100th Post: Valentine’s Lunch Date in Villa Cafe

I am not the kind of person who looks forward to Valentine’s day, I celebrate it but I don’t get too excited. Maybe because of the lack of fascination and adornment that I find when it comes to receiving flowers, or MAYBE I am just not really into the whole idea of how couples nowadays feel that making Valentine’s day special is an obligation. I have felt this way ever since, even when I was still committed to someone #SoHindiAmpalayaBreakfastKoOkay? :)) I also have to say that my Dad has always made this day special for me, so I never expected anything from anyone.

Valentine’s day fell on a Tuesday – a school day. So I had my parents for the whole afternoon. I brought them to Villa Cafe and treated them on a lovely lunch date 🙂

Villa Cafe is a bantam restaurant located in Makati. Chef Sau del Rosario was one of the great minds behind this Kapampangan restaurant so I knew it would not disappoint. #FanGirlModeOn

It’s hard not to fall in love with this restaurant, from the open kitchen, scrumptious menu, to the very calming and lovely interiors.

The personal touch in every corner of the restaurant gave me that feel-at-home vibes.

Tinapa Pate 

The perfect appetizer for my Dad and I! We finished this in minutes.

Mocha latte for Mom’s pick me upper.

Mango Lassi

You can never go wrong with a mango drink when in the Philippines.

Native Chicken Sale

We did not expect it to be this huge. Villa Cafe’s portion size is good to share with 2-3 people. Something that we did not expect because the prices were inexpensive.

We really liked the hearty broth with a hint of lemongrass. Perfect for the rainy day.

Fresh Pacu and Prawn Salad with Coconut Vinaigrette

We were quite disappointed with this. The fern leaves that was served to us were not fresh anymore 🙁 The coconut vinaigrette was very tasty though! 🙂

Chicken Galantine

One of my favorite dishes. The galantine was delicately made and full of flavor. Being a fresh culinary graduate, this made me excited.

Daddy’s favorite dish is callos and he is very particular about it. I would be lying if I say I was not a little nervous when he said he is getting this as I did not want him to get disappointed.

..and I am happy he was not! He loved this dish so much he said it reminded him of the callos my late grandmother used to cook. Yay!

Baked Oysters x Fresh Oysters

My Dad went crazy and indulged these oysters from Aklan.

Quick Tip: When you want FRESH and MOUTHWATERING oysters, go here at around 2PM. That’s when the oysters are delivered straight from Aklan. My Dad is an oyster lover and has ordered from lots of different restaurants already, and he said that Villa Cafe has the best oysters in the Metro!  🙂

Pandan Sans Rival

Velvety buttercream with delicate layers of cashew. This is such a great end to our meal!

Homemade Cashew Tart

Villa Cafe’s second floor 🙂

It was really fulfilling to take my parents out on Valentine’s Day. I can do this every year and be the happiest!

 

xx

R <3

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