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Nanka Japanese Steakhouse: Back to Basics

Nanka Japanese Steakhouse: Back to Basics

Simply respectful and enthusiastic, Chef Mike Santos brings Japanese approach to food to Nanka Japanese Steakhouse. 

Mirèio: Provençal Food and All Its Essence

Mirèio: Provençal Food and All Its Essence

A high-ceilinged space with natural light streaming in from the floor-to-ceiling windows, marble detailing and kitchen countertop as well as plush seating set the elegant tone for Mirèio. It was our first time to dine in this elegant brasserie where Provençal-inspired cuisine and other French favorites born of traditional French cooking techniques takes the stage.

 

fat girls day out-Mirèio

 

Raffles true to its literature-centric theme and connection has made a thoughtful tribute to Nobel Laureate Frederic Mistral by naming dedicated space for his most celebrated poem– “Mirèio”

 

fat girls day out- Mirèio
Photo: mireioatraffles.com
In Provence, Mirèio is the daughter of a rich farmer. She is in love with a modest basketmaker, Vincènt. Her father disapproves of the relationship and seeks other suitors. Mirèio, in despair, escapes from her house to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. There she prays to the saints that her father will accept her relationship with Vincènt. The way is hard and unbearably hot. In the end, the saints made an appearance to Mirèio. They tell her of their happiness in paradise, and Mirèio dies in peace.

 

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On one quiet Saturday noon, we found ourselves at the 9th floor of Raffles (Makati), the gracious host showed us to our table which is perfectly arranged cutleries and tables facing the unobstructed view of Makati. 

 

Provençal food and all its essence

Real Provençal cuisine is bold but simple, focusing on perpetuating the taste and texture of seasonal, fresh ingredients of the region. Quite distinctive from the rest of French cooking as it envelopes its style of Mediterranean influence where spices, herbs, olive oils, and fresh florals are heavily in rotation. Think of salad with basil and tomato, ratatouille, bouillabaisse and fragrant meat chops grilled with herb and garlic.

 

fat girls day out- Mirèio

 

Located in southeastern France, which extends from the left bank of the lower Rhône to the west to the Italian border to the east, and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the south- Mother Nature is abundantly generous in this part of the France, and Provençal way of cooking is naturally tasty and flavorful due to the sun-kissed produce all year round.

Mirèio at the Raffles Makati is a showcase of Provence’s rich culture and culinary traditions.

 

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The creative cocktails, meanwhile, are alone worthy of your time. This drink is called the Mirèio. One of the best-sellers is Mireio (P695), a mix of Grey Goose, green chartreuse, cranberry juice, and lemon juice.

Starters

(NEW new a la carte menu) Pan-seared foie gras with  raspberry and rhubarb chutney/ buckwheat tuile

fat girls day out-Mirèio

The foie gras was perfectly seared on both sides with a dash of rhubarb chutney and raspberry. The best way to eat it is to get a bit of the tuile, the rhubarb, and the raspberry. The buttery, delicate flavor of the foie is perfectly complimented by the tangy and tarty raspberry and chutney. The buckwheat tuile adds a little bit of texture as you take your bite. It’s completely balanced in your mouth.

Seared Hokkaido Scallops /Asparagus/shallots/lemon butter/microgreens

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Excellently seared scallops with a nice tender center were a great start to our meal. The scallops were so tender and had a hint of sweetness as you bite into it. Do yourself a favor and get a bit of every element in the plate, it just works well together. The fried shallots are a nice burst of flavor when eaten with the scallops.

 

Lobster Bisque 

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This classic french entree was served to us by pouring the bisque into a bowl with pieces of lobster, apples, and creme. The bisque itself was full of the creamy rich flavors of lobster and by adding some pieces of at the bottom, it added a nice texture to the dish, while the cubes of apples gave it a bit of tangy flavor. Warm, and comforting, it’s a great starter.

