Sunday, June 8, 2014

A delicious dinner with an ambassador and his wife at Mbargo

Sisig wraps to start dinner

Tonight, in Manila living a Travelife, I had dinner with one of the diplomatic couples I'm closest to -- an ambassador of a country that is important to the Philippines, and his wife.

Since their arrival in the Philippines, we immediately hit it off after our first dinner together.

And since then, we have met very often and become very good friends.

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DINNER AS OFTEN AS WE CAN

We probably have dinner together at least once a week or once every two weeks, as long as we are all in town at the same time -- which isn't very often, unfortunately.

And sometimes, if I am in Manila for only two nights in between trips, for example, one of those evenings would almost always be spent having dinner with them.

We don't include anyone else either, as this would limit the conversations because of the confidentiality aspect.

TRYING OUT NEW RESTAURANTS



We try different restaurants as we three like good food.

This is one of the very few times I get to pick a restaurant for a meal. It shocks many people when I reveal how I am out almost every single evening of a year when in Manila, but I almost never get to choose where to eat. 

I'm often at some event or at someone's party for the night; and if I go out to dinner with a friend, the other person more often picks the restaurant.

A CONVERSATION THAT LASTS ALL NIGHT

Banana cue with a twist as dessert # 1 tonight

But with this couple, I actually do more of the picking and so far they've liked my choices.

And good food aside, we mostly talk all night about everything in the world. This is mainly why we meet so often.

We talk shockingly frankly about a lot of things, knowing that nothing makes it out of the table. I, for one, have never retold anything they have said to me to anyone else.

A NEW RESTAURANT AT THE FORT
SERVING FILIPINO FUSION

Chorizo croquettes
Tonight, I chose the restaurant.

One of my staff happened to tell me about a new restaurant in the Fort called MBargo, which is just two weeks' old in a soft opening.

They're basically doing dry runs in the run-up to their grand opening, but my staff said the food was very good Filipino fusion.

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A NICE SURPRISE
BY A YOUNG CHEF

So this was where we went.

We were happily surprised by the food, cooked and plated by a very young and ambitious chef.

Filipino fusion is so hard to create very well, and I've tasted dishes that have faltered miserably in the hands of more experienced chefs.

At MBargo, almost everything we tasted was good. We weren't looking for a mindblowing gastronomic experience, after all, but just for food that was good enough to make us happy on a Sunday night.

Mbargo's version of salade nicoise

In this sense, Mbargo passed with flying colors even if it still is in soft opening stage.

But because it is still in the soft opening stage, the food is good but the whole experience is a little rough around the edges -- although this is only a minor problem which I'm sure they will fix by grand opening day in a few weeks.

TEN DIFFERENT DISHES
AND THREE SATISFIED CUSTOMERS

I did most of the ordering tonight and we must have had about ten different dishes as I wanted to sample everything.

The sisig wraps topped with a slice of chili that started the evening were lovely, followed by mushroom chicharon served with a black vinegar sauce.

ALMOST EVERYTHING'S GOOD



We also had beef salpicao, pork baby back ribs, two kinds of salads, the chef's version of a mushroom pizza, and a smokey tomato soup.

Everything was good enough for us to have seconds. The ambassador's wife even asked the chef for the recipe for the tomato soup.



For dessert, we had a banana cue with a twist and a plate of triple-chocolate brownies in a raspberry sauce.

Both were very good, although everyone expressed partiality for the banana cue, which came with ice cream, nuts and caramel sauce.

COFFEE AND TEA AT THE CAKE CLUB

As the restaurant is still in the opening stage, they weren't serving coffee or tea yet -- and neither were we finished talking about the world.

So we walked over to The Cake Club to have coffee for them and a pot of very strong peppermint tea for me.

And just like that, another very nice Sunday evening ended in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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