Mom and I were invited to La Cabrera Manila’s celebratory dinner featuring favorite La Cabrera dishes. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by one of the partners, Carlo Calma Lorenzana. He ushered us to our table and we were immediately served with a glass of sangria, which made use of Lagarde Malbec wine. Upon introductions, Carlo offers us some chicharones. It took me a while before actually tasting it but when I did, I couldn’t stop. I started imagining eating it with garlic rice and a runny sunny side up egg. YUM!
For starters, there were three appetizers lined up. First was the sweetbreads with lemon and criolla salsa. Next was the choripan y morcipan, which was morcilla, chorizo, potato and arugula on a slice of brioche. I enjoyed the chorizo as always so this was probably my favorite amongst the three. And last but not the least, the cheesy, provoleta made from melted provolone and served with tomato marmalade and deep-fried parma ham. The problem with the provoleta is that it has to be prepared ala minute and served right away because the melted cheese hardens quickly.
Next on the menu were the meats from the grill. First up, we had the asado del centro or beef short rib served with super creamy mashed potatoes, runny egg yolk on the side and a pinch of salt and pepper on the plate for those who needed more then topped with chimichurri butter slowly melting into the short rib.
Then the second steak was the skirt steak or entraña. It was actually very tender and I could have had more. Would have wanted this with the super creamy mashed potatoes from the previous dish.
The last steak was the cuadril. We hear that this is the favorite of Pope Francis. It was a bit too raw for my taste so mom and I just shared one and had a bit to taste. By this time we were really full already.
For dessert, we were served individual portions of crème brulee de dulce de leche and WOW! I honestly couldn’t stop eating it. It was served with a mini alfajor on top.
Chef Juan Barcos, whom I have been bugging since they opened to make sure he had alfajores finally added into the menu. So when Carlo Calma remembered that it was my request, he ordered a full order of alfajores for me. But mom and I were really too full, we ended up just sharing one piece since they were huge and boy, were they good!
The full order of alfajores comes with four pieces, two of them were rolled in desiccated coconut, one dipped in chocolate and one just plain, which is what I had.
Congratulations and more power to La Cabrera Manila!