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Chefs’ Quarter: Fine dining on a budget?

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August 20, 2010

Two veterans in the food business have decided there is no reason why fine dining should be the privilege of a select few.

Larry Cortez and chef Mauro Arjona Jr., pioneers of Le Soufflé, who worked with Billy King to setup Voulez Vous now French Corner in Alabang, and the pair behind Duo at Serendra that draws the likes of the Madame, Imelda Romualdez Marcos, found the right spot for their “total innovation of fine-dining cuisine”- Chefs’ Quarter.

Another food discovery in SM Megamall Atrium is Chefs’ Quarter which we’ve been eying for some time now. We dig the concept of having the elegance of fine dining within a mall.

{ they’ve got a huge space inside their branch in Atrium }

His: Tessie Tomas Salad Php295. Combination of roasted prawns, marinated salmon and grilled shiitake mushrooms with mesclun salad in a creamy balsamic dressing.

A mainstay on the menu and definitely an attention-grabber named after the Imeldific’s occasional alter ego. And my B always just got to try the best-seller. *wink*

His: Poele Lamb Spareribs Php395, in cilantro – curry sauce with mushrooms and vegetable risotto.

Hers: Braised and Grilled U.S. Beef Short Plate Php320. With chili-mango marmalade, safron rice and house salad.

Their servings are huge and good enough to share for two people. In fact, although we were famished, we were not able to finish everything and we had to take it home. But I love love the braised and grilled beef. And I bet there are a whole other good stuff in the menu that’s waiting to be enjoyed.

Chefs’ Quarter Brasserie & Wine Bar’s menu may seem not for ordinary diners, even when they feel like treating themselves to a nice meal. But, with several main courses available for less than P400, it may be just the place for occasional indulgences and celebratory meals.

Hence, the reason why we were here to celebrate our monthly thing. *smile*

Overall, we love our experience here. Good service, good food, nice ambiance. And we love Chefs’ Quarter’s concept of fine dining at Php200-Php400 price range.

More reasons to go back: have a taste of their deliciously-looking desserts.

Chefs’ Quarter
3/L The Atrium, SM Megamall, EDSA
Mandaluyong City
Phone Number: 401-3658

Photo credits: Brian Sahagun

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