Isla Una

City Golf Plaza, Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila

Isla Una
3.7
3.5 Stars

3 Reviewers

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  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Recommend
  • 3 Reviewers
Category:
Filipino
Phone
+639175323507

Payment Options

Cash

More Business Info

Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Mary Love S.
3.0 Stars
7

I make sure that I visit at least two restaurants whenever I go to Ortigas. With the horrific traffic, I just have to maximize my trip. And when I was invited to a sponsored dinner at City Golf, I had to look for another restaurant to visit afterwards. I then remembered that there is this picturesque Filipino restaurant that was featured countless times in several blogs.

Hello, Isla Una.

Isla Una’s interiors is like haven in a sea of pubs and bars within City Golf. Though technically also a bar, its interiors say otherwise. Or at least for the ground floor. I couldn’t really comment on the second floor dining area as C and I were already too comfortable with the couch by the leafy wall on the ground floor.

Since we just had dinner, C and I opted to just order some cocktails and desserts. We went with Yema Palitaw (PHP130) and Churros (PHP150) for our sweets and Alamat ng Pinya (PHP160) and Mayora (PHP200) for drinks.

It seemed that everyone wanted to enjoy the live band on the second floor as we owned the whole ground floor to ourselves. It was perfect too as we could move from one table to the next in search for the best light to take photos without bothering anyone. And after table hopping for 10 or so minutes, we began to eat and sip.

The Yema Palitaw had a faint taste of yema. It was overpowered by the sticky rice cake which was quite tough to chew. In fact, I grew tired of chewing it that I just ate one of three.

We ordered Churros without reading the description so we were surprised when we took our first bite. It wasn’t like any churro I had before. Isla Una’s version doesn’t even come close as each churro is made from deep fried glutinous rice sticks topped with cinnamon and caster sugar. Think karioka/bicho-bicho with dip.

It was an interesting dish as the familiar tastes of cinnamon and sugar as well as its look would make you think of churros. But each bite would remind you that you’re eating something else. Sadly, I wasn’t too crazy with it too, even with a spoonful of dark chocolate dip per bite.

I was worried that the cocktails might be too strong for an oldie like me but I was slightly disappointed that the cocktails tasted like juice.

The Alamat ng Pinya which is Pinoy version of piña colada tasted like pineapple juice without the slightest kick or even tap.

The Mayora or a Bugnay wine sangria tasted like wild berry juice.

Though I do not have any plan to get tipsy, I was hoping to enjoy a glass of cocktail drink and not juice. Or else, I would have just ordered iced tea or lemonade.

I guess I have established that I won’t head here for desserts or light drinks. I heard though that Isla Una serves some mean aligue prawns. I think I just found a reason to give this place another chance.

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Reann G.
4.0 Stars
4

I said I would cut down my consumption of meat and anything fatty and this happens..... Oh goodness gracious. Haha

Okay, key things:
‼️‼️ Lechon Belly (Half P400/Whole P700) - Super duper good! I loved the crunchiness of the skin. It wasn't fried so the oil was reduced. Di nakakaumay!!!

‼️‼️ Kare-Kare (P360) - I loved the peanut-y taste of their Kare-Kare paired with the very good bagoong that's not too salty!!! It was super flavourful ans of course, it went well with the plain rice (and garlic rice that I didnt try)

‼‼️ Sizzling Bulalo (P490) - It was good and heavenly! I loved the herb-mushroom gravy! The meat was also cooked just right!!! Sobrang sarap.

‼️‼️ Prawn Aligue (P280) - this was a super sulit dish! It was packed with fresh prawns cut into small sizes. It was really really good but we all had to take it in moderation bec we don't want to get high blood after. Haha

️‼️‼️ Yema Palitaw (P180) - 128525 the dessert is definitely my favorite!!! It was a different take on the usual palitaw that we know. It was filled with yema that's really sweet but ended up complimenting the almost bland taste of the palitaw!!! Putting them together was such a smart idea!

❕ Crispy Pata (P650) - Quite not impressive. It was bland and a little overcooked? Matigas yung meat.

❕ Bagoong rice (P65/cup) - It was bland. No bagoong taste at all. We were expecting it to be super tasty but ended up being disappointed when we tried it.

I loved the music the whole time we were there!!! I'd think it was because the owners of this place happens to be aprt of 89.9 family so they really know what good music is all about 128556

Legend:
‼️‼️ must try
❕ skippable

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Vanessa P.
4.0 Stars

I've only tried their sisig but I must say that it was really good. I also loved their brewed iced tea (since iced teas are my favorite). You'll love the chill ambiance too. Will definitely come back to try something else on their menu :)

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