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December 16, 2011

My Kitchen by Chef Chris Locher

December 16, 2011

My Kitchen by Chef Chris Locher

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Chef Chris Locher, the man behind the popular C' Italian Dining in Angeles, Pampanga, has finally opened a restaurant in Manila! A lot of foodies are quite excited about this latest development.

It is named My Kitchen by Chef Chris, and it replaces the Barramundi Restaurant of The Oasis Hotel in Paco Park. Yes, you have to brave the traffic of Manila to get there (but it is still nearer than driving all the way to Clark Field in Angeles).

Here is a first look at My Kitchen by Chef Chris...

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Upon entering The Oasis Paco Park Hotel, you'll notice it has the same old ambiance as C' Italian in Pampanga (except you'll see a lot of foreigners, usually with their Filipina partners).

Note: Oasis Paco Park Hotel does not have the same owner as the Oasis Hotel in Pampanga.

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My Kitchen by Chef Chris is a casual dining restaurant but with a hotel's fine dining prices.

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The service is very friendly, but we felt a bit out of place with the Malate tourist crowd eating there.

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Salads and Soup 
Pasta, Gnocchi and Risotto
Main Course, Chef Chris Family Style Special
Chef Chris' Panizza
Weekday Offer Specials (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thursday, Friday, Weekend)

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We enjoyed munching on the wheat bread with pesto and oil dip topped with cheese.

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Aidan loves to draw, and we believe he's very artistically gifted. :) We did a collaborative doodle where we drew our own bases and robots in a war for robot supremacy.

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Caesar Salad (P480 +10% service charge). Romaine hearts dressed with our classic garlic and anchovies dressing, topped with parmesan cheese, bacon bits and freshly baked croutons.

We started with the Caesar Salad, which had generous servings of green vegetables and the garlicky sauce. Thing is, I don't think the P500 price tag was justified.

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Genovese Panizza (P710 +10% service charge)Panizza is Chef Chris' very own creation. A fine, crisp dough layered with a blend of five different cheeses and perfected with your favorite toppings of pesto-infused cheese sauce topped with shrimp, grouper dices and capers.

Each panizza is served with one bowl of arugula and alfalfa sprouts. Additional serving will be charged with P90.

We loved the Panizza! It made our drive all the way to Paco worth it. The thin pizza was mostly nice and crisp on the outside and chewy inside (although some portions were a bit soggy).

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It was fun going through the process of topping the pizza with the arugula and alfalfa sprouts, and rolling each slice. The bits of meat, shrimps and capers also contributed to a wonderful flavor experience.

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Each roll is good for 2-3 bites, and it is good to savor each one.

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Aidan was not familiar with its form and tried to eat the entire roll. :)

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BISTECCA. Chef Chris Family Style Special (P900 +10% service charge). 250g/9oz good for 1 to 2 persons. US prime Angus flank steak with rosemary garlic marinade presented on oven-baked potato slices and macedoine of olive oil roasted carrots, and Italian broccoli.

Aside from the panizza, Chef Chris is famous for his meat dishes like the Bistecca, which is good to share with family and friends.

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We ordered a medium-well but the meat we got was a bit rubbery. Just by looking at it, we could tell that it was kept for a long time.

We normally don't return food, but we really could not eat it anymore. The head waiter was gracious enough to replace it with another dish.

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Spaghetti con Ragu (P570 +10% service charge). The old classic way prepared with Certified Angus Chuck Roll braised in passata with assorted vegetables.

We tried the recommended pasta. This one was a bit watered down with the sauce. We will try the other pasta next time.

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Tiramisu (P200 +10% service charge). Simply the most famed of all Italian desserts, perfect combination of cheese and cream, layered with coffee-soaked ladyfinger, topped with cocoa powder.

The Tiramisu was good, but it seemed like it had been stored for a long time also.

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Overall, we loved the original Panizza by Chef Chris and the well-trained friendly staff, but we were slightly disappointed with the rest of the menu. The hotel tourist price of each of the entrees could also turn off the foodies who just want good food at reasonable rates.

Also, when we were there, Chef Chris was not around (and that usually influences a lot, particularly the quality of the food). When you visit, make sure to coordinate with Chef Chris (+63 917-PANIZZA (7264992)) so that you know when the chef is in the kitchen.

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Aidan is so big already. He's turning 7 soon... How time flies, no?

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The Oasis Paco Park Hotel (beside Paco Church near Old Swiss Inn)
1032-34 Belen Street, Paco, Manila
Telephone: +632 521-2371 to 75
Website: www.OasisPark.com 

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Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals. We are not connected with the owners or any organization promoting My Kitchen by Chef Chris in Oasis Paco Park Hotel.

P.S. You can also get to My Kitchen by Chef Chris along Romualdez St., but be careful about the trailer trucks that pass by there.

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