This is one of the establishments that I always pass by but never got to try (again). I have actually eaten here before but I only tried their sandwich and it was too long ago to remember how it tasted.
Apartment 1B is located at that part of the metro that gives me that New York neighborhood feel during weekends. One can envision the place as a residential one, probably why the name. It is homey indeed. Hanging in one portion are some magazines to browse by. The space inside is small, with stairs that will lead you up to the next floor where more seating are. It was comfortable.
We started with the Pizza Margherita (Php 290) since we were looking for something that is heavy enough because we were starving yet would allow us to still have some space in the stomach for some other dishes. The crust was very unusual. It was crumbly, exactly like that of a tart. I guess it is their way of a twist to the classic. It was good and it worked although my preference is still towards the usual thin crust dough. The mozzarella cheese was spread out generously. Pieces of sliced tomatoes plus herbs were spread out as well.
After a long while, we started ordering entrées. I first tried their Macaroni and Cheese which came in a cup. It was a pretty unusual presentation. The mac and cheese was baked with lots of cheese on top and melted ones at the bottom. It was creamy and rich with the texture of macaroni being smooth and resistant to the bite. It would have been a great pleasure to eat more had not there been a plastic in my food which I initially thought was cheese. We were offered to have it replaced by another dish we preferred but we stuck it out with another mac and cheese. In all fairness, we were not charged for it, so I was more than happy with their apologetic effort.
The meatloaf (Php 450) also made its way to our table. It was in unusual form as I was expecting some sort of a roll. Instead, it looked like in a form of a steak, only with smoother texture. As I indulged myself with a bite, the meatloaf crumbles in the mouth. To be honest, I have never been a fan of meatloaf so I really cannot say much in terms of comparison to the other restaurants that serve them. The mashed potato was really good though as it was flavourful without being overly buttery.
A serving of the pork chops (Php 490) came in two pieces. It was grilled and if I’m not mistaken, un-marinated. It was tender, a little lacking in moisture but it was not such a big deal as it was still easy to chew. The gratin on the side tasted good too. Thin layers always give me a better taste of the food.
We ordered a slice of flourless chocolate cake (Php 190) for dessert. It was rich but I think milk chocolate was used in making this one. Nevertheless it was smooth and decadent. If you are full from your meal, be sure to share a slice with your companions. It is actually good with their café latte (Php 90), although it was small and wee bit expensive.
They brew their own concoction of iced tea (Php 90) which tasted great actually. A hint of sourness and sweetness that made for a refreshing drink.
I couldn’t say anything less about the service, it was just impeccable. I did not have to ask for water except during the time that I ordered for the whole duration of our dinner. And it was constantly refilled with warm water, just the way I like it.
Remember to call to reserve, especially if you prefer a certain table in the restaurant as the area gets filled fast. As for returning, I’d love to try their egg’s benidict, which I heard they create perfectly.
Apartment 1B Gourmet Comfort Food
132 L. P. Leviste corner Sedeño Sts. Salcedo Village Makati