting to love Alley more and more. Will definiely come back here!!

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Kyle B.
4.0 Stars

After having dinner at Old Oven, we had drinks and dessert at Alley. Looooove the interiors of the place and customer service is A plus! Our waiter was maasikaso and I think the owner (not so sure..) was really nice.

I got their Peach Perfect cocktail and their Banana Bread dessert. I didn't like the cocktail that much, it kinda reminded me of cough syrup. 128546BUT sobrang nabawi lahat ng Caramelized Banana Bread nila. Their homemade banana bread was about 1.5 to 2 inches thick. YUP. It was that thick!! The outside was perfectly caramelized and it was topped with their homemade ice cream. So so good! Heavy on the tummy though so best to share.

Will go definitely go back here 'cause I heard their sandwiches were yummy! Also, their breads are 50% off after 8pm!

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April H.
4.0 Stars

No, I'm not yet back...128518 Just taking a break! I don't even know where to start with my many (many, many128514) backlogs by now... So I'm just gonna make one about an establishment I haven't reviewed before...

During one of my many, many breaks a few weeks back, I went out with two friends who live and work pretty near The Grove... Since I'm the visitor in the area, I got to choose which restaurant we were to have dinner at... I picked Alley, a relatively new resto which specializes in sandwiches... It promises gourmet sandwiches utilizing freshly baked bread made in-house...

We had our pick of the tables since it was pretty early on a weeknight... I loved the mismatched chairs, beautiful wooden tables, and the cool mural on one side of the store... Even the A/C became part of the mural! A very trendy place for sure!

Anyway, we were attended to by a super chatty waiter, who basically recommended everything on the menu!128514 But I liked his enthusiasm... One of my friends and I ended up ordering their Patty Crunch, which is an Angus burger patty in between two slices of potato bread (instead of the usual bun). Our other friend ordered their Pan-seared salmon.

I did not notice the wait because of our spirited conversation... But when our orders came, the food was lovely to look at! The presentation was on point, making the food look even more appetizing...

The Patty Crunch came with a side of taro/potato/cassava chips, which were also made in house... The Angus beef patty was really juicy and filling! The quality of the beef came thru, definitely... It was layered with Russian dressing (a bit tangy), cheddar cheese, and crispy onion strings... Bursting with flavor with each bite... The only thing is, the bread was very oily and it was messy to eat with my hands... I could only finish half of my order (with the help of tons of tissues)! Same case with my friend! We wished that the waiter warned us about the serving size, so that we could have just shared one order and got an appetizer instead... But we both enjoyed it anyway... I just want to mention that it still tasted great the next day; the bread didn't become soggy after being refrigerated overnight...

The salmon was delicious too! Cooked perfectly and served with cauliflower puree, grilled asparagus, and calamansi hollandaise, this dish is great for the health conscious and vegetarians in the group... But the flavors were pretty great, you won't feel deprived... Love the hollandaise! The waiter kept saying that this dish was small and bitin, but we all didn't think so. Good for one person naman!128518

We had a great dining experience, though there were some glitches... It's a good place to try, though a bit pricey... I thought the offerings were inventive and that quality of the food was evident...

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Jayson J.
4.0 Stars

Finally conquered the alley today.
False alarm. Parking is still free here.. I wonder is they did protest about the fees.

It was still 830 when i reached the grove today and i know, its time to earn more looloo flags. And as recommended, i did try alley.

I looked at their menu all ranges from 250-400 so yep. Price tag alert. Byt i think dessert would do for now. And as recommendation here by Mary Love S and even the server, i tried their banana bread with cashew ice cream. And i read that right. Cashew flavored ice cream. The server told me that this is heavy. A ver.

I did wait for quite sometime just for that order... Like 20 minutes? I just diverted my attention into some useful activity like... Watching the people? 128518..and then the wait was over.
That slice is big. 1.5 inches? Its toasted at the sides with toasted squash seeds on the top portion of the sliced loaf. The ice cream was incredible. You know it is not vanilla cause it kinda looked skin tone or somewhat beige.

Then of course. Picture taking. Then, attack.
Upon lunging the knife into the loaf, i noticed it was very moist inside--way too moist. This is the kind of fall off that we dont want. You know, fall off the bone kapag meat. But bread? Not me 128518
As i cut the loaf into pieces, it just keeps on crumbling into much more smaller pieces... I have to use the spoon at the end. But anyway, the taste was really good. I like they used squash seeds instead of typical walnuts.
The the cashew ice cream. The ice cream would taste initially like cashew.. Nutty in a way, but thanks to the real cashew nuts it aided the taste into the cashew flavor. Yeah. I think withput the real nuts you'd be confused what flaver the icecream is. Hehe.

Dont get me wrong. I like the place . the vibe was cool. Woody and bright.

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Elmer R.
4.0 Stars

Went to The Grove to discover new dining places out there. Quite far from my abode but then it's weekend.
Alley is a new shop. They have great sandwiches like this Reuben with corned beef cured for 6 days and fresh baked bread in store. Would love to try their Patty sandwich (angus burger) too and their banana bread but was unavailable at time of visit so I settled for their financiers made more irresistible by the maple cream dip. Ambience is good with those brick walls, mismatch chairs, quite compact place though.

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars

I think the Year of the Monkey is my foodie year. Just last weekend alone, I managed to visit 5 restaurants on my must visit list. Among the restaurants I have been eying is Alley, one of the new players at The Grove.

Hello, Alley!

This adorably designed restaurant serves several light snacks. Or so I thought.

It opened its doors just a few days ago but I am already familiar with its offerings thanks to my stalking skills. (Okay fine, it was because of Chef Angelo Comsti’s mouthwatering photos of Alley’s dishes.)

I went here after finally visiting Asakusa since I wanted some sweets to cap the night. I was a bit disappointed though that they only have two desserts to choose from, Financier (PHP229) and Caramelized Banana Bread (PHP249). I went with the latter because “house-churned cashew ice cream” sounds so delectable. (I was warned by the server that the banana bread is huge. It made me wonder if it’s because I smell like tempura or if the phrase YOU-MUST-DIET is plastered all over my face.) I also ordered a cup of Cappuccino (PHP139) to balance the sweetness of my dessert.

First served was my cup of cappuccino and it was lovely. I got regular instead of decaf and it’s still not that strong making it “night-friendly” if there is such a term. I didn’t get to appreciate the aroma though as I was about to get sick that night. Also, serving size is a tad too small for the price.

My dessert was served right after and the server was right. It was HUGE and definitely good for at least 3 hungry fellows.

I first took a spoonful of the walnut ice cream and it was scrumptious! I love the nutty taste of the walnuts and the creaminess of the ice cream. You could tell that it’s fresh as it had no icy texture. It was a scoop of creamy heaven.

The banana bread was thick and indeed very heavy. I love how dense it was and that it was served warm creating a very nice contrast with the cold ice cream topping. It wasn’t sweet too except the outer part of the bread with a nice caramel glaze and nuts.

I can’t wait to go back to try the other dishes! See you again soon, Alley.

#gluttonshopper

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