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Lemuria's Mystic - a Romantic Restaurant in the Metro

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Lemuria is the hottest romantic place these days (saying this with conviction) and I'm glad to share this word-of-mouth secret with you. Of course, we don't want this place to be too crowded (would we?) because it would lose its mysticism and the fact that it can only accommodate 20+ people. Anyhow, we still have time to enjoy the secret a little longer since this place has been operational for only two months. I've searched this in google and I've never seen a decent review of this urban hideaway in the Metro. Thanks to Ponch for sharing this.

It is owned by Marina Bru Schroeder also known as Kitt who decided to convert her convenient office space for Brumms Quality Wines, Inc. into a cozy and romantic restaurant. She makes it a point to talk to each and every one of the customers dining during that night. It is located in the winery compound owned by the Aboitiz family in Horseshoe Village. It sits on top of one of the biggest wine cellars I've seen in the metro containing an extensive variety of wines filled up to 1/3 of its holding capacity of 27,000+ wines. Her German husband, Klaus Schroeder was kind enough to give us a tour of the cellar which houses german, romanian and austrian wines among others. It serves mediterranean cuisine cooked by Chef Golda-May Ranada who is ex Beluga and Le Souffle Chef ( that is all I know and I was hoping some of you would know more). I was hoping to talk to Chef Golda to give my compliments and to know more about her but unfortunately I was not able to do so.

It was almost a year ago when we celebrated Popsy's birthday in Chef Humphrey Navarro's P45 (see French Fine Dining @ Parallel 45) which just opened during that time. I have a theory that every year there will be a secret cozy place that would open up and we won't run out of these secret hideaways. So, it is now becoming a tradition in the family to make it a point to eat in a nice place during Popsy's birthday, with this year's celebration held in Lemuria last Aug. 5.

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Why Lemuria?

Before you read on further, it is important that you know the Legend of the Lost Continent of Lemuria.

"THE name Lemuria is an invention of P. L. Sclater, who asserted, between 1850 and 1860, on zoological grounds the actual existence, in prehistoric times, of a Continent which he showed to have extended from Madagascar to Ceylon and Sumatra. According to The Secret Doctrine by Mme Blavatsky, Lemuria, which served as the cradle of the Third Root Race, not only embraced a vast area in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, but extended in the shape of a horseshoe past Madagascar, round "South Africa" (then a mere fragment in the process of formation), through the Atlantic up to Norway." (www.wisdomworld.org on Lemuria)

"Mme Blavatsky claimed that The Secret Doctrine was based on a lost Atlantean religious work, which she called The Stanzas of Dzyan, supposed to be the first book ever written. According to the Stanzas as revealed by Mme Blavatsky, the first humans had existed only on an astral plane, living in the ‘Imperishable Land’ at the North Pole. The Second Root Race also lived in the arctic, on the lost continent of Hyperborea. Like most other ‘lost continents’, Hyperborea broke up and sank beneath the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean. The third Root Race comprised the Lemurians. They were bandy-legged, egg-laying hermaphrodite apes (some with four arms, some with eyes in the back of their head), 3.7 m (twelve feet) tall. They were contemporary with dinosaurs, which they kept as domestic animals. When the Lemurians discovered sex, their fate was sealed and the continent followed Hyperborea in sinking beneath the waves. The offspring of the Lemurians’ sexual adventures was the fourth Root Race: fully human Atlanteans, guided into human form by adepts from Venus. After the drowning of Atlantis, the fifth Root Race evolved (in other words, ourselves); the sixth Root Race is about to evolve in North America, while the seventh will one day develop in South America." ( The Lost Continent of Lemuria Myths and Realities

Read More: The Lost Lemuria by W. Scott-Elliot [1904]

It is said that one of the reasons why Philippines is a center of supernatural phenomenon is because it is part of the lost continent of Lemuria. Marina Schroeder was fascinated about this legend and hence the name Lemuria.


The Brumms Quality Wine Cellar

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I'm glad the Klaus was kind enough to show us around this huge refrigerated cellar.

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Prahova Valley Romanian Red Wine is Lemuria's house red wine which would come in three varieties: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and pinot noir.

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This reisling wine comes in as highly recommended by Klaus - Gunderloch Reisling 2003.

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Thanks Klaus for the tour :)!

The Lemuria Experience

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Prahova Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 (P530++). You got to try these romanian red wines and I'm not a wine connoisseur (yet) but I like the way the wine stimulates your appetite.

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Walnut and Focaccia Bread with Sun Dried Tomato (FREE). I find the Walnut bread very unique and together with sun dried tomato it becomes a perfect appetizer to start off your meal. I like the walnut because of its unique texture and the walnut bits.

