Linamnam by Don Baldosano: Joshua’s Birthday Celebration (A Review)

As featured in 10 Best NEW Homegrown Restaurants in Manila of 2019! We celebrated Joshua’s 12th 🎁 at Linamnam private dining by Don Baldosano at their kubo-inspired home in Greenvale 2. Linamnam serves modern Filipino food 🇵🇭 with a 16-course tasting menu at ₱1,700/head. Here is our Linamnam experience with the family… Linamnam MNL by Don Baldosano 31 Greenvale 2, Marcelo Green Village, Parañaque City Operating Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 6:30pm onwards Mobile: +63 917 573-0246 (By reservation only) Instagram: @linamnam_mnl  


First Things First We had a hard time finding 31 Greenvale 2 (Dr. Baldosano’s house), inside Marcelo Green Village (via the service road between Sucat and Bicutan). It’s a quaint bahay kubo with a hardin courtyard and an outdoor open kitchen where Don cooks. (Tasting Menu and Family A La Carte Menu) Don Baldosano, the cook, has Junior Masterchef experience, training at Toyo Eatery and a culinary degree at Enderun and is going for internship abroad soon. Since we were celebrating with seniors and kids, Don agreed to create an a la carte set for the kids and seniors while serving the tasting menu to the adults. Kagat

Okoy
Okoy. Daing capiz with Iced Tea (toasted rice 3 kinds, fermented calamansi and lemon)
The Capiz daing was shaped into little crispy balls with kamias and paired with rice “iced” tea made from heirloom rice, calamansi and lemon.
Daing sa Hardin
Daing sa Hardin (lumpia, blue ternate, daing butter)
It was like fried wonton using lumpia wrapper with daing-infused, butter-topped blue ternate edible flowers from their garden. You’d feel like you were just eating at home but it was special because Don was cooking the food for you, and he entertains one group only per night.
Sisig
Sisig
This sisig was all veggie, seasoned with singkamas, with rendered pork fat, smoked oil, calamansi dayap on a bed of rice crisp.


Lupa All the sauces were prepared days before, the edible flowers were from their garden, the meats were aged, the food was cooked and prepared on the spot by Don.

Smoked Salad
Smoked Salad
Burnt lettuce with tutong-like chicken floss—loved the combination.
Sweet Potato Skin Soup
Sweet Potato Skin Soup
It was a cold soup of kamote with truffle power, chicharon and chicken floss to cool you off given the al fresco setting with electric fan only.
Squash Confit
Squash Confit
It was a plant-based pasta of 60-day old buko roasted in coconut with caramelized ginataan sauce topped with squash.


Dagat

Hipon
Hipon (Brown Butter, Calamansi)
A unique delicious way of serving shrimp with brown butter and crab foam. Yum! Yum!
Tuna Kinilaw
Tuna Kinilaw. Smoked Tuna, Coconut, Olive Oil
Cured and smoked tuna with coco milk, Iloilo suka and olive oil for my mom who preferred healthier seafood options.
Tuna Tinapa.
The tuna was smoked for 2 weeks with toyomansi, brown butter and crab and paired with fermented tomato and tino-tino drink with Batangas pepper.
Squid Sinigang
Squid Sinigang
The squid was cooked medium in butter and served with tonkotsu broth of 2-month fermented guava jus and salmon. Inspiring the next gen: wishing that one of my sons would be interested to pursue culinary arts and cook for the family one day. 🙂
Sunog na Kanin at Ulam
Sunog na Kanin at Ulam
One of our favorites—coconut flavored tutong rice topped with uni from Capiz and squid with malunggay oil.
Watermelon and lemon ice
Watermelon and lemon ice
Interesting ice mix of watermelon and lemon to clean the palate for the meat courses up next.


Karne

 Cicharon at Baboy
Chicharon at Baboy (Pork belly, Jus, Onion)
It was not your usual adobo or liempo dish but the cook’s take on pork with crisp vegetables.
Wagyu Rice (Wagyu, Soy, Egg)
Wagyu Rice (Wagyu, Soy, Egg)
The fried rice with fried smoked pork was a kid-pleaser as always. Sometimes you need rice to pair with the meat.
Chicken BBQ
Chicken BBQ
A safe dish for the kids—chicken bbq served on mashed potatoes, onions.
Chicken BBQ
Chicken BBQ
The “adult” Chicken BBQ comes with a black swoosh of eggplant with red vinegar, pork-beef-chicken jus and seasoned lavender and truffle powder. We learned that Don is a cousin of the great Chef Tatung Sarthou on his mom’s Sarthou family side—with good cooking skills running in their veins.
Wagyu Rice
The last course comes with rice from Capiz with burnt butter, fermented ginger topped with latik and greens.
Cicharon at Baboy Thirty-day aged pork with a good layer of fat sous vide and grilled with coco juice and kang kong.  


Tamis We brought Mango Tart cake from Conti’s as our birthday cake for Joshua.

Pinoy Cream Puff
Pinoy Cream Puff
An all Filipino mini-cream puff of Davao chocolate, burnt cream, papaitum, pili nut and macadamia.
Turon
Saging
Linamnam’s version of turon with coconut caramel pancake, cacao from Camsur and 3-week old fermented saba.
Maja Blanca
Maja Blanca
The last dessert was the maja fudge. The Filipino-inspired desserts were just OK and can be improved. The dessert drink was banana pili milk made from pili nut steeped for 2 days in milk.


Final Thoughts Overall, it’s an honor to get to taste the flavors of chef-in-training Don Baldosano.  I love his passion for creating delicate sauces and delicious pairings, elevating Filipino food interpretation to a whole new level. His food is not too sweet (as opposed to the food in Hapag) and more on the sour fermented side like Metiz or Test Kitchen 2. I like how he ages his own meats and how he uses herbs and flowers from their edible garden. Love the unique Filipino drinks, too. He needs to work on his desserts and overall service though. Don’t expect high-end private dining because it’s in a middle-class home in the middle of a congested subdivision (which actually adds to its charm). Linamnam MNL by Don Baldosano 31 Greenvale 2, Marcelo Green Village, Parañaque City Operating Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 6:30pm onwards Mobile: +63 917 573-0246 (By reservation only) Instagram: @linamnam_mnl   Live an Awesome Life, Anton Founder, Our Awesome Planet Disclosure: We paid for our mealI wrote this article with my biases, opinions and insights. P.S. Catch Don and eat at Linamnam this December before he goes to Europe for his internship.  

2 thoughts on “Linamnam by Don Baldosano: Joshua’s Birthday Celebration (A Review)

  1. Hi Anton! I’m from Marcelo Green but I didn’t know something like Linamnam exists nearby! Thanks for letting us know. 😊 Best regards!

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