Front and ‘Sentro’ of modern Filipino cuisine

1771 Group of Restaurants CEO Ricky Gutierrez

1771 Group of Restaurants CEO Ricky Gutierrez

“This new restaurant will be the benchmark for all Sentro restaurants,” was how Ricky Gutierrez, founder and chief executive officer of the 1771 Group of Restaurants introduced his newest venture at the now bustling Capitol Commons address in Pasig City.

Known as a favorite destination for modern Filipino cuisine, Sentro 1771’s latest expansion also signifies the birth of a “different dining experience.”

“Sentro 1771 is now open in Capitol Commons to offer creative Filipino food, a high level of service and a modern restaurant ambiance inspired by the Commonwealth period,” Guttierez elaborated.

Sentro’s delectable Filipino menu is highlighted by signature dishes such as Sinigang na Corned Beef (corned beef short ribs and boneless shanks in tamarind broth with native vegetables) and Rated GG (galunggong fillets fried in garlic oil and topped with browned garlic).

Executive chef Vicky Pacheco

Executive chef Vicky Pacheco

There are also many exciting, undiscovered dishes since a new menu was simultaneously launched at the resto’s Greenbelt 3 and Serendra branches. Among these are the Fresh Smoked Spring Rolls, Lengua with Mushrooms Salpicao, Sugar-Free Humba, Papaya Salad with pickled carrots, cucumber, fried tofu, hito flakes and fried shallots in flavored patis dressing, and Keso Flan.

“The a la carte menu is presented and classified according to unique modern interpretation of each dish rather than just by appetizers and entrees. Everyday Filipino dishes have been transformed into creative and innovative versions that appeal to a wider market that includes both locals and foreigners,” joined in executive chef and COO Vicky Pacheco of the 1771 Group.

From plating a meticulously made dish to presenting the wine service, Sentro 1771 Capitol Commons aims to be at par with international restaurants.

“Normally, Filipino food is served in a casual setting, with casual service –all of the dishes served at the same time, with the cutlery on the table. We’re bringing Filipino dining to the next level by adding finesse – it’s casual, not formal, but fine. We’re serving Filipino food in a beautiful setting, where there is attention to detail and tabletop presentation,” she said.

The new restaurant will also become the standard in design interiors for all Sentro restaurants, which will soon be renovated to fit this mold.

The Capitol Commons restaurant seats 140 and features well designed function rooms, al fresco dining and an outdoor bar. Taking a page from the Philippines’ Commonwealth Period, the interiors heavily carry art deco and Filipino elements.

This inspiration is specifically expressed in wrought iron railings, fluted architectural glass, high ceilings and big windows, as well as the light and airy atmosphere.

Another example of the merging of Filipino and art deco elements are the solihiya chairs and machuca tiles. Put together, the overall look becomes distinctively Modern Filipino.

Established by the 1771 Group of Restaurants, Sentro 1771 first opened in Greenbelt 3 in 2002. With business going strong, a second location was opened in 2008 in Serendra at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

“The Ortigas group has offered us a prime space,” Gutierrez said of the third branch,” allowing us to build our first stand-alone destination restaurant for Sentro 1771. Capitol Commons is a growing lifestyle hub in this city,” he noted.

“We would never have lasted if our food was not authentic, consistently delicious and of good quality. The steadfast commitment of everyone in the organization to excellent food and service is what helped Sentro stay on top of its game for the last 12 years,” he gratefully ended.

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