Cuore: Dishing Out Hearty Italian Cuisine

When a barkada of working women open up a restaurant-cum-bar and tag it as a “social lounge”, you know you’ve got a good thing going. Literally translating to “heart” in Italian, Cuore is a bistro and social lounge that every female yuppie will call their local watering hole.

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With speakeasies and specialty bars mushrooming everywhere these days in Metro Manila, many lean towards a masculine ambience, resembling a cigar room straight out of The Godfather – wood-paneled walling and dark leather seating abound. Replace that mannish vibe with a softer, more effeminate one with its dark lingers and urban sophistication and you’ve got Cuore’s backdrop for a good time.

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With the day drinking atmosphere comes a collection of tweaked Italian favorites, all conceptualized by the same women, dishing out both indulgent comforts and healthy alternatives.

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The start of a meal calls for aperitifs, and Cuore has a selection of curated cocktails crafted by their resident mixologist. For PG-13 versions, we recommend freshly prepared lemonade.

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Our Phuket Sunsets (Php 310/ Php 470)

Succulent morsels of grilled prawns and tender smoked salmon are tossed in greens with a creamy balsamic dressing with shiitake mushrooms and shaved parmesan.

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Sweet Dreams (Php 240)

A vegetarian option from their Brunch Menu, a delectable rosti (potato pancake) is generously topped with vegetables and feta cheese. Feeling carnivorous? They have an all-meat version, too!

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Delightful You (Php 315/ Php 540)

Fusili pasta is tossed in creamy white sauce along with chunks of chicken and mushroom. The cream isn’t overpowering and is best paired with a piquant flavor – like a salad or a tomato-based pizza.

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Fab Mama’s Fave (Php 330/ Php 560)

If cream seems too heavy, try their vegetable fusilli aglio olio. A hefty serving of broccoli, tomatoes and mushrooms are mixed with shrimp and topped with parmesan shavings. Don’t let the simplicity of the ingredients fool you. This packs a punch of flavor with each forkful.

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Remember My Name (Php 560)

To cut the medley of veggies, go for a meat pizza like this one. A rich mushroom sauce acts as its base, going well with its roast beef, caramelized onions and alfalfa sprouts.

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Love Me Tender (Php 360)

Overflowing with veggies, grilled chicken pesto and mozzarella, they don’t call it a dirty panini for nothing. Comes with a side of thick-cut fries and homemade pesto mayonnaise (yes, it’s made from scratch).

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All My Love (Php 520)

Half a roasted chicken is drenched in a creamy mushroom and leek sauce, then served with either a garden salad or herbed rice. The dish is huge and can be shared by 3 people, or a famished loner.


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