Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mediterranean Flavors: A Late Sunday Lunch at Tapenade

It's one of those Sunday afternoons when a sudden craving for lamb chops kicks in, and you know just the right place...

...and your unexpected craving leads you to Discovery Primea's Tapenade to end the week on a high note.

A refreshing welcome drink sets the tone for a late lunch at Tapenade, along with the excellent service, and you just know your sudden craving will be satisfied in that distinct and elegant Tapenade style (for more on Discovery Primea's Tapenade, see my previous posts here, their memorable Mother's Day special here, and their signature Salad Room here).

Warm bread, fresh from the oven, is served as your orders are prepared. Dip the soft, warm bread in the garlic olive oil for rich flavors in every bite, setting up your palate for even more flavors yet to come.

Roy suggested I pair my main course with their signature starter, the rustic Croquetas Cremosas (P 390), delicate croquettes stuffed with Chicken-Chorizo (L) and Serrano Ham (R). And Roy was right. The croquettes are perfectly executed, soft and creamy with a lightly crisp outer layer for contrasting texture. The mild flavors of the croquettes are nicely punctuated by the Chicken-Chorizo and the Serrano Ham stuffing.

After quick work on the starter, my main course arrived, Tapenade's signature Australian Lamb Chops "Charmoula" (P 1,200-200g), tender and juicy lamb with cilantro, cumin, cucumber, and yogurt, served with a side salad drizzled with a tart vinaigrette.

The bold notes of the Moroccan marinade, the "charmoula," adds a flavorful  layer of flavor to complement the lamb. Made with herbs, lemon, cumin, garlic, salt, and other spices and seasonings, the upfront flavors tempers the richness of the premium Australian lamb.  

Perfectly grilled to medium with a juicy pink center, each bite releases intense flavors, and the side salad, with its tart and citrusy vinaigrette, balances the flavors. At Tapenade, you just can't go wrong with their Australian Lamb Chops "Charmoula."

With your craving for lamb chops satisfied, complete your dining experience with freshly brewed coffee. A sudden craving for lamb chops? No worries. Simply head on down to Tapenade and ask for Roy's recommendations for a satisfying dining experience...

Tapenade is located at the Ground Floor of the new Discovery Primea, 6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati City or call 955-8888 or visit http://www.discoveryhotels-resorts.com/discoveryprimea/ for inquiries and reservations.

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