Chelsea Market and Cafe is not a new establishment but it has been awhile since I last ate there. I've been in and out of Manila the past year, and when I am here, I try my best to catch up on the newer restaurants that seem to open up left and right. Last Friday, I remembered why Chelsea is worth re-visiting every once in awhile.
I was a bit late to dinner and missed out on some of the starters that came out during the dinner I attended but I was happy not to miss their prawn gambas. Instead of the tiny shrimp we usually get when we order this dish, you get succulent prawns absolutely drowning in fried garlic and chili, which you can then use as a spread. This dish needs to be served with way more than just a couple of pieces of bread because the leftover sauce is the best part!
|Cabernet Braised US Short Ribs|
|Saffrom Moules Frites|
|Spicy Seafood and Chorizo Squid Ink Pasta|
Other things to try if you like seafood are the Saffron Moules Frites- the traditional Belgian mussels and fries (with a mayo dip) The order is good for a meal for one hungry person or two to share as a starter. Use half a shell as a spoon to scoop out your mussels and that yummy broth. I also enjoyed the Spicy Seafood and Chorizo Squid Ink Pasta, but I wish it came with some garlic aoili on the side, so I can eat it like I do Paella Negra, which it reminded me of. Not something to eat on a first date, unless the apple of your eye likes black lips! So good though, so if you don't care, go ahead and order it!
|Oven Baked Warm Brownie S'mores|
Chelsea Market and Cafe is located at G/F Serendra. Call 9097102 for reservations.