Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Makati Food Tour 2014 Part 2: Meeting at Terraz Bistro & Meetings

Power lunch? Make that Terraz Bistro & Meetings...

The Makati Food Tour 2014 continues with a lavish lunch at Terraz Bistro & Meetings, yet another of Raintree Restaurants' dining concepts, with its unique take on modern comfort cuisine. The cosmopolitan dining space is an ideal venue for corporate meetings, cocktails  or even an intimate dinner, with a great view of the business district.

Located at the third floor of the newest addition to Makati's skyline, the Zuellig Building, Terraz Bistro & Meetings offer panoramic views of the commercial district in an elegant setting. The dramatic new structure is an appropriate venue for Raintree Restaurants' Terraz Bistro & Meetings and its modern and innovative cuisine (for more on The Makati Food Tour 2014 and other dining concepts from Raintree Restaurants, check out my previous posts on breakfast at M Cafe here at http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-makati-food-tour-2014-part-1.html and dinner at Simple Lang at http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-makati-food-tour-2014-part-3-good.html).

Modern yet refined, contemporary yet casual, Terraz Bistro & Meetings is the perfect place for that all important lunch meeting or cocktails with clients. The flowing layout makes it easy to pick a perfect spot. If you can, get the round table at the far corner for an amazing view of the Makati CBD.

The spacious interiors can accommodate 117 diners in the elegant bistro, plus Terraz Bistro & Meetings also offers six well-appointed private rooms for corporate meetings. The unique open kitchen layout provides a unique glimpse at the modern comfort cuisine of Terraz Bistro & Meetings.

Our lunch featured the new dishes of Terraz Bistro & Meetings, including salads, pasta, a variety of inventive mains, and desserts, prepared by Executive Chef Arnold Gozon and his team, starting with the Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna (P 275), pan-seared ahi tuna with fresh Romaine lettuce, sliced Japanese cucumber, and vine cherry tomato in a rich sesame dressing. Fresh, clean flavors from the freshest ingredients make this dish special, and the nutty sesame crusted ahi tuna completes the flavors.

Terraz Chef Salad (P 295), with fresh Romaine lettuce, red wine hard-boiled egg, crispy parma ham, grilled bacon, and roast beef in a light yet sharp salt and pepper vinaigrette and ranch dressing is another flavorful salad option, with a more pronounced punch from the parma ham, bacon, roast beef, and cheese. The fresh and crisp lettuce and the sharp notes of the parma ham and crunchy bacon combine for balanced flavors and textures.  And the lunch meeting at Terraz Bistro & Meetings is off to a good start.

Pair your meal with a tart Green Mango Shake (P 135) or the refreshing Strawberry & Mango Iced Tea (P 120).

Executive Chef Arnold Gozon then fires up the kitchen for the parade of new and exciting mains, including the Truffled Herbed Chicken & Creamy Mushroom (P 275), with tender marinated grilled chicken breast with three kinds of mushroom and red wine sauce. The new dish has subtle yet rich flavors and the tender truffled herbed chicken clearly stands out.

Simple Saffron Spaghetti (P 250), a comforting dish with fresh homemade pasta, spinach and smoked grilled asparagus in a rich saffron sauce. The rich saffron sauce is all you need for a fresh burst of flavors, perfectly balanced by the grilled vegetables. Elegantly plated with simple yet classic flavors.

Spicy Terraz Corned Beef Adobo (P 495), tender premium beef brisket with garlic pumpkin, sweet mashed potato, and crispy kesong puti, a personal favorite. Fork-tender beef brisket flavored with a rich adobo sauce with just a hint of sweetness for familiar flavors. The crisp kesong puti contrasts with the sweetness of the pumpkin and sweet mashed potatoes for a play on varied flavors in one dish. This one's a real winner, and probably one good excuse to hold a meeting at Terraz Bistro & Meetings.

Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Pork Medallion and Foie Gras (P 695), with Macaire potato, sauteed vegetables, mushroom ragout, and merlot sauce. The delicate flavor of the tender pork medallions are perfectly enhanced by the bold and smoky notes of the bacon for another dish with contrasting flavors.

Buttered Tilapia Saltimbocca (P 350), served with vegetable pilaf, asparagus, sage tomato sauce, with a rich creamy and grainy mustard sauce. A light and healthy option with a flavorful kick from the mustard sauce, just the dish for a business lunch.

Executive Chef Arnold Gozon then serves another winner with the Merlot Braised Veal Cheeks (P 550), with crushed garlic potato, olive oil, and marinated root vegetables. The tender beef cheeks deliver so much flavor, with just the right layer of fat for that buttery feel. The assorted vegetables, including mushrooms and carrots, add texture and flavor to the dish. Seriously good.

Pan-Seared Boneless Chicken Cream Emince (P 350), served with baked potato topped with crisp bacon, peppered asparagus, and creamy mushrooms. The delicate flavors of the pan-seared chicken are complimented by the rich, gravy-like sauce for another comforting dish from Terraz.

For dessert, Executive Chef Arnold Gozon shares his take on classic desserts, like the Pavlovaz (P 150), Terraz Bistro & Meetings' version of the classic Pavlova, with a crisp and chewy meringue base layered with soft berry compote served in a glass. And it tastes as good as it looks.

Crepe Samurai (P 150), another classic dessert with thin and soft crepes filled with mango and banana covered in caramel sauce and drizzled with cinnamon sugar. The layers of different flavors from the rich butter and cinnamon, to the sweet mango and banana stuffing, combine for a perfect finish to your dining experience at Terra Bistro & Meetings.

Later in the afternoon, why not celebrate a successful meeting with some cool cocktails and tapas with a view of the business district? Or watch the sun go down as the business district comes alive with a dazzling display of lights, perfect with a cold beer.  

Executive Chef Arnold Gozon's new dishes, with his own unique spin at modern comfort cuisine, is a welcome addition to Makati's growing culinary landscape. Simple yet classic flavors with a modern twist.

Carmela T. Sison, Marketing Manager for Raintree Restaurants, and the friendly staff at Terraz Bistro & Meetings, await your visit. A power lunch, or cocktails, or an intimate dinner, Terraz Bistro & Meetings is the place.

Terraz Bistro & Meetings is located at the 3/F, Zuellig Building, Makati Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City or call +632-625-4831 and +632-625-4832 for reservations and inquiries.

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