Across Hole in the Wall is this restaurant that puts rice in the centerstage. Working with International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), they make sure that sustainability is at play here. The place has ample seating with an area for intimate gatherings and for al fresco dining. The interior design is a bit quirky especially with those red upside down ladders that serve to light the place up.
This trio consisted of porcini mushrooms, fish and seafood, and stewed bechamel. Not sure if the photo above depicts those but each variant was served in threes. I would liken the porcini mushroom to have this cheesy consistency. Flavor wasn’t that strong that it served to balance the other types. As for the fish and seafood, you could instantly taste those ingredients in the croqueta. The stewed bechamel had the most flavor among the trio. All were equally good but I preferred the last one.
Yes, it really is that black! I’ve been seeing this on other blogs, and I said to myself that I must try it. Once you bite into it, the outer layer really is black through and through with the shrimp serving as the highlight of it all. It was good sans the paired mojo picon but better with it. The sauce adds this slight kick and heat to the dish that makes it more enjoyable.
And now for the main dish: the paella. After waiting for quite some time, this orange glory was served hot. We never got to request to have it al dente and thin which is the traditional Spanish way. It was served soft and wet which was pretty good. Every spoonful serving of this packed some real paella flavor. It was just consistent all throughout. Though it may seem that it’s just rice, it actually had equal amounts of boneless chicken and peeled seafoods. I must confess that I did scrape the bottom of the pan that it was almost clean. No burnt rice on this one! Oh, and if you’ve noticed, the price is on a per person basis. They serve up to a minimum of two so that actually totaled to P790. That whole pan is actually good for two to three persons. It was enough for three, and probably enough too for two if you’re super hungry. 😉
To cap off our dining experience here, we decided to get this dessert. I do find the plating to be just lovely. It’s like I don’t want to touch it at first. According to their menu, this had “chocolate cremaux, streusel, tuille, ginger confit and raspberry jam”. Not that familiar with the additions there but I must say, all that combination worked. The chocolate itself was not that sweet that had this slight kick which made the dessert interesting.
And now the song Just Can’t Get Enough is playing in my head right now. Haha. But seriously, once you’ve had a taste of their paella, you probably won’t get enough. Yeah, it’s expensive but it’s one of those legitimate paella places here. Plus, you can choose how you want it either “al dente and thin” or “soft and wet”. Service was really good too as the servers were attentive to our needs despite having many diners that time.
Perfect for family reunions or chillin’ with your buddies, head over to this place where rice is definitely the hero.
4/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue,
Poblacion, Makati City