 

Burrata Caprese

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Burrata Caprese, this dish is definitely a favorite. They use fresh mozzarella served with an arugula salad, tomatoes, and apple chutney drizzled with sweet balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. While staying true to the classic Italian Caprese, they add their own twist. It’s such a light salad and refreshing taste with every bite of the cheese in your mouth.

 

Mains

 

(NEW new a la carte menu) Maine lobster tail Thermidor/ lobster bisque mashed potato/roasted green asparagus/cherry tomatoes

 

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Visually appealing, as well as, tasty. This dish uses Lobster imported from Maine. Chopped lobsters are placed in the shell with a  creamy white sauce then topped with melted gruyere cheese. They serve this with a side of sweet potato, lobster bisque and grilled cherry tomatoes and green asparagus.

(NEW new a la carte menu) Kurobuta pork chop with porcini/ confit potato/ watercress salads

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First thought when I took a small bite of the pork was that this was something unique. It’s not your typical pork chop. If you don’t know what Kurobuta is, it’s described as being the wagyu of the Pork World. Kurobuta comes from Berkshire Pigs that originates from England. The meat is a lot more tender than normal pork and it was just evident with each bite of the pork chop. They complement this with a side of confit potatoes and a watercress salad.

Grilled Black Angus Rib Eye with french fries and caesar salad

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300g of Black Angus Rib Eye with homestyle fries and a side of caesar salad. This dish is quite filling with the generous serving of the crisp fries. The steak itself was served medium well and had a nice crust on the outside and was tender and flavorful with each bite. Add a bit of sea salt to add even more umami flavor in the meat.

 

See their Lunch Set Menu 

Dessert 

 

Lavender Creme Brulee

fat girls day out-Mirèio

 

This dish is the perfect ending to such a refined meal. Mireio’s creme brulee uses a lavender extract that adds a nice finish when you get a spoonful of this custard dessert. The texture was soft, creamy with a nice caramelized layer of sugar on top with a small chocolate stick and peach sorbet on the side. Break into the caramelized sugar and help your self with a spoon full of everything, where this simple dish is elevated further with the different textures and temperatures you get to experience with each bite.

 

 

 65 % Maraicabo Mousse with Chocolate Ice Cream, truffle cake, and hazelnut crunch

 

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Chocolate mousse, chocolate ice cream, fudge, chocolate strips, hazelnut crunch, and cacao nibs. This dessert plays with the different textures and temperature of the chocolate and plating it in such a fun way that you can have chocolate in 6 ways in one single bite. The 65% Maraicabo dark chocolate really makes a difference by having a nice dark full-bodied chocolate taste.

 

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The perfect cup of Flat White coffee to cap off the perfect Saturday lunch.

 

 

Why Go?

Let’s start with the sun-drenched interiors, the modest bar area that doesn’t intend to intimidate anyone, a space that becomes this oasis of calm within the endless usual chatters in the Makati neighborhood. Then there’s the unfailingly high level of standards in cooking and service.

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Photo: mireioatraffles.com

But what separates this highly decorated gourmet establishment from all of the other decorated restaurants in Metro Manila is that uniquely local of Provençe gestalt that Hervé Clair has cultivated over the years of exposure to classic and innovative take on the French gastronomy practice  — one that combines their own, ever-evolving artistic perceptiveness with a strong touch of international discipline, and the grandeur of gourmet dishes slowly growing in popularity in the local Philippine market.

 

We were spoilt for choices of mains like steaks and seafood prepared with fresh ingredients that are frequently flown in to ensure the quality of the dishes served. Add to that these new flavourful addition to their ala carte menu. Mirèio goes beyond the perfect ambiance and we’re thrilled to experience much more delicious reasons to keep us coming back for more.

