February 3, 2017

Privatus Dining Manila- Artisan Private Dining by Chef AJ Reyes in Maybunga, Pasig

Away from the bustling commercial streets of Pasig, is a newly opened restaurant that offers contemporary artisan dining in a modern-industrial setting.  Privatus Private Dining, an unassuming establishment tucked in a warehouse, banks on their radical interpretation of food, presentation, and service. 

Helming the kitchen, is the co-owner himself, Chef AJ Reyes, who trained under Chef Chele Gonzales of Vask, and Chef Bruce Rickets of Sensei Sushi, Mecha Uma, and Ooma fame.

Last week, we were invited to Privatus' media night for a private artisan dinner featuring Chef AJ's specially crafted menu, paired with cocktails concocted by resident mixologist and Privatus Dining F&B manager Mark Marquez.

Guests were welcomed with a glass of bubbly Espuma & Berries to complement the equally flavorful and savory tapas served before dinner.

The Sisig Croquetas (P245) are deep-fried balls with creamy sisig filling served with spicy mayo, while the Squash Blossoms (P200) are stuffed with seafood mousse served with uni mayo.

The course started with a cold appetizer of Shrimp & Singkamas (P295)- cabbage-wrapped shrimp topped with thin slices of pickled turnip and radish in aligue sauce.

For main course, the Inasal Stew (P385) was our personal favorite. Tender smoked chicken sous-vide in a special stock enhanced with a touch of apple cider vinegar.

It went perfectly well with the bowl of Fried Garlic Risotto (P185) that was also quite enjoyable to eat as it is. Though texture was not too creamy, the risotto was cooked to al dente with a nice firm bite.

The Local Wagyu (P985) features Kitayama striploin with glazed onions and assorted mushrooms.

We had our steak cooked to medium, and it was perfect! Our knives managed to cut through the steak with minimal effort, exposing a warm reddish-pink center.

After the main course, we were served with a Strawberry Shortcake (P220) for dessert. A strawberry mousse cake covered in a hard shell chocolate dome, surrounded by a beautiful mess of strawberry sorbet. 

While the first dessert was refreshing, we liked Privatus' signature Fried Ice Cream (P205) better. The unique salty-sweet combination of homemade mango ice cream, topped with fried pandesal and shoestring sweet potatoes, gave us a nostalgic feeling of childhood in every spoonful.

Privatus also houses a fine selection of hard-to-find wines, cavas, whiskeys, spirits, and beers.

Privatus Dining Ala Carte Menu:

For those looking for a nice and unconventional place to bring your date or even your family this coming Valentine's Day, why not take her out to a this restaurant within a warehouse in the outskirts of Pasig called Privatus Private Dining. Experience a premium, yet affordable artisan dining that offers a play of both textures and flavors, making sure that nothing is of the ordinary.

Privatus Dining
No. 8 F. Legaspi St. Brgy. Maybunga, Pasig City
Contact Num: 532-7511/ (0998)5900996
Privatus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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