Food and Whisky Night at Common Table Salcedo in Makati

Recently I attended a 'Whiskey Appreciation Night' at this new gastropub called Common Table in Salcedo, Makati. We tried three kinds: Scotch, Irish and American Whisky. 

"If your whiskey does not include an e in it, then it's not the real thing," the host told us in an amusing manner.  

So I'm quite ashamed to say that I've only tried drinking Jameson Whiskey about a month ago. Sorry, Scotch and American whisky fans, but at my age, I might be sticking to Irish whiskey for now. Although I already heard about Jameson a few years back -- and this was during one of those drinking sessions with my sister and my cousins as I was busy settling in for shots of scotch with some coke. I always envy my cousin's drinking abilities even in the absence of a full stomach, but drinking whiskey on the rocks was hardly my thing.

Yes, eating while drinking IS and always be my thing, so I'm thankful that while we downed on some good quality liquor, we also chowed on all these awesome food at Common Table.

I never asked why Common Table is named as such in the first place, all I know is, there is nothing common with their food. Take for example this Batard Bread, sliced into pull apart pieces, enriched with all the lovely cheeses you can find, and toasted to perfection. 

Pull Apart Batard Bread
A marriage of two of the most orgasmic ingredients in the world, the Common Table Oysters is made even more appealing with uni.

Common Table Oysters
Try ordering the meaty and cheesy Common Table Nachos with a couple of beers if you prefer (after all they offer Buy 1 Take 1 on beers during Happy Hour), and you're off to Nacho Land. Best served hot!

Common Table Nachos
With food so good, I can almost forget I was there at Common Table to drink and listen to some good 80s music (it was a Friday). Okay, I made sure to finish another glass of whisky before digging into this very healthy flatbread pizza made with Jamon Serrano.

Jamon Serrano

This perfectly toasted pieces of bread with a tartare-like topping made with Jamon arrived shortly. It was quite similar, but all the more different with the flatbread pizza that I ate minutes before.

Jamon Batido
Then came a sizzling plate of Wagyu beef cubes in a salpicao preparation, which was ultimately looking for a partner. I quipped at my friends who was with me at the time, "a cup of rice, maybe?"

Wagyu Beef Cubes Salpicao
As the music gets louder, the lights go darker, and more whiskey bottles are being opened, more food arrived on our table. At this point, I was already convinced that Common Table is a good place to go for two of my most favorite things in the world. Great food and great music in a very comfy, Tito or Tita bar setting. Here, there are no shouting, no elbow sticking, wasted kids running around this joint. Just people who are in for some good company and good conversation after a long and tiring day at work.

Homemade Chorizo Sliders
Obviously, you can always go to Common Table for dinner (or you can check their Facebook Page if they offer lunch), as they also have dishes that are meant for the said setting. Like this Aburi Salmon (below), or a big plate of Ribeye with some kimchi butter.

Aburi Salmon

USDA Ribeye
And as I drank my last few sips of whiskey, dessert was served. You gotta try their Macadamia and White Chocolate Skillet Cookie, or even their beautiful Caramelized Lemon Tart, which was obviously looking like a masterpiece. It was hard to press my fork into it, but I did it anyway, and it was so worth it.

Macadamia and White Chocolate Skillet Cookie
Want to see the dishes come to life? Check out my video about Common Table on my Facebook page (see link below) and please don't forget to share it to your friends!

Oh, ans P.S., they play Hip Hop on Thursdays at Common Table, so if you're like me, you gotta set that schedule and make table reservations ASAP.

Caramelized Lemon Tart
You may visit Common Table Salcedo's Facebook page for more promos and announcements.

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