One of Manila’s enduring culinary landmarks marks its 29th anniversary this year. To celebrate the occasion, Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros offers an enticing 8-course Degustacion Menu that incorporates local ingredients with a modern twist, expertly created by Chef de Patron Bernice Pimentel.
The whole 8-course set is available at P1,250, plus 10% service charge. Diners can also choose only select dishes from the tasting menu and each dish will be priced separately.
Here’s what you will be served:
Kangkong pesto brioche served with Boursin cheese
(this was really good, I am kinda hoping they’d mass produce this. The delightful texture and fluffiness of the brioche danced in my tongue)
Kesong puti croquettes and lato (sea grapes)
a la carte price: P175++
Oyster Laing Rockefeller – P195++
(the potent combination of taro leaves + premium seafood and cheese is just so yummy and addicting!)
Sayote Egg Drop Soup – P125++
(who would think the lowly sayote can be mad into a Chinese-inspired soup? A must-try!)
Palate cleanser: burring mango sorbet
A touch of Mexico with a Pinoy twist is the BBQ Pulled Pork Tostadas, a tasty concoction of slow-cooked pork in Pinoy-Style BBQ marinade with papaya slaw and refried monggo or mung beans (P215++)
The main course is the Sea Bass Sinantol which has a slice of Chilean Sea Bass Fillet with one-of-a-kind sinantol rice and arugula (P350++) This was a healthy fix and the use of local dragonfruit is quite interesting.
For a fitting meal ender, the beautifully laid out Egg Pie Brûlée with mango, green grapes, strawberry and edible flowers. (P175++) Would pair perfectly with tea or coffee.
The tasting menu is good only for the whole month of October. To know more, visit Ilustrado at 744 General Luna Road, Intramuros, Manila or call telephone numbers 527-3674 and 527-2345, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit http://www.ilustradorestaurant.com.ph/ or log on to www.facebook.com/ilustradorestaurant/.