Valentine's at Aubergine.

I know I said that T and I don't have plans for Valentine's since the weekend passed and we never really talked about going out but at the last minute, T surprised me and asked me if I wanted to have dinner this evening.  I initially had a couple of restaurants in mind, trimmed the list to 3 and finally decided on Aubergine.


Chick peas and butter for our bread.

“Aubergine” is the French word for “Eggplant” (Solanum melongena), a large, heavy vegetable, usually pear-shaped and dark-purple.

I first had sourdough bread then poppyseed bread.

For Valentines, we got the 9 course set dinner for P2,300+ ($70), with steak option for P2,950+ ($85+).  They started us out with Amuse Bouche.


Amuse Bouche is a small bite before a meal begins.

Next was the Pan Seared French Duck Foie Gras with warm brioche and Foie Gras-Smoked Trout Terrine in pistachio nut jacket, aged Grahams Port wine jelly accompanied by petit salad leaves and fine herbs tossed in hazelnut-Champagne vinaigrette. 


I don't really eat duck but this is superb!

Drinks weren't included in the set menu so T and I ordered Iced Tea to accompany our appetizers and Red and White Wine for later.


Iced tea.

White wine for me, red wine for T.

They then served us a bowl of Cappucino of Alaskan King Crab with keta caviar on spring potato.  3 courses down, 6 more to go!


Love the soup!

I think my potato was much cuter than T's :))

This was followed by Smoked Sea Bass Tortelloni and Pan Seared Arctic Sea Scallop with wilted baby spinach and Pommerry mustard sauce.


One of my favorites that night.

Probably to give our taste buds a break from all that flavor and to get us ready for our main course, they served us Rose Lychee Sherbet.


Served on a teapot!

Amused with the smoke coming out of the teapot's spout!

Under the ordinary set menu, there were two choices left for T for the main course because I was going to get the fish: Trio of Australian Lamb (grilled lamb loin, oven roasted lamb rack and sous vide lamb shoulder confit) served with French beans, celeriac-potato mousseline and carrot honey juis and Slow-Cooked Duck Breast and Warm Quail Galantine served with truffle jus, mushroom risotto and star anis scented cherry tomato marmalade.


The set menu.

But since I don't eat lamb nor duck, T got the steak option instead.  They served him Snake River Farm US Wagyu Eye of Rib Steak served with Port wine jus and bearnaise, rosemary scented potato gratin and vegetable bouquet. 

OH... MY... GOSH... Heaven!

On the other hand, I got the Glazed Black Cod with baby rocket leaves set on asparagus-morel ragout accompanied by saffron. 


One of the best fish dishes I've ever had.

After that, they gave us French Camembert on prune-apricot bread and Roquefort Mousse with compressed nashi pear.  T didn't like it that much so he gave me his share, too.


Made for cheese lovers like me!

I was still buzzed because of my white wine when they served us each a glass of Champagne! This went really well with the cheese plate.


Champagne + rose petals = Ultimate Valentine moment.

Finally, they served us the Aubergine Sweet Valentines Temptation which was a sumptuous cake accompanied with a small scoop of ice cream on the side.




The dinner ended with Valentine Pralines (just 1 plate per couple so I learned to curb my sweet tooth and share ;)) and Brewed Coffee.


Decaf for me!

Truffle and a macaron.

Dinner was so enjoyable that we didn't notice that we've been eating for more than 3 hours!  Almost everybody left by the time we were done.


Only a few of us left at the main dining area.

This is by far one of the best dinners I've had with T.  I hope everyone had their share of happy moments today as well.   Whether with your special someone, friends, or family, I'd love to read about them so post your link on the comments page of this entry.   The love bug has bitten ;)  Happy Valentines Day everyone!


Happy... :)


Aubergine
Dining Date: 14 February 2011

32nd and 5th Building
5th Avenue corner 32nd Street
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Philippines

Tel No.: (632) 856-9888
Mobile No.: (63917) 557-1675

Aubergine Official Website


17 comments

  1. Syg. Super!! Lets double there sometime! :)

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  2. Mmmm...the food - especially the dessert! - looks incredible!

    Happy, Happy Belated Valentine's Day!! :)

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  3. Erika. Hope you enjoyed Valentines as well! :)

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  4. Erika. Hope you enjoyed Valentines as well! :)

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  5. Looks like a perfect place to go for Valentines day. Glad you had a good night.

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  6. It seems like you are a real foodie! :) Glad you had a great Valentine's.

    Leia

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  7. Funny, this was our one of our top choices too when we were planning our date. :-) One of the things that held us back (well, me) was that I thought they didn't offer dessert! Didn't know they had a special set menu for Valentine's Day. I'm happy that your feedback is terrific, now we'll definitely try give Aubergine a try. :-)

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  8. Sherin Thanks! :)

    Leia. Hope you had a good Vday, too!

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  9. Manila Girl. This place is a must-try!! It's up there with The Goose Station for me :)

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  10. Color me jealous! That looks like one delicious heart day!

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  11. Such a sweet place for Valentine, I'm a big big fan of fine dining:)

    And I really like the word Aubergine, it's somewhat soothing lol!

    xx

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  12. Kristin. It really was! Hope you enjoyed the day as well :)

    Sher. Can't believe it just means eggplant. Haha!

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  13. foie gras, caviar, tortelini and french macaroons...by golly what an expensive dinner =)

    You are a very lucky lady, Joie =)

    so love your hand bag =)

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  14. Kero. Hi! Missed you here ;) Thanks for visiting!

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  15. glad to see that you had a wonderful hearts day sis. thanks for the visits.

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