This truffle-themed dinner will impress your Valentine
If you're going to seal the deal this weekend, Allium might just be the perfect setting.
G/F Grand Midori, Bolanos Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City
Contact: 519-1088, 0999-694-3068
(SPOT.ph) This is hardly the first time we’ve waxed poetic about Chef Mark Tan’s culinary demonstrations. We’ve devoured his Market Menu, marveled at his moist and flavorful Cote de Beouf, and have been stuffing ourselves silly with his addicting chorizo bread since his early Studio Kitchen days.
For this weekend, though, the chef is whipping up something special, highlighting a very prized ingredient: Perigord truffles. These black truffles from Perigord, France, are in season only during the autumn-winter harvest, so this is probably the last time you can taste these earthy gems until the last quarter of the year. “If you’re going to use truffles, might as well use a lot,” says chef Mark. We couldn’t agree more.
Allium’s seasonal truffle menu is cleverly designed, showing off the truffle in different ways. Each course progresses steadily—from the light and extremely fresh bluefin tuna toro tartare starter to the extra creamy, soft scrambled eggs with subtly sweet snow crab to the delightfully hearty Wagyu beef cooked two ways.
Truffle is an ingredient that some might find too overwhelming for the palate, but this isn’t the case at Allium. Resplendent dishes, spot-on service, and a glass of sparkling wine sourced from the south of France (it’s part of your meal!); we can’t think of a better place to cozy up with your favorite eating partner this weekend.
Amuse Bouche: Braised Hijiki with Abalone and Yama Gobo
Course One: Bluefin Tuna Toro Tartare on a Prawn Cracker with Beria Caviar and Black Truffle Vinaigrette
Course Two: Ceviche of Tai Snapper
Course Three: Perigord Truffle Soft Scrambled Eggs and Snow Crab
Course Four: Hokkaido Scallop ala Plancha and Charcoal Roasted Giant Prawns with Cauliflower and Perigord Truffles
Course Five: Braised Wagyu Beef with Black Garlic and Perigord Black Truffles
Palate Cleanser: Strawberry Sorbet
Course Six: Chocolate Coulant with Honey and Chili
Mignardises: Strawberry Macaron
Allium’s Seasonal Truffle Tasting Menu is available for dinner from February 12 to 13, and for lunch and dinner on February 14. It's priced at P3,000+ per head.
Photos by Regine Rafael