Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Enchanté ♥



My family from my mom’s side, how we love to eat. We make every occasion a reason to get the whole clan together. To eat. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, christenings, mothers day, fathers day, satur days, sun days…

So it is not a wonder why we are all horizontally challenged. My family from my mom’s side. We call ourselves…

Last row: Mona Rebecca (adopted), Johann, Isabelle Nicola, Archie Burton
Middle row: Shelly Donna, Maria Margarita, Frances Faye, Florence Faye, Felisse Faye
Front row: Mary Ritz, Me, Shelton Benjamin (adopted), Jeremie Rosalie


The Fatterside cousins get together for New Year dinner. Christmas and New Year, two different occasions, two different dinners.

New Year’s is at Enchanté, and here is what we fatsos have:


IMG_8858Cheese Mousse and Lumpfish Caviar. So light you can’t taste it! And that’s Frances not being able to control herself to allow me one decent photo.


IMG_8839Classic Onion Soup. Don’t be deceived. It is so, SO bland.


IMG_8854 Clam and Seafood Chowder. Johann says it ain’t the best. I say he is being way too kind.


IMG_8889Cream of Mushroom Soup. Felisse complains it’s downright bad, but still manages to finish it. Okay, good girl Peli, you may now go out and play.


IMG_8852M Tio Salad – grilled prawns and scallops in Berlinoisse sauce, sautéed shiitake mushrooms in creamy sauce, pan fried goose liver in raspberry-honey sauce, served with a salad panache and endives


IMG_8862Virgie Ramos Salad – pan fried goose liver, grilled tiger prawns, seared scallops and grilled shiitake mushrooms in raspberry-honey sauce and creamy balsamic dressing

I don’t get it. Why give one salad two different names? M Tio and Virgie Ramos, are you twins? Anyway, I love you both. The prawns are huge and succulent, the foie gras buttery and tasty.


IMG_8855Trio of Fish Tartar. Salmon, tuna, lapu-lapu.


IMG_8861 Country Style Pate in mustard vinaigrette dressing on mesclun greens.


IMG_8865 Grilled Chilled US Black Angus Rib Eye. Not bad, but not great.


IMG_8870 US Black Angus Chateaubriand. VERY tender but also very mild in taste.


IMG_8872Charcoal Grilled Chilled US Black Angus Beef Tenderloin. I have to say, very impressive grilling. All our steaks come in the exact doneness we ask for.


IMG_8866 Poeleed Duck in L’ Orange Sauce. Tender and juicy, makes Ritchie happy.


IMG_8868Pan Fried Sea Bass Topped with Goose Liver in Mariner and Raspberry-Honey Sauces. Melt in your mouth quality. I like the creamy Mariner sauce, but not so sure about the raspberry-honey a.k.a. teriyaki sauce.


IMG_8873 Seared Jumbo Scallops in Berlinoisse Sauce. If this is jumbo, I can’t imagine what mini is. Fail!!


IMG_8875Baked Lamb Rack in Provence Crust served with goat green salad and herbed couscous. Frances says it’s good.


IMG_8877     Stewed Lamb Shank


IMG_8895 Rare Cheesecake. The waiter says it’s rare because it’s made from yogurt. I say it’s rare because you don’t often find a cheesecake that doesn’t taste like a cheesecake. Disappointing.


IMG_8896 Pistachio Sans Rival. A sorry excuse.


IMG_8891 Chocolate Coffee Crunch Soufflé. The best of the three. Still, not that great.


Of course, these are not the only desserts we have. With our sizes, these can’t be all. But we already have enough mediocrity for the night, so we ask for the bill, take off, and head to my trusted, all time favorite, sure shot solution to bad and blah meals: UCC.

The food in Enchanté, not so enchanting. Because it is fairly new, I will give it another try. But for now, the only thing I like is the place.


IMG_8841 Warm and relaxing bar area


IMG_8888Pretty and dainty dining room


IMG_8844Girly and flirty ladies room


IMG_8849I feel so Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde!


And the perfect spot for the next occasion…

IMG_8884Valentines dinner, single Fatties?


Enchanté: 3/F, Oakwood Joy Nostalg Center, 17 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila. +632-425-2650

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