New Restaurant Alert: Piazza Privato at Shaw Boulevard, Pasig
This new hotel is spankingly pretty-with pretty good grub, too!
6/F Privato Hotel, 706 Shaw Boulevard, Pasig City
Tel. No. 717-5888
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) Privato Hotel was made to draw you in. It’s a pristine, plain white building that hides the intricacy of the Carlo Calma-designed lobby embellished with sculptures by Ann Pamintuan. Piazza Privato, the hotel’s signature restaurant, strikes a balance between that pristine exterior and its exquisite entrance: high ceilings, sunlight, and white walls that bring about a certain airiness, and a balcony with a view that extends to the towers of Bonifacio Global City.
Some of the silhouette birds on the canvas: Cebu Flower Pecker, Sulu Hornbill, Negros Bleeding Heart and the Philippine Eagle
The space can comfortably seat more than 100.
The hotel, made with green architecture, promotes eco-friendliness and sustainability-an advocacy seen in Piazza Privato as well. Both sides of the place feature a canvas with silhouettes of endangered bird species endemic to the Philippines. Abstract pieces made with recycled paper by Japanese artist Wataru Sakuma hang on the walls. Free from the stuffiness of some hotels, tables are spaced conveniently, giving you more than enough room to be comfortable and for the waiters to slip in and out as they answer your beck and call. The white space of Piazza Privato seems empty and bare, but that's where its appeal lies: the lull speaks volumes and provides a pleasant escape from the busy city-right in the middle of Shaw.
Pomelo and Lechon Kawali Salad (P180)
Kesong Puti Salad (P180)
Roasted Pumpkin Soup
The menu offers the same kind of ease and comfort. Designed and developed by the Romulo Group, the menu has a range of unpretentious dishes catering to an international palate. Japanese, Italian, Spanish, and Korean specialties are present, while local cuisine is represented by the always-satisfying silogs, including beef tapa, Vigan longganisa, and crispy danggit.
Trio of Mushroom Puree
Start off with the Chorizo Empanaditas (P200), classic mini meat pies deep fried without ending up too greasy. The savory filling is expressed through crumbled chorizo heightened with the sweetness of mangoes and raisins. The twice-fried Buffalo Wings (P280), with that sweet sticky glaze and tangy blue-cheese dressing, and the Trio of Mushroom Puree (P130) make for good alternatives to open your meal. The latter combines the earthiness of shiitake, button, and oyster mushrooms to come up with a creamy soup so potent in flavor, you'll be scooping up the last drop.
Diablo Linguini (P250)
Crusted Fish Fillet
Their version of Carbonara (P250) effectively fuses ingredients from different cuisines without looking or tasting too contrived. Al dente linguine noodles are bathed in a luscious sauce tinted with chorizo and garlic. Among the categories in the menu, seafood holds the most number of dishes and features a good variety-prawns, salmon, mahi-mahi, Chilean mussels, to name a few. The Crusted Fish Fillet (P320) is blanketed with a delectable sauce made with salted egg yolk, while the Seared Salmon (P480), with its teriyaki sauce and tofu mayonnaise, borrows the flavors of the Orient.
Hoisin Chicken (P280)
Roasted US Beef Brisket
Barbecue Pork Spareribs
For a hotel restaurant, Piazza Privato's prices are comparatively cheaper. Mains like the Roasted US Beef Brisket (P300), with strips of Angus beef slathered with a thick mushroom sauce, grilled corn on the cob and tender baby potatoes; and the Barbecue Pork Spareribs (P380), which can feed up to three people, cost just as much as a typical main dish in many restaurants.
Moist Choco Lava Cake
Banana Crisp ala Mode
To cap off your meal, the menu has a humble list of desserts. All-time favorites are the Crème Brulee (P100), which comes with fruits in season, and Moist Choco Lava Cake (P150) with a dark chocolate ganache. The Banana Crisp ala Mode (P250) is a fruit strudel where banana and raisin mash are enveloped by wonton wrappers, baked to a crisp then topped with vanilla ice cream.
Piazza Privato keeps things straightforward but stylish-that’s a good enough formula to kick back and relax.