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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.

The chef’s mom is an avid collector of European art. They change the art display occasionally, probably to keep the decor of the place interesting and appealing.

My blogger friends from The Foodie Club got a nice table beside the garden.

We opted to dine outside as well, particularly since it’s still cool during this time of year. Here’s Chef Tatung explaining his Buddhist bead necklace.

The meal includes Softdrink or Iced Tea, but you can upgrade it to pineapple juice +P10 or shake/wine for +P45.

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Fresh-Baked Bread by the Chef himself.

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.

SOUP: Zucchini Cream Soup

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.

SALAD: Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta Cheese and Olives

You’ll never go wrong with a fresh serving of salad with vegetables that come directly from the garden. 🙂

It was a privilege to eat with BG, the designer of the new generation P20 and P1,000 bills.

All the new bills have been released already but most Filipinos keep them, which is why you don’t see them in circulation.

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MAIN DISH: Osso Bucco Milanese with Truffled Penne Pasta


MAIN DISHGrilled Red Snapper with Marinara Sauce, served with Buttered Linguine 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.

DESSERT: Mango Semifreddo

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.

The chef shared his plans of converting an adjacent room into a library to share his collection of self-awareness and religious books with the people who will dine in.

Starting last Friday, Chef Tatung opened his home for private dining on a daily basis (except on Wednesdays, when they have a Buddhist meditation session at their home).

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
Facebook: chef.tatung
email: [email protected] 

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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!