DWNTOWN & HALSTED: Art Bar, Designer Cocktails and Comfort Food by Chef Marco Legasto!

Downtown-&-Halstead DOWNTOWN & HALSTED is an art bar in Forbestown which recreates the revolutionary art and food scene of the famed Halsted street in Chicago known for its public art, galleries, restaurants, and bars that make up this favorite neighborhood hangout. From Buffalo tenders to crispy pata, its menu offers international comfort food conceptualized by Chef Marco Legasto of Prime 101 and Abuelas. It incorporates made-from-scratch ingredients from freshly made pasta, bread, jams and dishes with no MSG or pre-mixes. While Singaporean based bartender Jason Gray fixed up designer cocktails using fresh pressed juice and premium spirits as their base. Did I mention they sell the cheapest alcohol by the bottle in the area? Here’s what to expect in Downtown & Halsted… Downtown & Halsted Forbes Park, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City Mobile: +63977 787 2406 Email: downtownandhalsted@gmail.com Facebook: downtownandhalsted Downtown & Halsted Downtown & Halsted is located in Forbestown beside Locavore and Watsons.   Downtown & Halsted Downtown & Halsted Menu: Bar Menu | Dinner Menu | Drink List 1 | Drink List 2 | Drink List 3 Besides its urban, arty interiors and graffiti filled walls, the bar also functions as a gallery …   Downtown & Halsted … showcasing artworks, paintings, photographs and sketches from up and coming artists that are for sale.   Downtown & Halsted Mushroom Soup (P250) If you’re heading over for lunchtime, start your meal with their fresh mushroom soup. I like the blend of earthy flavors.   Downtown & Halsted Buffalo Tender (P290) A classic favorite is the tangy Buffalo tenders served with a blue cheese dip. Crispy, crunchy and juicy the chicken tenders are slathered in a rich Buffalo sauce.   Downtown & Halsted Baby Calamari with Salted Egg Aioli (P190) I liked the baby squid coated in salted egg batter; it goes very well with their salted egg garlic aioli.   Downtown & Halsted Truffle Fries (P260) The truffle fries were also good but a bit pricey.   Downtown & Halsted Japanese Gyoza (P180) Filled with pork and cabbage the dumpling was very juicy, moist with a crisp-chewy wrapper.   Downtown & Halsted Crispy Pork Knuckles (P580) Order the pork knuckles a perfect pulutan with its extra crunchy skin and tender meat. Best paired with gin and tonic because of the citrusy notes.   Downtown & Halsted Short Ribs (P750) Very tender fall-off-the-bone meat. The short ribs were a little too sweet to be eaten as is; it’s best paired with rice or mash potatoes to balance it out. The spice and caramel flavors would go nicely with a bottle of whiskey.   Downtown & Halsted Halsted Sour (P450)monkey shoulder, bitters, egg white, kafir Their fruity concoctions are my favorite. Order their signature and best-seller the Halsted Sour. Also known as a whiskey sour it has the classic balance of sweet and tart flavors enhanced with fresh-fruit.   Downtown & Halsted Brunswick Collins (P350)reyka vodka, dry wine, coriander, strawberries Pretty in pink this summer drink brings together fresh muddled strawberries and coriander with Reyka vodka and dry wine. A light, sweet, and fruity cocktail.   Downtown & Halsted Coffee Lemonade (P145) Coffee lovers would love this non-alcoholic beverage. It’s a bit sweet, but I love the coffee and tangy aroma of the fresh lemon together making it a delicate and luscious drink.   Downtown & Halsted They also carry different rare types of single malts, wine, gins, and tequilas that have the best price in the Forbestown Area if you buy by the bottle.   Downtown & Halsted Overall, If your looking for a late night hang out with a laid back neighborhood vibe, good food, handcrafted cocktails, check out Downtown & Halsted in BGC. The Downtown & Halsted concept was put together by the bar owner and restaurateur Perry Quimbo of Bugsy’s, Red Rabbit and Dillinger’s.   Downtown & Halsted Forbes Park, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City Mobile: +63977 787 2406 Email: downtownandhalsted@gmail.com Facebook: downtownandhalsted   Live an Awesome Life,

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ABI of Team Our Awesome Planet Disclosure: Our dinner was courtesy of  Downton & Halsted. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. P.S. Happy Hour is from 11 am to 8 pm. They offer buy 1 take 1 on selected wine, cocktails, beers, and P100 Johnny Walker shots.

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