Review: Sheperd's Pie and Fish and Chips at Union Jack Tavern

It was British to me. I have always thought British food was like any other food I'd find elsewhere because even my British friends from long ago said so. I've visited Union Jack Tavern at Festival Mall Alabang last Saturday after missing my granddaughter for weeks and appreciated British dishes like never before. 
I was here few weeks ago at the Tour of Hope 2011 Prologue and David Charlton of Team David's Salon was so kind enough to give us tokens including a gift certificate. Union Jack Tavern is an authentic British Restaurant, a Gastro Pub and a Real British Grocery All-in-One located at the 2nd floor of Festival Mall in Alabang. I've seen familiar authentic British items which reminded me of my friends Will and Lee from Surrey and I didn't hesitate to explore the menu. Joined by my niece Kay and hubby Tony with my granddaughter Ayee, we've decided to try the most famous British food, Fish and Chips (P395) with Guiness Draught 500ml (P215). 
Fish and Chips, John Dory Fillet coated in our beer batter, served with hand cut chips and traditional mushy peas. The dish is most popular served on a newspaper wrapper which favors the British always on-the-go. The serving was huge that we've settled to order just one to share. The hand-cut chips tasted like the Filipino cassava which is different from the usual french fries served in many fastfood. It's thick, crunchy and a bit salty to match the flavorful John Dory Fillet coated in beer batter. The lemon wedge garnish squeezed on the fish erased the oily taste and it was really good with the traditional mushy peas. I was told it was best paired with the Guinness Draught Beer so I've tried a sip. 
I was surprised to have enjoyed the combination considering it's a similar feeling after I've tried the Marmite Yeast Extract Spread my friends gave me, bold, a bit bitter yet flavorful. I was even more surprised to have seen the similar Marmite as Chips sold in their British Grocery.
My niece and I thought we should order another authentic British dish we have not tried so we had the Shepperd's Pie (P385). It's made of ground lamb meat in a herb-infused creamy sauce topped with fresh mashed potatoes and grated parmesan cheese.
Knowing it's lamb, I was expecting a strong after-taste and a gamey texture but since the meat was grounded and mixed with diced carrots, it actually felt like the usual ground beef served as pie. It's not too salty and not too strong so even my granddaughter enjoyed the dish. 
Trying authentic British dishes, Shepperd's Pie and Fish and Chips at Union Jack Tavern was one unforgettable culinary adventure I'll always cherish with my family. What seemed British to my tongue isn't British anymore and I can now say, I love British food now although loving Marmite will take a longer time to acquire. 
Enjoy authentic British dishes and products at Union Jack Tavern located at 2/F Festival Mall, Alabang. For more information and reservations, please call  850-3739, 659-2311, Email: unionjacktavern@gmail.com or visit www.unionjacktavern.com.ph

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