As Filipinos can find any excuse to celebrate with family and eat, it is not surprising that Father’s Day is now quite a big event in Manila. Restaurants and hotels offer generous promotions to entice food-loving families to celebrate and dine in their places.
One of them is our favorite, Gourmet Gypsy Art Café. Owned and operated by Chef Waya Araos-Wijangco, Gourmet Gypsy Art Café offers an eclectic menu – Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cuisine comfortably served alongside Asian dishes.
Their Father’s Day menu did not disappoint and came with a healthy twist. The menu featured “ketofied” dishes (dishes that has no carbs and no sugar but high in protein) and the normal indulgent version of it.
The Appetizer Buffet featured Leeks and Mushroom Pie vs. Leeks and Mushroom cup; Saffron Arancini (with cooled rice) vs. Albondigas (meat balls, no bread crumbs); Roasted Veggie Salad and Curry Deviled Eggs. This was an eye-opener as we truly enjoyed the “ketofied” dishes and thus felt not at all guilty that we’re inhaling them, so to speak.
The Main dish was a choice of Sous Vide Steak with Sauteed mushrooms; Salmon Steak with French beans; or Thick cut Pork Chops with Braised Lentils. There is also a choice of side dish : Roasted Cauliflower or Sweet Potato Hash. My husband, Adolf got the Steak which he said was “tender, flavorful and simply, very good!” I ordered Salmon with the Green Goddess dressing, French beans and roasted cauliflower. The salmon was cooked perfectly with crunchy skin and well-seasoned meat. Nope, no rice!
The Dessert Buffet also offered the regular and keto version of Strawberry, Dayap curd and Mascarpone cups; Miso Butterscotch Banofee; Matcha Crème Brulee, Mini Pavlova and Chocolate Tarts. Holy moly! And because we wanted to compare the taste profile of a regular and “ketofied” dessert, we had 2 of each! Whoever said researching is boring, must be in the wrong industry! Hahaha! The verdict? Keto desserts are as good as the regular ones! Sweetness is coming from an organic source with zero refined sugar.
We ended the meal fully satisfied and happy. The quality of the food was top notch. The selection was curated to complement each other and create not an assault to the palate but more of a harmony. We consumed less sugar, less carbs and thus made a good decision to eat healthy and mindfully.
Happy Father’s Day Adolf!
Gourmet Gypsy Art Café is located at 25 A. Roces Ave, Q.C. Tel #662-0880.