Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A wonderful dinner and too many compliments at Red, the fine dining restaurant of the Makati Shangri-la



Last night I had a very nice and relaxing dinner at Red, the fine dining restaurant of the Makati Shangri-la.

It had been awhile since I had been there, especially as I'm always on a never-endingly eventful Travelife.



THE LAST TIME I WAS AT RED...

In fact, the last time I was at Red was late last year, when Bacchus had organized a Chateau Margaux dinner for about 30 persons -- and it had been a most delicious evening of very good food and fine wines.



Red was full last night.

We asked the waitress how many covers they were doing, and she said over 60 pax. That's quite impressive for a Tuesday night.

The really scrumptious amuse bouche...


We had a quiet table by the window.

And as I hadn't been in a long time, we decided to do the works and order everything that Red is famous for: lobster bisque, foie gras, and rib-eye steak.



A WHOPPER OF A MEAL

We had the tuna tartare to start, followed by lobster bisque.



And then, as a main, we shared a 400 gram ribeye which was done very well. We really went overboard, actually, as we even ordered foie gras to go with the ribeye.



I knew my cholesterol would be shooting up by the minute with all the rich food, but I just didn't care on such an enjoyable evening.

IN GOOD HANDS...

Then, right from the start, we asked Makati Shangri-la Head Sommelier Daniel Blais for his wine pairing suggestions.



Daniel said: "What do you feel like having tonight?"

This was before we even started ordering the food, you see.

Well, we both wanted the steak, so Daniel said: "Let me take care of the wines tonight. Leave yourselves in my hands."

A NICE BOTTLE FROM SOUTH AFRICA



And that was what we did.

He picked out a very nice bottle of red, which I really enjoyed. It was young and very drinkable, and from my favorite South Africa. So you might say it was serendipity at work.

I wasn't planning to even drink last night, as I had an early morning Pilates session today; but before we knew it, we'd finished the bottle.

The foie gras at Red last night


LAUGHTER ACROSS THE ROOM.
AND I KNOW WHO IT IS.

Somewhere along the way of dinner, too, we heard really loud laughing coming from the private room of Red, way across from where we were seated.

I said to my friend: "I know that laugh."

I certainly knew that laugh. I'd traveled twice to Paris with that laugh and two others, plus people who were friends of the 4 of us or friends of one of us.

Friends from all over the world joined us for a few days over two weeks; and at one point, we'd been 18 people in Paris and I'd cooked dinner for everyone just a block away from the presidential palace in Paris and the Hotel Bristol.

And that laugh and I been so OC about our restaurant reservations in Paris for those two weeks that we'd put everything into an Excel. We had one Excel for the restaurants and one Excel for which friends were joining us on which day.

A BLIND WINE TASTING AT RED



Sure enough, on our way out of Red, I peeped into the private room.

It was indeed an old and good friend of mine who had been laughing across the restaurant. He was hosting a blind wine tasting dinner for about 14 people, and I knew about half the people in the room.

This was the delicious tuna tartare...


THE SECRET OF YOUTH.
ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE TIPSY.

One of the guys -- another good friend -- actually came up to me and said: "You're looking younger and younger all the time. What's your secret? I want that fountain of youth."

I almost twisted the arm of a girl who had joined us in conversation, as I said: "You're my witness. He really did say that, and I'm going to tell everyone he said so. And officially, as far as I'm concerned, he's not drunk tonight."

Red's yummy chocolate dessert


Of course he was drunk.

I didn't count all the bottles all over the room, but there were certainly a lot of them. So I need to take his comment with a grain of salt, even if I so don't want to.



But this guy persisted: "But, really, I want to know. What's your secret to looking younger and younger?"

Fortunately, someone else within hearing distance had the exact right answer that I should have thought of myself. I'm kicking myself for it, and now I have to credit someone else for it.

If only this chocolate dessert was the secret to the fountain of youth...


This girl answered for me: "It's her never-endingly eventful Travelife..."

At that point, I didn't know what really made my day: the question, or the answer.

But either way, both the question and the answer were the perfect way to end another wonderful day in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.




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