Gostoso’s ‘Have It All Platter’ combines Piri Piri Chicken, Espeto de Gambas, and Porco Gostoso
LOOKING for a nice place to dine in Kapitolyo, Pasig, but worried about not finding a safe parking space for your car?
Consider Gostoso Piri Piri Flame Grilled Chicken, which can be found along East Capitol Drive. The restaurant boasts of a spacious secured and gated parking lot just two properties away from the cozy restaurant. So you can relax your mind and really enjoy your meal.
More than just having ample parking for its customers, Gostoso Piri Piri boasts of a good selection of authentic Portuguese dishes anchored on flame grilled Piri Piri Chicken, which is herb and spice infused chicken served hot off the grill, Portuguese style. Marinated for several hours before being grilled over open flame, Gostoso’s Piri Piri Chicken is served with authentic Portuguese Piri Piri sauces. While most Piri Piri Chicken meals elsewhere is served with only one type of Piri Piri sauce, Gostoso offers four variants—Mild, Garlic Lemon, Barbecue and Hot. These are the restaurant’s signature Piri Piri sauces, prepared based on a generations-old chili recipe from the Alentejo region South of Portugal. Diners can even mix and match these sauces to come up with a formulation that best suits their palate. Tatiana Olandres, who co-owns Gostoso with some partners, recommends trying the Mild sauce first, then adding some heat by mixing in Garlic Lemon or Barbecue or maybe a little Hot sauce, mix it up and try it with the chicken.
Piri Piri sauces in four exciting variants
Gostoso’s Piri Piri sauces, clockwise from top: Mild, Barbecue, Hot, and Garlic Lemon
Gostoso Piri Piri Flame Grilled Chicken is a cozy dining and hangout place in Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Food blogger JJ Yulo with Chef Him Uy de Baron and Gostoso co-ownr Tatiana Olandres
Diners enjoy Piri Piri Chicken in Combinacāo or rice meals combo with olive rice, choice of side and iced tea at Php280; in Piri Chicken Wrap sandwich at Php235; and in Principais or mains with a choice of Quarter Chicken (Php180), Half Chicken (Php330) or Whole Chicken (Php630). For big families or groups of friends, a Prato Grande of Whole Piri Piri Chicken Platter (Php995) should be more practical, as each order is good for 3 to 4 persons and comes with Olive Rice, choice of sides and iced tea
Aside from Piri Piri Chicken, however, Gostoso also offers two other authentic Portuguese flame-grilled barbecues on the menu — Porco Gostoso, or prime rib pork slow-roasted over open flame, at Php290; and Espeto de Gambas, which are plump shrimps begging to be bathed in luscious Piri Piri sauce, at Php245.
Have It All Platter
An even better option is to try all three flame-grilled specialties of Gostoso in the Have It All Platter (Php995), which puts together Piri Piri Chicken, Porco Gostoso and Espeto de Gambas, and serves these with Olive Rice, a choice of sides, and iced tea.
Incidentally, Olive Rice is the restaurant’s definite must-try because it goes perfectly with any and all of the Portuguese barbecues. It is fluffy, fragrant rice sautéed in olive oil with black olives and parsley. And when it comes to sides, the choices are Creamed Corn, Creamed Spinach, House Salad, Grilled Vegetables, Potato Gratin and Potato Chips.
While the Portuguese flame-grilled barbecues are the core items on the menu, Gostoso also serves a good selection of Entradas (starters), Tostas (sandwiches) and Doces (desserts).
Just recently, Gostoso tapped Chef Him Uy de Baron, owner and executive chef of Nomama and I Am Kim, to create new dishes for the restaurant. After a few taste tests, they finally launched the five new items on the menu — Mushroom and Squash Empanada, Inverted Nachos, Tostones, Twice-cooked Beef Ribs, and Grilled Tuna in Chorizo and Clam Broth.
Mushroom and Squash Empanadas
Mushroom and Squash Empanada (Php190) — These are Spanish inspired empanadas stuffed with fresh mushrooms that have been slow-cooked with squash, spices and Gouda cheese, fried to a golden crisp and served with Piri dusted sour cream.
Inverted Nachos (Php185) — Toasted tortilla chips with Latin style cheese sauce with house made chorizo and guacamole.
Tostones, from top: Pulled Beef with Barbecue Sauce, Mushroom and Pumpkin, and Chorizo
Tostones (Php90) — They are Latin style canapés with fried flattened plantain bananas as ‘crust,’ with three choices of toppings: Pulled Beef with Barbecue Sauce, Mushroom and Pumpkin, and Chorizo.
