This is a long overdue post which was supposed to be posted last December 22 when we were treated to a wonderful dinner by Ian and Dichie at Tivoli in Mandarin Oriental. We picked Ian and Dichie from the airport who flew in from Beijing. They also invited my brother and his fiancee for dinner.
Reservations were made early on for 7PM but due to heavy traffic we had it moved to 8PM. Ian was craving for a good slab of steak and SPOT.PH had named Tivoli as one of the best steak places in town.
When we arrived, we were ushered to our private table sandwiched in between glass shelves holding their glasses on one side and wines on the other. We waited for my brother and Tin to arrive from the office (who also got stuck in traffic).
Ian and Hubby ordered their US Certified Angus Prime Rib Eye (PHP2350.00) while Dichie ordered their US Certified Beef Sirloin (PHP2480.00). Thinking that their degustation was more worth it and might be in smaller portions, I ordered their 6 course menu (PHP2980.00) while Tin ordered their 3 course one (PHP1880.00). The degustation is described to be a perfect introduction to the highlights of the ala carte menu made by Chef Remi Vercelli. My brother in turn ordered their US Angus Prime Beef Rossini, potato Sarladaise and Black Truffle Sauce (PHP2000.00).
Duck Liver “Ballontine” in gingerbread crust w/ caramelized chestnuts
This is the first of the six dishes in the Degustation menu. Loved the gingerbread crust with the duck liver ‘pate’. Wasn’t so into the cream on top of the chestnuts though.
The second dish is Creamy Parsnip soup. Not being fond of Parsnip, both Tin and I didn’t like it.
US Angus Prime Beef Rossini, potato Sarladaise and Black Truffle Sauce
This one is lovely! The beef is tender and juicy even when I had mine cooked in medium well. I thought the one on top is Foie Gras but the name in the menu didn’t even mention it. My brother ordered the same thing. Can you see the size difference? I couldn’t. My degustation isn’t a degustation but the same sized serving as the ala carte! Are those truffle shavings on my brother’s dish?