5 reasons why you should have your date night at Sammy’s Cainta

Sure, the restrictions from the pandemic may have prevented you going out on grand dinner dates with your beloved for several months but that doesn’t mean that you have to settle for lackluster date nights, right?

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Certainly not when Sammy’s provides the perfect venue for wining and dining with your special someone. Let me tell you why:

1. It’s quite a hidden gem.

There’s a reason many romantic adventures take place in some out-of-the-way locale. Physically separating you from the normal hustle-and-bustle of your daily life will help bring your focus to just you and your partner.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s is located inside a subdivision in Cainta, but still accessible from Metro Manila, so you can easily have that quick romantic escapade with your special someone.

Sammy’s also complies with safety protocols set by its LGU so be sure to fill up the health declaration form and follow physical distancing while you’re there!

Sammy’s, Cainta

2. Its decor sets a romantic mood.

Owner Chef Sammy Isidro and his wife Dorothy converted the second floor of their house into a cozy restaurant.

Its high ceilings give it an airy feel, while rustic lamps and fixtures that glow with warm lighting make it an intimate setting.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Large windows provides a view of the lush foliage outside which as a backdrop for your romantic adventure.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

3. Its Indonesian-inspired cuisine is simply extraordinary.

Chef Sammy and Dorothy spent seventeen years in Indonesia which certainly influenced the food the Sammy’s serves.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

These include:

Beef Konro. A large cut of beef rib slow-braised for hours until tender and drizzled with a flavorful sauce made with its own drippings. This dish is good for sharing.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Mie Goreng. Also known as Bakmi Goreng, this hearty dish is made with stir-fried noodles in a sweet and savory sauce tossed with herbs and strips of scrambled egg.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Nasi Goreng. Indonesian-style fried rice flavored with the traditional sweet soy sauce called kecap manis and other seasonings, then served with fried egg, krupuk (traditional cracker) and chicken satay.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Beef Rendang. A delicious and slightly spicy dish made with beef braised and slow-cooked in coconut milk seasoned with herbs and spices until the liquids evaporate and the meat takes on its caramlizes, becoming dark brown and tender, and infused with rich flavors.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Martabak Manis. One of Indonesia’s most popular desserts which consist of a thick pancake made with condensed milk, crushed peanuts and sesame seeds. The Choco-Cheese variant has been my favorite since I tasted it two years ago, while the newly introduced Cheese-and-Corn is a delicious new discovery.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

With exotic yet flavorful dishes such as these, your dinner date is sure to become a gastronomic adventure !

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

4. You get serenaded after your meal.

Did you know that Chef Sammy is also known as The Singing Chef?

He and his wife spent seventeen years in Indonesia as singers in Hotel Mulia Senayan Jakarta, where they showcased the Pinoys’ vocal talent to an international audience.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

They treat their guests to a song or two after dessert, and their duets are so nakakakilig!

5. You can have your favorite dishes delivered to your home.

Sammy’s now delivers via Grabfood, so if you want to relive your Sammy’s experience at home, or if you’re simply craving for Indonesian flavors, you can just grab your smartphone and tap away!

Chef Sammy also operates Sammy’s Cookin’, which provides catering services as well as deliver cakes, pastries and other sweets to foodies within Metro Manila.

Sammy’s Cookin’ To order, call 0939 1483960.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

So even in the midst of a pandemic, you can still find the time and the place for a little romance, thanks to Sammy’s.

Check out my previous adventures with Sammy’s:

Sammy’s is located at 14 Raspberry Bend Street, Valley View Executive Subdivision Phase 3, San Juan, Cainta. The restaurant is open Tuesdays to Sundays for breakfast from 8am to 10.30am, lunch from 11am to 1.30pm and dinner from 6pm to 9pm.

Seating is strictly by reservation so call +63 939 1483960 to book your table. You may also use the same number to order from Sammy’s Cookin’.

You can also hold intimate gatherings such as birthday shindigs, proposal dinners, engagement parties and wedding or baptismal receptions (with a maximum guest count of twenty) at Sammy’s.

Sammy’s, Cainta

For updates on its menu and offers, follow Sammy’s on Facebook or Instagram.

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A feast for the senses this Valentine’s Day at Ilustrado

A delightful 5-course Valentine meal awaits you and your beloved at Ilustrado Restaurant and Café in Intramuros, Manila.

The amuse bouche is Beet and Goat Cheese Arancini of sugar beets, goat cheese, tarragon pesto and Arborio rice. There are 3 appetizer choices of Mushroom Duo with truffle oil, shitake and cremini mushrooms and heavy cream in puff pastry served with mesclun; Jamon and Melon, Serrano Ham, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, extra virgin olive oil, mint, lemon and balsamic glaze; and Salmon Mille-Feuille with smoked salmon, pickled cucumber, capsicum, arugula, fried wonton with dill sesame dressing.

Valentine’s Day at Ilustrado

Valentine’s Day at Ilustrado

Valentine’s Day at Ilustrado

Soup is Roasted Tomato Soup with Chistorra, tomatoes, Chistorra La Reina sausage, heavy cream and mozzarella. Cucumber Melon Sorbet cleanses the palate.

Valentine’s Day at Ilustrado

Main entrée choices include Australian Lamb Ribs, braised lamb ribs, vegetable couscous, mint jelly aioli and au jus; Barramundi Fillet, miso glazed barramundi, oven roasted vegetables noisettes, tomatoes, cauliflower puree, basil and radish; and U.S. Beef Tenderloin with mushroom duxelle, fried enoki, creamy basil polenta and demi glaze.

Valentine’s Day at Ilustrado

Valentine’s Day at Ilustrado

Dessert is either Chocolate Fantasy, this entremet is all about chocolate starting with Malagos dark chocolate mousse, chocolate ooze, chocolate ganache, chocolate cake, coffee syrup and walnuts. A less decadent yet equally satisfying sweet offering is Berry Bavarois of strawberry Bavarian, sabayon, puff pastry, passion fruit and chocolate.

Valentine’s Day at Ilustrado

The Ilustrado Valentine offering is priced at Php2,200 + 10 per cent service charge for the set and is available for ala carte lunch and dinner ‪from February 11‬ to 17. A musical duo will serenade guests ‪for dinner on the 14th‬ where the Valentine special will be offered exclusively as a set.

For reservations visit Ilustrado Restaurant and Café at 744 General Luna Road, Intramuros, Manila or call ‪527-3674‬, ‪527-2345‬, email catering@ilustradorestaurant.com.ph, visit www.ilustradorestaurant.com.ph or www.facebook.com/ilustradorestaurant.

Disclosure: Menu details and images provided by Ilustrado Restaurant in a recent press release.

 

Check out my previous review about Ilustrado Restaurant’s Degustation Menu here.