Feasts with a vintage feel at 1950 Restaurant, Valencia

The 1950s were a simpler time, a peaceful and prosperous decade wherein family, friendship and food were intertwined. During this time, tasty home-cooked meals were the paramount expression of love, with heirloom dishes taking center-stage at the family’s hapag-kainan during special dinners, get-togethers and holiday feasts.

It was during this time when the two-storey American contemporary-style home in Valencia, Quezon City was built by the Santaromana family, fruit of their matriarch’s ingenuous enterprise selling garments in the local market and the eldest son’s generous contribution.

Today, that Big House has been transformed into 1950 Restaurant which makes full use of the house’s vintage homey and welcoming ambiance while upgrading home-cooked meals into modern interpretations of classic and international dishes by the restaurant’s celebrated chefs headlined by Chef Robby Goco and Chef Chester Velas.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Together with fellow Zomato foodies and food bloggers from #WeLoveToEatPH, I attended 1950 Restaurant’s Media Event wherein we were treated to a sampling of its signature dishes, which include:

Soups

Lobster Bisque (Php600). Maine lobster and crab meat cooked into a soup flavored with terragon cream and brandy.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Seafood Chowder (Php240). Thick and creamy chowder served with double smoked bacon inside a sourdough bread bowl.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Sinigang na Lechon (Php375). Pork belly roulade and tomato sofrito in a caramelized pineapple and tamarind broth.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Salads.

Ceasar Salad (Php400). Grilled romaine lettuce, Ceasar dressing with cured egg yolk and crispy bacon bits.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Fennel Confit (Php340). Burrata cheese, aburi orange, watercress and torn bread.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Appetizers.

Roasted Bone Marrow (Php380). Onion jam, portobello and sourdough toast.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Roasted Cauliflower (Php260). Cauliflower heads coated with whipped cheese, honey butter emulsion and black olives.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Gambas na Hipon (Php375). White leg shrimp in garlic confit flavored with smoked paprika.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Foie Gras Brulee (Php430). Pieces of tuile wafer to be dipped into goose liver in blackberry compote and candied beets.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Grilled Octopus (Php320). Tender grilled octopus served with purple potato confit, pomegranates, foam and squid ink tuile wafers.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Mains.

Angus Prime Ribeye Burnt Ends (Php400). Rice bowl topped with sauteed pieces of Angus prime ribeye in housemade barbecue sauce accompanied by seasonal pickles and a sunny-side-up egg.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Roasted Duck Breast (Php600). Slices of roasted duck breast in a berry reduction served with squash and kale, drizzled with Bordelaise sauce.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Adobo Classics (Php350). Four interpretations of adobo – adobo strips, bangus belly adobo sa gata, chicken adobo Tagalog and we pork belly adobo sa dilaw

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Shellfish Curry (Php650). Clams, mussels, scallops and crispy egg in burnt coconut cream flavored with curry.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Tori Kuwayaki (Php250). Rice bowl topped with Japanese-style fried chicken in kansai sauce.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Prime Rib Au Jus (Php1,500 for 200g | Php2,300 for 300g | Php3,500 for 500g). Prime rib served in light gravy made from its own drippings along with creamy mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Kale Soba Noodles (Php400). Green tea soba, cashew cream alfredo sauce and wild mushroom.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Baked Hipon and Laing (Php280). Garlic roasted shrimp in taro and toasted coconut cream.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Sablefish Aburi (Php725). Soft-textured and mildly flavored flame-seared white fish served with roasted cauliflower puree, fennel confit and crispy bacon.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Desserts.

Molten Chocolate Cake (Php280). Chocolate soil with molten chocolate lava topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel popcorn on the side.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Toasted Ensaymada (Php280). The Pinoy version of the Mallorcan ensaimada, lightly toasted and served with hot chocolate and candied bacon.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Baked Alaska (Php280). Cream and cake topped with browned meringue and served with strawberry ice cream and chocolate crumble.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Bavarian Cake (Php280). Chiffon cake covered in icing made of thickened milk and accompanied by milk crumbs, peanut brittle and strawberry ice cream.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

White Chocolate Blondie (Php280). Freshly baked chocolate chip cookie topped with a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream and creamy milk sauce.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Cocktails.

