By way of Milan, we have a poppin’ new spot to eat at here in Manila. Davide Oldani, the creator of ‘Cucina Pop’ has partnered with local restaurateurs to give Filipinos an affordable Michelin-starred dining experience. Yup, you read that right… Michelin-star cuisine at friendly peso prices.
My husband and I were invited to the tasting preview of Foo’d by Davide Oldani by one of our favorite food-dee (pun intended) couples, Eric and Kidd Dee. They make up part of Foodee Global Concepts, the multi-brand food group that’s responsible for Todd English Food Hall, Tim Ho Wan, Sunnies Café, Ilao Illao, amongst others. Jon and I sat down for a 4 course meal of Oldani’s signature dishes developed with innovative kitchen techniques; we came upon the taste and synergy of tradition and creativity. This marks my first dinner wherein I’ve had three different gelato flavours -- one in an appetizer, and the others in two different desserts!
I can see the establishment being a sensation; the restaurants Michelin-star-level quality to cost ratio should keep it successful. Especially since they’re replicating the same formula as the thriving original eatery D'O in Milan. I read, in fact, that the philosophy of ‘Pop Cuisine’ aims for accessibility to a broad audience, in terms of both taste and price. We were told that 3 courses could set you back a whopping P800, and 4 for P1,200. Guests can come back and try different plates -- with attractive (read: Instagram-able) pictures to boot! Plating and presentation doesn't take a back seat as you'll see below...
Caramelized Onion, 24 Months Aged Grana Padano Gelato, Grana Padano Hot Cream
CACIO E PEPE
Spaghetti, Horseradish, Lemon, Pecorino Romano, Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
IBERICO PORK RIBS
Compressed Iberico Pork Rib, Porcini Sauce, Liquorice
Dehydrated Meringue, Cacao Crumble, Curry Almonds, Lettuce Gelato
DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSE
Cacao Crumble, Framboise, Dark Chocolate Gelato, Maldon Salt