Friday, July 27, 2012

The Goose Station, A Seventh Time ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Posting my most recent Goose Station dinner before they change the menu next week.

While I'm excited for the new, it's gonna be sad saying goodbye to my old favorites...



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Deconstructed Lychee Mojito



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Foie Cone



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Rice Cracklings with Avocado and Sinamak Dip



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Foie Gras with Ravioli 



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Caviar Parfait
Cauliflower panna cotta, crab jelly, tapioca-crab "salad", sea urchin, avruga caviar



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Eggs Benedict
Slow cooked egg, hollandaise foam, white truffle oil, bacon tuile 



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Sous vide Wagyu burger, raclette, cornichons, tomato, onion, Dijon mayonnaise, black olive fries 



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24 Hour Steak
USDA short rib, worcestershire jus, truffle oil mashed potatoes, onions 



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Fideua negra, morcilla, angulas, pepper, anchovy aioli, lemon  



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Sorbet, granita, smoked compote, chips, cardamom creme anglaise 



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Candy bar, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, praline, earl gray tea, raspberry 



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The Goose Station: Ground Floor, W Tower, 39th Street, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines. +6391785-GOOSE (46673) or +632-556-9068

Machiavelli Chocolatier ♥ ♥ ♥


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This Eurasian fusion chocolatier has been in Rustan's Makati for a while now
(These pictures have been in my laptop forever) 



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Bought a box of six to enjoy with my coffee



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Purple Yam Yum, Ivorie Jack, Yema de Manila



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Grand Marnier, Jasmine Tea Rose, Cashew Praline



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My favorite is the Purple Yam Yum. Because I love ube, and I love purple. :)



Machiavelli Chocolatier: Rustan's Makati, First Floor, Essenses, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati 
Tel: +632 483-9854
Machiavelli Website
Machiavelli Facebook Page 

Kaya Korean Restaurant ♥ ♥


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Sunday dinner with family...



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Pajeon - onion leek pancake with squid



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Jin Mandoo - steamed dumplings



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Sam Gye Tang - ginseng and spring chicken soup



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Kalbi Jim - Korean beef stew



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Japchae - sweet potato noodles sauteed with beef and vegetables



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Dooboo Jeon - fried beancurd



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Bibimbap - rice topped with assorted vegetables and fried egg in stone bowl



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Dak Bulgogi - grilled spicy chicken fillet



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Kalbi Gui - marinated short ribs



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More beef!



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Korean ice cream for dessert. I love the melon-flavored Melona.



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So happy when family from out of town visits :)


Kaya Korean Restaurant: 62 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air Village, Makati City. Tel: +632 899-0640

Boon Tong Kee ♥ ♥


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 So much buzz going on about the opening of this Singaporean chicken rice franchise,
Boon Tong Kee



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Signature Boiled Chicken
I know the website says it's Cantonese style, but I can't help comparing it to Tao Yuan's, which
I like so much better. Having said that, I think Boon Tong Kee's version is not bad at all,
it's just not "OMG, CHICKEN!!!" 



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Chicken Rice



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Crispy Beancurd



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 Century Egg and Minced Pork Porridge



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Barley Drink



While the savories are pretty okay, I regret that I cannot say the same for desserts.


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Mango Sago tastes of 100% mango concentrate. Sour to the 11th power!



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Almond Jelly with Chocolate - there is more gelatin than almond flavor in the jelly.
The cloyingly sweet choco syrup, nuts and seeds contribute all the more to the disaster. (Sorry!)



Dear BTK, I like your chicken, but please come up with better desserts. It is very important to me and 58.63% of the Philippine population. Thank you very much.


Boon Tong Kee: 2nd Level, The Veranda, Mall of Asia, Pasay City

Mabuhay Palace, A Third Time ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Celebrated Dad's birthday at, IMHO, the most underrated Chinese restaurant in the metro...


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Mabuhay Palace at The Manila Hotel



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The restaurant is tastefully designed, elegant, yet very relaxed and cozy. 
I can admire the beautiful jade carvings lining the main dining room wall all night.
Most importantly, the food never disappoints and service is the best!
(See my previous Mabuhay Palace dinners here and here.)



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We booked the private room tonight because we are a very noisy bunch



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The young ones (that includes me!) sat together.
We strategically put all the seniors at the opposite end of the room (hee hee hee!)



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Crispy Wonton Chips everyone could not get enough of.
Sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds and drizzled with honey, this is truly addicting. 



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Mabuhay Palace Dimsum and Roast Combination
The chasiu is tender, the spring rolls crunchy and tasty, the giant pieces of siomai ooze
with homemade goodness 



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In the middle of the meal, the doors opened and the Manila Hotel staff surprised Dad with strings...



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… and a birthday dessert tray from the hotel's Executive Pasty Chef, Chef Mac himself!



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Thank you so much, Chef Mac, Chef Marco, and especially Chef Joie (you're awesome!)
for making Dads birthday truly memorable :)



Then the eating resumed…


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Braised Fish Maw with Seafood and Dried Scallop Soup



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Chicken Cooked in Two Ways
And I quote myself, "The Mabuhay Palace Chicken done Two Ways is pure genius. 
Chef Joie explains that as more adults become more health-conscious, she sees more chicken
skin go to waste. Not wanting to throw away the most delicious organ of the bird, the sous chef
comes up with this brilliant idea of making different dishes of the meat and skin. The healthier part
is diced up and sautéed in a spicy gingery sauce that rapes my tastebuds (pleasure all mine).
The not-so-healthy-but-so-much-more-exciting part is used to create the pièce de résistance of
the meal – tasty shrimp mousse sandwiched between the thinnest, crispest layer of chicken skin,
and the nuttiest, crunchiest layer of roasted sesame seeds. It’s deadly, I tell you. If I die tomorrow,
I want 2 pieces of this as part of my very last supper." 



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One side crispy chicken skin, one side toasted sesame seeds. FTW!



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Wok Fried Prawns glazed in Orange Sauce served with Crispy Fried Milk Roll



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Fried Pork Spareribs wrapped in Pandan Leaves



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Wok Fried Crab in Chili and Fragrant Salt



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Steamed Live Lapu Lapu with Superior Light Soya Broth



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Birthday Noodles



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Salted Egg Yolk Black Sesame Ice Cream and Dark Chocolate Buchi



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Red Iced Tea



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Dad's birthday cakes (clockwise from top): Manila Hotel Chocolate Cake, Dulcelin Mango Torte, 
Mocha Cake, Estrel's Caramel Cake 



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Us smiling sweetly for the camera...



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… before violently attacking the cakes



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Happy Birthday, Gwakong!



Mabuhay Palace: Ground Floor, Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines. 
Tel: +632-527-0011, local 1346

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