Would you believe I’ve never eaten at Lusso before? I’ve been wanting to all these years but somehow the opportunity never came about. But when I read about Lusso’s new Afternoon Tea service I immediately dragged Rochelle to go try it.
Isn’t the outdoor seating area beautiful? If it wasn’t so hot that day I would have liked to sit there.
The restaurant’s dining area was quite small but very posh.
This was the first Afternoon Tea I’ve tried in Manila.
First we had to choose which tea we wanted from 6 varieties of Marriage Frères.
We sniffed each can of loose leaf tea until we found the one that we fancied.
We both skipped lunch and were ravenous so we started with an order of luxe fries. Unfortunately the fries were a bit hard and greasy. The cheese was quite mild and there was hardly any truffle scent or taste. The waiter did give us a dish of truffle salt which was rock salt drizzled with truffle oil. It helped a little.
Here’s the tea set for two. First thing I noticed was there was two sandwiches, two pastries of each kind but there were three scones. Why not four? I’m sure one scone won’t put the cost over budget. Well I should be happy it wasn’t only two scones.
I just love sandwiches without the crust. I felt like raising my pinky finger while eating these dainty sandwiches.
There were 5 kinds of sandwiches. From the picture below you may think that there’s so little filling but let me assure you that each one was well thought of from the unique spreads to the matching filling. Each creation was a subtle symphony on the palate, full flavored yet sublime.
My raison d’être were the scones. I’m always searching for good scones that don’t taste like hockey pucks. As soon as I saw the tall layered scones I knew it was going to be good.
The scone didn’t disappoint. It was moist, buttery, a little flaky, a nice touch of salt and best of all no baking powder after taste some scones have. This was one of the best scones I’ve ever eaten. I wish they had a selection of jams instead of just strawberry.
All three pastries were good including the cheesecake that I ate before I shot. I don’t like pavlova but this was so good. I think it was the mascarpone cheese (I think) on top of the meringue that did the trick. Another wish is a chocolate dessert.
I didn’t expect to get full with what seemed like a measly selection but I did. I was full, happy and satisfied. Thanks to Rochelle for giving me the second scone.
Sure Afternoon Tea is just sosyal and mahal na merienda but sometimes we just have to slow down, relax and have a cultured snack.
Right outside Lusso I took pictures of Ann Pamintuan’s gorgeous horses.
Rust is art.
LUSSO by Margarita Forés
G/F Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St
Legazpi Village, Makati
telephone: (02) 756-5893