last night, we missed the shu uemura event, wherein they launched a new satellite counter in rustan's tower, shangri-la plaza, introduced their new makeup artists, and launched their new cosmetics collection. lakas ng ulan eh kaya traffic—coming from makati, that is. so we have nothing to report today, fashion-wise or beauty-wise. so we'll talk about food. and a few new restaurants we recently tried and enjoyed. first is the fireplace. it's a posh-looking place, but not pretentious at all, as a jacket and tie are not required, and the open kitchen gives it a more casual feel. it's called the fireplace because most of the food, especially the steaks, is cooked in a wood-fire oven, so the theater kitchen is like one giant fireplace. the chef, jo ong, who used to be with P45, that pricey out-of-the-way resto in mandaluyong, prepared a well-balanced menu of salad, red meat, seafood, and mmm oysters, and mmm dessert...
the fireplace is located at hyatt hotel and casino, 1588 pedro gil st. corner MH del pilar st., malate, manila, tel (632) 245-1234.
next is galileo enoteca italian wines and deli. "enoteca" means wine cellar in english and that's exactly what this place is. if you like wines, you'll be in heaven surrounded by floor-to-ceiling shelves of wine. for less than four hundred bucks, you can have a glass of wine with a plate of cold cuts and cheese, and a plate of pasta—not a bad deal. for P150, you can order a fresh salad with generous slices of salami. then of course, there's the deli where the atkins dieter in you will swoon with the variety. you can buy bottles of wine to bring home or open and drink right there (at the retail price! no corkage fee!). we like the european feel of the long wooden tables and benches. cin-cin!
galileo is located at 80 calbayog st. corner malinao st., mandaluyong, tel (632) 534-4633 or 532-0482.
last is lemuria, a new restaurant opened at the winery, a place that's been selling, well, wine (mostly german) for like the last 10 years or something. it's a little challenging getting to this place, as it's located in horseshoe village, which is full of one-way streets, and has like three streets called horseshoe drive, why, we don't know, it's been like that since the beginning of time. the property where it’s located looks huge, but the restaurant itself is small and cozy and probably seats just about 30 people. the chef, golda may ranada, honed her skills in restos such as le soufflé, beluga bar & bistro, dreambar 6750 and max brenner, so expect the food to be good. we had tasty appetizers in the mushroom soup and a cheese-stuffed ravioli. our lamb shank was so tender it just fell off the bone. and sorry we have no pictures to share because when we saw the food, we couldn’t think of anything else but eating. well, ok, here’s our lemon torte dessert, and our gross wiped-clean plates after.
lemuria is located at the winery, 5 julieta circle, horseshoe village, quezon city, tel (632) 724-5211 and 722-2185. reservations required.