focaccia

I didn’t expect that there are quite a number of good restaurants at A.Venue, because I don’t think a lot of people go there… During a meeting I had, a co-model suggested that we transfer to focaccia. I actually didn’t eat since I was heading to Tsumura after for dinner, but I told myself I was going to come back because the food looked promising. So after spending the day with my son in Makati, I decided to take him there.

The following photos though, were not taken at their branch at A.Venue, but were taken at their branch at The Fort Strip. This was when we availed of their promo at MetroDeal.

First of all, I would like to commend their branch at The Fort Strip for allowing us to use our vouchers there, even if my boyfriend mistakenly selected A. Venue, as to where we will use our vouchers.

For starters,

 

Complimentary Focaccia Bread

We were given a complimentary basket of focaccia bread, with EVOO+balsamic vinegar. It was a good thing that a restaurant named focaccia has good focaccia bread! 😀 It was definitely something to boast about. Their focaccia bread was soft and had a nice crunchy crust, evident of a freshly baked focaccia bread.

 

Prosciutto Tartufo (P460)

Truffled cream sauce with prosciutto & mushroom slices.

I originally wanted to order their Cannelloni al Funghi, but because the waitress said it was not available, we settled for this instead. As soon as our order arrived, we immediately distinguished the lingering scent of truffle. And because of that, I was happy to know that they did not scrimp out on the truffle oil and made the P460 price worth it. The pasta was al dente, the sauce was very rich. In fact, we thought it was too rich because there was too much cream.. I don’t remember if they used fresh button mushrooms, but basing from the photo, I think they didn’t. I wish they could have used more prosciutto too, to cut the richness of the dish. But this was not bad 🙂 There was just too much cream.

Pazza Rollio Maranello (P399)

shrimp, sundried tomato, salami & cheese sauce

What actually piqued my interest to eat here was their Pazzo Rollio–their thinner version of Yellow Cab’s Dear Darla Pizza. It was literally paper thin! And like Yellow Cab’s Dear Darla Pizza, this also came with

Arugula & Alfalfa Sprouts

The pizza was very good 🙂 And though it was paper thin, it was very filling. The stuffing and rolling added that fun factor too 😉

Chicken Pancetta (P280)

Pancetta slices & cheese wrapped in chicken roasted in olive oil served on farfalle noodles.

The breading they used on the chicken was the same breading they use on their Mozzarella Fritta, which I got to try at their A. Venue branch. I prefer crispy breadings, so this didn’t completely satisfy me. However, the boyfriend loved it. Like they say, “Different folks, different strokes.” The portion was generous. The components made the whole dish well-balanced. The farfalle noodles, in itself, were delicious.

I like the ambiance at The Fort Strip better. However, the service at A. Venue was much better.

We had to wait for a looong time at The Fort Strip before our food finally came. I was watching the chefs/ cooks from my seat, and they were moving soooo slow! If Chef Ramsey was there, he probably would’ve whooped their asses 😀 We also didn’t like how the waitress (there were only 2 of them: 1 waiter & 1 waitress) (what to us felt like she) disregarded us when she was chatting loudly with (we assumed to be) her co-workers who were on a day off. Their children were everywhere too! Walking with those squeaky shoes that were ANNOYING AS HELL. That, for me, was what made our experience traumatizing.

Despite the good food, I can’t help but take into consideration the extremely slow service and the inconsiderate staff. And for that, I sadly give focaccia at The Fort Strip a 3 out 5 spoons. However, their branch at A. Venue definitely deserves a 5 out of 5.


Chelsea

I never thought of eating at Chelsea until a couple of friends raved on how good the food there was. If I remember it correctly, it used to be situated at a different & smaller location at Serendra, right? So when I finally went there for the first time, I was happy to see how much bigger the place was & was even happier to see that it was also a “market”, selling imported spices, etc.! 😀

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take photos of the restaurant, but the interior gave off a chic vibe that was visually pleasant.

For starters, we were given a:

Complimentary Cheesy Herbed Foccacia Bread with Pesto Vinaigrette & Roasted Garlic

I was glad to see a complimentary starter that was a notch higher than the others. I loved everything here! 🙂 Everything was perfect! The foccacia bread was perfectly baked. It was warm & delicious. The garlic was perfectly roasted too. I thought all the components went well together.

I didn’t have a lot of time to choose through their extensive menu, so I easily chose something that contained something that I love–what else? Truffle! 😛

Truffled 3 Mushroom Cream Fettucine

with double-smoked bacon ‘lardons’, fresh basil & parmesan shavings

I’m very particular about my truffle pasta. It has to smell AND taste like truffle. Otherwise, if it only smells like it, it’s no good for me. Chelsea’s version didn’t quite reach the passing mark when it comes to tasting like truffle, though it smelled like it. Nevertheless, the taste of the pasta dish as a whole well-compensated for its lack in tasting like truffle, pulling its score three notches higher. It was very creamy–the kind of creamy that’s velvety. I loooved the freshness of the mushrooms. It was succulent & mouth-watering. The slight saltiness of the lardons matched the creaminess of the sauce beautifully.

Another entree we had was their:

Burger with Truffled Mushroom and Gruyere

with Home Fries and House Salad

As if my craving for anything with truffle wasn’t enough, I ordered another entree that had truffle in it 😛 I was so excited to try this! 😀 I noticed that everytime my expectations were high though, I tend to get disappointed 😦 So, needless to say, this was just okay for us… My friend thought it was ‘ordinary’, though a burger with truffle is never ordinary. I guess it was because the patty dried up a bit.. I had it cooked medium well, remembering what my cousin, who’s a chef in Vancouver, said that it is illegal to cook burger patties that are not well done, in where she’s from, due to health precautions. I opted to have it cooked medium well hoping it wouldn’t dry up, but unfortunately, the opposite happened.

With what I have previously mentioned in my post about Parmigiano, I would automatically order this if I see this in the menu:

Strawberry Lemonade

This was quite distinct compared to the ones I’ve had from other dining establishments. It wasn’t too sweet and had just the right balance of sweet and sour.

To cap off our meal, we ordered their “Best Seller”:

Chelsea’s “Famous” Choc-Nut Valrhona Cake

Chelsea has an array of different cakes that made it hard for me to choose. In the end, one of the waiters recommended their best-seller–their “Famous” Choc-Nut Valrhona Cake. It’s always a delight to see new ideas incorporated & made into successful culinary collaborations. I don’t know anybody who doesn’t like Choc-Nut & Valrhona chocolate. It is a genius contradiction of inexpensive & luxurious. And having a penchant for sweets such as chocolates, the waiter’s recommendation was at the top of my list. Well, how should I describe this? It was very chocolatey. It wasn’t sweet & unfortunately, I didn’t taste so much of the Choc-Nut in the cake. I then realized, I should have just ordered the Four Layer Toblerone Torte instead! 😀

I had a wonderful dining experience at Chelsea 🙂 I loved the ambiance, the service was impeccable, the prices were a bit high though, but the food was good. Overall, I give Chelsea a 4 out 5 stars! I’m looking forward to dining there again, hopefully soon! 🙂