A few weekends ago I was invited by my sister to join her group of friends to a Pampanga food trip. I am not one to say no to food – although in this case, it was not really a free meal. But the opportunity to enjoy a meal at the very in-demand private dining venue, Denlim’s Kitchen, was too hard to pass up. I understood from my sister that her group had to make a reservation months in advance. I also understood that Denlim’s Kitchen was already fully booked the entire 2016 until first quarter of 2017. And it’s really not a big surprise why. Let me enumerate the reasons….
One: Bread and Spread
Two: Oriental Cashiew Salad. Seriously one of the best salads I’ve tasted in my life!!!
Three: Garlic Mushroom and Mussels
Four: The Shrimp Anghelita
Five: The Pasta Amore!
Six: My personal favorite because of my weakness for salmon…Boiled Salmon and Asparagus in dill cream
Seven: Mammoth Beef BBQ – falls off the bone!!!
Eight: Last but not the least… and certainly the most memorable…Pugon Liempo
What the meal lacked, unfortunately, was some good wine. I mean, the venue was really cozy. The long wooden table was meant to witness long conversations, friendly debates, and laughter. If I ever get a chance to go again, I would require my group to bring some good bottles of red.
The cost of the meal was not bad. It’s meant to be shared by a minimum of 12 people – which would bring cost per head to P1,500 (what you would pay for any good meal in Makati and BGC nowadays). And there was so much food that we actually brought home leftovers without having to fight for it!
For his popularity and success, Chef Den Lim is really very humble. While we watched him prepare our meal, he would happily answer our questions and share his own stories. It was really a pleasure to get to know him.
To inquire: https://www.facebook.com/denlimskitchen