Dean and Deluca is a famous upscale chain of markets and cafe that originated in the SOHO district of New York in 1977. It’s been featured in many movies and TV series like Silence of the Lambs and Gossip Girl. The first store I was able to visit was the one Orchard Central, Singapore.
They recently opened their first store in the Philippines in Edades Tower, Rockwell, Makati. Chona of Homemade Treasures was in town for a quick visit so we went to lunch together with Irene. Dean and Deluca was the one she picked because it was new. The easiest way to get to Edades is either ask your driver to drop you off in front of the building or park in Rockwell then exit thru the Amorsolo exit then cross the street. This branch is a hybrid cafe/grocery so you can eat and then shop at the same time.
They got nice displays of their available bread, pastries and their branded grocery items in their signature silver packaging.
Their menu is a bit limited so we just decided to each order 1 dish and share to be able to try more.
We got their Homemade Sausage, Olives and Red Onion Sourdough Pizza (P520). The dough and toppings had good flavor with the cheese overly generous. The abundance of the toppings made the middle of the pizzas soggy and weighed down making it hard to serve and eat.
Spaghetti with Bacon, Parsley, Mushroom in White Wine Sauce (P410), served with a nice poached egg on top. Think of this as something like a local carbonara with the a creamy white wine sauce further creaminess from the yolk. This was nothing special although the serving was pretty good but you’re better off going to Va Bene or Cibo for pasta.
Cuban Sourdough Bread Sandwich (P420). This is their version of the Cuban sandwich that should be familiar to anyone that saw the movie Chef last year. Cheese, smoked ham, roast pork in between their sourdough bread. There’s some smokiness from the meats and nuttiness from the cheese and is quite hefty. Irene and Chona disliked it though both preferring the pizza.
We skipped coffee and dessert and headed to La Lola Churreria in Rockwell.
Service was quite poor despite the abundant staff and the barely full restaurant when we were there. I’ll go back and try again in a couple of months when they are settled down but their premium pricing comes with a equally premium expectation.
Dean and Deluca PhilippinesG/F Edades Tower and Garden Villas
Rockwell Center, Makati City
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