Monday, July 20, 2009

Cafe Ysabel

Located a few blocks away from Greenhills is a haven for gastronomists:



Aside from being established in a 1920s ancestral home, the restaurant is famed for being home to the cultinary institute of reknowned chef, Gene Gonzales.

I went to the restaurant last week with my grandmother and this was what we ordered:

• Menu •
Lavash (Iranian) bread
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Crisp smoked fish wantons in salsa verde
Pan Fried gooseliver with lightly tossed greens and apple-ginger tatin
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Braised lamb shank
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White wine
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Crème brulee


Two much for 2 ladies? Guess what? We finished every single one of them. The waiters probably thought we were barbarians. Holy shit, the food was so good. PLUS can you believe the whole meal - including a glass of wine each - only cost us a little over Php 1600 (USD 33)?!

It's now officially my favorite restaurant in Manila. I can't wait to go back!

P.S. I recently discovered that apparently Mr. Anthony Bourdain himself visited the restaurant as well – dammit, the man beat me to it.

Café Ysabel
455 P. Guevarra Street
San Juan, Metro Manila
(632) 726-9326

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