Monday, April 19, 2010

Spasso, Italian Tapas and Wine bar

We were invited by Tita B some two months ago to try this restaurant. It had just opened and she had met the owner so we decided to try it out. Streets names are very confusing for me in the Fort area so this place is located just behind Je Suis Gourmand, near Net One Building.

The Restaurant is casual, quite big and has a large wine cellar. They do not bring in their own wines, so many are from the local distributors in Manila. They even have a private room, with view to the kitchen, for Private functions.

They immediately served us bread, with Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar and Cheese. Bread was warm and Olive oil was good.

For our appetizers, we had Bruschetta of: Foie Gras with Caramelized Peach, Eggplant Parmiggiano and Wagyu Beef Tartare Lardo. Excellent Bruschetta, specially the Tartare..very tasty and lots of Olive oil.

We then had 2 platters of Cold Cuts: Prosciutto and Salami. Both are from the brand Citterio, which are ok but I prefer the less commercial, home made type of Cold cuts you will find it Italy in many gourmet stores.

For our main, we had the following: Rib Eye Rustica, OssoBuco and Lamb Risotto. The Steak and Rissoto were very good, the steak being very tender (although it was medium and not medium rare) and the Rice very creamy and full of flavor. The OssoBuco was 'ok'...nothing really special here.

Over all I was impressed with the food and the extensive menu they have in this restaurant. We said we would come back one day with the Usuals for one of our wine lunches.


Photo Cache said...

You didn't mention the wine pairings or did I miss that. It looks like a fancy establishment. I like the upholstery and the food is eye catching.

Chinkee said...

The risotto looks good! Will try this place soon...:-)

Ines Cabarrus said...

Hi Miguel!

I'm going to be launching a monthly wine event at Spasso on April 28th from 6-9pm. I'm planning it to be a more "intellectual" wine event, with more guest interaction, writing down tasting notes, blind tasting activities etc.

Hope you can make it! We'll be featuring some premium wines from Happy Living and Premium Wine Exchange as well as many of Spasso's delicious tapas. :)

Miguel said...

Photo Cache - did not have much wine that day...but I remember having a bottle of Pinot Gris.

Chinks - It's pretty good you should try it.

Ines - I canty April 28 but let me know other dates.

Anonymous said...

the food looks quite good. will check this one out. thanks

MrsLavendula said...

we've passed by this place a couple of times. looks like an interesting place.

Miguel said...

You should try it out it's pretty good actually.