Monday, August 13, 2007
Ok - so what does it take to get a guy to exercise the option of going back to the same restaurant ...
Within a matter of days
With the same girl?
If I wanted to simply impress the girl - I would take her to another restaurant... right?
It makes more sense to the warrior hunter
And it would score more points with the dainty, pretty, cutie "prey"
Errrrr - I mean dainty, pretty, cutie "princess" ....
And yet, there I was
Barely a few days from having just been there
Back again at Mamou ...
For a sequel
It's the food
It's the people
It's the attention one gets
It's the whole dining experience
It's being "home" ...
It was a Monday - and the place was packed
Word-of-mouth is creating a beeline for this wonderful nook
We were extremely lucky that a corner table had just become available
Seated comfortably in our "dwarf" chairs, we marveled at our luck ...
A carafe of white wine started the evening.
This was followed by "Cracked Cheese with Honey and Fuet" (grana pagano cheese with side of honey and fuet catalunian salami) @ 295pesos.
Salami and cheese -with a honey dip ?
This is what is so much fun with Mamou - it is unpredictable
The culinary concoctions have a sense of simple genius that appeals to the child in me who has sometimes been lost in the complexity of my adult cuisine preferences.
Then came the "Steak" - a 400 gm US prime ribeye with sides of baked mashed potatoes and corn pudding @1680pesos.
It came in cut portions ready for sharing.
Let me just say it straight ...
This is the best steak dish I have had in a long while.
Simply salted and spiced , it drowns in its own juices and oil
With just the right amount of fat that creates its own flavor
As if they had detected the child in me (perhaps through the glow in my eyes and the urgency with which I attacked the steak),
I was offered a dip of mayonnaise.
Yeheyyyyyyyyyyy - mayonnaise ...
How whimsical can dining get?
Such a joy ...
Needless to say - the steak was wiped out
Lastly, we had an imaginative Batac Bolognese (spaghetti with Batac Ilocos sausage, fennel and stewed tomato sauce served al dente) @335pesos.
A fusion of Ilocos and Italiano ...
That which they call "Ilocano"
Tasty and playful - this simple interface of two cultures is at once familiar and comfortable.
I thought it could use more tomatoes and a tad more sauce but the dining experience was really becoming so much fun that I didn't mind anymore - I just savored its flavor and its appeal to my adventurous taste buds.
Now - thaaaaaaat was a meal.
That was dining.
That was good.
That was fun.
Oh oh oh - the girl I was with?
She was great too ....
What was her name?????
Mamou - a home kitchen
Ground Flr., Serendra
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig