Old Vine by Chefs’ Quarter
Duration: 1-2 hours
Looking for a fine dining experience within the budget where prawns are on steroids? They are all here at Old Vine..
If you want to enjoy a fine dining-like experience at a price below Php1000 per person, the Old Vine by Chefs’ Quarter is one of the best choices. After watching Adam Sandler’s Just Go With It chick flick and filling our souls with laughter (Thanks Citibank for the Php100 rebate on movie tickets! Yay!), we needed to fill our tummies with food. Since I didn’t want to go to the usual fast food restos is Eastwood, we decided to get our munchies at Old Vine. Old Vine is located at the Ground Floor Eastwood Mall Veranda.
You really wouldn’t notice this restaurant at first because its small entrance door is surrounded by bigger restos like Mr. Kurosawa and House of Wagyu. Honestly, I am a frequent Eastwood City visitor but this is the only time I have noticed this resto.
Since this is the first time we went there, we asked a few friends about what to try at Old Vine. They recommended for the main course the Lamb Shank – Pinot Noir (whose name I cannot really pronounce ), Stir Fried Paella Seafood, and for desserts, the Banana – Langka Crepe Samurai. I wanted salad so I got the Tessie Tomas Salad which was one of the house specialties.
This is the first time I experienced that the waiter keeps changing my plate every time I finish a meal. They served the Tessie Tomas Salad first as our entrée. An entrée is a small savoury meal preceding the main course. It is also known as the starter or appetizer. The Tessie Tomas Salad is one the best salads I ever had. With the combination of different young salad leaves, grilled shiitake mushroom, thin slices of salmon, and tiger prawns, the entrée was perfect. The tiger prawns really got me, they are like prawns on steroids or little brothers of a lobster.
I am not really a fan of any lamb dish but they said I would have a change of perspective when I have a taste of the Lamb Shank – Pinot Noir. I did try it and yeah, I admit it. It is a lot better than the other lamb dishes that I have tried but though I was able to eat a lot of meat this time, I am still sticking with the familiar meat that I know – chicken, beef, and fish.
The Stir Fried Paella Seafood was also superb. And again, the tiger prawn in this dish won my heart. Yeah, I am a prawn fanatic.
The dessert was the perfect ending of the meal. It was sweet and creamy at the same time. I enjoyed eating it even though I was already quite full from the lamb and the paella. The marriage of banana and langka in the crepe is a match made in heaven. Mmmmmm.
I will definitely, definitely go back this place. Maybe next Valentine’s day. Lol.
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