Jon and I celebrated his birthday at The Goose Station. We had been hearing about this restaurant here and there from a few of our foodie friends, so we added it to our "must try soon" list. In all honestly, I was always wondering if they were saying "Degustation" or "The Goose Station." Now I finally get it! The Goose Station is actually a play on words for degustation... Known for their 9 course tasting menu, it makes sense. Degustation means "a careful, appreciative tasting of various foods, focusing on the gustatory system, the senses, high culinary art and good company." That was a mouthful :)
By the way, if 9 courses seem like too much, they also offer a 5 course express menu and there's a la carte too. The menus are seasonal, so it's exciting to know a few dishes could change the next time around. We did 9 courses for Jon's birthday night; we really enjoyed the playfulness of the food and all the tiny details on all the plates - nothing left unthought. It was a fun, progressive dinner, and something different to do here in Manila dining-wise. The Goose Station is different in terms of what else is out there in Manila's food landscape - it's nice because they have pushed the bar and hopefully inspired others to be creative with this sort of culinary art. The chef couple Rob and Sunshine Pengson nailed it with this concept; a smart casual, intimate restaurant that's making noise in Manila - well done.
After a long day shopping down 3rd Street Promenade [and Santa Monica Place!], you deserve a good, satisfying meal. I'm going to recommend for you to try The Yard, Chris Jacobson's three-year old baby. Yes, CJ from Top Chef. He has created an American-style restaurant in the heart of Santa Monica serving upscale comfort plates full of seasonal, fresh, quality produce. It's kind of known as the "neighborhood gastropub." If you know me, I'm not so into the booze but I did notice that they have quite the extensive selection... So if you're feeling small plates, entree portions, a quick drink -or 3-, or even a few creative desserts, you now know to hit up The Yard :)
Speaking of graduation... I've known this "little one" since she was lugging boxes into her freshman dorm 4 years ago. Being her grand-big [wow that makes me sound old] throughout college was so much fun; like hanging out with a little sister I never had. Countless late nights, baking sessions, foodie adventures, mojitos and more... Anyways, not so little now, she's stepping into the real world. Don't get in her way, Steph knows what she wants and she will get it. Love you.
I bet you my Monday night in New York was better than yours ;)
I had such a fun dinner with Marisa and Christine at Imperial No. 9. It's Sam Talbot's -of Top Chef fame- restaurant at the Mondrian in SoHo. On the website, it's called a "sustainable seafood concept", so let's go with that. That being said, we did order some beef and chicken which was really delicious too. Be prepared to share, as the dishes are quite large if you want to try a few things. It's such a beautiful space; we were lucky to get seated in the greenhouse atrium so that made it even better. Check out the website [here] to get better pics of the place!
Funny Ordering Story
P: We don't really know how to order, so we just picked 2 things each, and you tell us what you think
In the process of soul-searching and determining how to combine my passions and energy in the "real world." I know it will be something revolving around my two favorite F-words: Food & Fashion. Patti's Palette is an outlet for me to share the great gift of food that I enjoy with my loves: Family, J, and Friends. Xo