Table Conversation: One Fine Day

By franco on 12 May, 2009

Whole Wheat Baguette and Vietnamese Coffee

A quick breakfast 

Once in a while, you should indulge yourself.

On this special day, I decide to start my morning with a torn piece of a warm, crusty whole-wheat baguette from Lartizan. On my bread, I spread a generous amount of a very berry strawberry jam courtesy of good sisters of Good Shepherd. I wash it down a steaming glass of milky-sweet Vietnamese coffee–a great jumpstart to a delicious day.


Uni for me 

Today, I’m having lunch with a friend who shares my love for all things Japanese, edible and raw. After savoring slices of sashimi in interesting combinations and a delightful serving of Battera Hako Sushi, I decide to end the meal with a ‘healthy’ serving of sea urchin. I had my first taste of uni not in fancy Japanese restaurant but on the beaches of Bohol. I have been in love ever since. I’m aware that what I’m eating is essentially the innards of a fresh sea urchin. It’s not for everybody. But love it or hate it, the buttery tongues of sweet flesh is a food experience I strongly encourage everyone to try–at least once.


A sublime bite 

Evening comes. For dinner at the Shang Place, we invite some friends over to dine with a duck. I will find any reason to eat Peking Duck. So why not today? A dark caramel duck skin wrapped in a thin pancake with a dollop of hoisin and slivers of peppery spring onion. Crisp, fatty, salty, savory and sweet, it is simply a celebration in every bite.

It was a fine, fine day.

Thank you to my lovely wife, A for making this day (and everyday) special.


144 Jupiter Street cor. Orbits Street

Bel-Air 2 Village

Makati City

Telephone: (02) 899 6923

Hatsu Hana-Tei

2nd Floor

Herald Suites

2168 Don Chino Roces Avenue

Makati City 1231

Telephone: (02) 759 6388/ 759 3814

Shang Palace

2nd Level

Makati Shangri-La Hotel

Ayala Avenue at Makati Avenue

Makati City 1200


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  • MAY 13, 2009 6:29 AM

    Chinkee said...

    Just had dinner at Shang Palace recently and also had the duck. It was, as expected, very VERY good.:-)

    Was just wondering, what is your top three Peking Ducks in Manila?

  • MAY 13, 2009 8:41 AM

    info said...

    Hi Franco, if your wife is still unable to enjoy Chinese or spicy food let's meet up elsewhere...instead of Yellow Door, which serves both Chinese and spicy food :) - ragamuffin

  • MAY 14, 2009 7:15 AM

    Franco said...

    Hello Chickee,

    My picks of Peking duck? 1. Shang Palace 2. Peking Garden 3. A restaurant in Binondo whose name eludes me at the moment...

    Hey ragamuffin girl,

    I'm waiting to see what A's condition will be in June. We'll discuss specifics as the time approaches. :)

  • MAY 15, 2009 1:11 PM

    gourmandtales said...

    love the peking duck skin.....