It was known for years as a red-light district, Poblacion is trading its spunky reputation for seediness and skewing itself to be a place where cool is redefined. Heavily wheeled by white-collar Filipinos and expats, they infiltrate the mushrooming dining and drinking scene. Burgos is humid, has sketchy roads, one to none parking space yet its community kept on growing progressively. The Poblacion dining scene is its backdoor hipster counterpart offering an unparalleled haven for those seeking to peek into another world. We are teaming up with Auro Chocolate, an international award-winning, proudly Filipino bean-to-bar chocolate company that sustainably sources cacao beans from local farmers- to reintroduce the best of local chocolate not as a dessert, but as an innovative focal ingredient infused in savory dishes and craft drinks!
Experience chocolate like never before! Find out WHY you need to experience the Auro Chocolate Bar Crawl (Poblacion series)
DISH 1: Khao Khai
We start off the tour at Khao Kai, where you will be given a whole new Thai food experience. Don’t expect your typical Pad Thais, Isan regional cooking comes strongly into play, which is considered is the culinary motherland of Thailand.
Khao Khai’s 77% Dark chocolate bagoong dip with fresh cut green mangoes for your starter. The balance of sweet, salty, and savory is sure to kick off your tastebuds. Pair this with their rum-based drink the Chocolate rimmed Bangkok fire using 64% Dark Chocolate. The best way to enjoy all the flavors would be to get some chocolate off the rim with each sip. It’s refreshing, subtly spicy, and sweet all in one go. Enjoy the first toast of the night, and say “Chon Gaew”!
Green Mango with Vegan Chocolate Bagoong
DISH 2: Lampara
For our next stop, we’ll be embarking on a Neo-Filipino food journey with Lamparawhere different cultural confluences comes into play with every plate of dish that they create.
Lampara’s Slow cooked Pork Belly is prepared sous vide for over 14 hours and topped with Cacao nibs. Each bite is extremely tender and has that burst in flavor that contrasts perfectly with the cacao nibs. It’s an excellent play on soft and hard. Paired with the Chocolate infused Jim Bean Negroni.
Enjoy it by taking a piece of the pork and sip of the Negroni, the Negroni cleanser your palate from the rich pork belly.
Surpresa – Bean sprouts, tofu, and roasted peanuts and cocoa nibs with chocolate sauce encased in a ball
DISH 3: Polilya
Next up is Polilya, a Don Pedro Street “must-go. Polilya’s Deep fried Hainanese Chicken topped with mole infused with 77% Dark Chocolate, kesong puti, and cilantro.
The different elements of the dish complement each other in one satisfying bite. This is paired with a 32% White Chocolate Margarita Shots.
Mole with Vegetable Fritters
DISH 4: Alamat
We’ll heighten up your crawl experience by visiting Alamat Filipino Pub and Deli, where you can find locally crafted beers, native charcuterie, reinvented pulutan, and exotic comfort meals by Chef Niño Laus. Alamat will be serving Tiyula sa Itum braised rib finger in burnt coconut and Auro tablea, ensaladang Adlai at talong and auro cacao nibs paired with Auro Plata, Gin, White Rum, Pandan, Cacao Liquor and chocolate sauce.
“Pinais” – Rice crisp, Pinakbet Salsa tossed in Auro Dark Chocolate Vinagrette, Laing
DISH 5: Pedro Tap House
Right towards the end of the tour, enjoy chocolate infused craft beers at Pedro Tap House– a place where the beer is fresh from the tap since the beginning of the brewery.
End the night with the Auro Chocolate Chili Cheese Dog using 55% Dark Chocolate from Pedro Tap House. The soft buttery brioche buns are toasted and encase the cheese sausages, topped with Chocolate Chili, and finished of with melted cheddar cheese. This is paired with an Auro Midnight Stout, Pedro Brewcrafters Space Out Coffee Stout is poured into a glass with a splash of Bourbon, then topped with a mixture of whipped cream and melted 55% Dark Chocolate from Auro gently folded in. This drink is designed so you get all the chocolate aroma while enjoying a sweet, boozy kick from the bourbon and stout. Take a sip in between bites of the Chocolate Chili Dog for a great pairing experience.
Red bean chocolate chili stout shepherd’s pie
- Tote Bag
- Bamboo Straw
- Funky Filipino Lanyard by PIOPIO
- The Map of Poblacion! (of Poblacion! Not your ordinary map! After the crawl, you get 10% OFF on all our other partner bars till 12 am.)
- Auro Chocolate Bars
- Perfect for all age groups.
- Vegetarian and non-alcohic options
- Open for private bookings
- This tour is not accessible to wheelchairs
- We will operate in all weather conditions except during fortuitous events such as strong typhoons, earthquakes, natural calamities, etc.
- Minimum of 10 join in/ private tour to run
Happening every Friday and Saturday from 4:30 – 7:30 pm, the Auro Chocolate Bar Crawl starts at 5 pm SHARP to avoid traffic AND so you can park before Poblacion gets crazy! They only accept 30 people per day so book your ticket now while spots last on www.aurochocolate.com/barcrawlfor this one-of-a-kind chocolate experience! Have any questions feel free to connect with us here!
Check out what the rest has been saying about their experience;
- Chocolate makes this Poblacion bar crawl much more than just about the booze by ABS-CBN
- This Poblacion Bar Crawl Combines Booze and Chocolate by ESQUIRE
- From Sweet to Savoury Auro’s Bar Crawl Changes The Chocolate Game by Philippine Tatler
- Eat chocolate bagoong and other cacao-infused dishes at this Poblacion bar crawl by NOLI SOLI
A UNIQUE DINING EXPERIENCE FOR CHOCOHOLICS by Franco Laurel
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