Thursday, August 9, 2012

Impromptu lunch at XO 46

This morning, there I was in the office working when a message from S popped up on my Facebook message box. All it said was "Hey there."

My lunch appointment, set since last week, had been canceled due to the rains so I was just planning to work through lunch and the rest of the afternoon before the Singapore National Day reception at the Shangri-la Makati tonight.

But somehow, inspiration -- and perhaps hunger -- got the better of me, so I messaged back: "Hey. How about lunch?"

I knew exactly where I wanted to go. Ever since I'd blogged about my Saturday lunch at XO 46, I'd been seriously fixated on eating there again. I'd had all my usual favorites there, and I'd been very full when I left; but somehow I felt afterwards that I hadn't had enough of that Cebu lechon and that Batangas adobo.


So I've been looking for a reason and some time to go there again. But frankly, none was presenting itself until about the end of August. So I'd mentally resigned myself to not meeting that Cebu lechon and Batangas adobo again until the end of the month.

But what do you know? Faced with a canceled lunch and a sudden message on Facebook, I decided to see if we could eat at XO 46 today on the spur of the moment. Well, the stars aligned and the heavens opened, and so we made an appointment to eat there today at 1230 PM.


S was there ahead of me and had ordered all my favorites, perhaps having read my blog. We began with a very nice chicken binacol soup full of coconut meat and tender chicken. Then the waiters brought in everything heavenly all in one go, as if they knew of my impatience and my pending 145 PM appointment in Legazpi Village. Yes, I had about an hour to eat lunch.

There was of course the Cebu lechon and the Batangas adobo, along with a crispy tilapia with a tamarind sauce and a mouthwatering callos. I ate everything with a big order of garlic rice.

Just so I wouldn't miss my next appointment -- it was a rather crucial meeting that I couldn't afford to either change or re-schedule -- I'd set my Blackberry alarm to 130 PM, giving me enough time to have my lunch and eat it too. And go to my meeting. That's me, wanting to always have it all, as usual.

Of course my Blackberry rang exactly on time. I stood up reluctantly and said to my lunch date: "I'm so sorry. I'm going to have to eat and run."

And in a second, I was out of the restaurant, into the car and heading back to my neck of the woods.

Just another day in our never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

Valero St., Salcedo Village
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines


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