This was my first time to dine at Cafe 1771
Founded in 1988, Cafe 1771 is touted as a casual fine dining restaurant
Their cuisine has a strong influences from Swiss, Italian and French cooking
My pretty friend Phoebe Sagge surprised me with this treat
How I wish I was better dressed for our dinner date
But surprisingly, the waiters made us feel like we were expected guests
And to think we didn’t have prior reservations
Suffice to say, my Cafe 1771 experience was worth my while
Phoebe ordered their Organic Chicken in Potato Crust (525.00)
This is basically slow-baked chicken topped with crispy potato chips
I took a bite of the chicken meat and it was so juicy and so delicious that I almost forgot the other viands
This one reminded me of my favorite Iberian Chicken but with more oomph
The crispy potato chips was a perfect “siding” because it gave it more zesty taste
Since Phoebe loved this, she ordered Fish-In-A-Tent (550.00)
Their menu was specific about it – Philippine Sand Bass Fillet seasoned with patis-mansi
This is sealed and cooked inside a foil with onions, tomatoes and spring onion leaves
Nothing fancy about this and I find it kinda bland (patis & kalamansi, where are thou?)
Well, at least, Phoebe loved it and was more than happy to have it all to herself
Without batting a eyelash, we both agreed to try their Steaks and Frites (890.00)
For a probinsyano like me, the price is quite steep for a one-inch thick striploin steak
But I was not paying so there I was ready to savor our steak, done medium-well
And boy-oh-boy can you spell I-A-M-A-M-E-A-T-L-O-V-E-R with gusto?
This one’s a must-order and definitely worth every centavo you’ll spend for it
For dessert, we ordered Mango Mousse (200.00)
This light mangoes & creme dessert fix disappoints
I was expecting my mousse to be soft and sweet
Theirs must have been frozen – well, that’s what the waiter said
The mango fruit was also sour so that made matters worst for me
I should have ordered the Chocolate Ganache Tart
Well, there’s always a next time and I am definitely visiting again!
Cafe 1771 is located at the El Pueblo Real de Manila, J. Vargas corner ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. They are open for Breakfast, Lunch, Merienda, Dinner and After Dinner drinks from Mondays to Saturdays (7:00am to 10:00pm) and Sundays (7:00am to 3:00pm). It is recommended that prior reservations are arranged. You may call them at (02) 631-7340 and (02) 470-6559.
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