Balducci Birthday Bash

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It was great to capture this photo moment! Thanks to my sister-in-law, Clauds who took this picture — priceless !

Aidan’s Birthday is on January 19– last friday. Coincidentally this falls always within the Sto.Nino celebrations which usually happens on the third Sunday of January. My little Sto. Nino is two years old already and I can’t wait to experience what they call the terrible two stage. We were planning a birthday celebration for him and we thought whether or not to plan a children’s party.

I liked last year’s celebration at Je Suis Gourmand — private and a time when our two families are together once again. I kinda like that setup at the moment, since I’m sure Aidan won’t still remember and appreciate a children’s party. We might just plan a grand celebration on his 4th or 7th year πŸ™‚ I actually told my wife that I prefer to celebrate it with family and if possible to just travel during his birthday. When he is old enough to appreciate disneyland in HK, we might do that on one of his birthdays.

There were two choices for us, the new Tagaytay China Palace Restaurant in MOA or a Balducci Italian Restaurant in Serendra. I preferred the China Palace place but it would be far away from most family members and it was a little bit expensive. When we saw the second floor area of Balducci, we thought that this would be a nice cozy place for the family birthday dinner. A place where Aidan and his cousins can roam around freely without disturbing other customers.

We liked the golden chinese tseongsam that his Sachimpo gave last Christmas. It would have been perfect for China Palace but admittedly, Balducci is relatively cheaper than a chinese lauriat.

Overall, Balducci was not as great as we expected. It was OK for us and we loved the ambiance — very conducive for chit chat and group dinners

Happy Birthday to our Little Sto. Nino, Aidan!! Thanks to all the greetings!! One of these days, he would see and appreciate them. Here is a sneak peek of the Balducci Birthday Bash @ Serendra….

The Diaz and Uy Family. It is always a riot when we meet because of the kids. So it is tough to find a restaurant that is child friendly and won’t be frowned upon when the kids are playing around. And for the guests, their privacy might be violated by the kids.

Salmone Affumicato (Php 340++). We made a bad choice with this order. It was thinly sliced and yet so expensive.

Estiva Lattuga (210++). Summer Salad of fresh mixed greens, plump tomatoes, black olives & eggs.

Supposed to be the bestseller but we find it ordinary with a plan vinaigrette dressing.

Fettucine Marinara (P310++). Complete name is Fetticine all’uovo alla marinara con porcini. Seafood fettucine with porcini mushrooms.

We find this pasta dish malansa but we finished it anyway.

Ama, Angkong and Lola, Lolo of Aidan. Aidan would fondly call his lolo as “wowo” and lola as “wowa”. So far, his favorite is his wowo, and he always ask his momma, “Wowo” with the asking facial expression.

Gnochetti al Salmone con rucola (P360++). Gnocchi in Salmon sauce in arugula.

If you don’t mind the arugula, this pasta dish is one of the best. The creamy salmon taste is addicting that this dish was finished in a few seconds.


Polletto al Mattone con spinaci salsati (490++). Grilled flattened and deboned spring chicken served with sauteed spinach.

The spinach adds to its herby taste, but we would prefer Andok’s over this.

Carre d’ Agnello alla Griglia con salsa alla menta (P570++). French-cut rack of lamp, grilled, with our home made mint sauce, accompanied by roast potatoes, grilled vegetables and polenta.

Grigliata di pesce e crostaccei con insalata mista (P 580++). Grand seafood flatter fresh from the grill accompanied by fresh mixed greens.

This is one of the value for money and healthy food options in the menu. There is a lobster slice, prawn, squid, and tanguingue. It was grilled technically well and you can’t find any fault in this seafood platter. However, my mom was not impressed and just kept silent when I asked her how was the food. She would usually commend a good dish if it does meet her approval but I got none.


Salmone affumicato, mascarpone e caviale (P380++). Smoked salmon with fresh Mascarpone cheese and caviar.

My sister-in-law, Claudette restraining herself from eating this carbo-rich pizza that taste great with the salmon topping.

Quattro Formaggi (P350++) Four cheeses.

One of their best pizzas because it was wiped out in seconds! Their pizza dough was also the bread served while we order our food.

Rustica-Mozzarella, funghi, cipolla, salsicia e rosmarino (P360++). Fresh white Mozzarella with mushrooms, onions, Italian sausage and rosemary.

I don’t think you can make a pizza taste good by giving it a lot of Italian names.

Napoli-pomodoro, Mozzarella, capperi, acciughe, etc. (P300++). Fresh Mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, capers with anchovies.

No comment.

It is always very hard to make Aidan look directly at the camera. After a few shots, this was the only decent photo of Aidan looking at his uncle. I don’t intend to post family shots but I want Aidan to see this when he is old enough.

Of course, in the chinese tradition, we always wear red during birthdays.

A view from the top. It was nice to have this acoustic guitar player serenading the people.


There is a wine cellar beside Balducci called Barolo. They have a private dining area in the second floor. You can try that out if you want to have a private function.

Balducci Ristorante
Serendra, Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City 1634
Email: info@loperagroup.com
www.loperagroup.com

Tel# 856-0676, 856-0865 for reservations

Anton

26 thoughts on “Balducci Birthday Bash

  1. Hi Anton! Everthing looks good ah! Lucky you! Kami naman, we were very much disappointed with the outcome of our orders. But the service was great! Hahaha..
    Happy 2nd Birthday to Aidan! πŸ™‚

  2. Happy Birthday to Aidan! He looks so precious in his gold outfit. Those are such amazing pictures, Anton! Balducci is one of my favorite restaurants. I love their Quattro Fromaggio pizza, Salmon Caviar (with the little bits of mascarpone inside- yummy!) and I always ask for Tagliatelle Tartufo (its not on the menu but since theyre part of the Lopera chain, they’ll gladly make it)

  3. Happy Birthday Aidan! πŸ™‚ cute chinese outfit. i am looking forward to the description for the food here…it looks yummy πŸ™‚

  4. I was just going to comment that the food and even the design of the interiors reminds me of L’Opera at the Fort (which I love) … then I read at the end of your entry that Balducci is a part of the L’Opera group as well. =)

  5. Loved the pictures of Aidan … Happy birthday, little one! When they turn 2 things get really interesting πŸ™‚ When my Julianna turned 7 last year, we took her to HK Disney & stayed in one of their hotels for convenience. I was also re-reading your Palawan experiences, and we’ll use your suggestions when we go in April πŸ™‚

  6. hey anton. i agree with your comments about the salad. i found my pasta to be okay though. a bit small though. i think their servings are really meant for one person and not to be shared. πŸ™‚ aidan is just so so cute…. especially in that first pic. πŸ™‚

  7. Uy, nag birthday na pala si cutie boy……happy, happy 2nd birthday Aidan! You are a lucky boy! For Anton and Rache: now comes the best part…Aidan being two years old he he he, good luck on your parenting! I have a 3 yo boy turning 4 this Feb ay yay yay….still hard to keep up with πŸ™‚

  8. That first photo is truly precious…Aidan just gets cuter by the day! I totally agree with you about not having big children’s parties when the kids are too young to appreciate it. I think those parties are more for the parents than the celebrant. πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for writing about Balducci; I’m forewarned now. I do want to try the salmon gnocchi with arugula and salmon pizza, though. I love everything in those dishes!

  9. I went to Balducci with my friend, we tried the beef carpaccio and the canneloni. The carpaccio was just ok, nothing really spectacular considering the price. The canneloni was really a dissapointment, it taste like soap, they put way too much nutmeg inside.

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