One of the most memorable dishes during this meal was the first course, the signature Cipolla Caramellata. Basically it means it’s a caramelized onion, and not in the normal way we’re used to. It’s a piece of an onion on a puff pastry, glazed with caramel and topped with a quenelle of 24 month aged Grana Padano gelato and drizzled with a Grana Padano hot cream. WHAT A WAY TO START THE MEAL! One bite and I knew I was in for a treat.
I got the 3 course tasting menu with consisted of the cipolla caramelatta. The second course comes with a chicken and prawn combination with veal jus and spicy raisins but I didn’t have that. One of the dishes I was considering was the cochinillo. Roasted pork with porcini sauce, radish and shimeji mushrooms. But I opted to upgrade to the beef “all’olio” instead. It was a piece of Wagyu beef cheek, sous vide until very tender and served with bordelaise sauce and canarolli topped with trout caviar and asparagus.
For dessert, although we were only supposed to have one, I was able to try all three. I ordered the dark chocolate mousse. It sounds like the most common choice but it did not disappoint. It was topped with a dark chocolate gelato and decorated with cacao crumble and framboise powder around it.
The lemon curd was very interesting. The lemon curd itself was very good and it was decorated with dehydrated meringue which, I’m sure must have been a pain to do. They are little Kisses-shaped meringues and carefully arranged one by one to cover the curd. It was then paired with a lettuce gelato. Yes, lettuce.
The last dessert was a rose-molded ricotta mousse cheesecake with strawberry jelly and basil.
The 3-course tasting lunch is only Php800 but since I upgraded my 2nd and 3rd course, there would be an additional Php700 for the Wagyu and Php200 for the dessert. They have other menus available, 2 course lunch for Php500, 4 course tasting menu for Php1200 and the 5-course tasting menu for Php2500. Though those are the prix fixe prices, there are upgrades available in case you would like to try other items from the menu.