Kulinarya Kitchen is the type of restaurant where you're always excited to try some new fare because you're confident that they constantly manage to churn out great dishes.
I love their Seafood Salad Maki! Shrimp and crabstick salad enwrapped in nori that's tainted with ebiko flakes and deep fried. There's some mango chunks at the center bathed in mango coulis and wasabi vinaigrette that gives it a hint of kick.
Do try their Salmon and Mushroom Au Gratin. A rich, creamy mushroom sauce drowns some chunks of salmon, all hidden under an umbrella of mozzarella cheese. Just perfect with the crostini that surrounds the dish.
For the mains, the Baked Bangus Belly was a surprise. I adore the mozzarella gratin garnished with tomato-onion relish that blankets a fork-tender fish. Dip it into the accompanying soy vinegar and you've got a flavor-rich plate that is easily balanced out by the parsley rice. The Grilled Pork Chops were so tender as well. The herb marinated chops really went well with sweet soy reduction, exuding a saporous, robust flavor.
Do not leave Kulinarya without trying their 16 oz. US. Top Blade Steak. Paired with an oval dish of chunky mashed potatoes and a melange of buttered vegetables such as carrots and asparagus, plus some slices of corn, this beautiful platter can be shared by 2-4 people, depending on your appetite (or greediness ;p). Served sliced, you can see the pinkish meat at each center while you delight on the red wine sauce smothered on top.
They also have quiche and I recommend the 4-Cheese, which is a hodgepodge of swiss cheddar, gruyere, gorgonzola and parmesan cheese. Truly for the cheese lovers and even for the non-enthusiasts, because of the enjoyable reciprocity of flavors.
For the desserts, the Pistachio Sans Rival is a must have with its alternating layers of chewy meringue and velvety smooth buttercream surrounded by pistachio bits. The Banana and Langka Royale is like a deconstructed turon, a local snack of hot, deep fried spring rolls which consists of banana slices and jackfruit. The vanilla ice cream serves to give a contrasting temperature that's pleasing to the palate.
I loved is their gorgeous plating, because I firmly believe that we all first eat with our eyes. Moreover, it's hard to find a restaurant wherein you can just close your eyes and order confidently whatever your finger points to. That is why I'm always excited to try their other offerings. The place may look elegant, but the prices are relatively more affordable than its neighboring restaurants.
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