The dining landscape here in Bacolod is fast becoming a joyous melange of global plates. The revolving staples of Chinese, Japanese and Italian cuisines that the old families rely on for their nightly outings have evolved and have been supplanted with the tastes of Korea, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam, Germany, Mexico, and now, Austria. As Bacolod City grows in size, so does its palate.
Tyrol restaurant is a most welcome addition to the Bacolod family of international cuisine. This is conveniently tucked at the far end of 12th Street Lacson, near Mayfair Plaza. It opened early January 2014 to a sampling of fantastic dishes and great company. It has an unassuming entrance with the red Austrian seal emblazoned at its gates. Inside, you will find both BACA (Bacolod Academy for Culinary Arts) and adjoining it, Tyrol restaurant. Ample parking space is provided.
Chef-restaurateurs, Marcel , Gunther and Daniel form the core group that operates BACA and by extension, Tyrol. With their passion for food, we are excited that they are bringing their home flavors of Germany and Austria. This is how far Bacolod has gone in expanding its culinary palate.
The place is well-appointed. Decorated in subdued hues of wood, palettes of yellow and vermilion, and furnished with locally-made wooden furniture. Tyrol evokes the atmosphere of a rustic yet modern Austrian countryside. The clean lines, the open kitchen and spacious dining area make it a great place to bring your family or your special someone. They even have an acacia-shaded al fresco area which is perfect for drinking a cold glass of European beer on a warm summer night.
The plates are meat-&-potato heavy with rich flavors and balanced sauces. I tasted a sample of pork knuckle and it was outstanding. It was cooked perfectly; the meat buttery soft with a right amount of gelatinous fat. This alone would be enough to go back. Another hit for Tyrol are their cold cuts and their choice of sausages. Hearty and spicy that each mouthful craves for another slice. Paired with their sweetish mustard, the savoriness of the sausage is doubly accentuated. It was a simple combination but now I realized how delicious and sophisticated the pairing was. It was like reward and punishment all at once that your poor brain does nothing but surrender to such deliciousness.
Tyrol, being Austrian and by influence Germanic, is great in baking Eurocentric bread, but what impressed me most are the home-baked pretzels. A chewy malty knot (Thank you, Maillard Reaction!) studded with a scattering of sea salt tasted far superior than those we find packed in foil. Its saltiness contrasted with the sweetness of the bread. Paired this with their sausages, then you will have a perfect drinking snack!
Besides the fare, service has been attentive, brisk and cheery. The staff were in a good mood during the opening, and were knowledgeable about the food (which I think is very important considering Austrian cuisine is rare in our local gastronomic scene.) The atmosphere pervading in Tyrol is one that is full of Germanic joie d’vivre (think: raucous Oktoberfests) which would surely strike a similar chord in any Negrense. This zest for life is reflected in their fare- robust flavors, hearty proteins and German beer. Perfect.
Verdict? Highly Recommended.
Tyrol is located at 12th Lacson Street,, Mayfair Place
Bacolod City 6100, Philippines RESERVATIONS ARE ADVISED.
Open Mondays to sundays 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 11 pm