March is The Establishment’s anniversary month. To celebrate it, they offered a special menu wherein we can enjoy 14 of their signature dishes. I wouldn’t want to pass up on that! I heard that The Establishment serves good food but they are quite expensive. So Php 1,998 for an Anniversary Dégustation is definitely a steal (well more as they offered it in Deal Grocer at 50% off!).
I can’t quite find the time go to the Fort area last march. I had to push myself to go there last March 31 to avail of the limited time offer. It was the last day and whew, glad that I was able to go there finally! It was well-worth it! The experience was great!
As I entered the restaurant, I felt like I entered into a different world. The interiors are totally astounding. They really invested a lot of resources in making the restaurant/bar look good. I noticed that they divided the place into 3 different areas. On the left is their minibar wherein you can just hangout and have your favorite drink/s.
The biggest area which is located in the middle is the Hall. People usually go to Establishment at around 10pm, hang out and enjoy live bands while eating & drinking. Definitely for people who love to go out and stay till wee hours in the morning. I’m old already for that kind of gimik but I’m surely the young and active will love this. We can also enjoy our dinner in this area while listening to music.
On the right is the Crystal Room. This is where I had my dose of The Establishment’s Anniversary Dégustation. Crystal Room is the area where people usually dine in just for the food. Best for small groups and for those dating as the tables are small hehehe 😛
The Anniversary Dégustation is a sampler of The Establishment’s 14 Signature dishes created by Chef Godfrey Laforteza. It includes 3 different appetizers, 3 kinds of sushi rolls, 2 different salads, 4 main entrees & 2 desserts. It was just a sampler but it could really fill an empty stomach. What I really love is that I was able to try out most of The Establishment’s specialties. Now, I know what to order when I go back.
While we await for our orders, we were served bite-sized bread with 2 sauces on the side.
The dishes were served in batches. I loved the presentation!
- Pan Seared Foie Gras & Sweet Miso Glaze
Foie gras drizzled with miso sauce and served with mushrooms. I love that the dish was super flavorful and the foie gras was soft. The best appetizer among the ones I tried. Ala Carte version of this is at Php 475.
- Salmon Tartare
I’m not fond of raw food but I tried this anyway. It’s fresh salmon with chopped hard-boiled egg. There was also crostini on the side. You can eat it in such a way like a sandwich. Yum! Ala Carte at Php 225.
- Golden Camembert
I didn’t enjoy this dish but this was deep-fried camembert with raspberry puree. Ala Carte at Php 345.
- Oriental Chicken Salad
this was my favorite among the salads served. Oriental Chicken Salad is lettuce topped with chicken strips & orange wedges. I can’t stop eating this and hoped that there was more. I’ll surely get this when I get back to the Crystal Room. Ala Carte at Php 250.
- Warm Goat Cheese & Roquette Salad
Goat cheese atop aragula and lettuce leaves. Goat cheese is really not my thing but I tried it anyway. Ala Carte at Php 345.
- Spicy Tuna Rolls topped Mango
Fresh tuna roll spiced & garnished with chopped mangoes. Ala Carte at Php 300.
- Avocado Salmon Salsa Roll
Salmon roll with avocado and topped with salsa. I’m afraid to think that the salmon was fresh because I don’t eat raw but I loved this dish too much! Yummy! My fave among the sushi roll sampler. Ala carte at Php 350.
- Prawn Tempura Roll
Our old favorite shrimp roll, just the way we like it. Ala carte at Php 370.
- Pan Seared U.S. Angus Beef with Lychee Truffle Sauce
This is a must-order! The meat was cooked excellently! Wow! It was juicy & tender all throughout. With flavors of sweet lychee, it was a perfect combination indeed. I was slowly enjoying each bite, it was heavenly! Ala carte at Php 990.
- Green Tea Crusted Australian Lamb Chops
I don’t eat lambs but I tried a bite of this and surprisingly, it didn’t have any after taste whatsoever. I do not know how the chef did it. Maybe, it was because of the green tea flavor? Whatever it is, I liked it! Ala Carte at Php 975.
- Sea Bass with Teppanyaki Rice
The original dish was a Hainanese salmon but they ran out. They apologized to me and asked if they could substitute the salmon with sea bass. I was more than happy! I’d choose sea bass over salmon any time! This was my favorite among all 14 dishes from the anniversary degustation. The sea bass with teppan rice was a good pair too! I loved it a LOT!
- Tofu Tempura with Mixed Mushrooms
I wonder how a single tofu can be so delicious. It was perfectly seasoned with soy sauce, enoki and shitake mushrooms. I highly recommend this dish too when you visit the Crystal Room at the Establishment. Ala carte at Php 295.
- Pistachio Jateu de Lupe
21-layered cake with pistachios. Wow! 21 layers of deliciousness! I always prefer pistachio whenever I buy ice cream but now, I think I will have to choose pistachio too for cakes. Why? Just because I loved The Establishment’s Pistachio Jateu de Lupe. Delicious!! Ala carte at Php 375.
- Chocolate Bette Noir (Php 350)
One important thing to note: The Crystal Room’s Chocolate Bette Noir was flourless. I wish they have a white chocolate version of this though. I’m not a fan of dark chocolates huhuhu.
I was totally satisfied with the food I tried out at The Establishment. I believe those 14 dishes already make up 70% of the whole menu. I now know what to expect next time I go back. I’m not sure if it’s going to be anytime soon as the prices are a bit steep hehehe 😛 But you do get what I mean and I hope I was able to give you an idea too through my experience.
I also like to commend the excellent service in The Establishment. Every single staff were courteous, tactless, proactive and friendly. Even the guard were knowledgeable of the menu, the restaurant and was able to answer our questions with great respect and knowledge.
Top notch service, great food, awesome interiors that’s The Establishment for you.
Unit A, The Fort Entertainment Complex, 26th Street corner 5th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines