Address: Ground Floor, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Date visited: March 2019
The dishes were really good. The salmon sashimi tasted fresh and fatty. The thickness was just right.
The seared tuna with Huancaína risotto was a good dish. The searing of the tuna was almost perfect while the risotto was al dente. The Huancaína sauce, a Peruvian cheese sauce, went really well with the risotto.
The Nikkei black cod with honey miso tasted a little bit burnt but overall, the taste profile was nice. The miso taste was not lost and the fish meat was juicy and flaky.
The wagyu gyoza had an interesting taste profie. The beefy wagyu taste was combined with a citrus-based sauce and chili. We liked it but it may not sit well with others.
There were enough servers to attend to all the tables but they need to improve on the servers not clumping together too much. Yes, it looks nice for the servers to seem to be happy with each other but their attention to the customers should not be compromised.
The ambiance will attract the Titos and Titas of Manila (those who were born in the 80s or 90s who are now uncles or aunts). The feeling it gives lies somewhere between a 5-star hotel bar and a fancy speakeasy. It seems like a really good idea to have this kind of a restaurant in the Ortigas Business District.
The Value for Money
We have a membership in a restaurant search app that gives us special deals. For this restaurant, there was a deal for 1+1 on food so we saved a lot (the second highest priced meal became free). The prices: black cod = P685, seared tuna = P680, salmon sashimi = P250 and the wagyu gyoza = P350. So we really needed that deal!
However, we are rating them while not considering the promo deal. Sadly, the portions of the dishes are too small for their prices, especially the black cod. Black cod should not be served that small, in our opinion.
P.S. Yes we know that they are located in a Business District but that doesn’t mean prices should be too high.
Pro Tip: Promo deals are a diner’s best friend.#happyfoodtrippers
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