STUDIO KITCHEN is hailed by foodies as one of the best-kept secret restos located in Alabang. I was surprised that there's a restaurant this good in the south area. It would have been more appropriately located in Makati or Bonifacio Global City.
Most people don't know it probably because the name STUDIO KITCHEN gets lost in translation. The restaurant is the "Art Studio" of Chef Mark Tan, with the plates as his canvas and the dish as his artwork. In Manila, when you say "studio kitchen", it can connote a place where they sell kitchenware.
Also, the resto is hidden on the second floor of the Commerce Building where fast food joints like Army Navy and Yellow Cab are located on the ground floor. You wouldn't think that a gourmet, fine dining place would exist here.
But once you discover it, you'll rave about its Modern American Cuisine and share this foodie secret with everyone you know.
Studio Kitchen's ambiance is fine dining. Thankfully, the acoustics are pleasant too (the acoustic foam minimizes the echo in the dining area). It was perfect for celebrating my mom's 71st birthday. 🙂
If you are on a date, try the Chef's Degustation Menu. If you are with family, just order a la carte and share the dishes.
The ingredients are carefully selected and prepared by the chef. The leafy greens are nice and crisp, while the Jamon Serrano slices pack a flavorful punch and give this Caesar Salad classic a different twist.
Nothing beats fresh, handmade pasta and really big and fresh jumbo prawns.
I love the chef's take on the sauces — not too sweet, not too salty, and has just the right amount of creaminess for the pasta.
This is how we like our Paella — cooked upon order, with a good layer of tutong at the bottom, fresh seafood toppings, and rice that is full of flavor.
The Lapu Lapu and Shrimp are complemented by the interesting curry sauce (which seems to have a bit of atis flavor in it). We love the use of microgreens in the dish. Who knew that such cute vegetable sizes could have a concentrated amount of flavor? A good choice for the health-conscious.
This is another dish we love — really soft and juicy beef on a bed of almost-soupy mushroom risotto. You will want to savor each and every spoonful. Sarap!
A very cool dessert! Layers of maple syrup and caramel sauce hide creamy chocolate at the bottom of this perfectly cut eggshell.
These sweet treats aren't extraordinary, but the kids would surely like them. 🙂
Chocolate cake with tiny almond pieces, with oozing chocolate ganache in the middle — the perfect birthday cake for my mom. Yum yum! 🙂
It was nice to see that the chef's parents were also involved in the operation. His dad is the one who usually entertains the guests with the story of how they decided to finally retire from US life and how he convinced his only chef son to return home to his roots. Admirable decision!
Good luck, Chef Mark! Congratulations on your first year restaurant anniversary!
A Creative Cuisine Restaurant
Unit 202 Commerce Center Building,
Commerce Avenue, Filinvest, Alabang
Telephone: +632 822-0508
Tuesday to Sunday
Lunch 11.30am to 2.00pm
Dinner 5.30pm to 9.30pm
Facebook: Studio Kitchen Alabang
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P.S. Studio Kitchen is a bit hidden. It is across Acacia Hotel and is located on the second floor of Commerce Building, where Army Navy and Yellow Cab are located. Parking is along the streets.