Posted on April 13, 2011 - by Vic
At the Oakroom restaurant of the Oakwood Premier Joy – Nostalg Center across the Asian Development Bank in ADB Avenue, Pasig City, a seafood festival is their ongoing food promotions up to Easter Sunday, at Ortigas’s most luxurious serviced apartments.
Dubbed “11 Oceans” Seafood festival, executive chef Jerome Cartailller presented a mouthwatering menu of seafood dishes cooked in a variety of ways to represent the unique flavors of different countries in the property’s only fine dining outlet. One discovers a unique dining experience this side of the Ortigas business district, where indulgence in a premium address was presented to the food media to sample and enjoy the freshest catch of the sea. General Manager Brian Connelly says, “Summer is the best season for seafood. It’s a healthy, delicious indulgence and we use the freshest catch and cooking methods to preserve their natural taste and essence. Chef Cartailler seamlessly merged the bountiful catch of the sea, freshest harvest of organic vegetables from the land with the alluring chef masterfully blending and giving the dishes a new twist with the Oakwood restaurant and its classy and stunning surroundings as its backdrop venue.
The “11 Oceans” menu included Sea scallops in puff pastry (French), Risotto with herbed Scampi (Italian) Grilled Swordfish Souvlakis (Greek) and California Ciopppino (USA) with crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels and grouper in Tomato and while wine. We were given an extra treat with a sampler plate of other items including Gindara Terriyaki(Japanese), Baccalao fritters (Spanish) and Lobster chili (Mexican).Chef Cartailler’s mouth watering menu that day was a welcome treat to those who would like to further discover the many interesting offer of seafood cuisine. Complementing the seafood fare were Mappu wines from the Central Valley, south of Santiago Chile, know as a vast winegrowing area for its ideal climate and well suited to white wine varieties. Our hearty meal was complemented by white Mapu Chiliean wines by Baron Philippe de Rothschild including Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay and Saavignon Blanc vintage 2010.
Imbibed with good choices of fine Chilean wines and complemented with well prepared seafood dishes, other guests that day couldn’t be glossed over just to have another typical press lunch gathering. Oakwood and Chef Cartailler must be given kudos for their attention to details in preparing the dishes for their 11 Oceans Seafood festival. One should not miss this food festival available ala carte, from 11am to 11pm up to April 24. Oakwood‘s seafood festival is on the 6th level of Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center, and beautifully blends the culinary with the aural experience that any serious foodie should not miss.