|Casa Roces patio|
For resto highlights of 2011 please see Menu for Inquirer Lifestyle story here.
|Salad at Chef Tatung's|
Since I reviewed it, Myke Tatung has tweaked the menu to go back to his Filipino roots. With the help of Metro Home's Devi de Veyra, he has also added an intimate nook for group gatherings to the dining area, perfect for dinner with close friends.
Best to order at this resto: the gindara.
Another new home kitchen mentioned is the quaint little resto Atelier 317 of Star columnist and caterer Stephanie Zubiri. I liked the vibe so much I held my birthday dinner last December there. It's a nice place for intimate dinners with close friends.
Best to order at this resto: balsamic beef adobo and a malongotini (coffee martini).
|Appetizer platter at Atelier 317|
|Personalized door at Casa Roces|
The UNEDITED story:
The Stars of 2011
What time is it? Ala-STRESS!!! The Christmas rush was especially frantic this year, the cheer being overshadowed by the concern for our brothers in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. The silver lining amidst the tragedy is that the spirit of Christmas was awakened (kalabog'd is more like it), generosity imparted not out of obligation or tradition but truly out of empathy and the goodness of our hearts. From the amazing efforts of Sagip Kapamilya, Kapuso Foundation and the Red Cross, to the big donations from local governments (Cebu P6Million; QC & San Juan P4Million; Davao and Valenzuela P3 Million each); to the soup kitchens set up not only by reliable NGOs but even by students of hospitality schools like Enderun; to the P5 text donation to Globe and Smart, we have come together as a people and this tragedy, devastating as it was, has proven our capacity for compassion and a resilience that can only make us stronger.
Sendong and Pedring notwithstanding, 2011 was a great year, especially for the culinary industry. The Rabbit came with good tidings: restaurants went forth and multiplied, home kitchens went abounding, old kitchens went rebounding.
A House is Not a Home - It's a Restaurant
|Atelier 317 with "the legends"|
In the Spirit of All Seasons
And yet another great 2011 entry is the sosyal beer garden. Craft Pub and Grill and Draft Gastropub have taken the enjoyment of beer to another level. Craft serves American and now Japanese craft beer including Ballast Point and Hitachino Nest while Draft offers classics such as Hoegarden, Stella and Becks but in the form of ice cold draft. At Draft, you can pair your beer with the amazing comfort food concoctions of Chef Carlo Miguel such as the Angry Drunk Mussels (tahong) and the Camembert cheesesteak. These two have become the latest favorite hangout of yuppies - and the good looking ones, too!
Meanwhile wine lovers have been having a ball with the latest entries in the vino scene. Terry's Selection is now carrying Baron Edmond de Rothschild wines Chateau des Laurets '09, Chateau Clarke '01 and '07 and Les Laurets Premium '05; Sommelier Selection offers the Italian Brunori "Barco" Rosso Conero; while Straits Wine is now carrying wines from the vineyard of Anna Maria Cruciata called Val di Toro (try the Auramaris).
After this stellar year in the food industry, I don't know how 2012 will top this. But the incoming year is a Dragon so the prediction is that it will be nothing short of amazing. Anyway, as long as we keep helping (efforts for affected areas in Mindanao need to be sustained at least until March - the damage was that bad), the good chi should keep coming and so will the good tidings. So cheers to us! Happy New Year, Philippines!
Chef Tatung's Garden Cafe 17 Matipid St., Sikatuna Vill., QC 352 6121/0915 846 3234 * Atelier 317 @ 0917 830 8393 * Mama's Kitchen 88a Ambuklao Rd Baguio City (074) 442 1794/ 0915 643 8775 * Bale Dutung Villa Gloria Subd., Angeles City Pampanga 0917 535 9198 * Casa Roces JP Laurel cor Aguado, San Miguel Manila 735 5896 * Hermanoc Taco Shop 27 Granada Ave cor Vera (Gilmore) QC 570 8425 * Orale Taqueria Mexicana G/F Fort Strip 552 2660. * Chihuahua Mexican Grill 7838 Makati Ave (across A Venue) 897 0087/ 0916 373 7308 * Ristras @ J.Abad Santos cor Lopez Jaena, San Juan * Craft Pub & Grill @ Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City 846 1715 * Draft Gastro Bar Fort Strip 846 9725 * more details at margauxlicious.com, facebook.com/margauxlicious, twitter.com/margauxsalcedo.