Last Tuesday, I went to SM Dasmarinas. My itinerary was first to get something in one of the stores located in that mall plus to pay a visit at MESA restaurant.
I’ve been to Mesa Restaurant at Skyranch in Tagaytay before and I’m quite familiar with their offerings, which is Pinoy dishes with a twist. There is actually a Mesa near my place which is located at Evia Lifestyle Center, but since I got an invite for the SM Dasmarinas branch, that is where I went (plus as I have mentioned I have another business to attend to in that place that day).
There are no customers yet when I arrived because the mall just opened. I was able to take a picture of the place. I can say that it was clean, cozy and looks comfortable.
I like that there is enough space for waiters to walk through in the middle. The tables and chairs were put in both sides of the room making dining more relaxing and convenient.
This egg shapes area is Mesa’s signature couch. According to the staff it is the first area that customers sit on. I think because it has this “private” feel.
Mesa SM Dasmarinas also has this function room that you can rent for a minimum amount of P5,000 food purchase. They also offer projectors (with additional fee) if you need one. Perfect for a small meeting or a get together, right?
THE FOOD WE HAD
Tawilis with Mangga on Spoon (P145). The bagoong on the side is perfect for this appetizer too.
Bellichon feast. Feast F (P350/ person). It consists of Crispchon roll with spicy pork liver sauce, gising-gising, Kare-kare beef and tripe, soup, steamed rice (unlimited). Drinks are not included. I suggest you try their house blend Iced Tea. So, if you are going to dine solo, this meal is perfect for you. Price starts from P230/person
Bagoong Rice (P165). Stir-fried rice tossed with shrimp paste with shredded green mango.
Tinapa Rice (P170). Stir-fried rice tossed with smoked fish flakes and topped with tomatoes and red salted egg.
Laing 2 Ways (P170). It consists of taro leaves, pork, shrimp paste and coconut cream topped with adobo flakes, served original and crispy. Among the dishes served to us, this one is my favorite. It was a perfect pair for the tinapa rice.
You’ll enjoy some showmanship if you’ll order these dishes
River Shrimp (Suwahe) on the rocks (P295). The clay pot on the left has hot stones inside. The suwahe were put there and after a few minutes they were cooked already.
Salt Crusted Apahap (Seabass). It was messy when the staff perform the showmanship (debone and cut the fish), but it was yummy! Yung feeling na asa tabing dagat ka habang kinakain mo ‘to, ang hayahay!
Crispchon (P1050 for 1/6, P1400 for 1/4, P2400 for 1/2 and P4550 for whole). If you’ll go there with friends and relatives, I suggest you try this. It’s served two ways. They’ll slice off the skin first along with some of the meat and then they will place it on a pandan crepe with cucumber.
Then they’ll roll it. All you have to do is to dip it in any of the 3 sauces with it.
After that, they will cook the remaining meat with either chili garlic or garlic oil.
and lastly for desserts, we had this toasted leche flan
The budget for a family of 3 if you want to go home really full is more or less around P1,000.
If you want to get updates for Mesa Restaurant SM City Dasmarinas please follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MesaSMDasmarinas/
They are located at Upper Ground Floor SM Dasmarinas Dasmariñas, Cavite
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