So it turns out I didn’t find the time to write the review I wanted. I’ll post the pictures and names of all the dishes from the tasting menu first. For now, they will have to speak for themselves!
Cobia, chinese sausage consomme, endive, sherry vinegar
Everything bagel, smoked salmon threads, crispy cream cheese
This was our unanimous choice for favorite dish of the night! That bagel is actually ice cream shaped like a bagel! The sweetness mixed with the smoked salmon threads (it’s like our ma-hoo or pork floss! except I guess it should be hee-hoo because it’s fish! haha) There was a bit of a boo-boo that happened to Anne’s dish though. She found a strand of hair inside the ice cream bagel, so we promptly had it returned. The server was very apologetic and to make up for it, the sous chef gifted us with a bonus dish brought out later on!
Foie gras, passionfruit, chinese celery
The taste of the passionfruit filling delicately and seamlessly gives way to the richness of the foie gras. I never knew the combination could work so amazingly!
The bonus dish!
Shrimp noodles, zucchini, mousseron mushroom, chamomile yogurt
Scrambled egg ravioli, charred avocado, hamachi
This tasted like a very sophisticated breakfast dish. A bit of Japan meets America. We loved the freeze-dried bits of potato. They’re so tiny but they packed a lot of potato punch. They tasted like hashbrowns or fries!
Cold fried chicken, buttermilk-ricotta, tabasco, caviar
Snails, red lentils, juniper, orange
Our least favorite dish. I ended up taking only a bite of it because it was a combination of two things I never quite liked in food, snails and oranges. Don’t get me wrong, I eat oranges, I love orange juice, but I just don’t like them in savory dishes. So, I couldn’t bring myself to take another bite.
The server noticed my bowl was still almost full and asked “It’s not your favorite?” I said no with a sheepish smile. Then she asked, “Would you like to replace it with something else?” And I said, “Okay!” So they gave me another dish in its place! This might be standard procedure for restaurants of this caliber, or it might not be, but I was so impressed by the level of customer service they’ve been displaying so far!
My replacement dish! So much yummier!
Smoked eel, spice bread, black radish, campari
I was so happy to be having this that I almost forgot to take a picture of it! We had almost finished picking at this new dish when we remembered. So, I ended up with a shot of the half-eaten plate instead. Shoti and Anne joked that they should have left their snails untouched too so we could all have this instead!
Duck leg, popcorn pudding, kalamansi, lovage
Who knew kalamansi jelly could taste so good with duck? We were so happy to see the Philippine lemon, our Philippine lemon, on the menu that we couldn’t wait to see how he’d infuse the flavor into the dish. The jelly was a pleasant surprise!
Lamb loin, black garlic romesco, pickled ramp, dried soybean
I’m not a big fan of lamb, but this was probably one of the best (if not the best) I’ve ever tried. Shoti loved it, and why not? The combination of the perfectly cooked, still pinkish lamb with the black garlic romesco and the freeze-dried edamame was delightful.
Vanilla ice cream, balsamic, raspberry
I never knew the Italians drizzled balsamic vinegar on top of strawberries on top of their ice cream! This was WD-50’s interpretation of the dish. Winner!
Hazelnut tart, coconut, chocolate, chicory
This was our favorite of the three desserts! Good ol’ chocolatey happiness.
Caramelized brioche, apricot, buttercream, lemon thyme
Cocoa packets. Chocolate shortbread, milk ice cream.
Would you believe those packets are made out of chocolate too? Named “chocolate leather”, the packets housed what tasted to me like crushed Ovalteenies! Yum! We’re still wondering how they were able to make the chocolate leather… so cool!