Aperol Spritz (Php350). Made with cava, vodka and orange.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Classico Mojito (Php200). Made with white rhum, sugar, lime, mint and soda water.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Mocktails.

Red Carpet (Php150). Made with apple juice, sour mix, honey, muddled fresh strawberries and topped with thin apple slices.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Dreaming Apple (Php150). Made with apple juice lime and cinnamon, topped with thin apple slices.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Pina Colada (Php150). Made with pineapple juice and coconut cream, garnished with pineapple chunks.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

With such novel and imaginative takes on familiar dishes, dining here feels like both an adventure and a homecoming. I can imagine families and friends coming together at 1950 Restaurant for grand celebrations or intimate gatherings.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Many thanks to Chef Robby, Chef Chester and the crew of 1950 Restaurant for the warm welcome and the tasty dishes, and to EJ Bunag of I Love to Eat PH for extending the invitation!

1950 Restaurant is located at 14 Castilla Street, Bgy. Valencia, Quezon City.

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Disclosure: Together with fellow food bloggers, I attended this restaurant’s media event. Food items mentioned here were served to enable us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

A Valentine celebration of love, food and music at Chef Jessie’s Place

Having said goodbye to the Christmas holidays, many of the metro’s denizens have rolled up their sleeves and gotten back to their daily grind.

However, this recent Valentine’s Day, many braved the traffic jams and packed malls to spend time with their special someones.

As for me, I was thrice-lucky: I was able to have a special Valentine’s Day celebration with three of my loves: food, music and friends.

I was among the bloggers of #WeLoveToEatPH invited to attend a benefit dinner held at Chef Jessie’s Place in Makati.

The venue is a newly built building located at the corner of Pililla, Tanay and Obrero Streets in Barangay Olympia in Makati. The building is the culmination of world-renowned Chef Jessie Sincioco‘s dream to have her own place, hence the name. It is set to open to the public in early March.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

The benefit dinner, at Php3,500 net for two people (the proceeds of which will be donated to Caritas Manila), features a sumptuous international buffet selection, personally designed and overseen by Chef Jessie, along with her brother Chef Reo Sincioco.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

The event is highlighted by musical performances by Madonna Decena and Renz Fernando. Madonna is the Filipina finalist in Britain’s Got Talent and a multi-medalist in the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA). Renz, on the other hand, is a four-time WCOPA medalist hailing from Tawi-Tawi. Together, they serenaded the diners with love songs and ballads.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

The dinner’s international buffet selection includes dishes from various cuisines such as:

An assortment of exotic appetizers. I loved the slightly spicy Fusili with Crab Sticks best of these.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Beef Cheeks Bourguignonne. Also known as Beef Burgundy, this hearty dish is highlighted by tender morsels of beef cheeks, stewed in red wine and meat stock, accompanied by root carrots and aromatics.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chestnut Pork Barbecue. I was excited to find out that the pork used in these skewers were actually flown in from Spain because Chef Jessie wanted her pork barbecue to be so tender that the meat falls off the stick with every bite.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Grilled Assorted Seafood in Berlinoise Sauce. Succulent salmon, prawns and other seafood are bathed in a rich creamy sauce.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Penne in Creamy Tomato Sauce. Al dente penne tossed in a rich creamy tomato sauce and sprinkled with cheese.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Brown Rice Vegetable and Mushroom Risotto. A flavorful rice dish which aptly complemented the other viands.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Decadent Desserts. Sweets for the sweet which include Crepe Samurai, Chocolate Fudge Slice with Salted Caramel, various panna cotta, Hazelnut Chocolate Tranche and Chilled Strawberry Cheesecake.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Spirits from Titania Wine Cellar are also available by the bottle.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

I couldn’t help but fill my plate with these tasty selections (and return for seconds and thirds, hehehe!). And it certainly seemed like I had the whole world on my plate!

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

This Valentine’s Day celebration at Chef Jessie’s Place was a memorable night spend with great music, great food and great friends!

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

I’m looking forward to coming back when it officially opens to the public.

Check out my previous blog post on Chef Jessie’s Place.

Disclosure: Together with my other food bloggers from #WeLoveToEatPH, I was invited to a Valentine’s Day benefit dinner held at Chef Jessie’s Place. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.