Mushroom and Gruyere Soup (P290++) and Tomato Consomme (P290++) The mushroom soup is quite tasty which reminded me of french onion soup where the mushroom is cooked with mozzarella cheese (i think). So every time you eat one spoonful, a cheese strip would be stretching out from the soup bowl to your mouth :)

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Coarse Crystal Sea Salt. This is the kind of salt the would seduce Lori :)

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Seared Foie Gras, Braised Cabbage Salad and Fig Glaze (P620++). The Foie Gras was cooked very well -- juicy, soft and without that malansa taste. Although, I regret to order this since it is the most expensive appetizer and at some point you will feel the calories after a few spoonful of this. Also, the braised cabbage salad did not go very well with the foie gras.

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Poached Sea Bass and Braised Fennel (P860++). This was a big disappointment. For P1,000+, the sea bass tasted like the ones served in ordinary restaurant. The seabass was not melting in your mouth and in fact it was semi-hard which tasted like the frozen seabass mass cooked haphazardly. I want to get my money back for this dish and I do hope that this does not happen to anybody else.

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Braised Lamb Shank, Apricot and Red Wine Sauce (P720++). For some reason, it was just OK. I guess it is because the tender meat was not as tasty as we expected it to be. It feels like the meat was not marinated very well so eating the lamb shank felt eating a chunk of meat.

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Twiced cooked Pork Belly, Aged Balsamic with Sage Butter Risotto (P580++). Popsy loved this and even before I can ask for a taste of the pork, the dish was finished in a flash. I did not hear any complaint from the birthday boy and this is a good sign of how good the food is :)

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Grilled Salmon, Corn and Mushroom Crepe with spinach sauce (P690++). This is the winner of the night. Although the grilled salmon was just OK the innovative corn and mushroom crepe combination was more than enough to make this dish stands out. I would order this when I get back :)

Lemuria's Menu (click for a bigger version) -- a bit pricey really...
Appetizer and Salad
Main Course
Dessert and Cheese

All Items are subject to 12% and 10% service charge.

The Desserts
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Valrhona Chocolate Souffle Cake with Mandarin Orange Glacee (P250). When they said that this is the best seller, they are not kidding. I think this is one of the killer items in their menu. Once you have a bite of the souffle's crunchy crust and the soft chocolate filling inside, you'll know what I'm talking about :)

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Shot of the gooey chocolate goodness inside the souffle cake. This is soo yummy that I wouldn't mind going back to Lemuria just to get a taste of this killer dessert. Compliments to the Chef as they would say...

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Creamy Carabao's Milk Panacotta (P180). The creamy gelatin like carabao milk was done very well. It has the right amount of sweetness and milky taste complimented by the fruit bits surrounding it.

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German Chocolate Egg with Toy inside (FREE for kids). Kitt gave my son this wonderful chocolate egg surprise which the we ended up eating anyway and Aidan just got the toy inside.

Lemuria

LEMURIA

Address: 5 Julieta Circle, Horseshoe Village Quezon City 
Telephone Numbers: +632 724-5211 +632 722-2185 
Operating Hours
LUNCH By exclusive booking only 
DINNER Tuesday-Sunday 6:00 pm-11:00 pm 
Reservations strongly recommended 
E-Mail Address: lemuria@brumms.com.ph 
Websitehttp://www.lemuria.com.ph,  http://www.brumms.com.ph
FacebookLemuria Gourmet Restaurant
Note: Credit Cards Accepted
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Directions: Coming from Edsa, take ortigas avenue past the greenhills area and Santolan intersection. Go straight and turn right on N. Domingo st. Then turn right into horseshoe village. Since it is shaped like a horseshoe, you have to take the left road because the right road is a one way street. Just go straight until you reach the bridge. After the bridge, you will already see a sign of the winery on your left at the first corner.

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This resto was actually already featured in the Philippine Star a few weeks back. And on the "What's On Expat" newsletter. =)

Hi Anton I wanted to know...where is Lemuria Located? Can you please post the address? I want to visit when i get a chance to go back to manila. The food and your review seems very inviting

I am beginning to suspiciously think that Le Souffle chefs don't know how to cook Sea Bass. My benchmark pa naman for a pricey fine dining resto is "if they know how to cook sea bass". If they kill a fine fish (well, i think we can say that it's like the diamond of all fishes no?), the failure is UNFORGIVABLE.

