There’s something about rooftop restaurants that make ’em extra special. The added feature of dining with the blanket of stars as a view is just whimsical. But of course, no matter how lovely the view is or how swanky the restaurant looks, the debate of returning to a restaurant depends really on the taste and quality of food.
Spotted Luca’s Test Kitchen about three (3) weeks ago when it was barely less than a month in operation. Luca’s Test Kitchen’s homey- artsy showroom interior exudes a warm and relaxed ambiance which makes it a good venue to celebrate any special occasion, or even a simple get-together with friends, loved ones and the family. A restaurant with a bar, the al fresco area seems like a really cozy place to hang out with friends after work, also intimate enough to bring a special someone for a dinner date under the twinkly night sky; and the in-door dining area is an ideal venue for a celebration with the family where there’s air-conditioning.
The bill of fare initially consist of the owner’s personal picks and favorites. And with a dash of gastronomic creativity, he makes dishes that are both bold and intriguing. Bringing fearless twists on his favorite eats – making each dish, a plate of his own.
Luca’s Test Kitchen Ribs is tender, fall-off-the-bone with a hint of smokiness and slight sweetness. You can be adventurous with your ribs by drizzling it with the special honey mustard sauce. Sided with half a corn cub in a bed of kernel corn, the rib’s about 500 grams and priced at P410 per serving. Serves about two (2).
Bagnet, a favorite dish from the North of Luzon, gets a spin! The golden deep fried pork adobo slices which gives out a good crunch on the initial bite to a soft inner chunk nip, is served on a bed of sautéed shrimp paste oil, onion, tomatoes and garlic. About 1/3 kilo at P415, serves about two (2) people a plate.
So far, so good! The interesting take on these familiar dishes is beguiling enough to spark that curiosity to try the other dishes on the menu. But since I am pretty stuffed ( I had a serving of French A L’oignon as my appetizer, and a couple of silvana slices for dessert), on the next visit for sure.
Luca’s Test Kitchen is located at the 4th Floor of 856 Bldg. in A.S. Fortuna Mandaue City, Cebu Philippines.
Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 6:00PM-1:00AM. Closed on Mondays. Contact them at 09257018487.
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