We all believe in freedom of speech and that everyone is entitled to his/her opinion. But PLEASE ignore the review of DRCHRISBRISBANE of La Vetta in Cagayan de Oro. If you follow his implicit advice (to avoid La Vetta) you will not be doing yourself any favors, quite the opposite: YOU’LL BE SORRY. As data to back this statement, look at DRCHRISBRISBANE’s two other reviews of restaurants in Cagayan de Oro: one received a terrible rating and the other a poor rating, as did La Vetta. In the reviews DRCHRISBRISBANE promises to list other, in his opinion, better restaurants, but as yet he has not gifted us with his insights. Now look a his other restaurant reviews: he usually bombs them, except for one in Cebu in 2009. Moreover, regarding Cagayan de Oro overall DrChrisBrisbane list it as “terrible”: nothing to do, nothing to see. Somehow the river rafting, visit to Del Mionte’s incredible plantations (and good restaurant), the beautiful overlook and the night market on Friday and Saturday nights on Divisroria seem to have escaped his attention.
Carsten, the owner-chef of La Vetta trained as a chef for five years in Germany to the level of “chef-trainer”. Last year in a nation-wide cooking contest, La Vetta was first in Mindanao and third in the finals in Manila. In the same contest, a group of Carsten’s HRM students at Liceo de Cagayan de Oro also came in third. Last Christmas, Carsten was the guest Executive Chef at the annual Christmas party of the national organization of chefs of the Philippines, Chain de Rotisseur. And this is the restaurant that DRCHRISBRISBANE rates as “poor”?
So try La Vetta. I’ll bet you LOVE it. For me it’s the best restaurant outside the National Capital region/Manila.
To comment item by item of DRCHRISBRISBANE’s review. DRCHRISBRISBANE charged that the hummus at La Vetta was from a can. Wrong! I have seen them prepare it. The salmon at La Vetta has indeed been frozen. Ironically, the owner/chef of La Vetta also owns an importing company that, among other things, imports 450 kg of fresh Salmon from Norway per month: wholesale cost: 2,000 pesos per kilo. That would cost out at about P2,500 per meal and be priced out of the market. I’d suggest to DRCHRISBRISBANE that when in a warm water country, eat warm water fish! DRCHRISBRISBANE also felt that the size of the meals was too small. I think they are perfect and I am 6’, 180. DRCHRISBRISBANE, however, judging from his picture likes to work out – and he was visiting his girlfriend – both potentially strenuous exercises burning many more calories than the average diner. Surely DRCHRISBRISBANE has run into this problem before unless his type of restaurant specializes in the classic Aussie “Big Feed”. As for the scant vegetables, La Vetta offers EITHER some potato dish (potatoes au gratin are wonderful) OR vegetables (done to perfection, I might add). DRCHRISBRISBANE could address both the siz and the vegetable problems by ordering a side dish of vegetables.
DRCHRISBRISBANE is blessed if he loves good wines: Australia had many wonderful, moderately priced wines. When I was an MBA student at Harvard long ago, one of my classmates, Nathaniel Rothschild once remarked, “Our wines (the Chateau Rothschild wines) are damaged going from the Chateaux to Paris. Think of the damage going from anywhere to Cagayan de Oro – and the effects of the inevitable heat. Ironically, the owner/manager of La Vetta hosts two wine tasting sessions per week. He knows his wines as does DRCHRISBRISBANE. I do not and am quite satisfied with La Vetta’s house wines. DRCHRISBRISBANE can go to Yats Restaurant on Clark Field in Angeles City. It has an extensive wine collection (the owner is a wine lover), topping off at 1 MILLION pesos. Alternatively he can switch to beer (several imported brands at La Vetta) or ice tea (freshly made) or grin and bear it.
For the rest of us, ignore DRCHRISBRISBANE’s review and have a great meal at La Vetta.