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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tangerine :@) :@) :@) (CLOSED)

MA-105 McKinley Arcade
Ortigas Ave. corner Club Filipino Drive
Greenhills, San Juan City
Tel: 7352811

Tangerine is a fine dining restaurant that serves food of French-Mediterranean inspiration.
It combines the exciting flavors of Mediterranean spices with the foundation of classical French cuisine.

The place was fine dining in every aspect: from the food, service, all the way down to the linen and utensils. But as much as me and my friends love food, we couldn't help but be intimidated by the restaurant.

Luckily, Chef Ennet was around to take care of us

We started off with Grilled Lobster and Marinated Salmon Salad topped with a creamy balsamic dressing.

This salad was light, refreshing
and went really well with the sweetness of the lobster
and tanginess of the salmon.

We then went off with what Chef Ennet calls Tangerine's Powerhouse:

US Ribeye with Madeira sauce and home made french fries for P875

Beef was cooked perfectly as the sauce did not over power the taste of the beef. In addition, i find most restaurants in the Philippines cook their steaks too long. In Tangerine however, the steak was juicy, tender, and with a little blood (just how i like it :D:D )
I rate their steak close to the tops with: Alberts Steak Room, Antonios, etc.

We then went with the popular Roasted Chilean Seabass in grain mustard sauce served with linguine pomodoro. P1,025

This in my opinion, is one of the best dishes i have had in a while.
The fish, crusty on the outside, moist on the inside, was topped with a tangy grain mustard sauce. Although the pasta was so-so...the main character of the dish made up for it.

Chicken a la Marci- P545

Similar to the classic Chicken a la Kiev...Chicken a la marci is basically chicken breast stuffed with taragon-sun dried tomato butter, served along with home made fries and feta cheese salad. As good as this dish is in my opinion, forgettable.

Belgian Chocolate Souffle - P235

Rich, moist, and delicate. three words that describe this dessert.

And finally....

....we have Tangerine's house chocolate cake.
This dessert is not actually in the menu yet, as it is in its experimental stage.
However, i see nothing holding it back, as it is one of the best, as well as interesting chocolate cake i have ever tasted.
Now because it is not yet in the menu, Ill keep the secret ingredient....well...a secret.
But all i have to say is that, once in the menu...make sure you order it will definitely leave a tingling taste to your mouth (clue to secret ingredient)

Now aside from the food, many people actually come to this restaurant to enjoy the performance of one of Philippines most proud divas: Pilita Corrales.

Business Hours:
Tuesday to Thursday
Lunch 11:00am-2:00pm
Dinner 6:00pm-1:00am

Friday to Saturday
Lunch 11:00am-2:00pm
Dinner 6:00pm-2:00am

Lunch 11:00am-2:00pm
Dinner 6:00pm-11:00pm

Major Credit Cards Accepted
Reservation Required

Pilita Corrales - Tuesday and Thursday
Sam and Ato - Friday
Romy Sanchez(pianist) - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Taste :
everything from appetizer to dessert was WONDERFUL! No complaints whatsoever as one can immediately tell that the food was prepared creatively with quality ingredients. 

Service :
The service staff was very polite and helpful, as well as attentive (one test i like doing is that my glass must always be filled with water) In addition, i noticed every staff knew the menu very well, which in my opinion, makes the difference of a good wait staff and bad. 

Ambiance :
Tangerine has two sides of the restaurant. One would be the lounge, which sits near the bar and stage, while the other side is the restaurant proper. Aside from being beautifully designed, i also appreciated the picture tribute of Pilita Corrales on the wall. 
However, it may feel a bit intimidating to some.

Price $16-20 (P800)
Overall, this place though intimidating at the start, is one of the best restaurants i have eaten in the Philippines. 
Quality food, Quality service, and finally, Pilita Corrales, to sweeten the deal....

Note: Pigout Philippines staff is not happy with the closure of this restaurant :@(

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