Grilled to Perfection: Chef Gastón Riveira Visits La Cabrera's Newest Branch in Manila
On Christmas Eve last year, La Cabrera took over the location of the iconic Paparazzi restaurant in EDSA Shangri-La Manila. When it opened the doors of its second branch, diners were welcomed to a posh bar filled with top shelf wines, liquors, and spirits. The bar leads to the main atrium of the restaurant, adorned with trinkets and decors evoking a homey vibe. In contrast to Parrilla La Cabrera in Argentina, its Filipino iterations are elegantly designed and give a first-class fine dining treatment to its straightforward Argentinian fare.
Parrilla La Cabrera has consistently made it to Latin America's Best Restaurants in the recent years. With no frou-frou Argentinian steaks distinctively grilled La Cabrera-style (using only the heat emitting from the enormous oven at the side with only charcoal and fire) and paired with a good selection of wines ranging from the Calchaquíes Valleys in the North to the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja, all the way down to Patagonia—indeed it is one of the best in the region and among other parrillas.
Chef and owner Gastón Riveira flew in on February 6 from Argentina to welcome Manila's discerning gastronomes and gourmands and treat everyone the best that Argentinian cuisine has to offer. Carlo Lorenzana and Bobby Tenchavez, proprietors of La Cabrera Manila, guided the guests on each course and also gave few words about La Cabrera and its chef extraordinaire. To cap off the night, guests were treated with a special performance of Tango, which briefly transported everyone to Buenos Aires for few magical minutes.
In the exclusive dinner specially prepared for select guests, food offerings include three types of steaks, namely cuadril (coulotte), entraña (skirt), and asado del centro (beef short ribs). All prepared using a grill custom-made as per spefications of La Cabrera, and without any aging or marinade but only seasoned with salt locally sourced from Pangasinan. Befittingly, the special menu which also features provoleta (grilled provolone cheese) and caesar salad was paired with Lagarde Guarda Malbec DOC 2013. The decadent desserts such as panqueque de Dulce de Leche y Helado (crepe filled with Argentine Dulce de Leche) and chocotarta (creamed dulce de leche layered with chocolate cookie crusts) were complemented by glass servings of Altas Cumbres Extra Brut 2017. Moreover, diners were indulged with a special serving of La Cabrera's signature deep fried beef chicharrones, that is not for the fainthearted.
La Cabrera, 1 Garden Way, Ortigas Centre, Mandaluyong City, +632.633.8888