A Taste of L.A. Cafe
171 Don A. Roces Ave. cor. Tomas Morato Ave., Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Metro Manila
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I believe this is my third review of this place, and still my views haven't changed. I love this place! I always make a stop at this restaurant when in Manila knowing I'll receive the same quality food and service. And each time I'm at A Taste of L.A., I order the same exact things: Oysters Formaggio (₱490), and a medium rare, 14 oz. USDA Premium Rib-Eye (₱1,500).
The 8pc. Oysters Formaggio is perfectly baked in mozzarella, gruyere, and cream sauce. The oysters still remained moist due to the mound of the cheeses that covers it. It has well balanced tastes and textures: the brininess and firmness of the oysters; saltiness and chewiness of the mozzarella; nuttiness and softness of gruyere, sweetness and creaminess of, well, the cream sauce.
A Taste of L.A. has got to be one of my favorite places to go when it comes to rib-eye steaks in the Q.C. area. When you ask for it to be grilled to a medium rare, you'll receive a medium rare steak. And because it is seasoned with only salt & pepper, you can taste the tender,succulent beef. You can see it hasn't been tenderized with a meat mallet. It's juices burst in every bite you take. There's no need for the gravy they supply you with. You can use the gravy for the creamy mashed potatoes the steak comes with.
I feel most who'll visit A Taste of L.A. will enjoy this place. Price-wise, it's a bit expensive, but the experience to enjoy quality food will be priceless.
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I liked it.
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Whenever my family and I can't decide where to eat, we go straight to A Taste of LA! We're always sure we can get great value for our money. Must tries are the Oyster Rockefeller and Beef Fondue
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**Disclosure: Due to having a candlelit dinner, I wasn't able to take a good photos of the food ordered, so I borrowed this from www.willflyforfood.net
As aforementioned on my previous review of A Taste of L.A. Cafe, this would be the first place is visit upon returning to Manila. And so I did.
This place is nothing short of amazing! Staff, ambiance, and most importantly, food, makes for an extraordinary dining experience.
My lady and I decided to go to Manila for 24hrs just to visit this restaurant. We made it a point to get all dressed up, looking all fly to add to our experience in fine dining. That's besides the point. Hehehe
I've already described the setting on my previous review of this place, so I shall omit it on this review and go to the point--the food!
We ordered their Lamb Salad, Oysters Formaggio, and each, a 12oz. rib-eye steak cooked medium rare. All dishes were executed well!!
Lamb Salad: By far, this has been the best salad I've had in the Philippines. Fresh greens, mint, with the right amount of vinaigrette dressing and bits of lamb with freshly grated Parmesan. For every bite, you taste all the ingredients mentioned. The mint wasn't t overpowering; the lamb was perfectly cooked; and the vinaigrette was tangy enough to give you a salivary overflow. Kudos!!
Oysters Formaggio: Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese melted over fresh oysters. Yawwwwzahs!! The oysters were not dried and over cooked. The juice from the oyster gave the saltiness of the cheese a wonderful balance.
Rib-eye Steak: Perfectly cooked medium rare. It was simply seasoned with salt and pepper. The beef was ever so tender. The buttery taste from the marbled beef was an experience on its own. To compliment the steak, it was served in its au jus with a side of buttery, and velvety mashed potatoes and blanched baby asparagus.
I can't say but great things about A Taste of L.A. Cafe. The two times I had the opportunity to visit this establishment, twice I had a different, but fulfilling experience.
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Choosing A Taste of L.A. Cafe for cocktails was a sporadic decision my cousins and I made during my visit in Manila. We definitely made the right choice.
Upon entering the restaurant, we already knew that this this place was going to be good. With dark hardwood furniture, lighting, and other decors, it made for an intimate setting.
The dishes ordered were:
Garlic and 3-cheese pizza
Steamed clams in butter
The food ordered was delicious! The wood-fired pizza was nothing short of awesome. You can taste the smokiness of the wood in the cheese and crust. The steamed clams were perfectly cooked. The meat wasn't dried out. You can taste the freshness of the ocean. But my favorite dish ordered was the beef salpicao. Usually I'm hesitant in ordering beef in restaurants in the Philippines. Most of the time it is tough and chewy, but not at this place! The beef was melt-in-your-mouth tender! It was seasoned perfectly to where it did not overpower the taste of the beef. It was so good, we had a total of 3 orders of the Salpicao.
My next visit in Manila, this will be first place to visit.
But just a heads-up--bring extra cash, for this place is quite pricy.
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