L'Incontro Ristorante Italiano.

Happy Hearts is only a day away!  Where are you celebrating?  Ironically, T and I don't have plans but throughout the week, I rounded up a couple of restaurants we've been to before so you guys can have a couple of choices for Valentine's Day (including the ones I suggested last year):

                               The Goose Station
                               The Frazzled Cook
                               Je Suis Gourmand
                               The Crystal Room
                               The Old Vine
                               Beurre Blanc
                               Sonya's Garden

I was about to close my 'Valentines Series' when I remembered L'Incontro Ristorante Italiano!  I first saw this restaurant when I enrolled in Alliance Francaise de Manille but never really got to go there during my French school days. And then just last December, my friends and I randomly picked this place to have our annual Christmas dinner. 

Front of the restaurant.

From the outside, the Italian restaurant didn't seem like anything, with the dark exterior and simple roof tents, but as soon as you enter, you'll be fazed.

Not your usual chandelier.

As soon as we sat down, our server gave us a bread basket and 3 different spreads.  I'm not sure what they were called but one was tomato-based, another one was pesto and the last one was some kind of pate.  The food took a long time so T and I had 2 basket refills.

For our bread.

For starters, T and I had the Crema Di Squash E Burro Zuppe (P265).    It was good but my favorite would still have to be Cibo's version.

Squash soup.

For the main course, T ordered the Rib Eye Chargrilled Steak which was Wisconsin Beef 100% USDA certified and graded (P3,955).  Why so expensive?  It's because the steak was aged for 15 days.

The P3,995 steak.

Other dishes on the Italian Grill are the Grilled Aragosta Lobster (P310/100g) with truffle butter, rock sea salt and lemon and Veal Chop (P1,450).  All items from the Italian Grill are served on the board with rosemary and baked potatoes, onion gratin, and fresh greens tossed in aged balsamico.  I want to try the lobster next time. 

T enjoying his 15-day steak.

On my end, I got the Salmon and Almond Mascarpone with spinach mashed potatoes (P695).  It was really tasty.  I'd recommend getting this.

First time I've tried spinach mashed potatoes.

For dessert, T and I got the Panna Cotta (P210) and the Crepe Flambee (P250) to share.  My friends got the Dessert Pizza (P300) which is a pancake-like dessert with Nutella, fresh strawberries and mascarpone.  It looked delish but my friends said it wasn't anything great.  I'm more interested in the Formaggio En Fruit (P1,150), which is a caramelized brie wheel, gorgonzola with honey, walnuts, provolone and grapes, I saw on the menu.  Maybe during our next visit.

Panna Cotta.

Crepe Flambee.

For Valentines, L'Incontro Ristorante Italiano probably has a set menu.  Better call to be sure.  I'll post their contact details below.  Happy Valentines everyone!  Tell me if you got to go to any of the restaurants I suggested.  Enjoy!

Me and my friend and fellow blogger, Kat.

L'Incontro Ristorante Italiano
Dining Date: 17 December 2010

207 Nicanor Garcia St.
Makati City
Tel No.: (632) 899-0634


  1. Happy, Happy Almost-Valentine's Day!! :)

  2. thanks for sharing sis! the resto sounds interesting though pricey ha :)

  3. Erika. Happy Valentines! :)

    Marice. Ya, it's a bit pricey but it's a good place to celebrate Valentines, ambiance-wise ;)

  4. Looks like a great restaurant! Happy Valentine's Day :)

  5. Looks like a great place. I love the dessert. Looks delicious!

    Also love the picture of you and your frind. You both look great.

  6. Leia and Sherin. Happy Valentines, girls! :)


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