5.12.2008

Kasbah, Boracay


This was the only restaurant that was worth blogging about during my recent Boracay trip (ofcourse I do have my personal all-time musts there such as Aria, True Food, Manana, Gastof and believe it or not Dokito Frito not really for their chicken but for their pork sinigang! Yes, because their sinigang broth is thick, extra sour with thinly sliced gabi just the way I like it!).  

During our last night there, our group had to come up with a unified decision of where to have our last dinner. It had to be special and different...somewhere all of us have not tried yet. One of our friends suggested this place called "Kasbah" located near Discovery Shores. Kasbah serves authentic Moroccan cuisine. Not being very familiar with the said cuisine, I asked the server what she could recommend. My friend Rolls and I decided to split their lamb tagine which was one of their specialties. A tagine is a traditional dish named after the special pot in which it's cooked. This pot is made of clay which is often times glazed or painted. It actually has two parts ; a flat circular base and a large cone cover which is placed on top of the base while cooking. This design supposedly promotes the return of condensation to the bottom while cooking. Tangines are actually slow-cooked stews that are braised over low temperature which makes the meat used really tender. Enough trivia and back to Kasbah's food...the lamb tangine was a pleasant surprise. It's actually difficult to explain to explain because it was an explosion of a myriad of flavors altogether. I tried to dissect the medley of ingredients used in the stew... potatoes, dates, raisins, almonds, ground cinnamon, cumin, definitely paprika and a whole lot more....hence the tangy and overly complex distinct taste and flavor! :) I was happy and content with my last full meal in paradise. So next time you find yourself in Boracay, you might want to check out Kasbah!

5.11.2008

Gullivers of San Francisco : Calling All Steak Lovers!


My family chanced upon a great find in the midst of bustling Makati Avenue. Gulliver's of San Francisco is a classic American restaurant (according to my dad, it's been there for almost 10 years! I just don't know how accurate this is!) located inside Great Eastern Hotel. Gulliver's of San Francisco has an enchanting ambiance of a cruise ship... dim lighting, victorian interiors, and the works. Plus it has a magnificent view of Makati which makes adds to its ambiance and makes it ideal for an intimate date ;) wink! 

We ordered their appetizer sampler for starters composed of crunchy duck confit, shrimp fritters and calamares served with a zesty cocktail sauce. No one ordered salad/soup anymore because we all wanted to make sure we had ample room for the PRIME RIB which is ofcourse the specialty of the house. You can choose from various cuts and have it cooked to your desired doneness. I tried the Gulliver's cut which is quite thick and cooked medium rare - no more, no less! My carnivorous side was strong that night and I was really craving for red meat so I was extra excited. And I was not disappointed at all! The meat was succulent, rosy, tender and cooked just right. Upon serving, they smothered it with deglazed drippings called au jus to keep it juicy. I enjoyed it even without the gravy or horseradish. The course also came with baked potato with sourcream, a light muffin and blanched spinach. The serving size was pretty huge for its reasonable price. Definitely a place I would recommend for hardcore steak lovers.