Sometimes it would take a good restaurant to kick off my blogging grove after an out of town adventure. I must admit that the concept of Apartment 1B was quite interesting. It seems to be a generic name with a classy touch because of the 1B — (but the Apartment 1B is the actual unit name in One Lafayette Square which was formerly an unknown bar). The Gourmet Comfort Food conveys that this is a place for people with good taste, and a place to leisurely enjoy a good meal with friends. But sometimes you would think a resto would use Gourmet word as an excuse to charge high prices. This 2 month+ old place is owned by Marivic Diaz-Lim with interiors by Popi Laudico (of the Chef Laudico’s family).
The prices are reasonable given that the food lives up to its name gourmet comfort food. But be prepared to spend about P500/ head. They are open as early as 7am in the morning and closes at 11pm (mon-thurs) and 2am (fri-sat). They are closed on Sunday unfortunately. This is just walking distance from the Salcedo market so this is a good place to have lunch after the visit to the weekend market. It is a two floor resto with a seating capacity of 70 (i think). The second floor is a cozy place specially the tables with the sofas. I’m tempted to rent the entire second floor which is good for 40 for P45,000 for a despedida party we are planning. Overall, great food anytime of the day!
Apartment 1B Interiors by Popi Laudico
Baked Samosas, mushrooms, spinach and cheese (P200++) — I never loved samosas (the fried ones) until I tasted this soft but crunchy samosas. The spinach and cheese combination was very good that you’ll forget that each samosa would cost you P70+.
Special Beef Lasagna and Garlic Bread P390++. This beef lasagna was tasty and very good. It is part of the weekly menu and our only complaint was it was obvious that the lasagna was reheated that is why the top lasagna layer was “makunat” (stale ba ang english?).