According to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, degustation is “the action or an instance of tasting especially in a series of small portions”. And yes, that’s what my friend and I did here at Lucia Ristorante. We not only sampled exquisite Italian dishes but also cried over it (more on that later).
The place looks grand with marble tables, very comfy couches and seats, and ambient lighting. I especially liked the intricate design on their ceiling that had little gold details, and the the gold twisted metal bars.
Thanks to Deal Grocer, we were able to purchase this 5-course meal for only P900. This was a very good deal indeed as the prices of the dishes here are expensive. So, what did we have for dinner?
First, we were served with complimentary bread while our dishes were being prepared. I liked the balsamic vinegar dip that came with this. And the bread was okay too though it wasn’t that warm. Now, on to the degustation!
This thinly sliced beef just melts in your mouth! The taste was very fresh which is probably brought about by the lettuce. The sauce ignites its flavor but it’s SO GOOD on its own. My friend, who is a fan of meat, was in total awe while eating this. I was too.
I don’t eat eggplants a lot but you can hardly taste the eggplant in this. And I mean that in a very good way. Once you bite into this, the flavor of the eggplant and mozarella cheese just play well in your mouth. Add the basil in and just WOW. It takes this dish to another level.
This was just okay. Sorry Chef Davide but I’ve tasted better pizzas out there. I do like the fact that it’s very cute in terms of size. In terms of flavor, it really was just okay.
Serving No. 2
Ah! PASTA! Give me pasta any day, and I’ll take it. My friend asked how we should eat this, and we were advised to start with the carbonara going up. Good thing she asked ‘coz if it was just me, I’ll start by eating bits of everything.
Not a fan of carbonara but I am a fan of this. The cream was very light that you can feel the smokinesss of the thinly sliced bacon. I actually wanted more of this, and ate it very slowly. It was that good.
THIS WAS GOOD. REALLY GOOD. Molto molto delizioso! My friend was ahead of me in eating this, and I wondered why she stopped for awhile. When it was my turn, I almost cried. I did. I stopped because it was that good. I didn’t think it was possible to almost cry for a dish but apparently, it’s possible. I’m not exagerrating. I wanted every bite of this to last in my mouth for as long as it could. It is lasagna at its very core but there’s something about this that makes it so delicious. The taste is indescribably wonderful that one must dine here, and experience the magic that it does to one’s tastebuds.
It was a good thing that this was the last of the pasta series. They didn’t scrimp on the truffle on this one. The taste was quite strong in its modest presentation.
Serving No. 3
I like the pesto cream sauce in this. It paired well with the fish and the veggies. It was light which was good being that the earlier serving was a bit heavy.
Serving No. 4
Out of all the servings, I would put this down at the bottom. The whole taste just doesn’t sit well with me. The chicken was very tender though.
Serving No. 5
As advised by the server, we started off with the panna cotta then followed by the tiramisu. And yeah, I have to highlight each being that I have a sweet tooth.
Their version of panna cotta was sweet, light, and very yummy. You could really taste the vanilla on this one, and sense that the sweetness was being drawn from that. It almost had this creamlike texture which differs from the gelatinlike panna cottas out there. I added some chocolate syrup on this but I prefer to have it solo.
Their tiramisu was light, not that sweet and yes, very yummy. Though their panna cotta stood out, I would still prefer this just because it wasn’t that sweet. It was quite creamy, and had a good balance in terms of taste.
Drinks weren’t included in the whole set so we both tried their Limonata. I’m sometimes wary of ordering lemonade just because it might be too zesty. But since this had cucumbers in, the mix of both fruits make for one very refreshing drink. It was a good palate cleanser for all the dishes we had for that night.
I had to pair coffee with my dessert. It’s a must. And good thing I did. Their caffe latte had good combination of espresso and milk. And not bad latte art on this one!
The whole set was well thought out. It went from light to heavy in every stop. The service was excellent though it would have been nice if they advised first what to have in the mini-set servings (instead of my friend asking). All of the dishes were served at the right temperature that you can instantly dive into. The serving portions were quite generous. By serving no. 3, I was already quite full. This is really good value for high quality Italian food. Indeed, it was a dining journey, and a good experience to boot.
2 San Lorenzo Drive cor. A Arnaiz Avenue,
San Lorenzo Village, Makati City