If you are out to create an impeccable impression on your date, then take her to Blackbird Restaurant. Set within the historic Nielson Tower in Ayala Triangle in Makati, Blackbird oozes with appeal, class, and a romantic ambiance. For those who are not yet acquainted, the Nielson Tower was the former radio tower and passenger terminal of the old Nielson Airport, which once served domestic and international flights.
At Blackbird, expect first-rate service in a fine-dining setting. Diners may choose to go to the Grill Room, the main dining hall of the restaurant; the Cabin, for big groups who want exclusive private dining; and the Garden and Terrace, for those who prefer Alfresco dining.
But we were not out on a date when we went here. It was for the annual Christmas celebration last year with my colleagues. We booked a seat at the Grill Room. The soft lights that bathe the space created an ambiance that is both sophisticated yet relaxed.
After scanning and carefully scrutinizing Blackbird’s menu, we settled for the following dishes:
- Roast salmon, cauliflower puree, Guanciale and Crispy lentils
- Branzino fillet, roast fennel, tomato, potatoes, lemon and rocket
- Grilled tiger prawns, nori and wasabi butter, and spring onion roti
- Courgette, goats cheese, spinach, chili and garlic
- SRF Wagyu flatiron, smoked potato puree, shimeji, bacon and red wine jus
- Dry rubbed Wagyu hanger steak, mustard butter and twice cooked chips
In terms of presentation, the dishes were plated beautifully, like works of art on display. They were attractive, the typical “too-hard-to-eat” type of arrangement. But of course, it would be a sin not to enjoy the flavors of such fine-looking dishes.
Taste is as what one would expect from a fine-dining restaurant. They were very good; all cooked just right. I particularly loved the beef dishes because the meats were moist and tender. The servings were, however, very small. While patrons and other diners do not come to Blackbird expecting a buffet spread, the servings could use just a little more extra.
Again, Blackbird is a fine-dining restaurant so expect to dig a little deeper into your pocket. Furthermore, aside from food, what you really pay for in a restaurant such as this is the experience. Thus, despite Blackbird’s soaring prices, the occasional indulgence wouldn’t hurt, especially if you are celebrating.
Story by Khris Macalma-Jose
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