The Island Outdoor Bistro – A Gastronomic Paradise

Formerly known as The Palace Manila, The Island Outdoor Bistro opened its doors again to the public last January 2021. Supporting the IATF’s recommendation, it transformed the old party place into a refreshing al-fresco dining venue. It features a revamp and improved facilities equipped with trained staff to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last February 27, 2021, I was able to dine in with my friends and have tried their tantalizing menu items.

Me (in black shirt and olive green blazer) and my friends (Rizza and Pau) at The Island Outdoor Bistro
If you don’t know what to order, scan the digital menu.

We started with the appetizers: Umami Truffle Fries and Carne Asada Tacos.

Umami Truffle Fries

The Umami Truffle Fries are loaded with truffle parmesan cheese sauce, aonori and bonito flakes. This is good for 2-3 persons per serving. I suggest to dig in immediately as it’s way crispier when it’s hot. Not too salty yet you can really taste the savory flavor. This is a HIT for me.

Carne Asada Tacos
One of my favorites at The Island Outdoor Bistro

Although an appetizer, Carne Asada Tacos can be considered as a small meal for me. Topped with tomatoes, onions and other fine ingredients, this will surely help you stimulate your appetite. Surprisingly, it was really good. It’s an ACE for me.

We tried Yes, Please Garlic Steak Rice. It’s a prime grade U.S. Angus beef flat iron steak topped with corn, fried egg, and soy on a bed of Japanese rice. The egg was perfectly spiced and cooked. The garlic steak was phenomenal! It can really stand on its own. The flat iron steak was a bit dry but overall, it was still a good dish. It should have been an ace but I’ll give this one as HIT.

Yes, Please Garlic Steak Rice
Another view of Yes, Please Garlic Steak Rice!

Southern Fried Chicken is a staple order for me. It’s composed of three (3) boneless chicken thighs, chili honey, chorizo gravy, fries and buttered corn. It was a bit salty but it did compensate with its texture – super crunchy! It’s good for 2-3 persons and is definitely a classic. It’s a HIT for me.

Southern Fried Chicken

Flat Iron Steak was cooked to perfection. I usually have medium rare steak but I they did it well done but still it was flavorful and just hit the spot! I chose two sides along with the usual 180 grams flat iron steak. This is a HIT for me.

Flat Iron Steak

Tamarind Glazed Salmon contains soy, honey, crispy skin and bokchoy. If you’re allergic to any of these ingredients, don’t eat this. I’m lucky that I’m not and it’s one of my favorite dishes at The Island Outdoor Bistro. It’s an ACE for me.

Tamarind Glazed Salmon

Apart from the wide selection of mains, sides, appetizers, and desserts, the restaurant also offers cocktails such as Girlscout Colada, Clueless, White Sangria and Lychee Martini.

Girlscout Colada
Clueless – As if!
Maverick “The Perfect Wingman”
White Sangria
Lychee Martini

Overall, I was quite pleased with the dining experience despite the restrictions. The ambiance was amazing and you can feel the warm hospitality of the staff. The food was above my expectations but there are still room for improvements.

Here are some snaps around the grounds:

The Island Life!
Seats toward the exit of the restaurant.
Would you like to swim?

The Island Outdoor Bistro is located at 9th Avenue corner 32nd Street, Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. You can follow their official social media pages:
Facebook: The Island PH
Instagram: theislandph

29 thoughts on “The Island Outdoor Bistro – A Gastronomic Paradise”

  1. I really miss Manila! It’s nice to see the happening places opening up again following the necessary health protocols. I’d love to try the steak and the salmon!

  2. I love your restaurant reviews. I like your honest opinions and your photos are so sharp! Makes me what to reach out and taste everything. Thanks for your review of The Island Outdoor Bistro.

  3. The place is so beautiful and refreshing, and the food looks really delicious too. I will def visit the place, thank you!

  4. All of this food looks amazing and what a fun place to enjoy. Those fries though, yum!

  5. The Island Outdoor Bistro looks like a great place to stop and grab a drink or bite to eat! One day I would love to visit it myself.

    1. I super agree with you! Steak and rice is indeed the best combo! I won’t mind a mashed potato with it either though.

      1. Same here! Mashed potato, Yorkshire pudding, and vegetable sidings. I miss eating out! Haha. I wouldn’t say no to those Umami Truffle Fries as well.

  6. It really looks like a paradise. The food looks super yummilicious. Glad you had a super time!

  7. My hubby is sitting here with em and was fascinated by the food. I am pretty fascinated by those lovely looking cocktails.

  8. Your post made me miss going out to new restaurants so much. I would 100% try the steak rice, cant wait when things will open around here.

  9. This looks like an amazing place. and food images so yumm. Thanks for sharing with us

  10. Businesses especially establishments that are into parties were really hit by the global pandemic. Good thing that they diversify and revamp. The food looks amazingly delicious too!

  11. Ohhh didn’t know they changed their name already. I haven’t even visited when they were still called The Palace lol.

  12. Revisited your site to show this post to my niece. She and her boyfriend are going to have a small celebration to commemorate the day they first met. I recommended this restaurant to them.

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