A friend hosted a dinner last night at a place called Lemuria.
was an ancient civilization which existed prior to and during the time of Atlantis. Physically, it is believed that Lemuria existed largely in the Southern Pacific, between North America and Asia/Australia. Lemuria is also sometimes referred to as Mu, or the Motherland (of Mu). At its peak of civilization, the Lemurian people were both highly evolved and very spiritual. While concrete physical evidence of this ancient continent may be difficult to find, many people “know” that they have a strong connection to Lemuria.
Just found that out when I Googled it.
It so happened that there was a function last night. It was the “debut” of Chef Golda Ranada and her team because the member of Le Toque Philippines (LTP – group of executive chefs) were there to try out her menu. And because of that, we had the same thing:
They served us this pre-appetizer appetizer—salmon something (some spill over from the LTP function, yay!). I was too busy taking pictures and catching up with old friends that I forgot what the waiter said it was called. I liked that thing on the right. It wasn’t on toast, but something crunchy as well.
And they also served us sparkling wine, so, took the chance to toast T (he’s that guy on the left, partially hidden by the hand of S—hey, if anyone has nice girl friends who are single, I’m looking for a date for him! Good catch yan promise—great chef, eloquent, very sweet and thoughtful—let me know!), who was hosting the dinner.
This was the “real” appetizer—Portobello, Beetroot and Duck Cannelloni with Marsala froth and Fava. The Portobello was excellent!. The rest were *okay*, and for the record, there were only 3 fava beans.
Here’s the Green Pea Soup (Fresh Pea Soup with creme fraiche and Parmesan), which I felt was a bit bland so here it is, sprinkled with pepper.
And I found out from Anton‘s blog that the salt was coarse sea salt—I don’t know how “special” the pepper was. Hehehehe!
Next was the seafood (this is quite good, but the guys said that they felt the fish was overcooked…I liked it a lot)—Red Snapper en Papillote (Spinach infused snapper fillet, roasted bell peppers, spicy chorizo), pictured here en papillote—
Here it is, outside the papillote—
Rhubarb-Cinnamon Sherbet—kinda bland if you ask me.
This dish was funny. It’s called Twice-cooked Kurobuta Pork Belly, Chestnut-Pumpkin Gnocchi and Aged Balsamic. T said, “…otherwise known as—lechon kawali.” Then S says, “nope, if it’s ‘twice cooked’, it’s bagnet!”
I liked that crispy squash on top a lot! Plus the gnocchi. The pork was quite yummy as well. However, I preferred local (read: really really sour) vinegar.
To me, this was the highlight of the evening (and if I wasn’t too full, I would have swiped the others’ dessert as well). Truffle, Basil and Hazelnut Bonbons, with Maracaibo Grand Cru Chocolate Mille Feuille, which is sort of like a chocolate cigar—so filling!
The truffle bonbon was quite interesting, so was the basil—the white chocolate was just—scrumptious!!!
Here are other pictures of the place that I took–
These were the guys with Kitt Schroeder who owns the place:
Here are S and T and see the people from LTP behind.
Just a shot of the back part of the resto (find me, find me!!)
Here’s all of us, after a very filling meal…
Sigh…lookit that…time for yoga again. Too fat!