Yesterday, March 8, 2013, Rufo’s Famous Tapa invited bloggers to celebrate their newly opened branch, in A. Venue Mall, Makati Avenue, Makati City which opened just recently, March 1, 2013. After closing the Kalayaan Avenue branch since the landlord decided to no longer renew the lease, they moved to A. Venue the very same minute they closed the Kalayaan Branch. It is a few steps away from the Kalayaan Branch, the A. Venue Mall will now be the “New Rufo’s Makati.” The owner of Rufo’s, Paul Reyes is as sad as the customers are when the Kalayaan Branch had closed since it has been around since 1984. The Kalayaan Branch has been the favorite of the International School teachers, students, employees, party-goers, and etc. The Rufo’s Famous Tapa have been famous for it’s affordable and satisfying Filipino food.
Rufo’s closed down one branch, but they are not closing the whole Rufo’s, in fact they are opening a lot of branches. More and more are franchising Rufo’s. In fact, there are more under construction and soon to open branches in UST, SM North Edsa, Retiro, and Timog. Aside from these soon to open branches, they have newly opened and other branches in McKinley Hill (opened just last March 2, 2013), Macapagal Avenue, Shaw, Eastwood, Las Piñas, SM Makati, Vito Cruz, and Ortigas. According to Paul, by April this year, there will be 15 Rufo’s stores in Metro Manila and nearby municipalities with the help of Rufo’s Famous Franchise Program. By the end of this year, he plans to have 30 stores in all.
My Own Experience in Rufo’s Famous Tapa
Basically, I love their food, I really liked the place and I’m in the mood to write, I would like to do a honest and in depth review of Rufo’s Famous Tapa, regardless of the fact that we were invited there and was able to interview Mr. Paul Izon Reyes, the President of Rufo’s Famous Franchise Corporation. (RUFOCORP) In short, this will be non-biased review.
The meal was superb! I love every bite of the different dishes that were served to us and the dished that we ordered too! First, I wanna talk about the dish that made Rufo’s Tapa famous, the Rufo’s Famous Tapa. The tapa that was served was soft and tender. It was really easy to chew and eat. It was sweet and has sauce that they promote as “Sauce pa lang, ulam na.” (The sauce can already serve as a viand) The sauce tastes just like the tapa, no wonder they promote it that way.
We also tried tasting other dishes, like their Liempo, one of their best sellers, Sisig and Chicken. They all tastes great. Honest. For the Sisig, I’m not that sure because my co-blogger made the sisig so spicy, I cannot taste the sisig itself anymore. But the Chicken and Liempo, boy, it was really superb!
As for my order, I ordered Mushroom Adobo. I love Mushrooms! And I like that they made a viand for just Mushrooms. I hope they would soon offer Mushroom soup! Speaking of soup, the only thing that was not that yummy in Rufo’s according to me, and some other bloggers’ taste was the soup. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the soup, and I just noticed that I don’t have a picture of it. About the soup, for me, that was okay, maybe it was just a bad day or they were nervous, or something, so for me, that won’t cause any negative point. Going back, the other best seller of Rufo’s that was served is the Bangus, but I have not tried it though.
The other food from Rufo’s that I’ve tasted was their Burger and the Bulalo. I love their burger. The beef of the burger was really awesome, and just by holding the burger you could see the sauce of the beef. Boy, I would love to eat Rufo’s burger again. Same with Bulalo. I like it. The meat in the Bulalo was also tender and easy to eat.
I love their desert. And it was affordable too. If I’m not mistaken, there were three different deserts that they offer. I’ve tried two, the Leche Flan and the Black Sambo. I liked it, especially the Black Sambo. But it would be better if it was served cold I guess. The deserts were served small, which is good for me, because if you are full with your meal, you can order a desert without having second thoughts thinking you won’t be able to finish it. It is served small, so no worries about getting a desert after a full meal.
As for the price, they are quite affordable considering the fact that what they offer are yummy and their location. You may think that Rufo’s meals are very expensive judging from their location, when actually its not. It just the same price as your milk tea. 😉
Actually, the ambiance was pretty awesome. It has a function room. They have a second floor. They have room for a lot of customers. If you want open air, they have it, if you want the room to be really cold, it’s possible. If you like it outside, it’s also possible. In fact, the location was pretty good. Since a lot of people are hanging out there at night, and it’s nearby my alma mater, St. Paul College Makati. Students will most probably eat there after dismissal. (I remember way back, after class, we love to eat at a tapsilogan there nearby, but when I passed by there, I didn’t see that tapsilogan anymore.) You can also have a drink there and enjoy Filipino meals at the same time. In fact, I’m thinking of inviting my high school friends from St. Paul College Makati to spend the reunion there soon. 😉
I couldn’t say much about their service. They were courteous to assisting us.
Just one sentence. I would love to come back to Rufo’s Famous Tapa on normal days. I would love to eat their burger again. If you are a fan of Fil-Am dishes, then you can try Rufo’s Famous Tapa. You will not regret it.
Rufo’s Famous Tapa earned 5 stars from The Lifestyle Avenue
You can view the other pictures during the event here.
Rufo’s Famous Franchise Corporation
Main Office: 2/F RufoCorp Building, 300-B Malapantao Street, Barangka Itaas, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Telephone: +632 532 6335, +632 533 1446, +632 532 3392
Mobile: +63 917 806 1806
Franchising: +632 477 6652
Official Website: www.rufos.com.ph
Official Facebook Account: http://www.facebook.com/rufosfamoustapa
Official Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/RufosFamousTapa