Monday, October 09, 2006

Crescent Moon - (Mezzaluna)

“Mezzaluna” (Italian/Portuguese for half moon/crescent moon) - in the culinary world refers to a crescent shaped kitchen knife often with handles on each end that is used for chopping or mincing food.

In MetroManila, Mezzaluna is home to Chef Carlo Miguel. After making his name as a special event chef, he and brother Anton opened a first resto at the Valuepoint Condominium in Legaspi Village that was an office executives fav. Now ... a swanky new Mezzaluna Restaurant at Global City.

High ceilings and friendly servers greet you. Well set fine dining tables wait for you. Soft retro standard music surrounds you. A view into a glass enclosed kitchen grabs you. And a culinary treat awaits you.

We started with a bottle of Woolshed 2005 Australian Chardonnay. Appetizers were a “Sautéed Foie Gras with Caramelized Apple Pasticcio, Mesculin Leaves, and Vanilla Walnut Dressing” 780pesos, and ‘Seared Japanese Scallop, Lobster and Saffron Risotto” 480pesos. Our main dishes were “Tournedos Rossini (Roasted USDA Angus Bistro Fillet with Potato Galleta and Sautéed Foie Gras)” 990pesos , and “Fish of the Day (barramundi) with Mussel Linguini, Cream Fraiche and Snow Peas” 450pesos.
Yikes ... foie gras overload

The portions were just right so there was room for dessert – "Valrhona dark Chocolate Marquis" 250pesos and "Yoghurt and Honey Panna Cotta" 180pesos.

Coffee and limoncello capped our meal.

Nice interiors.
Small enough to be romantic.
Refreshingly high ceilings are a plus.
Food is very good.
Pricey but well worth it.
It makes it to my “must go back” list ...

Servers are well intentioned but need more experience.
Kitchen pace is a little slow.
All glass façade makes it difficult to have a date with someone you are not supposed to be with ...

Ground Floor
Serendra Commercial Complex
Bonifacio Global City