As far as I can remember, I have never ever won in any raffle contest in my entire life… Until now! I was ecstatic when I found out that I actually bagged @Dainty_Mom‘s romantic dinner for two at Chef Tatung’s Private Dining raffle (A wonderful dinner package worth Php1,200)! (http://daintymom.com/2011/06/contest-dinner-for-2-at-chef-tatungs-private-dining/).
My husband and I have been planning on dining there ever since I’ve tasted Chef Tatung’s cooking a few months back when he catered for a friend’s wedding. But instead, I got it for free! Amazing, isn’t it?
Chef Tatung’s Private Dining is a “fine dining” experience right in the middle of Sikatuna Village. I went to an all-girls school in that same district during my Elementary years. So, finding the place was nostalgic. It brings back fond childhood memories.
Upon arrival, we were welcomed by Chef Tatung’s courteous staff.
We were then led to our special table for two beside the garden.
After a brief chit-chat with Chef Tatung who was very entertaining, we were handed our menu. Each entrée comes with a serving of homemade, freshly baked bread, soup, salad of the day and dessert.
Freshly baked homemade bread from his own stone oven
A very heart-warming bowl of Lentil soup.
And for our entrées, we selected the following:
This dish has an herb-crusted Red Snapper fillet served over linguine in marinara sauce with capers and fresh basil. I liked how the noodles were cooked – al dente. I found the sauce a bit sweet at first (I don’t like sweet pasta sauces, by the way)… but when I tasted the saltiness of the red snapper, I instantly fell in love with their flavors when combined. The intention of the dish is that it should be eaten “always in tandem” in order to capture the fullness and overall taste.
This pan-seared beef tenderloin was cooked “medium well”. This can be served with either garlic rice or mashed potatoes with buttered vegetables on the side. The mashed potatoes with toasted garlic bits on top was to die for! Seriously. Needless to say, the Filet Mignon was superb! Beyond words.
Chef Tatung’s sumptuous creations aren’t complicated, nor are they over conceptualized. According to him, it is vital that his dishes do not become the central piece of the dining experience. But rather, food should be a background that tastefully compliments your conversation with company. He is a non-conformist or a rebel of sorts when it comes to cuisine trends. He refuses to follow what is currently fad and sticks to what is merely essential when creating his tasteful concoctions.
According to Chef Tatung, food loses its “soul” when a dish is over-thought.
With Chef Tatung
Chef Tatung recently opened up his house for private dining. You can opt to dine inside the house or al-fresco. Starting this Monday, July 4, 2011, a regular menu will be available and the establishment will be open to walk-ins. Hence, unlike before, there will be no need for reservations. Should you plan to bring in your own bottle of wine, a very minimal corkage fee of Php300.oo per bottle will be charged. Chef Tatung also does catering service for all types of events whether small or big groups.
A most welcome break from the usual dining destinations, Chef Tatung’s Private Dining is the perfect marriage of elegance and hominess.
Address: #17 Matipid St.,
Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
T: 352 6121
C: 0915 8463234
*Open for dinner daily from 6:30PM-10:00PM except Wednesdays.