THREEVIA! Did you know that “Troika” comes from the Russian word which means “Group of three”? I bet not! But this is the name that was adapted by owners Edward Remocal, together with his two highschool friends, Marc Prinsipe and Inez Valeriano.
It’s commendable how these young and business-minded group started Troika; what started out as a modest, unassuming restaurant, now became the popular Friday go-to place among peers. Troika started operations just May 2015 and they have gone a long way from where they’ve started.
What started out as a small, almost cracked down place transformed into a magical place that is now Troika. Hard work, perseverance, and the group’s passion for food and the arts became a strong foundation for the continuous success of this restopub. “We originally wanted to open Troika in Cubao Expo or in the Maginhawa area but because of the limited space and the banned alcohol rule in Maginhawa, it didn’t allow us to open Troika there.” Ed says. Good thing they had luck in their side where they discovered this space in Sampaloc, Manila where they found a reasonable renting fee and a strategic location for their target market.
It is evident that Troika’s inspiration majorly comes from art, books, and music. Its interior mixes eccentric pieces to very unique elements which creates a very cool and hippie vibe.
Left and right, you will find yourself bemused by the pieces inside Troika. Authentic records used as placemats, vintage and disposable cameras, intriguing book titles, musical instruments, and amazing works of art. And the intricate paintings on the walls aren’t just for mere decoration but they’re actually for sale. The paintings are sold at prices ranging from 1k-5k.
While waiting for your food, you can also choose to buy canvases worth php80 each. They give you poster paint and brush supplies for you to make your own artwork! Another cool thing about Troika is that they also host live acoustic performances to anyone who’s interested to play. Talk about freely expressing yourself!
Most of their customers include students, young professionals and middle aged people looking for a place to just chill and relax and enjoy good, casual food. Troika mainly serves Mediterranean, Spanish and Italian dishes. Being a veteran in the restaurant management industry, Ed knows how to go about Troika’s Kitchen. Their kitchen is ran by 2 to 3 chefs which Ed trains himself and shows how he is very hands-on when it comes to running their business.
We were first served Troika’s bestseller which is their Troika burger. It is made with 100% pure beef and topped with caramelized onions and caramelized bacon bits paired with perfectly deep fried fries and garlic mayo.
Troika Burger Php 170
The mozzarella bacon balls are made of mashed potatoes which has soft and squashy consistency. These are stuffed with mozzarella topped with Troika’s special garlic mayo.
Mozzarella Bacon Bomb Php 140
Troika’s Nachos are crispy nacho chips generously smothered in cheese sauce, ground beef, and onions which offer a hearty classic taste.
Chili Con Quezo Nachos Php 130
An inventive snack dish, these pizza fries topped with pepperoni slices combines together two favorites, pizza and fries!
Pizza Pizza Fries Php 130
Already good for two, the Troika sardines make use of olive oil, tomatoes, and sardines. This dish is very reasonably priced at 160 for it brings justice in a classic Spanish-Italian pasta dish!
Troika Sardines Php 160
This pesto pasta covered with luxurious pasta sauce oozing with rich flavors of basil and topped with chicken bits, tastes heavenly! This colorful pasta dish is a quick favorite.
Grilled Chicken Pesto Pasta Php 150
Baked casserole dish, Troika’ Baked Ziti is a must-try dish. Baked in fresh tomato sauce and topped with bacon bits and cheese, the flavors will invite you for more.
Baked Ziti Php 140
Troika’s classic carbonara is flavorful and as authentic as it can get. Creamy and luscious, this pasta dish is wonderfully indulgent in every mouthful.
Classic Carbonara Php 150
I’m happy that Troika’s Paella is full of seafood and meat! With fresh shrimps, squid, mussels, and chicken, the paella tastes stunning as it looks.
Paella Ala Valenciana Php 160
This cheesecake in a jar, tastes quite different from the usual cheesecake served by many restaurants. The crushed grahams topped with heavy, full cream offers a different kind of cheesecake experience.
Ultimate Cheesecake Php 130
There is something for everyone here at Troika. Whether you’re into books, music, paintings, or art in general, feel free to chill out and express yourself here in this cozy, little restaurant. Don’t worry. No one will judge.
Troika is located at 823 Extremadura St. Brgy. 460 Zone 45, Manila, Sampaloc and is open daily from 4 pm to 1 am. Store hours can extend depending on Ed’s availability. You can contact him in his mobile: (0977) 391 9340.