I know, I KNOW! It's been a long time since I updated. There is just way too much crap to deal with and it just exhausts you so much that you lose touch of the things that really matter. Just this semestral break, I lost my maternal grandfather to well, to begin with, hernia. And then a cyst that got out of hand. It's too late for regrets now but I know in my heart, mind and soul, he is in a much better place. To grieve is a normal human emotion when someone dear is gone but life goes on. It has to. I thank my friends who are by my side through the highs and lows. Honestly, they keep me sane. If there is one thing that I am guilty for during this semestral break, it would be the obscene amount of time I went out with friends over food.
I stumbled upon Eataly months ago when I recall watching a Food Network
feature on Mario Batali
. Months ago, I saw this restaurant with a huge sign on it that says "Eataly
". I thought, someone filthy rich got a franchise license from the man with his signature trademark, the rubber orange Crocs clogs. Lo and behold, I was speaking to an old friend and she told me about this new Italian restaurant just a stone's throw away from where I live. She told me all about Eataly
(and what you should get) and well for Batali fans out there, I hate to rain
over your parade but no. It's not from Mario Batali, folks. They just share the same name =)
Thank you to Auntie W.L., V.
DJ and to the wonderful people behind Eataly
! Here's what me and my sister had for dinner. (I left my android mobile phone at house during dinner so I snapped using my BlackBerry. Sorry for the not-so food friendly photography.)
Stuffed Squid (I think we had an onion stuffing for this one but you can get it with a bacon stuffing. Great appetizer!)
House blend "berry" iced tea.
Vegetable pasta (Diet food, I know. But good for carnivores as well!)
Pork Ribs (I am in no way a vegan but I have to admit, I love they way how they prepared the carrots in this dish. I absolutely dislike the strong taste of carrots so I get my dose of Vitamin A from a softgel
instead, but this one is prepared in a magical way that I fell in love with it! I don't care if they drenched it in extra virgin olive oil or what, but I really liked it!)
Whoever interior designed this restaurant deserves to be lauded. It has that rustic, "home" feel. Great for those out on a date or if you want to take the whole gang with you out for a nice meal.
Love this hanging lamp.
The Verdict: The food was absolutely good! Portion-wise, quite on the small side if you ask me, but the flavor was fantastic. I would be thrilled if they are going to offer "family" size portions in the future as the place seems like those where you can take your kids/younger siblings out to dinner. Damage for two people was ~Php
900+. I regret not trying their pizza as it smelled lovely when the other table ordered one. Anyway, there is a next time. If you are looking for a new place to try with your better half, this might be the place for you.
For sure, I will definitely go back and I cannot wait until my next meal in Eataly
(I heard they have credit card terminals but I highly recommend bringing enough cash as they are still in a dry run.)