This hidden bar wants to bring the Poblacion drinking scene to Tomas Morato
A speakeasy hiding in Tomas Morato
You’ll find the address “114 Scout Lozano Street” after a quick online search of “Prima Facie.” Your (Grab) ride will most likely drop you off in front of a gated residential building with the number “114,” upon which you may end up taking your phone out in confusion, wondering whether you have the right address. You realize that this hidden bar is more covert than you had initially expected. To your right, you see a restaurant called Vitto’s. You peek inside through the glass windows and find bottles of wine stacked behind a tall counter. Is this the right place, perhaps? Sort of.
This bar within a bar is named after the Latin expression for ‘first impression.’ Your
prima facie of the place—once you find it— may be reminiscent of a speakeasy from the American Prohibition; a cozy space with dim, warm lighting and Art Deco elements. The mixologist behind this bar’s selection of cocktails is Royce Pua, 2017’s World Class Bartender of the Year, whom you may also recognize from 12/10, the izakaya- style restaurant in Makati.
When asked what inspired his signature cocktails, Pua explains with candor that there was no painstaking, creative method involved—he simply began with a classic cocktail and deviated from its recipe, modifying the elements here and there.
Stacy’s Mom is a chamomile-infused gin with lavender bitters, blanc vermouth, and a sweet egg white foam, topped with a light sprinkling of sugar which is then torched for a caramelized, meringue-like crust.
And what bar would be complete without somewhat sloppy finger food options like the seafood tostada, a combination of prawns, scallops, pickled vegetables, and ParmigianoReggiano on a crunchy fried tortilla?
Left: A caramelized egg white foam on the cocktail Stacy’s Mom Right: Seafood tostada