FOO'D by Davide Oldani

May 22, 2017 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Michelin Star Chef Davide Oldani Shares the Taste of Milan in Manila. The renowned chef and impeccable palate behind some of the world's most famed restaurants, Michelin Chef Davide Oldani finally came to Manila on January 18, 2017, to share his world of flavor. He recently opened his first concept restaurant outside Milan, FOO'D by Davide Oldani at Shangri-La The Fort, BGC. I was recently invited to experience a 3-course lunch in this Michelin Star Chef's restaurant.
UPDATE: For new items on the menu, read my blog post, FOO'D Introduces New Items on the Menu.

Chef Davide Oldani, a well-respected name across all borders, honed his skills and his palate under some of the best chefs in Italy, including Chef Alain Ducasse, Michel Roux Jr., pastry chef Pierre Hermes and mentor Gualtiero Marchesi, the first chef in Italy to earn three stars from Michelin. 
Oldani is well-known for his innovative approach to Italian cuisine through his distinct Cucina Pop style, which masterfully weaves together incredible flavors into simple but surprising dishes. Cucina Pop follows a humble philosophy that all aspects of the meal - and not merely the food that is prepared - should be executed to a level of excellence and with passion. Everything is considered down to the finest detail. From the types of table, glassware, and utensils - each in their simplicity and elegance must help elevate the meal and create a memorable experience for the dinner. His concept of pop cuisine also includes creating high-end dishes without being very expensive. He was able to achieve that by using ingredients that are in season for it to be cost-effective.

Sharing our fine dining experience at FOO'D:
They serve complimentary bites and bread that are made fresh every day. Even the complimentary bread is really very good. What I love about this restaurant at this point is that the chefs are the ones who serve the dishes and explain the meal to you. After all, they know it best because they are the ones who made it.
We had a three-course meal which is composed of an Antipasto (Starter), Secondo (Second/Main Dish), and Dolce (Dessert). 
Cipolla Caramellata. Caramelized onion, 24 months aged grana padano gelato, grana padano hot cream. It's so good, definitely the best onion I ever had in my life! Not kidding about this. I love the contrast of temperatures, from the hot onion to the cold gelato. There is puff pastry underneath the onion which makes it more indulging.
Riso Chicken and Prawn. Spring chicken, veal jus, spicy raisins, scent of thyme, creamy carnaroli. This is their default primo-secondo for the two and three-course meals. Basically, FOO'D is an Italian restaurant so instead of serving it with rice, they serve it with risotto. Which is almost the same thing, except it's Italian. lol.  
Other options for the Primo-secondo are some of the following:
Riso Cochinillo. Roast pork, porcini sauce, raddish, shimeji mushrooms. 
Riso Iberico Pork Ribs. Compressed pork rib, porcini sauce, liquorice. Topped with mascuvado bread crumbs. Good and tender.
Beef "All'olio." Wagyu beef cheek, borderlaise, asparagus, trout caviar. This was what I chose for my primo. The beef cheek was really thick, it's a good serving that can sate you. You don't have to worry about it being thick, though. The beef cheek is so tender that it melts in your mouth. I also love the caviar. Absolutely delicious. 
Cheesecake. Ricotta mousse, sable strawberry, basil. I find this really cute because it looks like a rose. You have to eat this with all the portions to be able to appreciate it well. I like how it wasn't too sweet, it was just right. The petals on the plating is also edible. 
Dark Chocolate Mousse. Cacao crumble, framboise powder, dark chocolate gelato. Just perfect for me. This was what I ordered for my dolce. Again, eat it with all portions included. 
Lemon Curd. Dehydrated meringue, cacao crumble, curry almonds, lettuce gelato. I love how this was plated and the lettuce gelato was amazing. Again, you have to mix both when you try it. I feel bad about destroying the plating once we tried it, though. 
Overall, I would say that the dishes in FOO'D have a contrast of texture, flavors and temperature. They also focus on good proportions and has that signature of a delicate style. You definitely appreciate the Michelin Star in this one. 
FOO'D offers two and three-course menus during lunch time, and three to five-course menu at dinner time. You may check out the details below:

FOO'D Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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