Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lunch at Sage, the new restaurant of the Makati Shangri-la


Today, in Manila living a Travelife, a friend invited me to lunch at Sage, the new restaurant of the Makati Shangri-la.

Sage has been open for all of two weeks, and so far it's pretty full on most days.

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IT'S LIKE A GENTLEMAN'S CLUB

I wasn't in town for the opening night, so I was quite happy to check out this restaurant today, which occupies the space where the music bar Conway's used to be.

Sage is an elegant venue with a very masculine feel.

The details also give it a nice polish: stylish leather chairs, interesting lamps, design touches on the walls.





A REFRESHING MENU

Meanwhile, the menu is casual and contemporary, with lots of nice salads and grilled meat and fish.

I've been very good about watching what I eat lately, and I just had a killer Pilates session with Brenda Lim at UP Pilates this morning as well.

So today, I decided to relax and just order whatever I wanted.



FOIE GRAS WITH GREEN MANGO.
AND HAM.

I started with Sage's version of foie gras, which came as a terrine surrounded by slivers of green mango and ham.

This was very interesting and tasty.



A DELECTABLE RIB-EYE

For a main course, I took on the Omaha beef rib-eye, which I had with a peppercorn sauce.

Plus I had green vegetables and a risotto on the side.



A TOUCH OF PARIS

Of course I had to have dessert.

Everything looked good, but I eventually decided on the Paris Brest as Paris has been on my mind.

And next week I am having lunch at a very nice restaurant somewhere in the world, which makes an excellent Paris Brest.



THE CONVERSATION AT THE NEXT TABLE

Sage was full of people today, including businessmen and ladies who lunch.

Next to us was a table of three who sounded like work colleagues.

One of the guys was saying that juicing isn't as good as people tout it to be as fructose is one of the worst kinds of sugar.




He then said to his companions: "I'll send you some literature about this."

This was the only part of their conversation I heard.

But I certainly wished he would send it to me, too, as food for thought in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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