Twice-cooked Beef Ribs
Twice-Cooked Beef Ribs (Php275) — It is comfort food galore in fork-tender braised beef ribs grilled with Latin spice and served with charred salsa verde.
Grilled Tuna in Chorizo and Clam Broth
Grilled Tuna in Chorizo and Clam Broth (Php230) — Manila clams sautéed with house chorizo, garlic and white wine, and topped with a generous piece of fresh marinated tuna that has been grilled to medium doneness.
Aside from these new menu items, Gostoso has also worked with a mixologist recently to create five cocktail drinks that go well with the restaurant’s hearty Portuguese barbecues. These are Amore, Ex-Girlfriend, Gostosojito, Bonita and Caramelo.
Amore — vodka, Piri liqueur, ginger, lime, cilantro, calamansi liqueur and black jelly vodka.
Ex-Girlfriend — gin, vodka, orange and pineapple juice, ginger syrup, lemongrass and bittermelon.
Gostosojito — rum, Piri liqueur, lime, muscovado, guava syrup and calamansi liqueur.
A cozy hangout place for friends and colleagues and a convenient meeting place for families, Gostoso also delivers for free in the Pasig area for a minimum order of Php500. Order pickups and catering services can also be arranged.
(Gostoso Piri Piri Flame Grilled Chicken is located at 51B East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. For inquiries, reservations or orders, call (+632) 477-7330.)
Romantic Valentine Dinner at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel
PLANNING late for Valentine’s Day because of your busy schedule? Here are some of the options you may want to consider.
LOVE AND SURPRISES
EASTWOOD Richmonde Hotel recommends romantic surprises to shower your significant other with love and affection. These can come in the form of a weekend getaway or an exquisite dinner for two.
Enjoy an intimate night or two in the luxurious comforts of Eastwood Richmonde’s well-appointed rooms via the Weekend Love Room Packages for Php4,235 nett (room only) or Php4,410 nett (room with breakfast buffet). Both packages are inclusive of room accommodations for two, WiFi access, complimentary use of the Fitness Center’s gym and pool, and the convenience of having the Eastwood Mall right beside it.
Rates are valid all weekends of February (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) with reservations done through direct booking.
Grilled Spiced Shrimp Skewer with Chicken Vol au Vent on the side
Surf and Turf entree of Grilled Fillet Mignon and Prawn Thermidor
Valentine Dessert Buffet
For an exquisite dinner, Eastwood Richmonde offers the Love for a Lifetime Valentine’s Day Dinner on February 14, 2017. It is a scrumptious five-course meal made up of Chicken Vol au Vent (amuse bouche), Grilled Spiced Shrimp Skewer and Creamy Roasted Squash Soup (starters), a Surf & Turf entrée of Grilled Fillet Mignon and Prawn Thermidor, and unlimited cakes and pastries at the dessert buffet for Php1,580 nett per person, inclusive of whisky cocktail, Spanish sparkling wine, and 10% discount on bottle orders of Ernest & Julio Gallo California wine.
For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 570-7777.
Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is located at 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, Quezon City.
FOR this season of romance, Discovery Suites Manila puts together four creative ways to help you show your loved one the stuff that romance is made of.
One: Share an exquisite meal at the hotel’s 22 Prime steakhouse. Ignore your cell phone and other gadgets on hand during dinner and get a chance to win an overnight stay in a dreamy suite, a Php2,000 gift certificate for food and beverage, or a pair of Miladay earrings. This no-gadgets challenge is on for dinner from February 1 to 28, from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at 22 Prime.
Romantic Valentine Dinner at Discovery Suites Manila
Two: Enjoy a four-course dinner at the Roof Deck with a wine and flower bouquet for two for Php5,500 nett on February 14, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Three: Book for a lavish four-course dinner amid the glimmering skyline at 22 Prime for Php2,000 nett per person(inclusive of a box of pralines) from February 9 to 18.
Four: Have a sweet time together in a plush suite with wine and cheese to cap off the night, available from February 9 to 18. Choose between a Junior Suite (Php5,500 nett) and a One-Bedroom Suite (Php6,500 nett), both of which come with a breakfast buffet for two, high speed Internet access, and one complimentary parking slot.
For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 719-8888.
