Justine told me about this restaurant in Greenbelt months before we (Pia, Mica, Justine, Me and Jay) finally had the time to drop by. We had to wait to be seated for a couple of minutes before we were given a seat because the restaurant was filled to the brim.
Walking in, you can’t help but feel at ease. The ambiance was nice, with the dim lights and all. We had a hard time deciding what to order because there were so many interesting items on the menu. It did help that they go by intriguing names too!
I think it took us close to 20 minutes before we decided on something. Going over every funny and eyebrow-raising dish name consumed a lot of our time. For that night, I ordered Swirl Around (Php100), which is a mixed seafood pumpkin soup, a spaghettini dish with Asian shrimps pesto, shrimp and squid rings called Skinny Dipping (Php230). A fresh green mango smoothie was my beverage of choice.
I have to say that I was extremely happy with my mixed seafood pumpkin soup. I finished my bowl faster than I expected. I guess it was a good thing too because my pasta dish was already served as I was having my soup.
Although I enjoyed my first few mouthfuls of this dish, I wasn’t able to finish it. I found the pesto sauce too much for my taste. I like pesto, by the way. I just did not gravitate towards this dish. The shrimp and squid rings were generously served, too my surprise. You just don’t see it that much in the photo because some of the rings are under all that pasta.
The picture above is Justine’s I Say Tomato, You Say Tomato (Php90) garnished with fresh basil. Gosh, the names of the dishes are so clever! Props to whoever came up with it. Anyway, she also ordered pasta. Hers is called Washed Ashore–penne pasta with lots of mozzarella, quesong puti, queso de bola and stewed tomato on top.
Pia and Jay were the only ones who had rice that night. A dish called Sour Bill caught Pia’s attention. It’s duck cooked adobo-style and is served with fried egg.
Jay, on the other hand, chose a dish called Pork Barrel (Php295). It’s basically a pork belly with sweet and sour sauce.
Last but not the least is my dearest Mica, who ordered yet again another pasta dish called Hot Tomato! (Php220). Yes, the “!” is part of the dish’s name. It’s penne fritanier with tomato-ginger sauce fried beef tenderloin.
The thing is, we didn’t ran out of things to talk about while we were waiting for our food. It seems like everything that was on the table were perfect conversation topics. Like this box, for example:
The plates were also something to talk about after dinner. Especially after taking this picture:
Before we walked in, I was expecting that dishes here would be steeper compared to say, Friday’s or whatnot. The ambiance is perfect for a get-together with friends. Although I can imagine how much nicer it would be to eat here minus the crowd. Oh, the kitchen is also slightly visible from the main dining area. Although it was sort of awkward that the servers were just standing by the kitchen, looking at guests go about their meals.
Kitchen is definitely worth every peso! I will come back for their pumpkin soup! 🙂
G/F, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City