|photo credit to Carlos of www.foodiemanila.com (My Photography teacher)|
A couple of weeks ago, Carlos invited me to tag along to a restaurant somewhere in Commonwealth, I am not familiar with the place at all so did not know what to expect. Arriving at Felicity (bliss, great happiness), located on the second floor of a commercial strip, a glimpse of the facade and a little of the interior from the outside. I knew I would be in for a treat since I loved the feel of the place already. Getting inside, I knew my initial feelings were validated, the place was very very nice indeed.
Light colored, weathered wood furnitures was accented by a pastel colored wall in the middle.There’s a feeling of whimsy and daintiness through out the place that made me feel like home. Their placemat is also the same design as the pastel wall and a ballpen/toy flowerpot is provided on each table for guest, children or adults to doodle on while waiting for their food. (a nice touch).
Enough of my ramblings, let’s get eating. We left the ordering to the owners, Carol and Jasper de Leon.
We started this appetizer of light crackers with a piquant sour cream and chives dip.I can’t seem to find it on the menu though.
The first dish to arrive on our tables was the Chorizo con Mozzorella (P175). Slices of chorizo and sun dried tomatoes, added their own flavor and texture to complement the tubular penne. I was actually surprised halfway into the dish when I noticed some stringy cheese on the penne, which I found out was mozzaorella. I then suggested the use of thinner pastas to get more of the stringy feel of the mozzarella like the one I had here.
Saucy Tomato Hungarian Sausage (P175) was up next. The usual hungarian sausage is given a twist, sauteing it in tomatoes and basil to be a better complement to the.white rice siding. I liked the desire to make a run of the mill dish unique in their own way, similar to what we do at home.
My favorite dish of the night, Lean Pork with Basil Cream Relish (P195). Two pieces of tender pork slices are given a new life with the added cream cheese and basil leaf filling inside. I loved the way how each brought something to the dish, the slightly charred pork with the smooth cream cheese and then the textured and fragrant basil leaf.
Darling Steamed Cream Dory (P175) was Carlo’s favorite. He practically finished it except for the piece I tried. I commented that this tasted”Chinese” because it had a lot of ginger, and it was confirmed by Carol, saying they also add a dash of oyster sauce.
A last minute addition to the was the Pasta Kai-Vigan (P160). When this arrived, we were starting to get filled up already but it looked mighty inviting so I gave it a try. I had a notion that Vigan longganisa was spicy, but it seems to be only slightly spicy in this pasta dish. I liked it and I bet Irene would have loved this dish since she’s a fan of these kinds of pasta dishes.
On to dessert I ventured despite being quite full already, enticed by the wonderful colors and promise of sugary treats.
Mango Symphony (P100).I had initially wanted the pistachio sans rival, but it was not available that day. Carol told me they had a mango sans rival, so I acquiesced, keeping an open mind even if I’m not fond of mangoes. Getting a slice and sliding it into my mouth, I was expecting either the crunchy or the chewy texture of sans rival but instead I felt soft torte with sweet mangoes. I was immediately reminded Bacolod and the lemon dacquoise from Felicia’s. You could guess by now that I finished this one off.
Baked Blueberry Skies Cheesecake (P110).This cheesecake is the no bake kind, actually the first cheesecake most of us here have tasted would probably have been like this one. Airy, wobbly body topped with sweet blueberries on top of crushed graham. It was quite enjoyable but my heart taste buds had already been captured by the mango symphony.
I had guessed that the German Choco Bliss Cake (P80) was of the flourless chocolate cake kind and I was right. Carlos was very thrilled in hogging this one since you guys all know I’m a fan. Before Carlos finished it all, I tried a piece of it and liked the soft creamy consistency.
Frozen Brazo de Mercedes. This is one evil dessert, I remember buying one whole cake before and finished it in three days. I could literally feel myself getting heavier. This dessert has the airy egg whites to accompany the creamy ice cream in the middle with the sweet custard and graham base following. I, of course could not resist a bite or two, but who’s counting…
I really enjoyed my time at Felicity, it exuded a down right homey feel through its ambiance as well as its food. I wish there was a place like this near us, we would probably be there often.
If you live, work or even just pass by the area then I suggest you give this hidden gem a try and you might just get hooked into their brand of home.