Sala Restaurant has been a favorite of mine for many years (as well as People’s Palace) as Chef Colin Mackay really knows how to run a great restaurant. The success of The Blackbird Restaurant a few minutes walk away is testament to that.
Despite all the new and shiny restaurants opening it is always great to go to a local favorite like Sala where you know the ambience is relaxing, the service professional and the food top notch.
Sala is small, quaint and relaxing. The tables are not crowded together, the acoustics are good and there is a nice view onto the courtyard where you forget that Makati Avenue is but a few meters away.
A Great Start
There can be no better start to a meal than a refreshing glass of good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. We tried The Ned 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand P580 glass/ P1440 bottle and thoroughly enjoyed the crisp and vibrant flavors. It was a typical NZ Sauv Blanc that was to serve as a magnificent contrast to our next oak aged Spy Valley “Envoy” Sauvignon Blanc 2011.
My starter was a Moorish soup of chorizo, chestnuts and saffron P480 that was a delight of hearty tomato, spicy chorizo and a textured chestnut finish that lasted long on my palate.
The Spy Valley “Envoy” Sauvignon Blanc 2011 P1060 (special price from Lester of Zen Asia) was a perfect accompaniment to my soup as it was full bodied and in the earthy French style of a Bordeaux white. The color, bouquet and taste left you wanting to buy 6 to take home and enjoy with your home-made Primed dishes such as Squash Carbonara or Lamb Shoulder with daikon and squash “rice”.
Other Appealing Starters
Timbale of tiger prawn and crab remoulade with lemon and chive vinaigrette P480
Seared fresh Breton scallops, cauliflower puree, golden raisin and caper relish, bacon and rocket salad P720
Wonderfully Rich and Full-flavored Main
My main was a Slow braised veal cheek, Brussels sprout and bacon Colacannon, horseradish gremolata P1100. My dish was melt-in-your-mouth delicious with other appealing main courses being:
Juniper and thyme roast duck breast, roast pears and parsnips, carrot puree and cranberry jus P1480
Dry rubbed and grilled lamb cutlet and tenderloin, pumpkin pansotti, spinach and goat’s cheese P1480
Grilled Mulwarra beef tenderloin, guanciale roasted mushroom, horseradish potato galette and confited garlic jus P1880
In keeping with my Primed Lifestyle my dessert was nothing sweet but a double espresso with no sugar or milk.
Great Wines from Zen Asia
Being an Aussie citizen who was born in New Zealand I am slightly biased towards their wines. Lester Harvey from Zen Asia has some wonderful wines from these countries,(as well as South Africa). For a look at their wine stock please email Lester at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our red wine with the main course was an excellent South Australian red from Langhorne Creek called Heartland. The grapes were a combination of 51% Dolcetto and 49% Lagrein (typically northern Italian varietels but grown in South Australia). Their website accurately describes the wine as having a “smoothly textured palate of dark fruit, a bouquet garni of herbs and spices and a long savoury finish.”
The Final Words
I highly recommend Sala Restaurant for a Primed business lunch, a special occasion celebration or simply a group of friends like ours. Cheers Lester, Maureen, Dondi and Greg.
RESERVATIONS +632 750 1555 / +632 893 0242
6752 Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, Philippines