Thursday, February 14, 2013

Chelsea Market & Café at the Podium

While at the Podium, one restaurant immediately piqued our interest. This is the Chelsea Market & Café located on the ground floor. With both an al fresco and indoor dining space, the restaurant caters to various types of diners.

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view from our table

Since the servings here seem to be a lot, we opted to skip the starters. We simply ordered a variety of main dishes.

While waiting for our orders to arrive, a complimentary bread platter was served. The bread here is unique. It’s not your simple loaf as it contains a lot of different herbs which adds many flavors. Also, I appreciate the garlic garnish that comes with the bread.

complimentary bread platter

For the pasta dish, we got Baked Herb Chicken & Spinach Gorgonzola Cream Rigatoni. I like how they made the sauce to be so rich and creamy. It makes perfect contrast to the tender strips of baked chicken on top. The addition of walnuts into this mixture adds another layer of taste which will make you want to have more!

Baked Herb Chicken & Spinach Gorgonzola Cream Rigatoni - 495 PHP

I really enjoyed the Southern Style Cornflake & Oatmeal Crusted Fried Chicken in a Basket. It was crispy on the outside but oh so juicy in the inside. Who would have thought that using cereals to coat your fried chicken will make more appealing to the palette? Also, another thing I liked is that it does not leave your mouth with a greasy feel afterwards. The side salad that came with this dish complements it very well. It was a delight to bite into a piece of chicken and a bunch of greens at the same time. Oh yeah, I find the vinaigrette on this salad to be very delicious!

Southern Style Cornflake & Oatmeal Crusted Fried Chicken in a Basket - 495 PHP

Another meat dish we got was Grilled Maple Cider Glazed Bone-In Pork Chop. I like the fact there the marinade of the pork chop seeped into the meat very well. You can taste the flavors from within the meat. It was cooked very well too – not to firm but not too soft either. I appreciated the mashed potatoes that came along with this dish as well – smooth and creamy.

Grilled Maple Cider Glazed Bone-In Pork Chop - 475 PHP

Last but not least was the Slow-Cooked Herbed Norwegian Salmon. The fish was nicely prepared. You can its freshness from the taste it gives off. The sauce pairs well with the fish while the pine nuts add a little bit of contrast. Overall, it was clean tasting and refreshing.   

Slow-Cooked Herbed Norwegian Salmon - 495 PHP

The presentation of the food here at Chelsea Market & Café was worth taking note of – makes you visually appreciate the food as well.

I’m sure we’ll be back here again to try out their other appetizing dishes!

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