Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mauro's 20th Birthday Dinner @ Terry's 2º Piso.


Tuesday, the 16th April 2013, was Mauro's 20th birthday. We had arrived two days earlier from Paris, and the college boys were already taking (optional) summer classes. Though we had celebrated a bit in advance at La Tour d'Argent, we, of course, had to have a little celebration on the day itself. The night before, I had asked Mauro where he wanted to have dinner, and, after 3 weeks in France, he replied that he wanted Spanish food at Terry's 2º Piso - so there we went. We were 6 in all: Catha, the 3 boys, and Paula.


Not having had any time to request any special dishes, we just ordered from the regular menu which has more than enough delights for any occasion. Dear friend JC de Terry was there when we arrived, and immediately sent us a bottle of consistently lively, bright, appetizing, lip-smackingly dry Josep Masachs Cava Brut. With this, we offered a toast to the birthday boy. Gracias, JC.

The cava also went perfectly with a platter of Fresh Oysters.

JC also sent us a platter of one of his new dishes: Cochinillo Confit Croquetas. Delicious.


I had also brought along some Champagne Krug Grande Cuvée. I've been going through several bottles of these lately, having bought them in HK & Singapore. Having written about this each time recently, there is no need to repeat myself so soon. I will, however, say that I sent a glass of this blind to JC - who immediately identified it was Krug. Though initially tightly-wound being popped-and-poured, with around 30 minutes, more or less, it expanded, opened up, and displayed its heft nicely. I need to buy more bottles of this as I am already running low.

 1 of 2 orders of the always excellent Gambas al Ajillo.
The kids' always have to have the Chorizo on Piggyback (2 orders)...
...as well as the Morcilla on Piggyback (2 orders).
Always have to get lots of the Corquetas de Tres Quesos...
...and of the Asturian Stuffed Piquillo Peppers too.
I always order the Tortilla Española (comfort food)...
...just like the Crispy Bacalao is a must for the kids.
Two orders of Chuleton Vasco - this one rare...
...this one medium-rare.
Our usual desserts of Chocolate Marquis (2 orders)...
...Spanish Peaches in Two Sauces...
...and Chocolate con Picatostes.
A surprise birthday Tarta Rusa & song from Terry's...
...was well appreciated.
Happy birthday again, Mau! We wish you many, many
happy years ahead.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, i have been following your blog for quite awhile and have always been intrigued by the variety of restaurants there are in manila.

Finally i am making a trip down to Manila in June and i am thinking of visiting (1) Mamou (2) Terry's 2º Piso. I would like to check with you which will be the recommended hotel to stay that are near these resturants?

How long ahead do i have to make a reservation?

Thank you in advance for your advise.

Noel said...

Hi,

There are many hotels within striking distance of both, from budget to 5-star chains to boutique. It all depends what you're looking for. If you let me know your more specific preferences/parameters, I could suggest a few.

For Terry's and Mamou, I suggest you call 3 days ahead - especially if you plan to go on a weekend (nb: Mamou has 2 dinner seatings; and they have another branch in the Rockwell area nearby called Mamou Too!). If for Terry's you want special dishes (i.e., not on the menu), better to contact them at least a week ahead of time.

Best,

N

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Thanks for your reply.

I was thinking of staying at the F1 hotel Manila. Or do you have any other better recommendation around this range?

Can I check with you what is the corkage policy for both establishments?

Thanks!

Noel said...

Sorry, I am unfamiliar with that hotel.

Since Terry's imports, distributes, wholesales, & retails a wide variety of wines, BYOB is understandably discouraged by means of a relatively hefty corkage fee of P1500/bottle (approximately US$37.50/bottle) - which is pretty much what a 5-star hotel would charge for corkage.

In Mamou, I believe the corkage is around P400-P500/bottle (i.e., US$10-US$12.50/bottle).

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