7.12.2010

Thursday Date Night: The Goose Station (Degustation)

My husband and I wanted to bring back the date nights we used to enjoy back in the day. We decided to make every other Thursday as our "date night".  It's a night we make an effort to dress up, go out and spend quality time as a couple... just the two of us. Cheesy as it may seem, I believe its a very healthy practice for married couples. Last Thursday, we decided to check out one of the hottest new restaurants in town...The Goose Station. I actually read about this place when I was still in New York a few months back and was very intrigued about it. This is the brainchild of celebrity chef couple Robert and Sunshine Pengson. Bon Appetit!

Foie Cone for starters - thin, wispy cone with lightly and savory foie topped with a thin gelatin layer and rasberry compote


Potato Glass, Truffle Puff and Savory Macaroon


Caviar Surprise
3 Layers (from bottom to top) : Alaskan King Crab, White Asparagus Flan and Prawn Jelly
It sounds heavy because of all the layers involved but this was actually light and refreshing. I might be biased though because I love caviar and they were very generous with it!

Eggs Benedict
One of my favorite brunch dish in a martini glass : Perfectly Poached Egg, Hollandaise Foam (it lacked a little more acidity for me - I like my sauce a bit 'lemony'), Truffle Oil and Bacon Tuille ( I really loved this idea!)

Beet Garden
Beet's, Goat's Cheese, Orange, Microgreens, Walnuts, Melon, Etc.
This was a very pretty and intricately presented dish. The combination of flavors was interesting and unique though not enough to emulate how pretty it looked. 

Seared Foie Gras
Black Rice & Blackberry Sauce, Crepe, Tarragon Herb Salad
This was quite a disappointment since I know that the house specialty is supposedly foie gras (as the name "goose station" suggests). The foie was underseasoned and the sticky sauce didn't really compliment it. The crepe could have been taken out too...didn't really help the dish. Sorry.

Fideua Negra
Squid Ink Fideos, Roasted Scallop, Angulas, Morcilla, Aioli
The scallop was juicy and cooked well. However, the Fideos had quite an eerie taste not to mention that it's not exactly the best thing to eat when you're in a date.  I had to wash down my blackened teeth a few times before I was able to talk and smile! Hahaha!


24 Hour Steak
Sous vide Prime Short Rib, Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Crisp Onions, Burre Schublig, Homemade Steak Sauce - This was incredible! I wish I just ordered this and savored every bit of it. It was kind of frustrating for me because it came after 6 prior tastings and I was a bit full so I couldn't really enjoy it as much. The steak was marbled with glorious layers of fat and was cooked perfectly...medium rare (charred outside and red and warm inside). The mashed potatoes with truffle oil was just as amazing. 

Chocolate Candy Bar
I was still able to squeeze this in despite being overly stuffed. I didn't want to waste it. So I paced myself with this crunchy, rich chocolate-hazelnut piece of heaven. 

Mini "Burger" Macaroon
The "burger" was a fruit compote and the "cheese" was a thin slice of mango
Nothing really stellar, I could have done without this. The chocolate bar would have been the perfect ending for this tasting meal.

We were so stuffed after the intense 8-course Signature Tasting Menu (Php 2,500 Vat Inclusive). We greeted a few friends on our way out and did a short and sweet chitchat before exiting. It was nice bumping into you guys!

Would we go back to this place? Yes, possibly but I think I would opt for just the Express Menu (Php 1,700) with a fewer tastings next time. The full signature menu turned out to be to be a little too much for me.  

...After an 8 Meal Signature Tasting and 2 Glasses of Red Wine! Until our next date Dada! :) Mwah!

The Goose Station
Ground Floor, W Tower
39th St, Fort Global City, Taguig
Mon-Sat 6-9 pm
Tel. No. 5569068
Mobile No. : 0917 85GOOSE


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