 

Mirèio Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

9th Level, Raffles Makati, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati, 1224
Telephone: +632 795 1840
Private Dining Inquiries: +63 926 755 4569
Email: mireio.makati@raffles.com
FacebookRaffles Makati
Twitter@RafflesMakati
Instagram@RafflesMakati
Websitehttp://www.raffles.com/makati/

 


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The Ultimate Poblacion Neighborhood Guide

The Ultimate Poblacion Neighborhood Guide

Let us re-introduce Poblacion Makati with this food, art, and culture-centric neighborhood guide. A Fat Girls Day Out Curated Guide.

Solaire Celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with Special Homemade Mooncakes

Solaire Celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with Special Homemade Mooncakes

Solaire Resort & Casino celebrates the autumn equinox and the fullness of the moon with an assortment of Homemade Mooncake

Bistro Manuel: Brining Continental Finesse to Gritty Poblacion

Bistro Manuel: Brining Continental Finesse to Gritty Poblacion

Patrons of fine gourmet back in the day when Manila had not many choices would remember Lolo Dad’s, an ancestral house in Leon Guinto turned into a restaurant where the discerning food patron would always frequent to get his or her fix of the famous duck confit plates. The restaurant had to move forward with time and it closed down a few years ago. Well, the hipster Poblacion kid welcomed Chef Ariel Manuel to its funky neighbourhood with three-concept punch restaurants. There is a proper tapas bar that serves Filipino-Spanish small plates called the Taperia, then of course Bistro Manuel and for the post-dinner game drinks– The Sippery.

 

It is actually our first time to try Chef Ariel’s food, but our snooty Titas in our family fondly shared their Lolo Dad’s wonderful dining experience back in the day.

As we traverse the weeknight traffic going towards Makati, Bianca and I were exchanging notes as to which dishes should be on our list to try.

 

That night that we arrived at Bistro Manuel, we saw Chef Manuel in their open kitchen doing what he does best- making sure that every plate that comes out is to the tipping point of perfection. When introductions were made, he casually discussed each dish that was coming out one by one, there wasn’t any bit of tenure arrogance , nor eh was anyone that we expected- as starry eyed as we were  because of all the dedicated past culinary feature articles that we read about him — The Ariel Manuel’s stature in the industry. All our inhibitions were proven wrong! He was kind, warm, and ever so wise!

 

Our Orders

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Shrimp Bisque

Lightly poached shrimps are sweet that is swimming in a light seafood bisque.

 

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Double Espresso Soup 

Combination of Tomato and Mushroom cream-based soups. Creamy with concentrated flavors of tomato and mushroom served in witty separate espresso cups.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Bistro Manuel

 

 

Angel hair pasta, foie gras, oysters, and cheese 

On the menu were Lolo Dad’s oysters, which were a favorite back in the day,  so we immediately ordered added them to our “Must Try” roster. The oysters were baked on angel hair pasta with cheese and topped with foie gras.

 

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Duck Leg Confit (Crispy duck leg with Mediterranean duck foie gras rice)

Chef Ariel’s crispy duck game is strong on this plate.

 

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Home Fish Platter (Smoke salmon, salmon gravlax, condiments)

 

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Lamb and Lamb with Lamb ( roast lamb rump, stewed lamb breast, and fried lamb sweetbread with sieved potatoes)

A gumbo of components found may be found on this dish, but you know once you have your fill it satisfies in that way only a good protein dish can.

 

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Tiramisu Souffle

Perfect in technique execution souffle with a crumbled cake on the side.

 

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Declension of Mango and Mascarpone Cheese  (Vanilla frozen cream and Dulce de Leche sauce)

This Napoleones dessert with vanilla frozen cream, mascarpone cheese, and dulce de leche.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Bistro Manuel

 

 

Why Go?

Looking around the room we see patrons enjoying their time feeling excited and nostalgic with each bite of their meal.  Then again, don’t come here just to reminisce about the past. Although the pillar that is Lolo Dad’s was able to set the fabric of expectation for Bistro Manuel, this restaurant is the perfect rebirth and it comes in three; Taperia, The Sippery, and Bistro Manuel.

