Ilustrado – a Degustation for the 29th year Anniversary

Ilustrado – a Degustation for the 29th year Anniversary

29 long years. That’s how long Ilustrado Restaurant has been standing strong in providing Multi-Cuisine to their patrons and to mark its 29th year Anniversary, Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros, Manila is offering an 8-course Degustation menu for the whole month of October.

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Located in Intramuros, Manila, the location is perfect venue for people who wanted to stay true to their heritage.  This old house has a garden for events set-up.  It also have some rooms for private functions.  The inside stays very homey both with some antiques and modern displays.

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Created by Chef de Patron Bernice Pimentel, the Degustation menu utilizes local cuisine and ingredients in an up-to-date fashion. “This year, 2019 marks the third year that we have been doing an anniversary degustation and this year, I am not only bringing forth our culinary heritage to the present but also incorporating much more local ingredients,” explains Chef Bernice.

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“My almost three year old nephew is in a “bahay kubo” sing-song stage and I can say that the vegetables in the song followed me everywhere making its way into our degustation menu.”

The Ilustrado Anniversary Degustation starts with:

Kangkong Pesto Brioche served with Boursin Cheese – I never thought that Kangkong would taste better in a Brioche.  It really was so good.  Have some Boursin Cheese to have such delicious appetizer.

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Kesong Puti Croquettes and Lato – It has a baby mesclun, salsa verde and aioli. It was crispy on the outside, yet so soft on the inside.  The Lato gave it a salty take and made this really tasty!

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Oyster Laing Rockefeller – This unique dish is truly delicious in every bite. The Oysters came from Aklan. It has some chili and coconut milk, topped with Parmigiano Reggiano and drizzled with lemon juice.

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Sayote Egg Drop soup with Quail Eggs and Crostini – This will warm your stomach. The consistency of the soup was thick enough, make sure to mix the quail egg to make it even more.

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Burong Mangga Sorbet – That’s a scoop of Green Mango puréed and made into a sorbet. Definitely a palate cleanser.

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BBQ Pulled Pork Tostadas – Slow-cooked pork, Filipino-style BBQ marinade, re-fried munggo, and papaya slaw al places on top of a fried tortilla. It might be messy to eat but this was really a good mess. I enjoyed the pulled pork as it was marinated in a flavor that is very close to BBQ flavors that I’ve grew up with.

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Seabass Sinantol – Seabass fillet topped with arugula on top of sinantol rice.  This is such a unique twist with a santol.  It does have that sourness but at the same time, it was savory, too.  It was really interesting flavors altogether.

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Egg Pie Brûlée with rose crème chantily, strawberry, green grapes, mango and edible flowers. Truly a sweet, such beautifully plated ending to a meal.

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Diners have a choice to order the whole 8-course menu or choose only select dishes. Each dish is priced separately and the whole menu is at Php1,250 plus 10 per cent service charge.

Was it worth it? Definitely.  I could say that all these 8-course menu totally made me so full and delighted, too!

Address: Ilustrado at 744 General Luna Road, Intramuros, Manila
Phone number: 527-3674, 527-2345
Email: caterings@ilustradorestaurant.com.ph

 

 


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