To mark its 30th year anniversary, Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros, Manila is offering an 8-course Degustation menu for the whole month of October.
The menu is curated by Chef de Patron Bernice Pimentel, featuring local ingredients and Philippine cuisine on trend. “This years’ theme is from ordinary to extraordinary – ordinary food you would see in a weekly Filipino household menu but in haute fashion,” notes Chef Bernice.
“As the famous adage goes … ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.” Philippine cuisine has arrived thanks to our multitude of brilliant chefs and champions bringing forward our culinary heritage and roots.” Pimentel continues.
The Ilustrado Anniversary Degustation starts with Kalabasa Pan de Sal – pillows of Filipino soft roll with shaved squash and served with EVOO, balsamic vinegar and a home- made queso de bola dip.
Next comes the amuse bouche of Longga burger – a Boracay staple longganisa patty turned pintxos with kesong puti and tomato jam.
The cold starter is Ensaladang Talong – a mélange of grilled eggplant, onion, tomato, salted quail egg in a spicy pinakurat beurre blanc.
The hot starter, lumpiang bangus comes next which is flaked tinapa in a baked shell with a sweet, tangy mango compote.
The soup is kinamias which is clear sinigang like vegetarian broth.
The first entrée is Adobong Pusit – grilled baby squid in balsamic adobo sauce followed by the main course Bulalo – seared bone marrow and beef risotto with twice-cooked angus beef shortplate and corn salsa sopresa.
The sweet ending is a delightful saba con hielo which brings together evaporated milk panna cotta, banana cue slices topped off with chewy bobba pearls.
Diners have a choice to order the whole 8-course menu or order select dishes, ala carte. Each dish is priced separately and the whole menu is at PhP 1,400.00 plus 10 per cent service charge.
The restaurant is located at 744 General Luna street, Intramuros, Manila. Call to inquire or reserve at 527-3674, 527-2345, 0939-9206822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Degustation menu details provided in a recent press release
Photo credits: EJ Bunag of ilovetoeatph.wordpress.com