Two Happy Sisters, One Hearty Supper

Finally, Ate is here in Manila for a seminar/training!  I have been looking forward to her visit because I wanted to take her to The Fort in Taguig. Last night we braved the rain to have dinner at Conti’s in Serendra. I have heard a lot of good words about the pastry shop/restaurant and I wanted to try the dishes for myself.

Starting out as a simple family restaurant in the heart of Paranaque, 
Conti’s opened with just a few tables and the desire to serve people with delectable dishes. 
Coming back for the delightful Mango Bravo, the tasty Baked Salmon among others, 
people found a place where they could gather with family and friends 
and enjoy scrumptious meals together. 
Thus, Conti’s earned a following of loyal and satisfied customers.

As usual, there were a lot of diners. The place is not too big so we were given the option to wait for a table or stay on the second floor al fresco area. Since Ate was really hungry and thinking the customers would not leave too soon because of the rain, we opted to stay on the second floor.

We ordered a solo serving of Mango Royale Salad (P90)- iceberg lettuce with fresh mango cubes tossed with special house dressing. It is a simple yet refreshing salad. The dressing is a little sweet but it tastes so good along with the lettuce and mango. The serving is really only for one. We thought the servings are huge. We could have ordered the one for sharing (P160).

I had Chicken Roulade with Saffron Mushroom Risotto (P255) - roulade of chicken with spinach, cheese and caramelized onion (with garlic rice P225). This is like cordon bleu but with simpler stuffing. The sauce (which is I think gravy) is so tasty. The marinated boneless chicken is tender and scrumptious. I also like the sweet and crunchy carrot slices on the side. Too bad the risotto tastes like java rice with lots of butter. Saffron has a distinct flavor- a mixture of sweet and bitter. No trace of this spice at all.

Ate opted for Herb Crusted Fillet of Fish (P220) served with apple potato salad and buttered corn rice. I like this better than my choice. The fish fillet is light, tender and moist. It is so flavorful and generously seasoned with herbs, salt and pepper.

Apple Potato Salad- apples, potatoes, carrots and chicken chunks. I am a fan of potato salad and this didn’t disappoint me. It has a rich and lively flavor. The crisp apple slices give a fresh edge to the potato salad.

This corn rice is the best! The delicious flavors of butter and garlic combined in this simple rice mix are just so perfect I can eat this on its own. I told Ate to try cooking this at home so we can experiment on the taste.

Of course we didn’t leave the restaurant without trying on the famous frozen Mango Bravo (P120/slice). The slice is actually big enough to share. Why is this dessert so popular? Well, it is a chilled and crunchy cake with cashew, mango chunks, chocolate mousse and meringue filling and covered with white mango cream, topped with mango chunks and drizzled with chocolate syrup. It’s a piece of heaven! It is not overly sweet and it is light on the stomach. We were tempted to buy the small cake (P425) (big cake P995) to bring home to Pampanga on the weekend but we were afraid it would melt right away so we just content ourselves with the slice.

Overall, the food is superb. I will consider coming back to try on the other entrees. What is unsatisfactory is the slow service and inattentive staff. We were seated for five minutes already before a server gave us the menu and took our orders. Our slice of cake arrived after ten minutes. Asking for the bill took us eight minutes and another ten minutes to give back the change.

Have you tried dining at Conti’s? What are your favorite dishes? How was your experience?

*** Conti’s Pastry Shop and Restaurant
1C-17 Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
(02) 856.23.52 to 53 and (02) 901.34.86


Michelle Chic said...

the food looks amazing! wish i can go there!

Rhia said...

Conti's is one of my fave restaurants! I love their uber tasty salmon too! I forgot the first food that I've ordered there, but I will eternally love Mango Bravo! Yay! Now I'm hungry.

eelectroCutee said...

the food looks yum!!! :)


siwing said...

omggggg. the food looks shoo good !!!! you're making me hungry !! =D haha

claudia isabella said...

thx for following me :) i followed u too
wow, those picts makes me really hungry. it's great that you've tasted them.

Cloudy Day

l-article said...

The food looks soooo delicious!! I really want to eat that cake off my screen lol XD

Turquoise and Lily said...

the food makes me hungry and now my stomach's growling :) nice blog.. please visit my blog and follow if you like it. thanks and have a nice day :)

Charming Vanity said...

Those food look sooooo delicious! Gosh...i'm hungry now..


Phoebe said...

OMG! hahaha ack! im so hungry right now just looking at these pictures. I've tried Conti's but only there superb lasagna. I think they have the best I've tasted. haha

Phoebe R

InsideOut Elle said...

I must try that mango bravo cake! I've never heard of it here....but it sounds very interesting...a crunchy cake :D!?

Honey Andrade said...

Oh. MY. God.

I'm starving.

Maria said...

Hello all! The food is really great. Thank you for liking my post! Happy Saturday! :)

EveryDay Makeup (becky) said...

mango royale salad looks really yummy! I want to try it lol. I love the food photos by the way. They are very clear.

Diya said...

mmmm that cake looks delicious!!! your description is making me drool


Amanda "Creamy" Apriani said...

nice food. .

Stevia said...

the cake is looking so tempting!


bourbon fatal said...

that looks yummy! :D

Ladawan said...

hi maria! nagutom ako hehehe...

Maria said...

Thank you so much all! I'm so glad you like my posts. :)

Justine said...

This looks SO good!

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Just Better Together

*MrsMartinez* said...

Mango Bravo hooray!

...crickette... said...

i miss conti's i think i'll schedule lunch/dinner there soon with my bestie! haaaaaay, food tlaga! ang sarap! i love conti's `cus it's not so expensive but the food is really yummy!

Maria said...

I miss Conti's too. I want to come back there soon. Thanks for dropping by! :)