Cafe Adriatico is celebrating their 35th year in the restaurant business and I was invited a few weeks ago with other fellow bloggers for a night of sumptuous dishes. It was a fitting stop for a very hectic day for me which started in Pasig, then moved to Quezon City, then finally at Cafe Adriatico in Remedios Circle in Malate, Manila. I have always known the restaurant as a yuppie but never had a chance to dine because it looked so intimidating. After that night, I regret delaying the dining experience but is grateful as well, now that I finally had the Cafe Adriatico experience.
I love the homey feel of the restaurant. It looks like I’m in an ancestral house. We were seated at the 2nd floor which provides ample seating. There are couches near the windows, chairs and tables at the center and stools at the bar. The place is really for intimate dining with family, friends and business associates. My companion that night are two of my blogger friends which made the experience better.
The gastronomic experience started when Gambas al Ajillo and Hummus with Pita Bread were served. These starters quickly whet up my appetite. I was initially concerned because these dishes are rich in purine and may affect my gout. But because they’re good, I set aside all the worries and assured myself that everything will be alright. I’m always fond of the Hummus and Pita Bread starters and Cafe Adriatico’s version did not disappoint. In between, I sipped on my Cream of Two Mushroom Soup.
Then came the Garlic Pork Leg Españole and I know it’s time for the main event – the main dishes. This dish is actually a new offering, a new signature dish from Cafe Adriatico as part of their 35 Years Celebration. It’s basically crispy pata cooked differently. It’s infused with garlic and served with a tangy sauce. We also had Blue Marlin Provençale, US Tenderloin Steak Solana and Buttered Vegetables. Our meal was capped with Mango Crepe for dessert.
I really enjoyed the food that was served that evening. We were encouraged to eat the garlic cloves served on the side of Garlic Pork Leg Españole and were surprised that it tasted different, no garlicky flavor. Instead it was slightly sweet and soft that complimented the pork dish.
The Steak Solana was tender and juicy. I didn’t even bother pouring the sauce on it. Of course, a fish-lover like me was delighted with the Blue Marlin dish. I can tell that it’s fresh, and although the tomato and caper sauce slightly drowned the flavor of the fish, it’s still good. I was so full that night that I can barely finish the dessert. I went home more than just satisfied with my dining experience at Cafe Adriatico.
As the LJC Group, the company behind Cafe Adriatico, celebrates 35 years in 2014, I’m sure more dishes will be introduced in their other restaurants as well. Cafe Havana, Bistro Remedios, Larry’s Cafe and Bar, Abe, Fely J’s Kitchennd Lorenzo’s Way are all part of LJC Group.