08 October 2015

Unit 27 Apartment Bar + Cafe

Is the iconic red bench and the green vintage bike in front of the newest place to hang out in Bonifacio Global City, familiar to you?  This is Unit 27 Apartment Bar + Café, dubbed as "your second home" and your little piece of New York in the heart of Manila's newest business district and amidst entertainment and hip retail stores.

Unit 27 Apartment Bar + Café has three levels of dining space:  a brunch café at the ground floor, a vinyl record listening station is on the second level where you can dine casually in bar stools with your close friends.  For those who'd like to hang out and party, or in this case, "house party" the night away, just head on up to the third level.

Since their opening this year, Unit 27 Apartment Bar + Café has been a favorite place to hang out by the fashionable set, the creatives, the music lovers and the 9 to 5'ers.  People come here for their popular all-day brunch menu and to just simply hang out.  It is a comfortable place to be at, just like when you are at your own home.  For those of you who haven't been here yet, let's go! 

When you visit for the first time, take a fun photo on the red bench or on the brick wall where the vintage bike is on the front steps.  You'll find that there are many Instagram worthy areas in Unit 27, go ahead and explore when you visit.

When you finally find your perfect nook/hang out area, take a pick from their extensive menu of all-day brunch specials.  If you're coming for lunch or dinner, they also have executive specials, soups, salads, sandwiches and home recipe pasta.  Should you bring kids with you, they also have a menu specially made for them. 

We came for brunch on a Sunday at Unit 27 Apartment + Bar.  The dining crowd were composed of Expat families, young couples and fashionable millennials.  They all seem to be perfectly at home in their preferred nooks and just enjoying some precious quality time, good food and good music. 

Here are the dishes that we enjoyed on that fine Sunday brunch: 

Bagnet Breakfast
House dried pork belly, garlic rice, salted egg served with pako salad and sukang Ilocos
Php 395.00

Herb crusted Norwegian Salmon
Pan-seared herb crusted salmon, wasabi mashed potato dill cream, sautéed vegetables, egg white foam and lump fish caviar
Php 595.00

Longganisa Trio & Egg
A trio of the Philippines famous local cured sausages with garlic rice and salad
Php 380.00

Jack Daniel's Aussie Bacon & Egg
Double smoked thick cut streaky bacon glazed with BBQ Jack Daniel sauce served with wild rice and sunny side up eggs
Php 495.00

Brown Rice Champorado
Champorado with gourmet tuyo pandesal, danggit, chocnut and evaporated milk
Php 185.00

Greek God Salad
Heart of romaine, capsicum, olives, tomato, feta, oregano, served with lemon vinaigrette and Greek yogurt
Php 350.00

Classic French Onion Soup
Slow-simmered caramelized onions in beef stock base reduction with oven toasted bread and a slice of emmental cheese
Php 195.00

Three-way Turon
Chocnut banana, mango and leche flan individually wrapped "turon" style with vanilla ice cream
and chocolate covered polvoron drizzled with chocolate and caramel syrup
Php 365.00 

Watermelon Shake
Php 150.00

Fresh Lemonade
Php 195.00

Blackberry Iced Tea
Php 145.00

What I love at Unit 27 Apartment Bar + Cafe:
  • Their all-day brunch specials can satisfy your big appetite because of their big servings.
  • My favorites are: Longganisa Trio & Egg, Jack Daniel's Aussie Bacon & Egg, Brown Rice Champorado and the fresh fruit shakes.  Mickey's favorites are: Herb crusted Norwegian Salmon, the Classic French Onion Soup and also the fresh fruit shakes.
  • It is a place where you actually want to hang out and bring friends too.  It is no wonder that there have been numerous celebrity birthday parties held here.  Unit 27 Apartment Bar + Café is also a preferred venue of prestigious brands where they do their product launches. 
  • The vinyl record listening station at the second floor.  We have our own collection at home, anyone who loves to listen to the warm, real world sound of vinyl records know that these are the real deal when it comes to music quality.
  • The background music is nice sounding and doesn't interfere with our conversation.
Our Sunday Brunch Crew

The Audio Artist himself beside the vinyl playing station

A mid-century modern design speaker that fits the interior design of Unit 27 Apartment Bar + Café

A Rega RP1 model turntable (made in UK) is used for the vinyl playing music station

Under the multi-faceted gold-colored art installation.  A design of artist, Leeroy New
Drinks anyone?

At the bar, they serve a selection of bar food, non-alcoholic drinks, international cocktails, shooters, premium cocktails, vodka, tequila, rum, gin, bourbon, whiskey, brandy, liqueurs, draft beer, imported beer, red wine, white wine, rosé wine and champagne.

Audio system installation by Audio Artist Manila 

Speakers were carefully placed to minimize ear fatigue so you can party all-night long

A compact subwoofer to handle the low bass frequencies.  "Start twerkin' like Miley!"


"Jack Lives Here" 
The enclosed V.I.P room featuring Jack Daniels

It's my second home

In this photo (left to right): Francis Flores, Mickey Villa and Ping De Jesus

We came to visit on Sunday Brunch with my family by invitation of Francis Flores, one of the owners of Unit 27 Apartment Bar + Café, and most importantly, he is Mickey's good friend.  These guys go way back UPIS (University of the Philippines Integrated School) days until their U.P. Diliman College days together with Ping De Jesus who is also one of the owners.  

They each had individual dreams/goals, now they are all living it.  Isn't God great?  Mickey was tapped by Francis to do the sound design and installation for Unit 27 Apartment Bar + Cafe.  So, if  you need a Sound Design Consultant for your restaurants, retail spaces or even your home entertainment systems, you can reach Mickey Villa at www.audioartistmanila.com.

Unit 27 Apartment Bar + Café is located at the Ground Floor of  Icon Plaza Building, 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City.  They are open Mondays-Thursdays (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.), Fridays-Saturdays (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.) and Sundays (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight).  For inquiries and reservations call 894-1692 and 0917-886-8853. 

For updates, follow them on on Instagram at Unit27BarCafe and on Facebook at Unit27BarCafe.

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