It was my birthday yesterday and I just turned 33 years old. I celebrated my birthday together with my two younger sisters and my sister's bf. We had a 3-course Italian lunch at the Barracuda Restaurant. It's a fine dining restaurant in the Oasis Park Hotel. I like the interior and the ambiance of the restaurant though it was empty when we came in yesterday.
So we were just the customers during lunch time.
|At the wine display of the restaurant|
I got 2 discount vouchers from Ensogo that I purchased last June for only P275 (regular price was P720). Each voucher was good for two persons though they have a different menu for Ensogo customers. I called them the day prior to my birthday for reservation as part of the voucher's fine print.
|Menu of the Day|
We were served with complimentary Foccacia bread with olive oil and pesto while waiting for our ordered food.
Our appetizer came, the Pumpkin and Carrot Soup. The soup was creamy and had croutons, not salty or sweet, just right. Yummy and healthy!
|Pumpkin and Carrot Soup|
|Yellow dress and yellow soup?!|
For the main dish, we ordered two different kinds so that we can taste the other dishes as well. We ordered pasta and chicken for our main dishes. The Pesto Pasta with Zucchini and Bacon Roulade was good, its not too oily and the spices were just right for the taste.
|Main Dish #1: Pesto Pasta with Zucchini and Bacon Roulade|
We were surprised with the second main dish, the Chicken Afritada. It's not the usual Filipino dish as we know. It was different in some ways. The chicken meat was rolled and on top of a hash brown. The afritada sauce was at the side of the plate then garnished with carrot strips.
|Main Dish #2: Chicken Afritada|
Dessert anyone? Of course.
I have a sweet tooth and its like a treat for me after lunch on some special occasions like this. We had Apple Crumble. We like it though it has whipped cream and mint leaves. My sister doesn't like the mint leaves for some reasons. The dessert was not too sweet, so we had finished it. I love the mint leaves because as I chew it, it feels so fresh and cool in my mouth like I brushed my teeth :)
|Dessert: Apple Crumble|
Their food was not bad at all, it was good though my favorite Italian restaurant is still Italianni's. The staffs were courteous and attentive to us. They even assisted us with an umbrella when we were about to board the taxi since it was raining yesterday. I think they lack some advertising for their establishment in order for them to be recognized.
We didn't have to pay for the service charge, we just provide them our Ensogo vouchers and off we go to SM Manila to catch a movie. I love watching movies/films and that will never be skipped on my birthday.
Barracuda Restaurant is located inside the Oasis Park Hotel
1032-34 Belen Street, Paco, 1007 Manila (near Paco Park)