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“Italian Served”
Review of Caffe Caruso

Caffe Caruso
Ranked #12 of 91 Coffee & Tea in Makati
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed May 4, 2012

The restaurant allows much space for talking besides the eating. Begin with an excellent promiscuto but make sure that you reiterate that the melon is sweet. The lapu-lapu fish is excellent particularly the way they fry it at the right crispness that goes well with the spinach. My friend has a small thinly sliced steak which was acceptable but not really one should write home about. The service is excellent and the chardonnay line which they offer is quite good. I would return but be with mates that are much more experimental in eating. If there are only 2 of you go for the round tables with a slight floor lift... they will know what you mean

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1  Thank StratManLou
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

By Manila standards this is an excellent restaurant. The ambiance is good, the restaurant is clean and nicely furnished, and the service is properly trained, attentive but discreet. The food is tasty and well presented and the wine list is sufficient. The quality is perfectly reasonable and remains consistent across visits, with no egregious surprises. I would highly recommend the place if you want a low risk, decent restaurant experience with no significant downsides. The place is a bit pricey for what it offers, but I would gladly pay to avoid the uneven performance one can encounter elsewhere.

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3  Thank timurlame
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

I first went to Caruso 4 years ago and was not very impressed. Now, I have to confess to being an Italian foodie. I've been lucky enough to dine at some of the great Italian restaurants in London as well as Milan, Rome, Florence and "Chiantishire". I have yet to find a decent Italian restaurant in Makati. So I went to Caruso last week expecting medocrity. It was for a business lunch so I ordered very conservatively: An Arugula Salad, Pasta, a glass of Pinot Grigio and a Double Espresso. The salad was generous with fresh leaves and shavings of good parmensan. The dressing was light and tasty but the tomatoes still had that tasteless, white core so typical of the local variety. The pasta was exactly as I had hoped if just a tad watery. The white wine was very pleasant and the coffee first rate. The total price - reasonable.
I've called this review "Part 1" because I am now tempted to return to Caruso for a more challenging selection of dishes (and a bottle of their Ribolla which, for the uninitiated, can be one of the finest white wines to ever grace an Italian dinner). After that: Part 2.

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1  Thank JoshuaMMJ
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

Caruso Ristorante Italiano http://www.carusoristorante.com/ is generally a very good Italian restaurant. I have been there about 6 times during the past 15 months. Their pizzas are always good as are most of their pastas. Fish dishes are also usually good too. However, sometimes they let themselves down. Sometimes their dishes aren't what you would expect or their service might not be as friendly as it should be for a classy restaurant. Casuro's impose a "smart casual" dress code. They should themselves adhere to offering consistantly good food & service also.

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1  Thank ExpatAussie3
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

The restaurant has the feel of a European wine bar and a pizzeria put together. There is a genuine wood-fired oven that operates within the main seated section of the restaurant. There is a separate enclosed section for smokers. The range of antipasti and the mains is reasonable. However, the servings are on the smaller side and the quality variable. Some of the fish and meat preparations are obviously not very Italian either. Apparently, the pizzas are very good as are the service and the wine selection. However, considering the price (by Manila standard), patrons are probably happy to pay for the ambiance and service, rather than the food.

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1  Thank Nafis A
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