Okada Manila: Wine, La Piazza, and The Fountain

Lamb chops with bell pepper, tomato, braised fennel, broccoli, and olives

And… we’re back! My apologies for the prolonged absence. Due to some technical difficulties, we’ve had to limit ourselves to the occasional post on our Facebook Page. It seems we’ve been able to overcome the problems and so, hopefully, we can resume posting more lengthy articles on the blog.   […] Read more »

A Birthday at Lemuria

Cepe-crusted Filet Mignon with Potato Risoles, Caramelized Vegetables and Bordelaise Sauce

A good friend of ours (who prefers to remain anonymous) recently turned 60 and invited some of his closest friends to celebrate this milestone at the hidden gem called Lemuria in Horseshoe Village, Quezon City. Although usually closed on Mondays, the owners, Marina and Klaus Schroeder, also good friends of […] Read more »

Truffles at Brasserie Ciçou

Sous-Vide Onglet Rossini Style, Assorted Mushrooms in Cream, Truffled Mashed Potatoes

Just back from a vacation in France, Chef Cyril Soenen brought back several kilos of fresh summer truffles to be shaved onto some special dishes at Brasserie Ciçou’s truffle festival. Although it only started last week, diners who wish to experience this rare treat are advised to book a table […] Read more »

Dinner at Lemuria with some interesting wines

Beef Short Ribs Bourgignon

Dinner last Saturday was with Marina Schroeder of Lemuria at Horseshoe Village in Quezon City. (Disclosure: I supply wine to Lemuria through my company, The Wine Steward, Inc.) Consistently voted as one of Manila’s most romantic restaurants, Lemuria provides a calm refuge from the urban jungle. The place is pretty secluded, […] Read more »