Working, Manila

Back in Manila for work. It hasn’t been my favourite city probably because it was heavily associated with late night chugging through piles of work and emails for back to back weeks/months with sub-par greasy 10pm room service dinners. This round, I managed to fit in a little lunch while running errands. It was absolutely wonderful and it’s one of the experiences that have added brownie points in my book. (Finally Manila, thank you!)

Lunching at Felix was absolutely a treat. The spicy tuna garden salad was amazing – the tones of wasabi, light mayo and sesame on soft tuna chunks were nicely balanced out by the crispy tempura flakes. The salad had a generous amount of watermelon, grape, pineapple and pomelo tossed in a sesame dressing.

For me, I find that the food in Manila tends to be heavier on the flavours – things are saltier, sweeter and more sour than I’d personally prefer. But this dish was perfect and it was exactly what I needed – something refreshing, light flavours with a clean aftertaste.

The Pear, Apple and Parmesan ravioli looked too interesting to pass on (though I was contemplating between this or a french onion soup). It was like having a warm apple pie with flakes of saltiness from the Parmesan to balance the sweetness from the caramelised fruit. The plating was beautiful – the plate was tilted about 10-degrees forward and the grooves on the plate caught the sauce beautifully. 

Manila is trying to woo me to their camp. I can’t deny that it’s somewhat working.

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