A friend of mine sent me this link to Spot.ph’s “Battle Burger”, & I remember seeing Lusso’s Demi-pound Foie Gras Burger ranked as #1. I’m not really a burger person, but when I saw that it had foie gras in it, I just had to try it. So on my & the hubby’s 33rd monthsary, we decided to have dinner there. I had very high expectations on this one, especially after seeing different, rave reviews about it. It was surprising to see that it was just beside Myron’s because I never really noticed it there since it doesn’t have a visible sign.
The place is really small & can only fit a few people, which is probably why they have more seats outside. But then again, with the humidity or hard rains we have in Manila, people would obviously choose to dine inside, unless you:
a. Are a smoker
b. Just want to be seen
c. All of the above.
Pardon me for not being able to take a lot of photos, again Feel free to drop by Lusso though, if ever you’re at Greenbelt 😉
Their menu was not very extensive, so it was easier for me to pick what I wanted–although we obviously went their for their famous Demi (which means half) Pound Foie Gras Burger.
Let me just start (although I started already ;p) by saying that the place was very elegant. t was well-suited to be placed among the roster of expensive restaurants on the ground floor of the most posh mall in Makati.
Lusso, as you may not know, comes from the word luxe. Everything in that place is screaming luxury! From the rich & tasteful interior, to its impeccable service & outstanding meal price tags. Best to dine there on the 15th or 30th of the month ;p Wink! 😉
For our starters, I ordered:
This really was a no-brainer for me, after seeing “truffle” on the menu 😛 Haha! Me & my addiction to truffle. If they came out with a bag of this commercially, I’d hoard a bunch of it! 😀
For the main event, I ordered:
I like how they placed the fries on top of that spoon-looking container 😛 It made me realize how I didn’t want to share my fries with Dard anymore because of its measley portion! Can you count how many fries there are? 1… 2… 3… 4… 5 🙂 I thought the side salad that came with the burger was irrelevant. It didn’t really enhance the dish as a whole nor did it do anything gastronomically satisfying. I wish they just replaced the salad with more fries. I know, me & my fries. I’m not really a fries person (here I go again…), but that Cambozola (cheese) bath just made it so darn good! I’d like to swim in that bath please 😀 Decadent, dreamy, delightful. The cambozola bath added A LOT to this dish.
Now on to the burger. I was surprised that the bread was crisp. Not your typical burger bun. I prefer my buns to be soft. Lol ;p That didn’t sound right 😀 So I took my first bite & well… Expectations failed. I thought to myself, it was yet another overrated restaurant, who’s reputation spread like wildfire, commended for its luxurious food. But is it really the food that’s worth all the buzz? Or just the glass chandeliers, Malachite mirror & slipper chairs? So what was this much-talked about half-pound burger like? Well, it had a hefty portion, it was perfectly cooked & juicy (literally juice oozing out when you press on it), BUT I thought it could have been more savory. The taste, for me, was mild. The portion of the foie gras encapsulated inside the patty was generous, though I appreciate eating foie gras better by itself or atop something like a slab of steak or a salad.
On the other hand, this is what I regretfully ordered for the hubby:
What caught my attention that consequently made me order this was that it really isn’t your ordinary mac n’ cheese. This luxe mac n’ cheese is packed with pancetta & formaggio trio (3 kinds of cheese). I also had high expectations on this one, but unfortunately, it was such a rip-off. The pasta they used wasn’t exactly macaroni, though it tasted like macaroni. As Dard said, this tasted like those instant mac n’ cheese that you buy in the States. OMG, for P495! Though I would understand, because the ingredients are expensive, but with the taste? It just wasn’t worth it.
So how was our experience at Lusso? You can say I felt embarrassed for even asking Dard to take me there. Yes, the food was luxurious, & so was the ambiance, not to mention the price. But are we going back? Probably not.
I give Lusso a 4 out of 5 stars, just because of the luxury & everything else I’ve mentioned about positively.