Saturday, October 18, 2014

First bite at the Love Shack

Place: A little cramped. Nice, simple, and modern furnishings. The lighting was a little dark.



Food: Generally delicious. We ordered the Love Shack Salad, Porchetta Carbonara, the Love Shack Burger Creation 1, Chicken Steak, and some Freshly Baked Cookies.



The Love Shack Salad (Php 295) had lettuce, watercress, grapes, mangoes, goat cheese, and candied walnuts. They were all drizzled with a balsamic vinegar dressing. This one was a good way to start our meal. The vegetables and fruits were fresh, the leaves crisp. The various flavors complemented each other: the deep, pungent taste of the watercress, the sweetness of the mangoes and grapes, the sugary bitter flavor of the walnuts, the slight saltiness of the cheese, and the sweet-sour flavor of the balsamic vinegar. Each bite was vibrant.



Next, the Porchetta Carbonara (Php 290): al dente Rigatoni with a creamy white sauce and porchetta chunks. This pasta was flavorful. The sauce had a very pronounced pecorino cheese taste. This cheesy element went well with the salty and slightly sweet porchetta pieces. Delicious.



Then, the bestseller: The Love Shack Burger Creation 1 (Php 260). Beef patty with lettuce, tomato, blue cheese, and mushroom sauce, all nestling between sweet potato buns. This one was O-K. The beef had a strong pepper taste, which was not bad. Our problem was with the integrity of the patty. It didn't seem of high quality. The same could be said about the bread. As for the blue cheese and mushroom sauce, well, we barely sensed them. What we liked more were the golden and well-fried potato poppers that came with the burger.



Next, the Chicken Steak (Php 390): roasted chicken with mushroom gravy and hash brown. The chicken was well seasoned. The gravy was teeming with good, woodsy mushroom flavor. And the hash brown? Good! It was fresh, not oily nor salty.



Lastly, Freshly Baked Cookies (Php 65): five pieces of freshly baked (allow for 15-minute cooking time), soft cookies. We had chocolate chip and green tea cookies. They were good, not to sweet, and their flavors were authentic. The green tea ones were impressive to the palate as they exude real matcha flavor that was complemented by the white chocolate chips on top.

Price: Considering taste, quality, and serving size, we found the prices reasonable. The bill included an 8% service charge.

Service: Good! Our waitress Belle was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable about the dishes.



Love Shack is on the lower ground floor of SM Aura.

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