Last month our high school classmate, Raquel wanted to treat us for no reason at all. Well she said she wanted to thank some of us for convincing her to buy an iMac and helping her buy it and getting it delivered to her house. We would have happily done it without a reward. But since she insisted….
Raquel chose to treat us at Mamou Too! in Rockwell Power Pant. The first time I ate at Mamou was in Serendra when they just opened. That time I wasn’t into steak so I ordered a pasta dish which disappointed me so I never went back. I’ve always wondered why Mamou got so many accolades from bloggers and the press.
Quite a few restaurants in Manila now have built in bag hooks under the tables but what I like about this was the location of the hooks. The hooks were placed in the middle of the table so that your legs won’t hit your bag. Very smart.
We ate family style and shared all the dishes. I will only comment on the dishes I ate and tried since I was still on a restricted diet. I did try my best to be a good girl but I cheated with a few bites of unallowed food and ‘gasp’ dessert.
soft shell crab salad P400
While my other 10 friends shared the two salads above I had this harvest salad all to myself. This was my veggie requirement for dinner. I really enjoyed the glazed pecans, dried cranberries, cranberry stilton cheese and berry vinaigrette. All the things I haven’t eaten in months. (cheat #1)
Healdsburg’s harvest salad P325
It’s funny I never liked steak even when my family used to own a steak house several years ago. But being in the Cohen diet forced me to eat more protein rather than my favorite carbs. And now I love steak. And let me tell you I loved Mamou’s steak. Now I understand why both branches of Mamou are always full.
Angus Ribeye USDA Prime Grade Steak, 800g or 28 oz P2,800
For our group of 11 Raquel ordered 3 huge steaks. I thought it would be too much but we finished it all. I loved the charred exterior of the steak which was very flavorful while the interior was super tender and juicy. It didn’t taste oily at all.
Another house specialty was the citrus rubbed roast pork and chicken with Cuban red rice and cinnamon saba. It also came with black beans which we requested be served separately.
roast pork & chicken P595
The next 3 dishes are what I call Pinoy comfort food, dishes that you can eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. These dishes were served with the garlic red rice and the creamiest, yummiest scrambled eggs. Mamou told us we can also request duck eggs be used for an even more indulgent version. (cheat #2)
The spicy sweet tuyo (dried herring) wasn’t on the menu but those who know about it swear by it. Mamou told us that you can buy the same bottle spicy sweet tuyo from her other store The Blue Kitchen. I put a small piece of tuyo on my steak and it was delish!!
spicy sweet tuyo P295
On the other hand the duck adobo flakes was extremely good. Soft but a little crunchy, salty yet a little sour. It made it to the top of my list of “food I will eat once I finish my diet”. This is my idea of the perfect breakfast, Pinoy style.
duck adobo flakes P295
I took little bites of each dessert (cheat #3). The key lime pie was tart but not too tart. I googled schlagsahne and found out it was German for whipped cream. That’s all.
key lime pie with “schlagsahne” P145
The chocolate sans rival didn’t pass my crunch standard. The meringue layer was soft and chewy but still I loved it because of the dark chocolate buttercream and topping which wasn’t sweet but very chocolatey. I ate more than a bite. My biggest cheat of the night. But I didn’t regret it one bit. Yummmmm!!!
dark chocolate sans rival P285
A few weeks later I brought Rochelle to Mamou since I wanted her to try the duck adobo flakes since I knew she would like it. And she did!
I ordered the 8 oz. prime rib. It wasn’t as good as the charred steak but it was tender anyway. I was planning to eat half only but I finished the entire prime rib sans all the fat. Next time I’ll ask them to grill the prime rib briefly and serve the gravy on the side.
Wawa’s prime rib 250g or 8 oz P980
I was really eager to try the yorkshire pudding even though it was bad carbs. Unfortunately it wasn’t anywhere as good as the one I had at Lawry’s in Los Angeles. Probably because it was cold and it became hard. Maybe if it was hot and fresh from the oven it would have been light, airy and soft as it should be. Nevertheless I ate the whole thing. My first ‘bread’ in 6 months!
My prime rib came with two side dishes but I requested for the Healdsburg’s harvest salad instead potatoes or rice. They were so nice to give in to my request. The salad tasted even better the second time around.
Healdsburg’s harvest salad
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