Filipinos love malls. There seems to be at least one mall in every city (and that is an understatement).

To celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary, we and the kids decided to visit the nearby, newly opened Ayala Malls The 30th. We were planning to dine at one of our favorite restaurants (I was craving for Mushroom Truffle Risotto), but as it was still on soft opening, our usual dishes were not yet available. Bummer!

Disappointed, we walked around the row of restaurants in search of an alternative place to eat, and chanced upon a quaint, French decor-inspired, somewhat fine-dining French-Italian restaurant called Lartizan (same owners of French Baker – a well known boutique bakery here).


I love the ambiance of the Lartizan. It was just perfect for our celebration. More so, that we were seated in their private area.

At the entrance to the restaurant, they featured an image of their Lobster Linguini. Rocco wanted to try lobster for the first time, so that is what he ordered. At Php925, it’s a bit on the pricey side…but it IS lobster.

The kids also tried the Honey Pumpkin Cream Soup topped with Foie Gras. They didn’t like it too much though, as they preferred it without the sweetness of the honey (and I didn’t bother to tell them about where Foie Gras comes from).


Alexa ordered the Mussels in Saffron Cream Sauce, which she enjoyed.


I wanted my truffle fix, so I ordered the Ravioli with Mushroom in Cream Truffle Sauce. It was yummy! I also ordered the Lox and Bagel, which is a classic bagel sandwich, with cream cheese and smoked salmon filling and potato strings on the side. The bagel made it heavy on the tummy so I only ate half, and was happy to bring the rest home to eat the next day.


Rob had the Filet Mignon Steak in Porcini Mushroom Sauce, which, though it had a flavorful taste, was a bit of a disappointment for the price, as the beef was slightly tough due to the presence of thick tendons (litid, as we call it locally) in the meat.

We were so full after the meal that we had no more space for dessert – which is unheard of in our family. But I did take home an Espresso Chocolate Chip cookie and a half loaf of their own baked ciabatta bread. We then headed home, brewed some tea, and enjoyed the rest of the evening.

Though dining at Lartizan could be described as excessively expensive, I find that it was still a good place to celebrate our anniversary. It’s not like you will be dining there every day anyway. I love also, that the kids had this type of dining experience. After all, as mentioned in one of our all-time favorite movies “The Hundred Foot Journey”, food is memories. Here’s to more years of being silly, laughing and eating!




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