The promise of a palatable journey comes to life at Vagabonds Artisan Comfort Food. Staying true to its claim, Vagabonds offers quality food with good portioning at reasonable prices. Classic comfort food meets unique and modern inspirations from different parts of the world.
When we arrived at Vagabonds, we found the servers busy preparing the tables and carefully tyding up the place. We figured we were too early. After half an hour or so, without even noticing, everything was in order and the place was ready for business.
The homey and rustic interiors make the venue ideal for family gatherings or simply for hanging out with friends. The high ceiling gives the place a refined and classy ambiance.
Vagabonds served us almost everything on their menu. Crazy. One by one the servers would go out surprising us each time with a different dish, and for a moment, we thought that the outflow would go on forever. Really, it was so generous of them.
First off the kitchen was the Quatro Formaggi and Garlic Dip. This gourmet dip combined garlic and 4 kinds of cheese to create a fresh new flavor. We love cheese and there’s no better way to start a meal than with this rich, creamy, and overly cheesy dip.
The hearty and creamy Southerner’s Soup made with homemade bacon, leeks, and potatoes was a good start to the journey. It was topped with crispy chips for an added crunch and texture.
We were served two kinds of salads… the Yamite Salad (Asian Chicken Salad) and the best seller Vagabonds Salmon Salad. The Yamite Salad was a mix of greens and chicken drizzled with sesame dressing and topped with wonton chips for some crunch. It was a blend of sweet and sour from the cherry tomatoes with a spicy accent from fresh onions and a nutty hint from the sesame dressing. The crispy wonton added more texture to the crisp greens. It was a refreshing start to a long journey of eating. The Vagabonds Salmon Salad, their best seller, lived up to its title. The salmon paired with cream cheese and apple cider vinaigrette was for us, the winning piece. It gave the salad a versatile twist considering that all other ingredients were too predictable (lettuce, spring and red onions, and cherry tomatoes). The taste was unconventional and unique, a mix of bitter and tang, and comforting creaminess.
The wings, both flavors, were striking. The Belgian Wanderer had sugar, spice, and everything yummy; cooked with a blend of chocolate marinade and Spanish Paprika, served with Pimiento Aioli Dip. Despite its dark chocolatey appearance, the chocolate coating was actually light making the chicken flavor still stand out. But the ingredient that stood out the most was the Spanish Paprika, overpowering all other flavors. We love spicy food so for us, this was the bomb! 💣
From sweet and spicy we shifted to salty with The Tagalog’s Best Bagoong Wings. It was marinated with bagoong and served with salted eggs. A unique combination that was deliciously salty, something that Filipinos would definitely understand and enjoy.
The Pastas were overwhelming. Who wouldn’t be when 5 kinds of Pasta are lined up in front of you, all waiting to be eaten – Monticello Mac and Cheese, Spain’s Shrimp and Chorizo Pasta, Classic Carbonara, Mediterranean Pasta, and Meatball Corleone.
The Mac and Cheese had a GENEROUS serving of bacon, and the cheese was rich and tasty – two ingredients that can easily make us happy, so we definitely enjoyed this one. A common dish done uncommonly well.
The Mediterranean Pasta was bursting with flavors from the sea and the aroma was inviting. This oil based pasta was easy on our tastebuds yet satisfying to the belly, basically their version of the Seafood Aglio Olio, with garlic, oil, and lots of seafood that took us on a delectable trip to the sea. It was a bit heavy on oil, but we prefer oily than dry, so we’re all good.
The Classic Carbonara was well, your classic carbonara. Maybe because it was overshadowed by the cheesy Mac and Cheese and the flavors of the sea from the Mediterranean Pasta we had before it, that the dish didn’t really stand out. But it wasn’t bad, either. It had rich portions of bacon that thrilled us, again. It did, however, get a little salty afterwards, after consuming too much bacon.
Spain’s Shrimp and Chorizo Pasta was an exciting treat. It was like eating Spanish tapas in a pasta.
For their burgers and sandwiches, we particularly loved the Philadelphia’s Favorite Cheesesteak. The melted mozzarella was perfect and the flavor of the beef was just right, not bland but not too spiced up either, and the bell pepper and onions were the perfect finish. Vagabonds could, however, improve on their choice of bread and rolls. Marshall’s Cheese Burger was a different story. The patty was really thick so it leaned towards being dry. It was delicious, in all fairness, but the texture could use a little more juiciness to it to make the overall experience more notable. Sadly, we were not able to try the Boracay Chori Burger but if it tastes half as good as what it claims to be, Boracay’s favorite chorizo burger with a gourmet twist, then we would definitely be back.
We could say that their rice meals were really impressive. The Ibiza Chicken with Chorizo Pilaff was so full of flavor and was complemented by the mushrooms and the bed of chorizo pilaff. We love how tender the chicken was and and how the thick red sauce was absorbed giving us a taste of Spain from the meat all the way to the bones. We had the option to put in a few drops of lemon to give it a zesty tone but decided to stick with the original flavor. John Wayne’s Pork Chops was everything we hoped it would be – crispy, tasty, and juicy thick slices of pork. It was deep fried to crunchy perfection and heavily seasoned, so make sure to consume big portions of rice with it. Yummy!
In the end, it all boils down to their house specialty – the steaks! Their 1000 Grams (or One Kilo) Steak is the real deal! For only Php 1800, customers can enjoy a kilo of premium USDA hanging tenders with three dips – gravy, chimichurri, and teriyaki. Seasoned with just salt and pepper, we have steak at its most natural state, perfectly cooked. The sauces may then be added to give more excitement, depending on your preference. For us, we tried mixing all three together and loved everything about it!
The Southern American Steak is actually your One Kilo Steak (less the one kilo serving size) served with pilaff and marinated in bbq sauce.
And last but not the least, the group’s favourite was the Tokyo Beef. It had a beefy flavor with oriental hints, intensified by the sweet ginger sauce drizzled all over. Served with a soft sunny side up and kamameshi rice.
No meal is complete without desserts. And Vagabonds knew that the best way to end a meal is through sweet endings. Just when we thought we had enough, the kitchen door opened and a feast of desserts was brought out – New York Cheesecake, Wonka’s Delight, Scout Treats, Oreo Matcha Pudding, Cookies and Cream Pudding, and the Choco Lava Cake. What a blast! We loved how the Cheesecake had a lemon tang to it.
The Wonka’s Delight topped with white chocolate and graham bits and Scout Treats with blow-torched marshmallows and graham crackers, were both very chocolate-y custard treats. If permitted, we could gobble them down in a heartbeat.
The pudding was sensational, both flavors. We loved how it was presented – out of the ordinary, unrefined, unique. The texture was also very raw and the flavors subtle, not too strong, just right to satisfy the cravings for a sweet snack.
Before we forget, they served us beautifully crafted frappes, in fact too beautiful to devour. All were refreshingly sweet, for just Php150. And if you’re feeling lucky, just show up at Vagabonds from 2pm-5pm and get the same frappe overload for just Php100. Too good to be true, yes?!? 🙂
Vagabonds is just around the corner, waiting to be discovered. We were lucky enough to be invited to taste and see what they had to offer and despite the mixed reviews, we were not disappointed with their new and improved menu. ‘Til our next visit, Vagabonds! Thank you for the wonderful palatable journey.
Vagabonds Artisan Comfort Food
RGI Building, Scout Limbaga Corner Scout Torillo Steet, Sacred Heart, Quezon City, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
Contact No: +632 281 7748