Formerly known as Draft Gastropub, they recently relaunched and revamped bringing in more food items on their menu. As they wanted to feature more food, they changed the name to Draft Restaurant and Brewery. It’s newly renovated ambiance here in Rockwell has a modern and homey vibe but still follow an industrial look as its own heritage.
They’re one of the premier Gastropub in the country with a strong following for a convivial European style of casual dining and beer drinking. Currently, there’s 4 branches located in Greenbelt, Alabang, Ortigas and here, Rockwell.
Right now, they still serve premium European draft beers and bottled beers with known brands such as Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Paulaner and many other artisan brews. What I like about them is that they have great pairings for their food. Here’s what they recommend:
Laksa Mussel Pot – Malaysian spicy red coconut curry, half kilo Chilean Mussels served with Fries, Sourdough and Aioli. I like the blending of curry and coconut. The mussels were fresh too and cooked to . I appreciate the sourdough on the side too as it balances all the strong flavor.
Beer Pair: Paulaner Naturtrub
Sisig Pizza – Homemade Sisig pizza with green chili relish, Aioli and topped with soft boiled egg. What more can you ask for? You have Sisis and Pizza in one dish. Totally worth all the calories.
Beer Pair: Stella Artois
Chicken Cracklings – Crispy Chicken Skin served with homemade Pinakurat seasoned with Coffee-Togarashi spice. I love Pinakurat and I was glad as this is the perfect dip to any crispy there is! The spiciness level of this chow was not so high. You can still enjoy the Coffee-Togarashi spice in here.
Beer Pair: Little Creatures: Bright Ale
Fish and Chips – Beck’s Beer Battered White Fish Fillet serve with Tartar Sauce, Side Salad and Frites. Soft Fish Fillet fried to perfection along with the Frites. These two were best when dipped to their homemade tartar sauce. Salad was refreshing which balances it all.
Beer Pair: Beck’s Beer
Gangnam Beef Stew – 3 hour Braised Korean Beef Stew in Gochujang served with steamed Rice. Now this is the real deal. The sauce has a tangy yet sweet taste. This could probably be compared with our Menudo with all that carrots and potatoes in there. This was topped with Sesame seeds which added a more distinct flavor to it.
Beer Pair: Leffe Brune
Peri Peri Chicken – South African spicy flame Grilled Chicken, with tangy spicy peri peri relish and buttered fine beans over steamed rice. The chicken was grilled perfectly and all the flavors were all through it not just the skin.
Beer Pair: Paulaner Hefe Dunkel
Paella Fiesta – This pot of Paella has Saffron, Tomato, Chicken, Crispy Pork Belly, Chorizo, Shrimp, Mussels, white Clams and Calamari. Everything was flavorful. My only suggestion would be to add meat on the rice too, not just on top of it.
Beer Pair: Hoegaarden Weissbier
Truffled Bacon Mac and Cheese – Baked Macaroni with double smoked Bacon, Truffle Cream, Mozzarella, Cheddar and Grana Padano. My favorite! The truffle smelled so good! The Macaroni was al dente, the sauce were creamy. You have to try this.
Beer Pair: Paulaner Munchner Hell
There’s dessert available as well also with their best beer pairing.
TIramisu – Mascapone, coffee, savoardi, cocoa, Davao 70% dark chocolate. So decadent.
Beer Pair: Leffe Brune
Dark Chocolate Mud Cake – Davao 70% dark chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. I would order this once again if I’m in the area. It’s just so heavenly with the ice cream on top.
Beer Pair: Murphy’s Irish Stout.
I could say that adding more food item were such a brilliant idea as people who mostly want beers wants good food too. Now I know where to grab scrumptious meal with best beer to pair with.
Address: Second Floor, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City