FOO’D (pronounced as fu-duh) is the first restaurant outside Italy by Chef Davide Oldani. His 40 seater restaurant D’O in Milan, Italy has one Michelin star and has an 8 month wait list. Chef Davide is known as the creator of Cucina Pop, high quality food but with accessible prices.
The ambiance of FOO’D is decidedly posh with lots of black, dark grey tones and pops of gold and bronze. You’d expect prices to be fine dining, break the bank but 3 course menu at P800 and 4 courses at P1200,
The initial menu will be a compact and contain 18 items, more will be added in the future especially those that incorporate local ingredients. They serve a wonderful complimentary house baked sourdough bread that you’ll have to watch out for.
Cippola Caramellata. One of Chef Davide’s signature items, a caramelized onion tart with Grana Padano gelato and Grana Padano cream. A dish that looks simple but the key is to eat each part together. It’s when you get a piece of the crusty tart, soft and sweet onion, cold and salty gelato and the creamy sauce that the whole dish comes together. I love dishes with varying textures, temperatures and flavors, makes it a lot more fun to eat.
Iberico Pork Ribs. Compressed iberico pork ribs with porcini mushroom sauce and liquorice. Visually not as appealing because of the earthy hues, once you get a bite of the pork ribs, you won’t even be aware. The pork ribs are deboned and has a nice outside crisp but super tender inside. The strong earthy flavors of the mushrooms are a good complement to the pork.
Lemon Curd with dehydrated meringue, cacao crumble, curry almonds and lettuce gelato. Yes, you read that right, that green quenelle is the lettuce gelato. This is another dish where the sum is greater than the parts, eat each part of the dessert and it’ll taste weird but mix everything in one spoonful and the flavors just blend right. The standout in this dish is the dehydrated meringue, exceptionally airy with a nice crunch.
The other dessert option was the Chocolate Mousse with cacao crumble, framboise, dark chocolate gelato and maldon salt.
Big eaters will be left wanting after the delicious albeit carb light meal so I would suggest the 4 course meal instead. The meal is beautifully created with flavor pairings that are weird at first glance but ultimately work well when taken together. FOO’D offers affordable luxury for many diners looking for a Michelin experience minus the high price tag. Chef Davide will also be opening a branch of FOO’D in Singapore in 2017.
FOO’D by Davide OldaniG/F Shangri-la at The Fort
30th St. corner 5th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio
Contact No.: (632) 950-8492
Facebook Page: FOO’D by Davide Oldani
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