Tonight my family and I had dinner at Masseto, a continental ‘fine-dining’ restaurant located within Salcedo Village. My parents decided to reserve a table at 7pm – an early dinner in the Philippines, as most people tend to have dinner out at around 8pm.
Upon arriving, we decided to sit in one of the booths to avoid the air-conditioning draft. Before ordering anything, my mom asked for the Bar menu – the specials are quite scrumptious apparently!
When we were ready to order, my family and I started with the appetizers. My parents ordered a half-bottle of 2009 red wine (Réserve de la Comtesse), while I had a deliciously sweet glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice.
For a shared appetizer my dad ordered one plate of calamari with saffron sauce, and one plate of chorizo puffs with aioli. I obviously preferred the chorizo puffs (allergies to seafood will do that), but they were amazing on their own right, so it wasn’t much of a hardship!
My mom had two personal appetizers: a bowl of cauliflower soup with crab meat, followed by an order of tuna carpaccio. My dad ordered Scallops baked in a shell: three pieces with foie gras, and three pieces with caramelized onions. Manolo and I decided to save some room for our main courses.
After our appetizers, we were served small portions of Mango sorbet to cleanse our pallets. It was delicious and reminded me of a more posh version of the Mango-flavored dirty ice cream I used to have outside the gates of Assumption College.
For my main course, I split the A5 Japanese Wagyu Sirloin with my mom. The dish usually comes with rice and French beans, but I decided to have French fries instead.
My brother had the full portion of the A5 Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, this time with the traditional rice and French beans.
For his main course, my dad had the slow-cooked Short Ribs with Blue Cheese risotto.
Earlier when we first arrived, my parents told the waiter that it was our birthday week. As a special gift they gave Manolo and I separate desserts. I was given a birthday plate with profiteroles, while Manolo had the chestnut pavlova.
For actual dessert, I had the M Sundae – vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Unfortunately I had forgotten to inform the waitress that I was allergic to nuts, so I spent a few minutes removing the nuts from the syrup before enjoying my treat.
My brother decided on the warm Chocolate Cake with caramel and honey ice cream. I tried a bite of the ice cream, and it was really sweet and delicious – although it tasted more like honey than caramel, in my opinion.
My mom ordered the Salted Caramel ice cream, which wasn’t to my taste but was still pretty delicious. My dad decided to stick to a double expresso instead of a sweet dessert.
Overall the dinner was scrumptious, and a good choice in terms of good steak. I definitely enjoyed eating the chocolate script off the plate!
I would definitely recommend this restaurant, and will come back to try more food on the menu! The picture below is Bar M by Masseto, the other side of the restaurant.