To celebrate my bestfriend’s birthday last May 20th, I decided to organize a simple dinner get-together with our good friends at Chef’s Table in Fort Bonifacio, Global City. I have heard so many good reviews about the unique place and the great food so we decided to check out the resto and see what the hype was all about.
Chef’s Table serves exquisite Filipino cuisine by the celebrated Chef Bruce Lim who graduated from top notch culinary Le Cordon Bleu in London. In the Philippines, he is more well-known for his cooking and travel show in the Asian Food Channel, Tablescape: Life on a Plate which he hosts together with celebrity, Angel Aquino.
While enjoying our food, a bald and jolly fellow approached our table and checked how our dining experience was so far. Dressed in an unassuming cargo shorts, crocs and a shirt with large Filipino print at the front, we couldn’t have guessed it was Chef Bruce talking to us already! In this photo, Chef Bruce gamely posed with his son (lil master chef) and birthday girl, Issa,
What I found most interesting about the place is the open kitchen set-up. I felt like I was in a studio in a live epsiode of the Master Chef or Hell’s Kitchen as we watched the “bald chef’s” (inspired by Chef Bruce, ofcourse) prepare the fantastic dishes right before our very eyes.
Even the beverage and bar menu had a Filipino twist. I tried the Chef’s Star (Php 150) - a blend of fresh mangoes, heavy cream and lemon grass extract topped with black gulaman.
For starters, we tried the Fried Pusit (Php 230), hot-oil blanched squid on a bed of butterhead lettuce served with green mango salad and the much raved about Roasted Tomato Halaan Soup (Php 210), fresh halaan steamed in lambanog combined with a rich roasted tomato puree. Both had a nice interesting taste and texture to the palate. However, I find the serving small for its price and can be shared by only 2 persons.
For our entree, we tried a mix of vegetables, meat and seafoods.
Salted Eggs and Minced Pork (Php 120) is simply their version of the tortang talong garnished with salted eggs. It was tasty but a bit dry for my taste. Although after a quick fix of ketchup, the plate was empty in seconds!
One of the group’s favorite was the Braised Liempo (Php 350), pork belly slowly braised in a sweet spiced humba sauce served with stirred-fried mustasa. We just couldn’t get enough of the tender meat and the sweet and salty taste. Although again, I find the serving small for its price. We had to order 2 dishes for our group of 6.
Another recommended dish that we tried in the menu is the Chill-a-fino (Php 550), a Chinese style steamed lapu-lapu on a bed of filipino ube mash topped with pechay. The taste was not as extraordinary as it looks but it was indeed an interesting combination. I actually enjoyed eating the mashed ube (taro) as a substitute to rice.
Being a sweet tooth, you can probably guess that my favorite part was ofcourse the dessert. A slice of Mango Cheesecake (Php180) was served compliments of Chef Bruce for the birthday celebrant. The rich and creamy cheesecake topped with fresh mangoes and butterscotch sauce was just heavenly!
Birthday girl Issa still looking young and radiant. I can bet anyone for a mango cheesecake they couldn’t guess her right age :)
Finally, good food never fails to make us smile and giddy. Look at us - we’re one happy bunch after leaving Chef’s Table :) Thanks Chef Bruce for a wonderful dining experience!
Chef’s Table is located at:
Unit 106 The Infinity Tower 26th Street The Fort Global City Taguig, Philippines
Dining Hours: 12 NN - 2 PM | 6:30 PM to 12 MN