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.
"Snacks" - Olive Oreo, Corn Custard, Potato Glass
Squash Soup - corn, chorizo bilbao, white truffle oil, thyme froth
Caviar Surprise - avruga caviar, king crab, white asparagus cream, prawn jelly