Recess by Chef Chris: Comfort Food for Any Break Time

I've become quite fond of Chef Chris Locker so naturally, I wanted to be among the first to check out Recess by Chef Chris

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The facade doesn't give much hint of what's in store.

recess by chef chris locker

Well, there's a bar which is a bit retro don't you think?

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Then there's this really cool dining area which you can pefertecly describe as "so highschool-ish".  There are lockers, black boards and brick walls.   The other rooms are used as function rooms.

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The ceiling has elements on them. 

recess by chef chris locker
Complimentary Bread

recess salad
Recess Salad (390 php)
The Recess Salad has greens, alfalfa, orange slices, grapes, caramelized almonds, apple, cherry tomatoes drizzled with grape seed oil.  This is a really good salad so I enjoyed it.

Platinum Full (790 php)

Of course, the main purpose of every meal prepared by Chef Chris is his panizza which in this case is referred to his "Originals".  Although I'm not quite fond of pizzas, I react adversely towards pannizas.  In fact, the family has dined several times at My Kitchen by Chef Chris solely for them.  I noticed that the price is the same here. When I tried the Platinum, I once again had that "wow" moment.  This is a very savory and meaty variant because of the angus beef and bacon.   The pineapple, tomato and mushroom brings a milder tone of flavor giving it a balanced taste.

magnesium panizza
Magnesium Full (790 php)

The Magnesium is more inclined to the Filipino palette because of the sweet and salty flavors.  It has pork barbecue, tomatoes, slated egg and kesong puti.

Pinoy Originals

tito panizza
TiTo Full (790 php)
The TiTo is ideal for breakfast because it it's our favorite breakfast meal turned into a panizza.  It has smoked bangus bits, tomatoes, salted egg and red onions.  

Aside from the Pinoy Originals, they also have other breakfast items which they served all-day starting 7 am.

recess burger
Recess 70:30 (480 php)
The Recess 70:30 is a one of a kind of burger that will surely mark a lasting impact.  It's a 200 gram burger with 70% angus beef and 30% maple bacon topped with aged cheddar cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, golden onion rings and sliced shitake mushrooms.  It also comes with fried onion rings and fries.

recess burger
Recess 70:30 (480 php)
You can already sense the bacon from the reddish color of the patty.  Gosh! This is one of the most flavorful, sinful but worthy burger patty I have ever tried.

fried tofu
Fried Tofu (390 php)
Vegetarian friends, this Fried Tofu is for you.  Yes, you heard that right.  It's just for you because it's a bit too plain and not worth the price for me.  It's Fried Tofu with roasted eggplant, tomato and red onion chutney.  On second thought, I'll just share in on the pilaf which has raisins, pine nuts and coriander which is a winner for me.

baked salmon
Baked Salmon (750 php)
 I don't think I've ever encountered any restaurant serving Baked Salmon that thick.  This
Baked Salmon with mustard cream sauce served with grilled tomatoes, roasted potatoes and Italian brocolli is one of the best salmon dishes I've tried yet.  Despite the size, this was swipe clean with pleasure by yours truly.


swiss style pork tenderloin slices
Swiss Style Pork Tenderloin Slices (570 php)
The Swiss Style Pork Tenderloin Slices is one of the most recommended according to Foursquare tips.  Well, I have to admit, it is definitely worth to try!  The pork tenderloin slices is very tender and the mushroom cream sauce is the perfect complement for it.  It is also served with potato roesti and broccoli.

special callos casserole
Special Callos Casserole (510 php)
I've a sucker for any callos dish so pardon me if I'm quite biased in saying that this is very delicious!  Again, not a single bit of the tasty and tender Special Callos Casserole was spared by moi.

lamb korma
Lamb Korma (590 php)
The Lamb Korma is hailed by the menu as the king of all curries.  This dish has lamb shoulder in spicy masala with onion, ginger, lemongrass braised with tomato and yogurt.  This is so good that I'd gladly bow down to it or even kneel before it.  The spiciness and zestiness is so addictiveThe lamb is very tender with no hint of any gamey taste.

special turon
Special Turon (280 php)
The Special Turon is an upgraded version of the turon as itis topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drenched in caramel sauce.  For the price, I'd rather try something else.

valrhona cake
Chef Tinlou's Valrhona Decadent Cake (320 php)
The Chef Tinlou's Valrhona Decadent Cake is a moist chocolate cake.

valrhona cake
Chef Tinlou's Valrhona Decadent Cake (320 php)

I found this too sweet for my preference.  I'm even surprised that this was served with an extra helping of caramel sauce.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Recess by Chef Chris is something new to try!  Portions are huge and food quality is superb.  I also found the food variety to be plenty so it's set to make a fun food adventure.  I actually enjoyed dining here more than the numerous times I dined at My Kitchen.  But, the price may be a bit of a set back as it is beyond what the typical  pocket money can shoulder especially for a casual or regular dining experience with friends. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Recess by Chef Chris Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Breakfast
Dessert | Drinks 1 |
Drinks 2 | Drinks 3 |
Drinks 4 | 
=Favorites or Recommended 
Recess by Chef Chris
Business Address 50 Jupiter Street Bel Air 
Makati, Metro Manila
Business Hours 7am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 400-1,500
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 899-1818
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