Wednesday, November 4, 2015

An Intimate Thanksgiving Dinner at Damaso Residencia

The traditional flavors of Thanksgiving are elegantly recreated for an intimate private dining Damaso Residencia. 

Drawing inspiration from the rich and classic dishes of the iconic American holiday and the rustic and comforting flavors of the autumn season, Damaso Residencia offers its own take on a hearty Thanksgiving feast set in an elegant private residence.  

Chef Bambi Sy Gobio (R) of Restaurante Pia Y Damaso takes private fine dining to a more intimate level at Damaso Residencia. With extensive menu options for fifteen diners and up, Chef Bambi Sy Gobio's Damaso Residencia is the perfect venue for an intimate gathering.  

Our Thanksgiving dinner at Damaso Residencia began with Chef Bambi Sy Gobio's Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Sausage, a thick and flavorful broth with a mild layer of sweetness from the peas followed by the bold and distinct notes of the smoky bacon and sausage. Each sip warms you with its rich flavors, with the crisp croutons adding texture to complete the dish. Go ahead and have seconds...

In contrast with the "subversive" spin on Filipino-Spanish cuisine Restaurante Pia Y Damaso is known and famous for (more on Restaurante Pia Y Damaso's "subversive" cuisine on my previous posts here and their signature dishes here), the Thanksgiving dinner at Damaso Residencia takes on a more traditional style. But the playfully inventive character peeks through the very traditional Thanksgiving menu with a refreshingly different pasta dish. The sweet notes of autumn and Thanksgiving continued with Chef Bambi's Fig, Caramelized Onion, and Pineapple Pasta, a unique pasta dish with a medley of sweet notes from the figs, caramelized onions and tart pineapples for a new and different flavor experience, yet consistent with the season's sweet flavors.

The sumptuous Seafood Vegetable Gratin was served next, with mixed seafood and potatoes baked with a creamy sauce. As you dip your spoon and break the crust, a fragrant aroma rises along with the hot steam. Fresh from the oven, the Seafood Vegetable Gratin is infused with all the flavors of the assorted ingredients for rich and creamy notes.

The hearty and homey Beef Stew, tender chunks of beef slow-cooked in red wine, was also served. The bold, beefy notes are complemented by the equally rich flavors of the sauce. Pair this with Chef Bambi's Rice Pilaf...perfect.

The dinner then becomes an official Thanksgiving feast with Chef Bambi's Roast Stuffed Turkey with Chorizo, slow-roasted for hours, and laid on a bed of fresh carrots and broccoli. It's the kind of dish that just adds a real festive vibe to any dinner.

The Roast Stuffed Turkey is served with Green Beans Almondine (L), fresh and crisp French beans with almonds and butter, and Candied Sweet Potatoes (R), perfectly highlighting the season's sweet notes. For Thanksgiving, you just got to have some sweet potatoes... 

The mild and delicate notes of the tender and juicy roast stuffed turkey is punctuated by the sharp and smoky chorizo stuffing's intense flavors, layering rich hints with every savory bite. The highlight of any Thanksgiving dinner, Chef Bambi's take on the traditional roast turkey is reason enough for a celebration at Damaso Residencia.

Damaso Residencia's skilled staff continued carving the Roast Stuffed Turkey for the dinner, as the Thanksgiving dinner goes up a notch. After some tender turkey breast, I go for a combination of white and dark meat and more of the savory chorizo stuffing drizzled with gravy, with a side of sweet potatoes and French beans.

For dessert, Chef Bambi served her signature Sisa's Dementia, a decadent and indulgent layered truffle chocolate cake from Restaurante Y Damaso (for more on Restaurante Pia Y Damaso's bestselling Sisa's Dementia and other sweet merienda treats, check out my previous posts here and other equally indulgent desserts here), along with some freshly brewed coffee. Each slice, each bite, sends you off to pure chocolate bliss, with its layers of white chocolate almond pastille, dark chocolate mousse, and thick and smooth chocolate ganache. But there's more...

The elegant Baked Alaska is presented and laid on the buffet table, an lavish ice cream and cake dessert draped in velvety smooth browned meringue. The dessert's origins can be traced back to the inclusion of the Alaskan territories to the Union, and it's an apt dessert for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

The size and scale of the Baked Alaska is impressive. A slice reveals colorful layers of moist cake and ice cream stacked high, adding to the dessert's impression of pure indulgence. A bite of the classic dessert combines the different flavors and textures of the various components in a harmonious blend, as you go for more.

Chef Bambi's sweet and traditional Pumpkin Pie completes the Thanksgiving feast, capping the evening with the sweet  flavors of the season, ringed with a rustic and homespun-style pie crust and rich cream. the Pumpkin Pie has a natural nutty sweetness, not overwhelmingly sweet, just right and perfect when paired with a robust and freshly brewed cup of coffee. That evening, an intimate gathering of friends was made even more special with the sumptuous food and the elegant yet cozy setting in a private home. A family gathering, or a corporate dinner, Damaso Residencia has everything you need to make your celebration a memorable one.

For more information on private dining, menu options, and pricing at Damaso Residencia, you may call Chef Bambi Sy Gobio at 0917-848-0620 for inquiries and reservations.

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