Located in a quiet section of M. Parras Extension in Tagbilaran City, Bohol right across the St. Anthony de Padua Church is a cozy, intimate bistro with white interiors and minimalist shabby chic accent pieces highlighting inspirational quotes.
Parishioners will feel right at home here after attending mass. 10:31 is actually a Bible verse taken from 1 Corinthians which says “Whether therefore we EAT or DRINK or whatsoever we do, do all for the Glory of God.” A reflection of the general attitude Boholanos have toward faith and God, and the breaking of bread shared between families and friends.
The diner which made its debut in July 2016 as a bakery café serving coffee and pastries, and as a meeting place for clients in need of catering services, has reinvented itself into a fine dining establishment this 2017.
The menu is the brainchild of Chef Mary Wyvren Veloso (Chef M) and her business partner Ian Orillos. Artisan breads, specialty cakes, decadent pastries, and freshly brewed coffee are now joined by gourmet meals and organic blends of fruits and veggies.
A group of bloggers and journalists from Manila and Cebu were recently feted with the house specialties, to-share portions served on immaculate white porcelain to better highlight the food.
According to Ian, Boholanos who were picky with their caterers often had to go to Cebu to hire a perfect fit for their needs. “We saw this as an opportunity to pursue our passion (food) and at the same time establish a standard for the catering services industry here in Bohol.”
A distance away from the hustle and bustle of commercial areas, the diner tends to encourage an intimate dining experience for those who want to enjoy their meals with the company they keep.
“We really do not offer wi-fi services as we want our guests to engage in conversation, rather than be pre-occupied with texting and messaging all throughout the meal. For emergencies or business, we can lend them the password to our office internet if so required,” says Ian.
Now on its tenth month, 10:31 is proof that with prayers and hard work, success is not far behind. All the more reason to pray, eat and love.
Nachos. Premium tortilla chips with chili con carne and cheese sauce dips
Tomatoes & Basil Bites. Classic bruschetta topped with tomatoes and basil, drizzled with a trifling amount of olive oil
10:31 Salad. Pan-grilled prawns and ripened balls of mango and papaya nestled on top of mixed lettuce tossed with vinaigrette, pomelo bits and roasted cashew
California Salad Wraps. Six refreshing rolls of cucumber filled with mango, crabstick, carrot, and lettuce served with its distinct sesame dressing
Buffalo Wings. Six pieces of chicken wigs coated with our home-made spicy sauce, served with crisp cucumber sticks and mayo for dipping
Organic Blends in carafes. Cucumber coolers, Carrot Blend and Celery Blend
Chef M’s Roasted Chicken. Half chicken marinated in Chef M’s signature spices, slow roasted and topped with thick gravy, served with marbled potatoes and cherry tomatoes
Chicken Pesto Pasta. Grilled chicken breast served over linguine pasta covered with thick, creamy pesto sauce
Lengua en Seta. Tender slices of ox tongue flooded with our velvety mushroom sauce
10:31’s Rackstar. Tender pork ribs expertly baked to perfection double glazed with special tangy sauce served with a slab of grilled corn
Herb crusted Grilled Pork Chop. Thick, moist and tender grilled pork chop stuffed with robust pesto flavor.
Pork Loin in Strawberry Sauce. Hefty portion of pork loin seasoned with secret spices and special strawberry sauce, slow roasted to ideal tenderness.
Crab Relleno. Whole crab stuffed with its meat and spices, served with parsley rice and thin slices of green mango
Baked Salmon. Thick salmon fillet baked with herbs and spices, layered cheese and garlic sauce
Molten Chocolate Surprise. Chef M’s fudgy brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, nuts, and marshmallows sitting inside a chocolate dome which slowly melts with a pour of hot cream
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Sincere gratitude to Ms. Josephine Remolador-Cabarrus, Ms. Gina Peluchi Kapirig and Mr. Neil Gerard P. Reyes of Bohol Tourism Office, Chef M and Ian Orillos for their hospitality and for sharing with us their passion for cuisine.