Wednesday, February 11, 2009

SALA - Revisited

I'm a creature of habit and once I like a place, I keep on coming back. So after the Birthday dinner I had there for R, I just had to go back. I still have a pending tasting from the Chef, he mentioned he could make great Steak that still has to be seen...and I'm hoping that when Chef Carlo comes back from his wedding/Honeymoon I can finally try his Steak Tartare.

Anyway Back to SALA, I had a lunch meeting in Makati and first thought of going to Greenbelt 5. When I got there, I really did not know where to eat so I asked a friend what he could recommend. He told me he did not like any of the restaurants there and suggested SALA. So without even thinking, I walked from GB5 to SALA. I got there quite late so there was hardly anybody in the Restaurant. While waiting, I ordered a glass of refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.

For starters, I had to order the Twice Baked Souffle with Prawn, Feta and Dill. This dish is simply delicious...firm and crusty on the outside, soft and moist on the inside. I think this is a dish that has been on the menu of SALA since the day it first opened years ago.

Since I couldn't have Steak Tartare, I decided on the next best thing: Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with Port Jelly, Creamed Horseradish and Parsnip chips. Another great dish...fine Wagyu beef, went perfectly well with the port Jelly and creamed also comes with some greens slightly tossed with a vinaigrette...this is definitely the next best thing if there is no Tartare...

For my main, I asked for the Porcini and Parmesan Crusted Chicken Scallopini with Truffle Oil Mash and Marsala Jus. I definitely also enjoyed this dish, the contrast from the Parmesan and Truffle and the heavenly mash potatoes french style. We also had Roast Pork Tenderloin with White Bean and Bacon Cassoulet. Another great dish, the Pork so tender and tasty, while the Beans on the Cassoulet were just right and gave the dish good contrast and made it very hearty..

For Dessert, Dark Chocolate Souffle with Almond Ice cream. Simply perfectly done, with cream and Ice Cream. We shared this together with some espressos and really enjoyed this lunch. SALA is a definitely a place that is in my top 5 list of places to go back and back again until I have tried everything on the menu..


Noel said...

I somehow knew you'd wind up in Sala. It's a no-brainer if you're nearby (which you were).

Their soufflé goes well with sauv blanc based wines.



Miguel said...

Yes - actually the Sav Blanc wnt very well with the Soufflé :)

gourmandtales said...

the souffle o the souffle... making my mouth water.... yummy