There’s a foodie buzz going around about Tippi Tambunting’s new restaurant, and Rajo, Heart2Heart and EyeOnWine were ahead of the pack. It is called Masseto, named after an Italian wine, and it’s a fine dining restaurant/wine bar. It has an extensive wine list much like Cav (without the wine dispensers), and is as elegant and hidden but more spacious than Elbert’s (without the steaks).
Masseto is owned by the same people behind Premium Wines and they did a very good job of integrating the wine cellar with the dining setup and gourmet food by Chef Tippi. It has a better execution than the Wine Museum setup of Ralph’s. Check out EyeOnWines‘ review of the wine selection there.
I’m excited about Masseto because it elevates the fine dining scene in Manila. If you like Lolo Dad’s and Aubergine, you’ll surely enjoy Masseto. Plus, it’s a great place for Valentine’s. 🙂
The crowd is mostly composed of business people and the gourmet foodies of Manila. The place gets packed at around 9pm onwards. I love the heavy couch seats — very masculine with the strong lines and dark colors. Great job by Maja Olivares-Co for the design of the interiors! 🙂
The menu is quite simple and limited, which I like because it gives you the impression that each dish was carefully chosen by the young Culinary Institute of America-trained chef.
It’s very soft and light; even the taste is subtle. The only thing is, it’s gleaming with butter oil.
This is Masseto’s signature dish and the top recommendation of the waiters. It’s like duck confit. The presentation is simple but carefully crafted. I like the crispiness and flavor of the skin, and the layer of fat together with the meat. Each strand of meat has good flavor — no need for additional spices — just perfect as it is.
My friend Jean ordered this dish, so I only got to taste a bit of it. The lamb meat itself is so tender that you can easily take it off the bones. I’d say it has the texture of corned beef.
The lamb tasted a bit more of tomato, though, and Jean requested to have more pepper added into it.
This is the killer dessert of Chef Tippi — crusty meringue with strawberries and ice cream inside. 🙂 Ah sarap!
It’s more expensive than the Pavlova (by P30), but a bit disappointing. The ice cream doesn’t really taste like honey and the chocolate cake is just a moist cake of toned-down chocolate.
Let me know if you like this…
I wanted to ask a lot of things, particularly about her home-based Saltine dessert business and Masseto, but I didn’t want to monopolize her time. I’ll just wait for all the features that will be released in the leading newspapers and high-end magazines soon. 🙂
Enjoy Chef Tippi Tambunting Gourmet Creations set in an intimate hidden restaurant in the heart of Makati with an extensive Wine Cellar by Premium Wines.
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Masseto is along Valero near the Starbucks on VA Rufino (or Herrera). You can go to Ayala, turn right on De La Costa, then turn right on Valero. Masseto will be on your left, 2 buildings before VA Rufino. You can park in front.
However, I prefer to pass by the back street (San Agustin St.) and park beside the building of Masseto. San Agustin is one-way going to Buendia/Ayala direction and the parking entrance is along this street. After you pass by VA Rufino (formerly Herrera), the parking area should be the first open parking lot on your left.
You won’t really see a lot of action happening from the outside, but you’ll definitely see a lot of drivers waiting for their bosses. 🙂
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P.S. Thanks to Jean for the treat! (Next time Trip naman… 🙂 ) Follow her blog at www.TripOrTreats.com