A staycation wouldn’t be complete without trying out what gastronomic offerings a hotel has to offer. During our recent stay at Somerset Alabang Manila, #TheDreys had the opportunity to sample some of the specialties of Cafe Madrigal and Bar.
Have your fill at Cafe Madrigal and Bar
Here are our picks at Somerset Alabang Manila’s Cafe Madrigal and Bar which you might want to consider when you happen to dine-in, whether as an in-house guest or merely dropping by to eat. Since taste is subjective, my preference may not necessarily be the same as yours, but it is worth noting that these selections made my tummy smile, so I hope it’ll make yours, too.
If you love peanut butter, make sure to order some S’mores! Served in a cast iron skillet with gooey peanut butter underneath and toasted marshmallows on top. Dreamy! My teens even had the leftover S’mores for breakfast.
Bacon and Pancakes
My husband’s staycation breakfast won’t be complete without these, as my husband puts it, “glorious meaty fatty pork delights”! And what better way to enjoy bacon than by partnering it with a stack of yummy pancakes!
Spinach Artichoke Dip
The Taro Chips makes for one flavorful and healthy appetizer which you could nibble on while waiting for your mains. The dip was divine!
Deconstructed Caesar Salad
I find anything deconstructed cute and amusing because it gives a common dish a little life and makes for a beautiful photo. Though the ingredients used to create Cafe Madrigal and Bar’s version is the usual lettuce, bacon and anchovies with a soft boiled egg, it was how this dish was presented that made it stand out — especially the Parmesan crisp that I slowly nibbled on instead of crushing it and mixing in the salad.
How can you resist this? Apart from it being healthy, this dish is visually pretty. The seared tuna and the greens were fresh and the cured tomatoes & bell peppers added a dimension of beautiful flavors that complemented the lemon parsley dressing.
The combination of fried rice with pickled vegetables and fried egg can be enjoyed as is. But with the addition of chicken satay, this Indonesian specialty instantly becomes one of Cafe Madrigal and Bar’s recommended dish. It has a nice play on sweet and salty flavors with just the right amount of heat (to some) just to excite your palate. But I could use more chili next time.
Grilled Half Chicken Inasal
This atsuete (annatto) marinated chicken served with Java rice and pickled vegetables is such a comforting dish. The flavors are there – salty, tangy and smokey. Being married to an Ilonggo, eating this Ilonggo specialty is a must.
I was craving for spaghetti with meatballs but it wasn’t available. All they had was Bolognese, but it didn’t fail to satisfy my craving. The minced meat sauce that coated the al dente noodles were nicely seasoned.
So, there! These are mine and my family’s top picks at Cafe Madrigal and Bar. So, if you happen to be visiting the south, make sure to drop by (or book a stay) Somerset Alabang Manila.
3409 Spectrum Midway
Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Philippines – 1781
T: +63 2 643 0999
F: +63 2 643 0618