What’s in a ‘gastropub’?

Try pairing Barley Gastropub’s Foie Gras Burger with Fat Pauly’s local brews

Try pairing Barley Gastropub’s Foie Gras Burger with Fat Pauly’s local brews

Combining the idea of a restaurant and pub, a new food and beverage destination called Barley’s Gastropub is drawing a good crowd at the corner of Sgt. Esguerra and Sct. Bayoran Sts., just three blocks away from
the highly commercialized Timog Ave.

Different from most of its neighboring establishments, Barley’s range of food and beverage selection is not commonly found elsewhere with entrees like Foie Gras Burger, Beer in a Butt Chicken, and Truffle and Egg Pasta, among many others.  Aside from its scrumptious European and Filipino fusion dishes, the pub offers a wide range of local and imported crafted beers, spirits and liquor.

“Basically it’s a restaurant and a bar. Anyone can have dinner here while enjoying his favorite beer and watching his game on TV. This can also be a place for parties and family gatherings, or a place to have a quiet and delicious dinner,” said Justin Yenko, the 27-year-old chef and entrepreneur who owns and manages the gastropub with his wife, Christine.

As for his local beer selection, Chef Justin proudly introduced Paul Del Rosario, the Iligan-based creator and owner of Fat Pauly’s Hand-Crafted Ales and Lagers, which was launched in September 2010. The brand’s beer selection now numbers to some 40 flavors, with most of its varieties available at the gastropub.

beer“I have the widest and the wildest selection of locally-crafted beers. I try to be as creative as possible, so I don’t like putting standards to my beers. Although it [beer]is heavily influenced by Belgian practices, I use local and indigenous products from my hometown to infuse a touch of Filipino in my work,” Del Rosario informed The Manila Times.

Sheila Mañalac


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