Monday, February 14, 2011

My Memorable Date Places

In time for valentine's i've decided to compile some of my date restaurants with K. You might pick out a restaurant or two, i know it's a little too late to make reservations now, but cupid just might be on your side ;) 
32nd & 5th Bldg, 32nd cor, 5th st., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
I just have to say that if i have to play favorites, this will be it! I love the food, place and the service. I always recommend this place to my friends. We both ordered the signature degustation meal. A good way to sample a lot of things in the menu. 
 Beef carpaccio
Trio of salmon
 enjoyed this too, even the cooked salmon (which i usually veer away from) was cooked the way i like it.
Scallop and apple soup
i wasn't expecting to like this since i don't like fruits w/ savory meals but i loved it! the apples were a nice surprise.
Chicken spring roll with pumpkin puree
the only thing i did not enjoy
cute presentation
Seared duck breast w/ foie gras 
my favorite! i love this dish! the foie gras was crusty on the outside but smooth and melts in your mouth inside, the duck breast was cooked to a perfect medium.
Chocolate mousse with raspberry sorbet
at this point i was so full but i still finished dessert (it's that good!) but i could do without the almond jelly on spoon

Purok 138,Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay City
The country's ultimate date place. I've been here for lunch a couple of times, but when K took me for dinner here on our anniversary, it looks so intimate and romantic at night. We were here with one thing in mind, the steak. 
Grilled Certified Prime Ribeye Steak 
one of the best steaks i've had!
Garlic Risoni
my favorite siding
Coriander Potato Gnocchi
just ok for me
Poached pear in port wine w/ vanilla ice cream
the best poached pear i've tried
Dark chocolate souffle w/ cardamom creme anglaise
also good but i still prefer le souffle's
I think we will have our post valentines date at Antonio's since i can't stop telling K that i want to try their Roast duck breast infused w/ truffle, goji berries and seared foie gras. I mean wouldn't you drive all the way to tagaytay to have a taste of that?

The Goose Station
W Tower, 1117 39th street, Bonifacio Global City
A modern and playful restaurant, even their name is a clever twist on the word degustation. This is memorable because this is where we celebrated my birthday this year.  The food looks great but tastewise just ok for me. Maybe i expected too much? Also, for a fine dining restaurant the waiter did not indulge some of my requests (which i don't want to get into anymore) But still a good restaurant to try even once because you'll be wowed by their presentation.
Foie gras cone
phyllo pastry shaped like a cone filled w/ foie gras topped w/ fruit jelly and macadamia nut. i liked this, a good start to my meal
The goose station snacks
my favorite was the savory macaroon on the left
Mushroom soup w/ truffle foam
K chose the soup and he said it was just ok
Beet garden salad
i had the salad, i love the presentation but sadly that's the only thing i liked about it
Unagi-Foie gras terrine, textures of apple, brioche
i enjoyed this one, everything on the plate just blended well together
Duck confit, horseradish potato puree, port jus, black currant & whole grain mustard
K enjoyed his main course (duck confit is his fave!) the skin was crispy and the meat juicy and very flavorful
Lamb ribs, pistachio, medley of mushrooms
the ribs were also fall-off-the bone soft but the taste was just ok, mediocre at best 
Blueberry cheesecake
my first time to try a deconstructed kind, and i enjoyed it. 
The goose station chocolate candy bar
my favorite of the whole meal. sooo good and chocolatey!
Mini cheeseburger
the farewell treat after dessert. sooo cute! i love the details!

5 Julieta circle, Horseshoe Village, Quezon City
A hidden gem in Quezon city. It is a small restaurant so reservation is recommended. When you step inside lemuria you will feel transported to a different place, like a house in the countryside. Great for an intimate date. The food and service was excellent too. 
Assorted Breads
i love the walnut bread! i could probably finish a whole loaf of it!
Chicken royale soup
an upgraded version of creamy macaroni soup

Top blade steak w/ red wine sauce and sauteed mushrooms, pommes dauphinoise
i really loved this dish everything complemented each other, K especially loved the pommes dauphinoise, it was thinly sliced and the top crust was crunchy
Lemuria glacee
homemade ice cream. apricot, malted milk and lavander flavor
I loved the lavander ice cream! A perfect ending to our meal.

Happy Valentines Day everyone! Enjoy it with your loved ones!


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