Discovery Suites Manila is located at 25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
SHADES OF VALENTINE
ARE you ready for a palm-twitching yet satisfying indulgence? The Red Room at Marriott Hotel Manila’s Marriott Café awaits you for Valentine lunch (Php1,950) or dinner (Php2,700) on February 14. The Red Room is filled with the most tempting pastries and chocolates such as decadent cakes, brownies, pralines, French macarons and eclairs.
The Red Room at Marriott Cafe
‘My Sweet Fifty’ cupcakes
‘Oh My Vanilla’ milkshake
Or drop by the Marriott Café Bakery and get your loved one a box of six luscious and naughty My Sweet Fifty cupcakes with iconic toppers for Php500 and maybe pair it with a special blend of Oh, My Vanilla milkshake, made from English breakfast tea, for Php275.
More lip-biting choices can be found at Marriott’s Greatroom Lobby Lounge and Still Whiskey Bar. Their Shots and Spanks drink list includes such seductive cocktails as Cuff Love, Punish Me, Pinch of Please and Pretty in Kink, which you can sip leisurely together while electric soundtracks from the Fifty Shades movie surrounds the lobby from February 1 to 15.
Cru Steakhouse’s ‘The Dom’ dessert
Also for Valentine’s Day, Cru Steakhouse has reinvented a dish from the menu of the coveted Charity Ball in the Fifty Shades movie—The Dom—and serving it to guests for Valentine dinner. It is a special dessert with a chocolate dome that melts when a warm chocolate ganache is poured over it, thus revealing the heavenly trio of hazelnut cake, truffle gianduja and chocolate sorbet.
For inquiries and reservations, call 988-9999.
A MEANINGFUL OCCASION
MARCO Polo Ortigas Manila invites everyone to celebrate love and create a meaningful Valentine with a romantic overnight stay and/or a lovely Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner.
Have an exquisite overnight stay in a Continental Deluxe Room or Superior Suite with breakfast for two at the Continental Club Lounge and a Valentine’s dinner at Cucina. Better yet, how about dining in the comfort of your room for Valentine dinner? A special setup with flowers can be done for room dining just for this romantic occasion.
A meaningful Valentine at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
Dine and unwind for a delightful lunch and receive a special red rose with a heart-shaped chocolate at Php3,000 per couple. Or opt for a romantic evening dinner and receive the same special gifts, plus two glasses of Rosé at Php5,888. Bring in three couple friends and enjoy a Valentine’s group dinner package that comes with a bottle of Rosé.
And if you like Rosé, why not make the romantic moment even more special by choosing a luxurious Möet and Chandon in Möet Rosé Impérial Emoéticon? It’s available for in-room dining, Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge, Lung Hin, Cucina, and Connect lounge for the entire month of February.
Other choices for Valentine—enjoy a tapas buffet with a Valentine’s drink at Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge for Php2,600 on February 14; or enjoy each other’s company as you relax and get pampered with Flow Spa’s 2 hour and 30-minute Perfect Pair package? It is a combination of body scrub, body massage, and an Algotherm facial, with complimentary glasses of wine to be served before or after the treatment; available for the whole month of February.
For inquiries or reservations, call (632) 720-7777.
Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. and Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
A ROMANTIC SOJOURN
IF you prefer the Manila Bay area for your romantic sojourn on Valentine’s Day, the stage is set at Diamond Hotel Philippines for a nice surprise—from gastronomic romance, cozy ambiance, soulful music and soothing entertainment to luxurious accommodations.
Romance comes alive with an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room for Php9,500 nett per night. From February 13 to 15, the hotel’s Valentine Room Packages include breakfast for two, lunch or dinner buffet for two at Corniche, unlimited Wi-Fi access in the room for two devices, access to the Health Club and Spa and swimming pool, and two glasses of Rosé wine.
As for romantic dinners, Corniche Restaurant sets the mood for a special gastronomic venture of carefully crafted cuisines plus live entertainment provided by an acoustic trio on the night of February 14. Sumptuous Valentine Lunch and Dinner buffets from February 13 to 15 are priced at Php2,980 nett per person, inclusive of a glass of Rosé wine.
Teppanyaki at Yurakuen Restaurant
On the same dates, Yurakuen Restaurant provides a Japanese option with its Ai No Kotaeru White Day (Answer Love on White Day), a dinner set menu priced at Php2,680 nett per person. To up the mood for romance on Valentine’s Day itself, February 14, a flute and guitar duo serenades diners with beautiful love songs.