PS. Walnut bread seen in Jipan Bakery :) Don't konw how it tasted though.One day it's on our table, now, it's gone. :P

Wow, this is so my kind of restaurant, I can tell just by looking at the menu items! Not a place I would eat in often because of the price, but definitely as a treat! Funny, I know those 4 people in the center of your first picture. hehe

Let me know what you think when you are able to eat here in Lemuria. I wanted to know if my assessment is also fair or it is just a one time problem with the sea bass :)

ooohhh. i cant wait to try this resto. thanks for the tip :)

Oohlala! My type of food...Anton, my head is spinning reading the menu! Seared foie, twice cooked pork belly, braised lamb shank! They even have cassoulet and a dish with sweetbread! And Wagyu with foie butter???!!! I am so excited to check this place out...P620 is not bad for that foie...

hello! I wud just like to suggest another nice place to dine in(though you might have known about it already). Anyway, it's an ancestral home converted into a fine dining resto. The name is La Cocina de Tita Moning. For sure, many of your readers have read about it in the broadsheets or magazines. the website is http://www.lacocinadetitamoning.com

and may i add that the food there, for us, is great! i wud love to hear wat you will have to say about it. u'v got a nice food blog here...more power!

hi! i just wanna ask what camera you're using :) thanks!

Because of you, I saw the place. One should be prepared to spend at least P 2,000 for a full course. Steps not too friendly though for the oldies.

Hi Anton! I don't think you'd remember my previous comment, but I posted this long article about Cliffhouse in Tagaytay before. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I'm an avid fan of your blog, and I constantly check on it for updates on food and restaurants. You know, I checked out Lemuria with my friend because of your rave reviews, and also because I have heard about it from some of my foodie friends. The restaurant may have been heavy on the wallet, but I would pay just the same for the ambiance and the great food. Thanks to you, I steered clear of the sea bass, haha! Hoping for more of your blog entries to come! =)

We had an interesting dinner at Lemuria, hits and misses but overall a positive experience. First the bad: the walnut bread was a bit too sweet for me; someone ordered the scallops in a salad and found it to be (like your seabass) not fresh; and my order of the twice cooked pork belly was not as tender as I had hoped (I was expecting it to melt in my mouth) plus the risotto was poorly cooked. The good: the foie gras was excellent, the seafood chowder was also well received, and our desserts were all great (we had nearly every single dessert except for the sorbet which was not available). Hosts were very likeable too.

the chef, golda, used to work also in tonyboy cojuangco and bubut quicho's dreambar (6750 ayala avenue). her husband, a friend of mine, sonny ranada, was something of a star in la souffle and was, in fact, sent by the two principal owners (then) chef jessie sinchiongco and her then partner, chef billy king to culinary institute of america (CIA) in hyde park, new york to hone his already formidable talents as a pastry chef. well, actually, in fact, sonny's likewise a great chef. not only for pastries but for appetizers and main entrees as well. he used to lord it over the LOUNGE at BYKES (pasong tamo - in between don bosco and mantrade, edsa. this is beside the big mazda showroom - check out the food - it VERY GOOD comfort food!)but no longer i believe - parang i heard someone say he joined his wife in lemuria

Had planned a nice romantic dinner with my boyfriend tonight at Lemuria, a restaurant highly recommended by my sister. Service was excellent as the servers were attentive, professional, and courteous. The ambiance was also quite quaint and impressive for its simple elegance. The series of disappointments started from the very beginning- even before I started to order. After a short browse of their menu, I realized that the posted menu on their website is no longer up to date. I have been checking out the sites and the forums to anticipate what to get but unfortunately almost everything on their website is no longer available as they change their menu every 3 months. The next disappointment was the food that we ordered. I had ordered the lamb shank and my boyfriend had ordered the pork with risotto. Both were not worth their price tags as they were very ordinary and quite common in taste. Their sauces for the meat were also very insipid. I certainly hope that we had just ordered the wrong stuff but nonetheless with price tags like that, everything should be good, if not excellent.

hi. im planning to go there this valentines. i just wanna ask if there serving is big good enough for 2 persons coz the price is a bit high. tnx

My girlfriend and I celebrated our anniversary there by dinner a few days ago. I ordered the pork belly with risotto and she had the tiger prawns with scallops. The pork belly was nothing extraordinary. The tiger prawns with scallops was more of a food for the eye than food for the stomach; 2 prawns and 2 scallops for 880++. I don't think the food gave justice to the prices; it's overpriced for the taste. After eating, my girlfriend and I thought we would've enjoyed the food better if we ordered a whole chicken each at Yahoo grill in Metrowalk for foodtrip or had dinner at a 5-star hotel than this. On the other hand, at least, we thought Lemuria had nice ambiance and good service.

can you fax the map o ur place at 2470856 attn: frankie Yu tnx oops and also the menu

can you fax the map o ur place at 2470856 attn: frankie Yu tnx oops and also the menu, maybe by nxt week i will take alook at it tnx

Pls send me a map in my e-mail and the menu. Thanks... Thanks... Thanks...

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