Dinner at Chef’s Table by Chef Bruce Lim

Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim
Thanks to Michelle for inviting me to join her group to have dinner at Chef’s Table. I’ve always wanted to try the food at this private kitchen run by Chef Bruce Lim, a popular Filipino Chinese chef who has his own tv show, Tablescapes on the Asian Food Channel.

The well lighted rooftop garden was visible from the street.
Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim

Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim

Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim

Chef Bruce and his wife are lucky to live and work in a building with a beautiful outdoor, rooftop garden.
Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim

Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim

The dining room was also the setting for the tv show thus the numerous lighting. There were 3 different groups dining there that night. As much as the chef would like to serve everyone at the same time, the last group came pretty late. He started serving our group and the other party of 2.
Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim

For such a small place there were so many servers. If I’m not mistaken there were about 6 waiters who provided quick and attentive service.

Chef Bruce informed everyone that dinner was made up of dishes that used all local ingredients to give the food a unique Filipino twist.
Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim

Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim

Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim
Chef Bruce serving the 1st course

I asked Chef Bruce what the soup was called. He told me none of the food that night had official names so I told him I’ll make up the names. He smiled and said, “go ahead.”
I loved, loved, loved the soup. It was inspired by laksa, my favorite Singaporean noodle dish. The big difference was the soup wasn’t spicy. It had a slight coconut flavor and the stock was very rich and flavorful. It reminded me of lobster bisque instead of laksa. The fish and noodles were the perfect foil to the rich soup. Our only gripe was the soup wasn’t hot. I told Chef Bruce about it and he listened because we watched with envy when we saw the next table’s piping hot soup pass us.
Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim
laksa inspired fish soup w/ sotanghon (vermicelli)

Chef Bruce torched the romaine leaves for our caesar salad. Honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference with my salad.
Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim

The chef explained to us that the caesar dressing was made with Filipino ingredients like calamansi and patis instead of lemon and anchovies. It worked! And instead of the usual fried chicken strips on the salad he added sinampalukang manok or chicken cooked in tamarind broth. I liked the salad but the chicken was a disappointment. It tasted like chicken poached in regular water  to me. I didn’t taste any sour flavor or otherwise.

Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim
Pinoy caesar salad w/ sinampalukang manok

The fried squid was super tender. The unique green mango salsa went well with the squid.
Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim
fried squid w/ green mango salsa

The main course was a perfectly steamed filled of senor lapu lapu or coral trout on a bed of mashed ube (purple yam). Chef Bruce explained that he added 10% potatoes to the ube mixture to make it less starchy. I was hesitant to try it since I was used to sweet ube halaya or ube ice cream. I was surprised that it was so good. There was the ube flavor but it also worked as a savory dish. The whole dish was liberally seasoned with Asian sesame oil which added another dimension to the fish and ube.
Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim
steamed senor lapu lapu on a bed of mashed ube

As a surprise to Michelle, the owner of Putong Ube, chef Bruce used ube and pandan puto in his mango trifle instead of the usual sponge cake.  Aside from puto there were also mango cubes and mango custard to cover it all. It was amazingly yummy! We all wanted seconds.
Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim
putong ube trifle

Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim
chunks of ube and pandan puto visible in the trifle

Chef's Table by Chef Bruce Lim
group picture in the kitchen w/ Chef Bruce Lim

Chef’s Table
1238 Emilio Jacinto St. cor Kalayaan Ave
Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City.
cellphone: (+63) 918 8871277
Dinner by reservation only

P1,500 per head (drinks included)

4 thoughts on “Dinner at Chef’s Table by Chef Bruce Lim

  1. i love laksa.  will definitely have to go and try it out one day, hopefully soon.  achie is asking how much was the damage.  hahaha.  see you soon.

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  2. I just watched his show (Bruce Lim)here in state @ tfc and he made some kind of soup with shrimp. I didn’t see what was the name coz half way to finish when i watched it. well, i’m kind of disgusting feeling when I sees him taste the soup with a big scoop silverware, then he kept putting it back and fort to a soup pot to his mouth to taste it.he should never ever do that, especially in front of camera and a show’s like that. he’s a chef, he should know a better procedure of how you act in front of camera. by doing this you’ll disappoint your viewers specially people who go to his restaurant if he has one! I’m not a chef, I’m ordinary mother of two wonderful teenage boys who loves to cook. so i never did what he does on his show in my kitchen tasting food,with same spoon. i used different spoon over and over evrytime I’ll give it a taste. using same spoon back and fort to a pot of soup and put it on his mouth then put it back again and again on his mouth. that was not good at all, he should know better than that. for me no matter what, if you’ll cook for your family or other people . you shouldn’t use same utensils for tasting food at all period! why! first and foremost GERMS from a person ,(cook) and lastly, it was disgusting plain and simple. that’s my opinion!

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