|Disclaimer: We got this picture from themanilagirl.com since we were not able to take a picture of Chelsea's front because it was raining.|
|view of the restaurant from our table|
Thankfully Chelsea is a rare exception. What other restaurants lack in excellent fare and service, Chelsea has in spades. Patterned after the Chelsea Markets in East London, this little gem does its namesake proud. Nestled in a corner of the village-like surroundings of Serendra, Chelsea is neither fancy nor exceptional, yet its bright interiors, packed with families and regulars offer a clue to the deli/restaurant’s success: unaffected, yet tasty international fare. Everything from gourmet burgers, filled with truffles and gruyere cheese, antipasti plates, to slow roasted pork, large leafy salads and home-made soups are on offer, providing the wholesome familiar comfort food one expects from the original Chelsea Markets or their local fave café bistro in Surry Hills in Sydney - familiar food, prepared to new levelsWe tried the French Onion and Summer squash soups for starters. The French onion soup was about the most decent on offer outside Aubergine and Mamou – rich, thick and slightly tangy from the wine, capped with a generous slathering of slightly burnt gruyere cheese on top that pulls apart like dough. The summer squash offering is equally hearty. With salty feta cubes and crème anglaise thrown into the mix for good measure, we were practically licking the bowl for more. Next was Chelsea’s take on a Caesar salad, featuring a restaurant-made ‘grandmother’s’ recipe for the dressing. Perhaps their dear grandmother plated the dish as well – the salad was generously served in a large, square bowl, with the crisp romaine lettuce, crispy bacon and grilled chicken breast featuring in equally generous amounts.
Throughout the entire dining experience, the staff proved highly competent – a rarity in these parts. Prompt, polite and extremely friendly, the young and energetic staff, clad in strangely ‘hip’ uniforms proved affable and confident hosts for our dinner. There were no gaps in service, every meal was served quickly and with a smile. However, it was the minute details of service that provided to be the most impressive. The staff anticipated needs – ketchup was brought as soon as my fork pierced a potato wedge, as if my server read my mind and our server had no problems explaining the little details of our dishes in a knowledgeable, yet unforced manner.
|By the end of the meal, we were well fed and watered down with pitchers of home-made lemonade and martini.|
Where: G/F Serendra Piazza, Mc Kinley ParkwayFort Bonifacio, Taguig
Contact: (02) 909-7011
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 11AM-11PM
Cuisine: Gourmet Western/International
Wine: Yes, boutique beers available as well.
Average dining cost: P500
*Wide variety of salads and mains, including harder to find ingredients like figs and chilli jams
*Generous serving sizes
*Sunday Jazz Brunches
*Professional and well trained managers
* Pricey by local standards, but incredible value by international standards. *Choose your dishes well. Some are scrumptious, others so-so*Best enjoyed with friends - a main course dish will overwhelm those with petite stomachs
Hope this review helped.
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