Each of us got a copy of the lunch menu rolled up like a diploma and a Foie Gras macaron (P150 a piece, pictured above). The Foie Gras macaron is made of rich and buttery foie gras (fattened goose liver) and porcini mushrooms. It's savory and slightly sweet, serving as an appetizer.
Then we were served individual portions of GM Salad (P210 for a full-sized serving). Greens with cubes of goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, and vinaigrette are placed on top of a tangy parmesan crust. I liked the size of the small portion because it was just right for tasting.
Then there was Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tart Salad (P295 for a full-sized serving). I was beginning to see a pattern. It seems the chef loves goat cheese. Luckily the goat cheese odor wasn't as strong as the one I tried from Malagos Farm in Davao. I normally can't stand the scent of goat or lamb.
Then we had tasting cups of Roasted Red Beet Soup (P190 for a full-sized serving). It had bits of again, goat cheese along with green apples and walnuts. I was already sensing a pattern. Fortunately I enjoyed it. :)
There were also tasting cups of Hobart's Spicy Tomato Soup (P190 for a full-sized serving). Pretty good but it does sort of zing through your throat since it's spicy.
Next up were Truffle Fries (P180, pictured above). Crispy fried potatoes are cooked with aromatic truffle oil and sea salt flakes. They're so good you don't even need to dip them into the accompanying bowl of ketchup.
Then we were served mini Red Beet Burgers (P310 for a full-sized serving). The patty is purely vegetarian, made of roasted red beets. Let's just say I won't be ordering this when I go back.
My favorite sandwich that day was definitely the Grilled Reuben (P310 for a full-sized serving). Homemade corned beef, sauerkraut, emmental cheese, and thousand island dressing make it both delicious and sinful.
Lamb Burger (P490 for a full-sized serving was something I did not try. I could smell the lamb the moment it was laid down in front of us. According to the menu it's Moroccan spiced lamb patty with feta cheese, parmesan cheese, and harissa yogurt.
We also tried the Porcini Mushroom Crepe (P420 for a full-sized serving). Soft and chewy crepes are filled with juicy porcini mushrooms and parmesan + emmental cheeses.
Braised Veal Cheek Ravioli (P370, pictured above) was something I couldn't accommodate because I was already quite stuffed at this point and there was another dish plus desserts to try.
For the finale, Slow-Roasted Beef Belly (P395, pictured above) was brought out. I've had a lot of Beef Belly dishes in the past and if there's something to characterize them it's the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. Unfortunately, this one was a bit overcooked and so it wasn't as soft as I would've liked. Hit or miss, because some of my friends have had this on another occasion and they told me it was excellent.
For dessert, I picked one of Diamond Hotel's bestsellers, the Supermoist Chocolate Cake (P250, pictured above). The thing is, this particular cake which I had at the restaurant was a disappointment because it was dry. I even let my fellow blogger Annalyn try it and she too commented that it was dry. BUT the Supermoist Chocolate Cake I brought home as a token was indeed really moist, rich, and chocolatey. So yeah, I guess that was the way it was supposed to be so hit and miss for this one too.
Annalyn ordered the Cecilia, a leveled-up buco (coconut) pie.
Fluffy coconut infused whipped cream sprinkled with toasted coconut bits top a custard and coconut filled crust. It was heavenly... so much so that my hubby has become addicted since I also brought home one as a token -- and he's not even a dessert person! He's been bugging me to go back to The Cake Club if only for the Cecilia, haha!
The Cake Club
UG level, East Superblock
Bonifacio High Street Central
7th cor. 29th St., Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
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