Over at the Poolside, a wonderful Valentine al fresco date is possible on February 13 and 14. A four-course set dinner with a glass of Rosé wine, plus entertainment by a featured piano and lounge singer, Precious and Kiko, can be enjoyed at Php6,800 nett for two persons.
Heart-shaped Cheesecake at the Lobby Lounge
Dinner at the Lobby Lounge means a four-course dinner with a glass of Cava for Php3,200 nett for two persons and a complimentary 6-inch cake; while Bar 27 on the 27th Floor sets couples soaring high with an evening of entertainment provided by a showband for Php1,800 nett consumable per person.
To make things even more romantic on February 14, all ladies dining in any of the hotel’s dining outlets will receive a Valentine memento.
For room reservations, call (632) 528-3000 extension 1141. For restaurant reservations, call (632) 529-3000 extension 1121.
Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at RoxasBlvd. Corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila.
BE HAPPY IN LOVE
REVEL in romantic bliss on Valentine at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas with a sweet escape and a charming dinner date.
Book a room from February 1 to 28 and get amazing discounts on room rates with the hotel’s special Valentine promotions. Bed & Breakfast Package consists of room accommodations, a filling breakfast buffet for two at Richmonde Café, Wi-Fi access and complimentary use of the Health Club’s gym and heated indoor pool at Php4,000 nett (Deluxe Room) and Php4,500 nett (Junior Suite). Valentine’s Room Package goes a step further with room accommodations, breakfast buffet for two, Wi-Fi access, use of gym and pool, and a complimentary bottle of wine plus Cheese Platter for Php4,500 nett (Deluxe Room) and Php5,000 nett (Junior Suite).
Junior Suite at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas
‘Ciao Amore!’ Valentine Dinner
Say “Ciao, Amore!” for dinner at the Richmonde Café on February 14, as it serves an Italian-inspired feast for lovers complete with an appetizer buffet, a salad bar, soup, ntrée choice of either Grilled Salmon Steak or Rib-Eye Steak in Mushroom Sauce, and a luscious array of cakes, pastries and fresh fruits at the dessert station, for Php1,380 nett per person, inclusive of a glass of wine.
For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 638-7777.
Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is located at 21 San Miguel Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
A COUNTRY ROMANCE
IS Tagaytay your idea of a romantic getaway? Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay has paved the way for an unforgettable Valentine experience.
For guests who can ignore their cellphone and other gadgets to carry on a meaningful conversation with a loved one during dinner at Restaurant Verbena between February 1 to 28 gets a chance to win an overnight stay in a themed suite, a Php2,000 gift certificate for food and beverage, or a pair of Miladay earrings.
Country romance at Discovery Country Suites
Book a themed Deluxe Suite for Php10,800 nett or a Premier Suite for Php11,800 nett from February 12 to 15, and delight in wine and cheese at sundown, chocolates or cake at turndown, a 30-minute massage for two, and a 10% discount on food and beverage at Restaurant Verbena.
Finally, dining at Restaurant Verbena becomes an even more pleasurable experience from February 9 to 18 with its offer of a three-course dinner featuring Lobster Ravioli, Grilled USDA Beef Tenderloin or Pistachio Crusted New Zealand Lamb Chops at 1,525 nett per person. Premium tables are available at Php5,000 nett for two, inclusive of a hand bouquet and house wine.
For inquiries and reservations, call(632) 529-8172.
Discovery Country Suites is located at 300 Calamba Road, San Jose, Tagaytay City.
Tinuktok by Chef Tatung Sarthou. (Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN Publishing Inc.)
FILIPINO cuisine is rich in heirloom recipes. An archipelago that’s divided into several regions and provinces, the Philippines has a very diverse cuisine made up of a conglomeration of various regional cuisines. Each of these regional cuisines are dependent on the ingredients that are most abundant and easily accessible in the area.
In the Bicol region, gata (coconut milk) and gabi (taro) leaves are widely used in their dishes, with Laing (taro leaves cooked in coconut milk with pork, bagoong alamang or tinapa) and Pinangat (whole taro leaves folded into a pouch with shrimps or meat and tied before being cooked) as the most popular Bicolano dishes. There is a similar dish, Tinuktok, which is, like Pinangat, wrapped into a pouch but with coconut meat and baby shrimps or crabmeat inside.