Should you find yourself craving for proper European cooking, look for that non-descript building along the side streets of Burgos and seek out Chef Manuel’s cozy nook.

 

Bistro Manuel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bistro Manuel, Taperia, and The Sippery are all at 2/F Six Axis Center, 4347 B. Valdez Street, Poblacion, Makati City.

 


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Tokyo Famous Kokoro Mazesoba: A Refreshing Detour From The Usual

Tokyo Famous Kokoro Mazesoba: A Refreshing Detour From The Usual

A first look at Menya Kokoro Mazesoba in Manila. A Fat Girls Day Out dining experience story.

Meals.PH: The Best Home-Cooked Meals Delivered Straight To You

Meals.PH: The Best Home-Cooked Meals Delivered Straight To You

Ever thought of having a single online market place where you can find wonderful home cooked dishes crafted by the best cooks around the metro? No need to comb through all those Instagram handles, websites, and other channels. and so on- Just so you can find a great meal. Meals.ph is an e-commerce specialized food crafted by the best home cooks in a centralized online marketplace in the Philippines.

 

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www.meals.ph

 

With this online platform you can get to choose from a variety of food options; from specialty Filipino meals, international flavors, desserts, Gluten-free & allergy specific exclusions, and even ready to cook meals.

How  To Place An Order

  • Set up your online profile

 

 

  • Simple choose your MEAL and then hit add to cart> proceed to checkout> choose your payment methods.

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Great Food Delivered Just Right At Our Doorsteps

 

We had friends who came over for Sunday lunch and all of us love our seafood fix, so opted to order these lovely platters from Holy Crab and FoodAlmighty

 

Delivery was seamless from procurement to logistics! When our party trays arrived it was still hot and fresh.

 

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Why buy from home cooks?

When the usual fast food delivery has become boring and not to mention unhealthy in most ways.

In every Filipino home, there is always that one or two solid heirloom recipes passed on from generations. Meals that are rich, comforting, and not to mention hard to prepare! These home-cooks didn’t have formal training from exclusive culinary schools, what they have is passion and love to whatever it is that they are creating in the kitchen. Wouldn’t it be great if that Home-Cook could share his/her heirloom dishes to us? This is what www.meals.ph is for, the place where you’ll find great food, only from the best cooks.

If you are a Passionate home cook-This is your stage

 

The barrier to entering the food industry is quite high, and it can be impossible to start doing your own thing. Having meals.ph platform it will be simple to start selling your own food, refine your best recipes, and connect with people in your community.

Share your craft and start earning from your passion. Leverage on meals.ph’s platform to do all the operations in terms of marketing, order management ecosystem, customer front-end services, and those other heavy lifting stuff. You can check out their programs and Sign up here.

 

 

E-Commerce Done Right

Guaranteed vetted sellers. Partners (sellers) are being assessed by validating against a set of criteria that checks for their readiness to serve the current market. They practice the “Quality/ quantity” principle – it does go against the typical business model of a traditional e-commerce site where quantity if sellers or merchants is king.  While quantity is indeed important from a profitability perspective, it does comes with a price. That price is usually a mediocre product line or perhaps even bad service.

 

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Curated Categories and Merchants

 

Browse through meals.ph partner merchants and you’ll see a niche and select sellers covering curated categories.

 

Overall Take

Whether you are looking to satisfy your craving for a particular dish, an upcoming potluck get together with your loved ones, or perhaps moving towards a healthier eating lifestyle, or searching for set meals for whatever occasion, Meals.ph has you covered.

Find them on

 


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Spectrum at Fairmont: Japanese Izakaya Done Right

Spectrum at Fairmont: Japanese Izakaya Done Right

Delight in your favourite Japanese dishes at the Spectrum at Fairmont where they serve various culinary favourites every Wednesday night.


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