Oakwood had just launched a pasta promotion called Pasta e Basta with about 12 different kinds of pasta, and we wanted to try it out. It's still ongoing until November 10, by the way.
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PASTA e BASTA
at Oakwood Joy Nostalg
Oct 1 to Nov 10, 2012
11 am to 11 pm
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OASIS IN THE CITY
Oakwood Joy Nostalg is across town from where I usually work and hang out, but I really like going here when I can get away as the restaurant itself offers a soothing and calm environment amidst the frenetic city of Manila.
|Lunch began with a delicious and thick minestrone soup|
There were all kinds of pasta to choose from, from their menu, but I settled on a sampler that included a gnocchi with walnuts, a seafood pasta with black fettucine noodles, and spaghetti in an arabbiata-type sauce.
|Seafood with black fetuccine noodles|
|Spaghetti in an arrabiata sauce|
My orders came in one plate, so prettily arranged, and I didn't know where to start. So I thought I'd begin with the gnocchi, as I assumed it had the faintest taste, being cream-based, and so I could go from weak flavor to strong flavor in order.
|Oakwood's delicious gnocchi|
Wow. That basically ruined it for me. Oakwood's gnocchi was absolutely delicious. No kidding. And this is how delicious it was: I ate my own gnocchi and I got the gnocchi of the person on my right. That made two orders of gnocchi.
Then, when the guy on my left offered me his gnocchi -- I'm guessing he did so out of politeness -- I actually took it and finished that as well.
I was pretty apologetic afterwards as I'd deprived two people of a very delicious dish. I said: "I'm so sorry for taking your gnocchi. But it's too good to pass up."
Besides I was leaving for Japan the next day and so it was really a sayonara to that gnocchi, I thought, whereas they could always go back and have the gnocchi again on some other day.
A TREAT FOR GNOCCHI LOVERS
Frankly, Oakwood's Oakroom is not a specialty Italian restaurant so I didn't really have heavy expectations on their pasta. But that gnocchi left me speechless, and all the other pasta I tasted were pretty good as well.
I asked the waitress: "Did your chef study Italian cooking?" I know he's French and he's good, but being able to make good pasta is a different story. She didn't know, but lots of the pasta is definitely made fresh on-site everyday.
So this pasta festival is going on until the first week of November. If you're a gnocchi fan -- and I wasn't until I had this gnocchi at Oakwood -- then you should go and give yourself one delicious treat.
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