The Club trooped to an unfamiliar place in Quezon City, to try out Chef Tatung’s. Reservations were made well ahead for our party of 8, since the place does not accommodate walk-ins. Chef Tatung’s is a private kitchen, literally set up in Chef Myke Sarthou’s own house and garden.
We were seated beside the herb and vegetable garden outside, it has a more romantic feel but you are of course exposed to mosquitoes since its outdoors.
The menu at Chef Tatung’s is composed of 4 courses and is priced at P500 per person. The price is quite reasonable since we could literally see where the herbs and vegetables they use are grown.
Complimentary bread with olive oil/balsamic vinegar dipping sauce. The bread was quite good, crunchy on the outside and soft inside.
Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta and Olives was the first course for the night. A few Romaince leuutce leaves topped with peppers, tomatoes and onions and served with two slices of salami on the side. The started had a nice balance of smoky, salty and sourness that serve to whet my appetite for the following courses.
Zucchini Cream Soup was up next. I had expected a heavy soup when I heard the word cream but it was surprisingly light, a little too watered for my tastes.
Osso buco Milanese with Truffled Penne. The osso buco was served minus the bone which could have helped the presentation out a lot. I actually found the veal to be tender and flavorful. The truffled penne on the other hand was quite dry and even though you could smell the truffle as the plate is laid down, I could not taste it.
Grilled Red Snapper with Marinara Sauce and Buttered Linguine. Irene chose this one and I got to try a piece or two. The fish was nicely grilled, and the marinara sauce went well with the linguine. I wish they had used the linguine for my dish instead of the penne.
Mango Semifreddo. An Italian ice cream cake interspersed with mango bits served as the dessert. You should know by now, I simply love ice cream in whatever form. In this case, even with cake, its still ok for me. The presence of nuts might deter some people but I like the nice contrast to the otherwise soft dessert. The sweetness was just right for me and cleansed my pallete.
Overall, the dinner was good even with a few hiccups with regards to the drinks. Service might not be super attentive but it was ok. The location was a little warm and had a few mosquitoes, I hope they could alleviate it in the future naturally or electronically. This is my first time to experience dining in a private kitchen and both Irene and I quite enjoyed our experience, now I hope to try some more out there.
17 Matipid St., Sikatuna Village
Quezon City, Philippines
352.6121 and 0915.846.3234
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