I’m lucky because because of this blog, I am able to try new restaurants.
One day, a few days back, I got luckier because I was invited to a launching of the lunch menu of this really good restaurant. It was on the same day when I was in the same building where the restaurant is for a walk through with one of my bosses.
Ka-swerte ko I was having a lunch out in this fantastic new restaurant in town.
I just wish I brought with me my high tech camera. Since I knew I was going straight to the restaurant from work, like super literally, I didn’t bring a good camera. All I had was my iPhone hence the not so nice quality of photos. Nevertheless, even with just my phone camera, the dishes still looked fantastic. Check them out.
This fairly new restaurant is called Flame.
It is a Modern European restaurant located at the 16th floor of Discovery Primea, a luxury hotel in the Makati Business District.
From their press kit:
The newest creation under the partnership of General Manager David Pardo de Ayala and Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco, FLAMEtakes its name from the team’s burning passion and desire to create new experiences through food.
FLAME’s dishes combine modern European cuisine with Asian flavors and contemporary culinary techniques to create dishes that tantalize with every taste, texture and touch. Among hte restaurant’s sugbatyre dusges are “Quezo de Bola and Hamon”, inspired by massimo bottura, thePan Roasted Chilean Sea bass, which gets and earthy flavor from shitake mushrooms and a madeira-mushroom broth, the Braised U.S. Short Ribs and the U.S. Black Angus rib eye steak, from the Josper grill.
Upon entering the FLAME restaurant, their majestic centerpiece dubbed as “Living Chandelier” welcomes each guests.
This lighting feature slash restaurant centerpiece was really amazing. Pagnaging donya na ako, I am totally having something like this in my house.
Behind the “Living Chandelier” is their bar stocked with good wine and spirits.
Going deeper inside the restaurant, you will see marbled-top open kitchens…
… and floor to ceiling windows giving the place a lot of light and a 360 degree view of the Makati Skyline.
That day, we were going to try their new lunch menu.
You see, since FLAME opened in June 2015, they only were serving dinner. However, starting last month, they started to open their restaurant for lunch, serving mouth watering dishes.
I got excited when I saw where we were eating.
It was so nice having these big windows all around us. I was imagine how spectacular and romantic it will be in the restaurant during dinner.
We were served warm Sourdough Ciabatta bread with homemade butter (Organic Bukidnon Butter) in olive oil and this salmon appetizer that I cannot spell and pronounce. I later on learned that this was a Salmon Tartare. This appetizer should enhance my palate before the meal. Their Sourdough Ciabatta bread was so good. We were told that customers often order this bread for take out. After eating it, I can understand why.
Next came the Paella “meatballs” with spanish chorizo, piquillo pepper sauce. It was a bit crunchy on the outside but super soft in the inside.
The next dish surprised me. These are pork belly doughnut with butterscotch miso dip and sesame-sugar dust. This was surprisingly delicious. It actually taste like doughnut with liempo!
Their Chilled Seafood Salad was to die for. There were so many flavors and textures. It had baby squid, octopus, shrimp, compressed watermelon and ginger-sesame dressing. I don’t know how they compressed the watermelons but ang galing ng effect! The watermelons were denser and looked brighter. I am going to order this next time.
Another winner in my book was their Chili Lobster Spaghetti. It was too spicy for my taste but albeit that, it was really, really good! I will order it next time but I will request the chef to lessen the chili. This pasta dish came with a lobster head na may laman and fats inside. If hindi lang sosyalan the place, I would have gotten and eaten all the edible stuff inside the Lobster head using my hands! Hahaha!
I had to leave before the main course and muntikan na ako ma-iyak. Haha!
They served the U.S. Beef Tenderloin “Mignonettes”..
… with these different kinds of mustard dips.
Lastly, they served the Salt and Pepper Panna Cotta. I am so curious how pepper and vanilla would taste together. This was not it though. They poured strawberry consomme over it adding more flavor to this unique dessert.
The best part of lunch was when Mr. David Pardo de Ayala, the General Manager of Discovery Primea, told us that the dishes are reasonably priced giving us a price range around Php 1,500 to Php 2,000 per person when you dine.
Dito na kayo mag-date mga bestie.
Hahaha! Naging jologs bigla.
Kidding aside, I highly recommend FLAME Restaurant. It’s perfect for those special occasions and for those time when you want to eat good food with a great view.
16th Floor Discovery Primea
6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Lunch: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Mondays to Saturdays
For restaurant reservations, please call Discovery Primea at (63 2) 955-8888 local 71610