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The Girl + The Bull

Ate found just the cutest cafe in the heart of BF. <3 I know most of you, my dear readers, are from the North & are not familiar with BF Homes in Parañaque. It’s a big commercialized village with plenty of interesting finds along the way laden with strips & strips of restaurants & bars.

The Girl + The Bull just opened a couple of days ago when we went there to have a leisurely lunch. I asked ate what they served & she said it was similar to Wildflour. She got me at Wildflour! ;)

It’s on the ground floor of this lovely building, which I found out, was owned by the owner’s mom. But I’m getting ahead of the story! @_@

I really don’t know how she finds these quaint cafes with her hectic schedule in school & all! @_@ I think she uses her commute time going to school stalking Instagram for food & restos.
That monday was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in ate‘s college so she didn’t have classes. m/ We always look forward to days when we can sneak in dates. I always see ate deep into her thick books studying & studying, so this one day of time off was a most welcome change.

We spent a leisurely lunch at the newly opened THE GIRL + THE BULL. <3 Because they just opened & it was a particularly slow day with just a handful of customers, I was able to observe this very hands-on lovely couple & found out that this quaint cafe has a very lovely & inspiring love story behind it! (and you already know I’m SUCH a sucker for those right???) Of course I had to investigate & satisfy my curiosity. :P

In their (very) early 20’s, this cute couple put up a Cafe that expresses their passion for good food & art.

The Bull. Gab Bustos is an artist, having studied the arts in ADMU and UP – Diliman, and it is with cooking that he expresses himself. He is a bull in this respect: He has always been hard headed, thinking he knows everything and could do anything on his own.

The Girl. The torero to Gab Bustos’ bull, literally and figuratively, Thea de Rivera has him wrapped around her finger. Not only is she his business partner, she is also his confidante. The Girl keeps The Bull grounded. She tames him, keeps him in place, and they continue to build off on each others strengths.

The Girl + The Bull, the Cafe. A dream made into a reality. <3

THE GIRL + THE BULL

#346 Aguirre Ave. BF Homes, Parañaque.
For reservations: +63 2 519 6152
Facebook & Instagram: @thegirlandthebull
Twitter: @thegirl_thebull
Open Thursday to Monday, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.Going beyond the food, The Girl + The Bull (formerly FAVORI) offers not just a gastronomic feast but also a total aural and visual experience. The interiors of the place is cohesively put together; it is minimalistically decorated, accented by organic decors and installations featuring the art and photography of Gab & Thea’s friends. All the while, folk and indie music serenade and perk up your ear buds. There is also a doodle board for anyone who wants to channel their inner artist.

Everywhere you look is an explosion of CUTENESS!!! <3

Be it for a romantic dinner for two or a day out with the family, The Girl + The Bull has something for everyone. Borrowing inspirations from different cuisines of the world, from French and Italian to Vietnamese and Korean, its menu combines affordability and excellence. They redefine comfort food by offering dishes that are personally handcrafted and made from scratch. By GAB himself who is a self-taught Chef. Everything is house made, from the breads to the sauces.

Drop by on a Saturday, the only day when The Girl + The Bull serves its house specialty, Gab Bustos’ 24-hour marinated Buttermilk Fried Chicken served with Brioche French Toast and Balsamic Maple Syrup.

starters 

Garden Leaf Salad, pear, glazed walnuts, dijon vinaigrette, roquefort blue cheese, shaved raspberry 225 

French Onion Soup, gruyere, baguette 160 

Baked Escargot, garlic + parsley butter, warm baguette 190 

Truffle Fries, shaved parmesan, cumin mayonnaise 150 

Ricotta + Honey, olive oil, thyme, warm baguette 180 

Chicken Liver Mousse, balsamic glaze, shaved raspberry, warm baguette 180 

Wild Arugula Salad, apple, bacon, truffle vinaigrette, poached egg, shaved parmesan 230 

Truffled Macaroni + Cheese: sharp cheddar, gruyere 270 

Grilled Cheese + Tomato Soup: sharp cheddar, gruyere, caramelized onions, brioche 265 

{tomato soup sans grilled cheese 160} 

mains 

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, brioche french toast, balsamic maple syrup 410 /every saturday, 11:00 am – 11:00 pm/ 

The Bull’s Beef Burger: sharp cheddar, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, russian dressing, brioche 280 

{+ house fries, shaved parmesan, cumin mayonnaise 325} 

Crispy Pork Belly Banh Mi: hoisin mayonnaise, red cabbage, pickled carrots + radish, cilantro, brioche 275 

