Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mesclun's Samalamig Dessert Trio

Smooth and creamy Arce ice cream. Rich and fresh carabao's milk. Sweet and chewy yema. Everything you need for the perfect Halo-Halo. And it's right here at Mesclun Restaurant and Cafe.  

Chef Katrina Kuhn-Alcantara does it again with a trio of refreshing treats to help you cool down and beat the relentless summer heat. A truly special Halo-Halo made with Arce Ice Cream, fresh water buffalo milk, and a unique shaved ice made from fresh milk combine for rich and creamy flavors unlike the usual halo-halo. For more on Chef Katrina and Mesclun Restaurant and Cafe, see my previous post here at http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-mix-of-flavors-at-mesclun-restaurant.html and another post on her new location in Serendra here at http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2013/06/mesclun-bistro-at-serendra.html.

Chef Katrina goes back to her roots creating ice cream desserts with the family's iconic Arce ice cream brand. Made from fresh carabao's milk, Arce ice cream adds that distinct rich and creamy texture that lends well with Chef Katrina's new Samalamig dessert creations.

Mesclun's Halo-Halo (P 245), a cool blend of bananas (prepared banana cue style), red beans, nata de coco, macapuno, toasted rice crispies (pinipig), sago, flavorful milk ice, rich carabao milk, Arce's Langka and Ube ice cream, topped with a sweet and chewy yema and crispy barquillos.

Simply pour the fresh carabao's milk on the halo-halo, and mix everything together. Unlike the usual shaved ice made from water, Chef Katrina's unique milk ice does not dilute the rich blend, but instead, even intensifies the flavors as it melts. The velvety smooth Arce ice cream, in Ube and Langka flavors, bind all the other ingredients together in a medley of flavors and textures. And as you go deeper, one can taste the other ingredients in a blend of flavors that just brings back so many childhood memories.

Next, Mesclun's duo of creamy milkshakes are then served.  Arce ice cream's popular Quezo Real, with its familiar sweet and salty notes, and the fresh Avocado ice cream are reinterpreted in a pair of rich and smooth milkshakes. Mesclun's creamy milkshakes, the Quezo Real Milkshake (P 195) and Avocado Milkshake (P 195), offer a pair of unique flavors. Made with heaping scoops of Arce ice cream, Mesclun's milkshakes are thick. Very thick.

A childhood favorite, Arce's Quezo Real ice cream is just perfect in this milkshake concoction, topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with cheese. Sweet and creamy, with just a hint of saltiness from the cheese, combine perfectly in Mesclun's milkshake blend.

And so is Arce's Avocado ice cream topped with whipped cream and ground peanuts, another perfect blend from Mesclun. Pour some honey and enjoy. The rich flavors of the Arce Avocado ice cream pairs well with the creamy fresh carabao's milk, honey and finely shaved milk ice. Perfect.

Mesclun's Samalamig special offer runs until May 31, 2014 only. So grab one of Chef Katrina's unique Samalamig treats at Mesclun Restaurant and Cafe, and bring on the summer heat...

Mesclun Restaurant and Cafe is located at the 2nd Floor, Tower 1, The Linden Suites, 37 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Centre, Pasig City or call 638-7878 (local 8207) for inquiries and reservations.

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