Chef Myke ‘Tatung’ Sarthou standing before the cake version of his book’s cover
Chef Michael Giovan Sarthou III, better known as Chef Myke or Tatung, shares the recipe of Tinuktok in his cookbook titled Philippine Cookery: From Heart to Platter. Published by ABS-CBN Publishing Inc., edited by good friend Anne Marie ‘Nana’ Ozaeta and designed by yet another good friend Ige Ramos, the book delves into the flavors, ingredients and techniques that make up Filipino cuisine. It takes readers on a journey around the country and shares recipes with photographs, stories behind the dishes and practical tips on how to make them at home. Tinuktok happens to be one of them, and the recipe is right here, straight from Philippine Cookery: From Heart to Platter.
For the stuffing:
2 cups shredded tender coconut meat (buko)
1/2 cup diced shrimps
2 cups minced pork
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pc. medium-sized onion, minced
salt and pepper to taste
16 pcs. fresh whole gabi (taro) leaves for wrapping
For the sauce:
2 Tbsps. grated ginger
2 pcs. onions, minced
4 stalks lemongrass, white part only, pounded
4 cups coconut milk
1 cup kakang-gata (coconut cream) siling labuyo (bird’s eye chili), optional
1. In a bowl, mix together coconut meat, shrimps, pork, garlic and onion. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Divide mixture into 8 portions and wrap each in two layers of gabi leaves to form a pouch or pocket. Tie with lemongrass leaves or dried raffia.
3. Arrange gabi pouches in a casserole. Sprinkle grated ginger, minced onion and pounded lemongrass on top of gabi pouches, and pour coconut milk over them. Cover casserole with a lid and simmer until coconut milk thickens and gabi leaves are tender, about 1 hour. Adjust seasoning.
4. Pour in kakang-gata and add siling labuyo if desired. Simmer for 5 minutes or until sauce thickens.
SaladStop!’s Party Trays make feasting with family and friends light and healthy
THIS is the time of the year to eat healthy. After all those indulgent lechons, cakes, hams and cookies of the holiday season, light salads and healthy wraps teeming with vegetables are in order. The good news is that SaladStop! makes eating these healthy bites more exciting, as it introduces its new Party Trays.
The fastest growing food and beverage operations from Singapore, SaladStop! offers select variants of salads and wraps in its Party Trays. These include Oh Crab Lah!, Iron “Wo”Man, Hail Caesar, and Jai Ho. Each salad has its Wrap counterpart, so consumers have a choice. The dressing comes in a handy squeeze bottle to make to it easy to drizzle on either the salad or the wraps.
Hail Caesar Wrap Tray
Hail Caesar with Chicken Salad Tray
Jai Ho Wrap Tray
What’s more: SaladStop! delivers its Party Trays in selected areas. Just call the branch nearest you to place your order at least a day before your target delivery date. You can also call the branch nearest you for pick-up orders.
The locations and telephone numbers of SaladStop! branches are Alabang Town Center (0917-6310914, 771-2654 and 55); Greenhills (0917-6752759, 656-1261 and 656-1014); Ayala Tower One (0917-5062494 and 802-3141); One Palanca (0917-6752745, 808-7566 and 8087569); Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City (0917-3209154, 805-0937 and 805-0939); Power Plant Mall (0917-5232887, 833-4753 and 54); Central Square, Bonifacio Global City (0917-8046921 and 958-5534); Salcedo Village (0917-6393280 and 884-8862); and Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Makati City (0917-8205307, 807-1479 and 807-1481).
I MADE Pastillas de Leche today (January 21 2017) because I needed to kitchen-test a recipe that I’m including in a book project that my husband Raff and I worked on before he got sick. In the past few months, while being hands-on with his care as he slowly recovered from his stroke, I finally got down to work on the book—writing all the articles that needed to be written, choosing and cleaning the photos that Raff took, and putting everything together into book form. As I wrapped up the project, I made last-minute kitchen tests and took photos of the recipes I kitchen-tested as well. After doing so, I thought I’d make a variation on the simple Pastillas de Leche recipe that I finalized. Since there’s still leftover Ube Jam in the ref (it was given by Raff’s nephew Totie Zulueta, who works in Singapore but whose family resides in Baguio), I decided to make Pastillas de Ube. It turned out well, and here’s the result.
2 cups powdered milk
1/3 cup condensed milk
1/4 cup ube jam
white sugar for rolling
1. Sift powdered milk into a bowl.
2. Drizzle condensed milk into the bowl. Add in ube jam.
3. Mix until a smooth, wet dough is achieved.
4. Chill in refrigerator for a few minutes.
5. Form into small balls then slightly elongate.
6. Roll completely in sugar, then wrap in cellophane.