Red Sea Prawns, spaghetti, olive oil, garlic, tarragon, chili, sundried tomatoes 345 

Blackened Snapper, sweet potato purée, beurre blanc, organic greens + tarragon vinaigrette, spinach oil 395 

Beer + Sage Braised Pork Chop, pear, onions, mashed potato 365 

Korean Barbecue Rib Eye, kimchi fried rice, poached egg 410 

Grilled US Flat Iron Steak, natural jus, horseradish mayonnaise, wild arugula, truffle fries 435

desserts 

Salted Caramel Brioche Bread Pudding, glazed walnuts 180 

Dark Chocolate + Stout Beer Truffles 160 

Homemade Faux Twix Bars, sea salt 160 

Old-Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream, olive oil, mint, sea salt 85 

Grilled Cheese + Tomato Soup: sharp cheddar, gruyere, caramelized onions, brioche 265 php
This was really perfection in every bite. Too bad the serving was a bit small. It prevented me from asking ate for more haha! :P
Gab & Thea please buy bigger bread! ;))

Daily Special, The Girl’s Beef Burger: ricotta cheese, honey, bacon, wild arugula, cherry tomatoes, russian dressing & brioche 425 php

(There’s also The Bull version. Wanted to order both because I was sure the His-&-Hers versions spoke volume of their individual personalities. Too bad ate was restricting me from eating more! :P I’ll make sure to order that the next time we go & visit.)

The Bull’s Beef Burger (no photo): sharp cheddar, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, russian dressing, brioche 280 (+ house fries, shaved parmesan, cumin mayonnaise 325 php)

Korean Barbecue Rib Eye, kimchi fried rice, poached egg 435 php.

Needs a bit of tweaking. The cafe is fairly new so I’m sure they are still adjusting.
Looking forward to my next visit. Hopefully the beef will not be as overcooked. I like mine medium well & a little pink. :) And the kimchi Rice needs just a little more kimchi kick please.

Homemade Faux Twix Bars, sea salt 160 php
Now THIS is what you call a WINNER! <3
Gab made this totally from scratch. Layers upon layers of heavenly goodness!
That’s sea salt over chocolate over CARAMEL over crust! DROOOOOL! m/

We loved our lunch but this particular dessert was even better! <3 This is a MUST TRY people. I promise. Don’t forget o send me one if you visit! ;) PLEASE???

Salted Caramel Brioche Bread Pudding, glazed walnuts 180 php
Ate is into cheese now, even on dessert she likes cheese filling. Remember or BAKED BRIE incident??? harhar! Thankfully she loved every bite of this. ;))

Brewed 100% Arabica Coffee, whole milk, sugar 90.
Look! Even their coffee was presented with attention to details in mind. How CUTE!! I DIE!!!

Btw, I paid for our meals, every single one of them down to the coffee. :) I just like to support young couples who are starting out on their own. But of course, I will never promote them if I didn’t think their food was drool worthy. No bull. Pun intended. ;)

Usi that I am, I asked where this fancy door led to. I knew there were advantages to my pagka-usisera! Who would know that there was a Bed & Breakfast smack right in the heart of BF Homes Parañaque???

Casa Alfonso Bed & Breakfast

NGM I Building, 346 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes Subdivision, Parañaque, Philippines
CONTACT NUMBERS (+632) 519 61 03 and (+632) 519 62 43
EMAIL: hello@casaalfonso.ph

Teng Bustos, Proprietress

Reception area.

Everything in the B&B screams romance! <3 Even the stairway!!

Rooms are at 3,500php/night/1 pax with breakfast. 3,800php/night/2pax with breakfast. Choice of 1 Queen-sized bed or 2 Twin Beds. Complimentary 24-hour internet access and cable on flat-screen, wall-mounted TV.

There’s even an elevator going to the 4th floor which is the Events Place. The B&B occupies the 2nd & 3rd floors with 6 bedrooms on each floor.

Thea was so sweet to take us around & satisfy my curiosity. ;P

The elevator was for 3 people. But seeing I accounted for 2 already, Thea just used the stairs, lels! :P

Events place (The Glassbox) on the 4th floor. Wow, I NEVER KNEW!

So this was the elevator. I was curious about it as we were walking in. Usiserang tunay talaga! :P

I love good food. But I love romantic love stories even more! <3 Will definitely go back to The Girl + The Bull.. with The Monkey! We can be: The Girl & The Monkey! ;)

I hope my monkey likes Buttermilk Chicken! ;)

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