We celebrated Valentine’s Day in advance at Impressions, a French restaurant in Resorts World Manila. It was very timely when we went there as the restaurant offered a special four-course-dinner called Romantic Rendezvous featuring some of their best French dishes perfect for the Valentine’s occasion.
As a couple, we make sure to go out on dates regularly. We love exploring the city and discovering romantic places to dine.
Our recent dinner date at Impressions was one for the books. The food, ambiance, and service were all outstanding. We felt like we’re the only people inside the restaurant. Amidst it all, and most importantly, we enjoyed our time together. <3
Romantic Rendezvous Starts
We started with a hearty Amuse Bouche. Technically, it’s not an appetiser but usually served complimentary and depends on the chef’s selection thus the word “amuse”. It means ‘to tease the palate’.
What was served to us was a flavorful mousse of scallops and celery crumble served with orange scented tuile and basil oil. It was a great starter, to say the least.
For the actual appetizer, we had Twice Cooked Duck Liver, – poached and seared foie gras.
It came with arugula, smoked beet puree, and red onion marmalade. The ingredients complemented smoothly. We love the bitterness from the arugula, sweetness from the beet puree and the flavor of the soft foie grass.
A comforting, creamy white soup of mussels and leeks, edamame and Akagai clam meat meuniere, micro salad came next.
We also learned that Akagai or surf clam is sourced from the pristine and untarnished Northern Atlantic Ocean. Add to that the soup’s appetizing aroma.
Creamy Broth of Mussels & Leeks
Dinner Date Mains
Three kinds of specialty dishes are available for the main course.
For him, the tempting Slow-Roasted U.S. CAB Prime Rib (200grams) served with mashed potato, ratatouille and Yorkshire pudding and Veal Jus is the best choice.
For her, the Roasted Chilean Sea Bass would be good specially if she wants something light and refreshing.
For the more sophisticated, the Minute Marinated French Duck Breast would be the good choice.
Mr. Seats For Two chose the slow-roasted prime rib while Mrs. Seats For Two got the Chilean Sea Bass.
The former’s meat was very tender, juicy, and flavorful. It’s evenly cooked as well.
The latter, white and flaked tender meat of Chilean Sea Bass was perfect with the chive cream sauce. It comes with leek and oyster risotto and sauteed mushroom as well.
Being sweets lovers, we always anticipate the dessert. And Impressions did not disappoint.
We were caught by surprise when they served us a small pink ball with a matching cute hammer. In an instant, the server hammered the ball and cracked it open! While the element of surprise still lingered, a light red sauce was poured over.
It turns out that inside the ball are more surprises – small and bite-sized sweets and savoury appetizers called mignardises – a French word which means petit four. Add to that some dark chocolates, a macaron, and tiny gummy bears. 🙂
And finally, concluding our romantic Valentine’s Dinner Date is a dessert called Mixed Berries and Dark Chocolate with 70% Valrhona Gelato, chocolate soil and meringue. (photo above)
Impressions’ Valentine’s Day Romantic Rendezvous features dishes brilliantly selected by Chef Cyrille Soenen, Director of Culinary Arts. Impressions is a French restaurant located at Maxims Hotel in Resorts World Manila.
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Address: Maxims Hotel, Newport Blvd ewport City, Pasay, 1301 Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 908 8883
Sunday 11AM–3PM, 6–10PM