Flatiron 1771: A Not-so-worth-it Dinner?

For my sister’s birthday, we decided to hold a simple dinner celebration last March 27 in Uptown Mall. We had limited options for alfresco dining, so we chose a venue that is near our place. We realized that we haven’t brought our family to Uptown yet where they can appreciate the nice dancing fountain or the lights surrounding the buildings. Hence, we took it as a perfect timing to let them experience it.

Our first option was Mama Mia but then we stepped back, realizing our food choices would only be limited to Pasta and Pizza. Having thought that Filipino food won’t disappoint, we just decided to have dinner at Flatiron 1771 instead.

Reservation

I made a reservation a day before so that we won’t encounter any hassle given the stricter protocols for dining these days. The staff was also accommodating to accept our advance orders over the phone. I like organizing events for our family and I always wanted it to be well-arranged that way. When we arrived, there was a table prepared for us outside and I appreciate the nice view of the fountain. We also had a dedicated server in our table.

Our orders

My sister and I ordered our family’s favorites and just added some best-sellers from the restaurant. We’re also happy and confident that it is under 1771 group of restaurants, that it also accepts orders for Sentro. Sentro is also known for its high-quality and delicious Filipino food.

Here are our orders:

FLAT IRON BRISKET 6, PHP 859.99
BREKKIE PIZZA, PHP 583
SIZZLING TOFU, PHP 200
MEATBALL MARINARA, PHP 412
CORNED BEEF SINIGANG
CHICKEN BARBECUE, PHP 490
KARE KARE, PHP 710
DINUGUAN

*Not in the photos are Ceasar Salad, Pork Sisig, and Drinks.

Food Feedback

If I were to describe the food, it was a combination of hit and miss. For one, the Corned Beef Sinigang is a sure winner. I’ve had it several times in Sentro and I like this dish for the tenderness of beef and the well-balanced acidity of the tamarind soup. Secondly, my family also love the Flat Iron Brisket. It is so fork-tender and the meat is well-seasoned. Third, the Kare-Kare is passable (as my sister would describe it) because the sauce is not overly sweet. The Chicken Barbecue is very chewy and savory too, reminding you of the delicious Chicken Inasal. The Sisig is also fine, but nothing too exceptional.

However, we got disappointed with their version of Diniguan and Sizzling Tofu. Their Diniguan had this odd taste and smell that is quite bordering to a spoiled food. We are not sure if has to do something with the vinegar that was used to cook it. The Sizzling Tofu was too sour. We were expecting it to be like the one in Max’s that is soft and creamy, but we can’t event taste the mayonnaise in it. The sour taste is overpowering and the tofu was not that soft.

The Meatball Marinara is too dry and bland for me. The Brekkie Pizza is not commendable as well. The combination of ground beef and egg did not complement in the dough.

Not to brag, but all of us in the family knows how to cook so we somehow have high standards for Filipino food. My grandmother’s signature recipe is Diniguan, while for my sister, it’s Kare-Kare. The food in Flatiron 1771 is overpriced yet mediocre and ordinary. Imagine spending 5k for restaurant food that we can do better at home? Their prices can be compared to the famous Filipino restaurants in Tagaytay!

I am writing this not to bash Flatiron 1771. It is not usual for me to write negative write-ups for restaurants because I know the passion and labor in the food industry plus their struggle this pandemic is something not to be taken lightly too. However, I am sharing this as an honest feedback as a food blogger and a customer. I also have the responsibility to share truthful information to my readers.

Conclusion

This experience made me realize how important is reading the reviews or doing a little research before dining in expensive restaurants. It’s not bad to help the resto industry during these times, but you also have to think twice about spending at this time of crisis.

I would commend Flatiron 1771 for its warm hospitality and good service, but they have to prove themselves worthy of their customer’s payment through their food.

Anyway, at least we were able to celebrate my sister’s birthday differently. That’s all that matters.

Flatiron 1771
Address: Ground Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street, Corner 9th Ave, Taguig, Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 8802 5458
Website: https://flatiron.ph/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Flatiron1771
Instagram: Flatiron1771

18 Comments Add yours

  1. We have our own opinion in everything. Mayroon po talaga minsan na pagkain na di umaayon sa inyong panlasa pero ok naman po sa iba.
    Makikita lang po na you are sincere in your blog na you are telling the truth about what you experience. Worth it to read this blog.

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  2. It’s always good to be honest so they can further improve the quality of their food. I’ve always loved their Corned Beef Sinigang.

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    1. Me too, I love it. That’s why we got disappointed when the other dishes are not that good…

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  3. May De Jesus-Palacpac says:

    Whut! 5K! Ang mahal pala ng inabot niyo. I’ve always been curious about this place bec we always pass by. it (we’re just 15 minutes away by walking) Ako na lang magluto dito haha. yung sizzling tofu lang ang afford ko dyan haha

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  4. Misskhae says:

    That’s a very detailed and honest review right here! But I love how you properly speak about it na pang constructive criticism lang naman talaga so they can improve the quality of the food they serve. Besides, most people naman when they dine-in, it’s not just about the ambiance of the place diba pero on top talaga yung food dapat. Pero pero omg nacurious ako sa Corned Beef Sinigang. That’s a new dish to me! 😀

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  5. Alita pacio says:

    This was an honest review. And I agree to read reviews beforehand. I appreciate the honesty in this post.

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  6. I agree! It pays to read some reviews. Super mahal ng food but maybe baka bumawi naman sa ambiance ng place. Pero mahal parin talaga yung food HAHA

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    1. Haha sana nag buffet na lang kami. 😁

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  7. Thanks for the honest review of the food! They all actually looked so delicious in person. Nakakamiss tuloy kumain sa labas huhu

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  8. Never pa ko nakapunta diyan sa Uptown. Layo kasi sa place namin. Good thing you gave your honest review. Na-curious ako dun sa corned beef sinigang!

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    1. Yun yung best seller nila. Malambot yung beef in fairness.

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  9. mywondermom says:

    I haven’t tried this resto. Actually, I don’t frequent kasi Uptown Mall but I realized there are a lot of restos pa to try there. I love your thorough review, will definitely try their food first for a titas meet-up before considering this resto for a special occasion. Thank you!

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    1. Yes po. And try niyo din yung ibang dishes, baka winner din naman ✔️

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  10. Cooking dinugan is somehow tricky to prepare and you got to be extra careful for its preparation and cooking.
    Missing Uptown! It used to be my regular after-office hangout.

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  11. Rowena says:

    Miss dining out. Haven’t done that for almost a year! Guess the culprit for the dinuguan’s taste is the type of vinegar that they used.
    Miss their cornbeef sinigang thou.

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  12. OMG super takam ko!! almost of my fave food yung inorder ninyo.. muka naman masarap based sa photo and description mo.. buti merong outdoor kasi para kampante. walang limit sa number of pax?

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    1. Thanks po! Pero para sa lasa, overpriced sya haha. Yeah, wala naman limit. Kasi konti lang din kumakain.

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  13. enna says:

    When I saw the Flat Iron Brisket’s photo, I thought “Ah this looks so good,” and I’m glad that it’s actually good! Sad for other dishes tho :((

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