I was fortunate enough to be proxy for my mom who couldn't make it to a dinner with Tita Socky, and a family friend with her daughter.
Dinner was at El Circulo, a swanky Spanish restaurant along Pasay Road, Makati. It's been there forever. Yet, I've never dined there before and I was excited, as with any untried restaurant.
For starters, we had the Shrimp Gambas, a spicy tapas. It was great, it has just the right amount of spiciness to it and the olive oil where the gambas was cooked was to die for. I could probably dip a whole baguette in it, if given the chance. He he he.
Next, we shared the Baked Marrow. It was undoubtedly the best marrow that I've had. A word of caution though, this one is an artery clogger. If I croaked right then and there, I think it would have been worth it :-) That's how good it was. The marrow was served with crostini and a mole sauce (tender beef strands stewed in a special sauce).
For main courses, my companions ordered the Beef Belly. Another artery clogger. It was very tender and the portions are big and best shared. We had leftovers and I brought it home, it tasted even better the following day :-)
I love callos, so I ordered it. El Circulo's version was just OK, it's not too rich or heavy. I still prefer the callos from Amalia's (in BF) where it's more full bodied.
Dessert was chocolate lava cake with raspberry coulis, served with orange slices and mantecado ice cream. A perfect ending for truly wonderful meal.
El Circulo is a bit pricey but well worth it.