January 10, 2011
1/10/12 Update: Check out Chef Tatung Garden Cafe Revisited!
Chef Myke Sarthou -- "Tatung" to his friends -- is known in the organics circle as the chef who uses local, sustainable ingredients and uses them for his dishes that are world-class in taste and presentation.
Chef Tatung's private dining concept is simple: a 4-course meal for P500/head that changes frequently, depending on the artistic mood of the chef. He never uses frozen ingredients or not locally available ingredients.
This new offering at Chef Tatung's house in the Quezon City area gives us a welcome break from the franchised restaurants that recently opened in Manila. It's perfect for the upcoming Valentine's season. :)
Chef Tatung's private home can accommodate about 50 guests. You have two options: eat inside the house for that homey atmosphere or dine outside for a garden feel.
Chef Tatung's multigrain breads are very popular at the ISIP center in Rockwell. He serves just the simple plain wheat or ciabatta bread to start off the 4-course meal.
What I like about the meal is that the dishes are never cliche. Chef Tatung can transform an ordinary zucchini into a good soup dish. I liked how its taste was balanced, but I wish they served the soup piping hot.
You'll never go wrong with a fresh serving of salad with vegetables that come directly from the garden. :)
All the new bills have been released already but most Filipinos keep them, which is why you don't see them in circulation.
MAIN DISH: Osso Bucco Milanese with Truffled Penne Pasta
The home-cooked taste of the dishes was enjoyable indeed. My wife loved the taste and texture of the beef with truffled penne pasta. I liked the fish and pasta combination -- it was simple but lovely.
The menu changes regularly, so better go there without any expectations.
The dessert was awesome! It's my first time to try semifreddo (which is like a middle ground between a mousse and an ice cream) on a bed of chiffon or pound cake.
Overall, I liked it. :) I found the dining experience refreshingly different and more personal. The food is OK specially for its price. Sometimes, one or two dishes would surprise you.
Chef Tatung's Private Dining
By Reservation only.
Open for dinner daily except Wednesday 6.30-10.00pm
17 Matipid St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Mobile: +63 915 846 3234
Telephone: +632 352-6121
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals and we are not connected in any way with Chef Tatung.
P.S. In case you need the info...
Driving directions if you are coming from EDSA:
From EDSA, make a right at Kamias road, then make a left after Jollibee Anonas, going towards Sikatuna Village. Go straight ahead, turn right into Matipid St. after the 4th corner, starting when you see the Save More supermarket on your left. Go straight all the way to the end. You should see a blue gate (#17) on your left.
Matipid St. is just near Van Gogh is Bipolar, but I don't know the driving directions if you're coming from Maginhawa St. Please post in the comments section if you know. Thanks!