We recently had a stockholder’s meeting for our company, Swisher. My partners and I are the Philippine franchise holder. We held the dinner/meeting at Café Ysabel. I hadn’t been to Café Ysabel in maybe 15 years and I don’t have good memories of it. So I was eager to try the food again after all these years.
I was disappointed with the paella. The rice was hard and dry and not much of it. I wish they used a bigger container for more rice. The toppings were overwhelming. They were good though.
The beef belly was very good and tender. It was so good I only got to eat a little. My partners swiped it all when I wasn’t looking.
U.S. braised beef belly P418
Penne Giannina was just ok. Nothing spectacular about it. I appreciated the al dente pasta though.
This was my favorite dish. I know I didn’t like truffles from my previous encounters with it but somehow in this dish it’s fantastic. The truffle taste was subtle yet it blended well with the wild mushrooms and the cream. I want to go back just to eat this again. I’m glad I came back. I can’t wait to try the other dishes in their extensive menu. Now I know why Café Ysabel is still around after 25 years. That’s a mean feat in the fickle Philippine restaurant market.
Jeff & Jasmine souffle glace duet P198
frozen raspberry and chocolate souffle, argellanas, chocolate sauce
105 Sgt. Catolos St., Cubao, Quezon City
455 P. Guevarra Street, San Juan Metro Manila
telephone: 726-9326, 725-5089