February 10, 2014 2 Comments
As Laida Magtalas v.2.0 would put it:
“Wow! Big word(s)!”
For my birthday this year, and partially to make up for 2013, Kite and I decided to dine somewhere fancy schmancy. I had been wracking my brain on where that somewhere will be as early as several weeks leading to it. Fortunately, and just in the nick of time (read: before Kite beat me to it ;-)), the stars aligned and I was able to spot a fantastic offer from Deal Grocer – a 7-course degustation set from an esteemed restaurant the Kite and I have been eyeing for the longest time. Yey me!
It’s not impossible to feel intimidated by The Goose Station. Even at the onset, it has all the makings of a fine-dining place. It’s hidden in a not so easy to reach nook of BGC, a reservation is required, a dress code is strictly observed, and the entire dining space itself can seat only sixteen. Talk about intimate and private, yeah? Reading the menu is a challenge on phonetics as well. Hollandaise? Tuille? Gnocchi? Sous vide? Crème Anglaise? (Go ahead, permission to wipe off your epistaxis episode granted. :-P) I personally thought our experience might be spoiled by the potentially snooty and stuck-up nature of the restaurant.
A single step inside, however, was enough to change initial impressions. The staff were so warm and welcoming, we didn’t feel any snobbish air at all. The interiors itself, though dimly (and may I say romantically) lit, was a vision of simplicity, with black chairs, white linens, and not too overly adorned walls. Everything was surprisingly… casual and laidback. It didn’t feel cheap and bland, mind you. It struck the balance between a certain level of style and the guests still feeling comfortable.
When the courses started arriving, I realized that minimizing as many external distractions as possible may have been a deliberate decision. From the first item that touched the table (a scoop of butter atop a slab of cold stone I assumed was slate), down to the last dessert (a Ferrero Rocher-esque chocolate ball interestingly named Petite Four), it was clear that the food was the undoubted centerpiece and star of the show. The plating styles, the range of mouth feels, the succession of flavors, and the actual taste of the different components made obvious the amount of the thought, passion and attention given to each. I mean, seriously, just looking at the dishes was a feast to the eyes already!
A mouthful of this. A spoonful of that. Whiffs of distinct smells in between. Stellar, extraordinary, mind-blowing. That’s how well that tasting menu went. I know it’s a great – no superb! – multi-course meal if I can’t pick a favorite, and that was the case for Kite, too.
The foie gras cone was a symphony of complementing flavors. The tuna tartare was fresh and had an ever so slight hint of wasabe. The lychee mojito, was well, mojito. You can never go wrong with mojito… The Eggs Benedict we both didn’t want to end. How could one want it to end, really? It’s egg and hollandaise and truffle oil and bacon – just about everything good and wonderful in this world! The roasted scallop was perfect and that parmesan froth! Oh that parmesan froth… Until now I’m dumbfounded at how they were able to execute it. Finally, that strawberry granita. Refreshing defined. See how almost translucent those candied strawberries were? Good. Eats. I’m telling you, it would be a disservice to describe by words how each meal tasted. It really is something one needs to experience to fully appreciate. (That and I’m already at a lost of adjectives to use. :-P)
There was one dish, however, that didn’t quite deliver the same level of excitement the others did: the mussel salad with the cucumber sorbet. I didn’t quite understand what it was about. Kite could attest to this as my face made it pretty obvious. All the while I was thinking: “What did they want to achieve with this one?“. I’m not saying it wasn’t good though, because it was. I guess I just didn’t get it, get it.
That being said, it didn’t change that fact that we just had one heck of a brilliant dinner. In fact, it could very well be the best Kite and I have had together so far. That’s saying a lot because I was with a very picky eater, one who isn’t as adventurous as me when it comes to trying out cuisine that is unfamiliar and new. The restaurant promised a “unique dining experience that excites the senses: a smart casual ambience (sic), gracious service and a menu that is both delectable and innovative“, and it delivered. The end result? Two extremely satisfied customers (a very happy birthday boy included) who can testify about the greatness that is The Goose Station.
The Goose Station
G/F W Tower, 39th Street,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Telephone: +632 556 9068, +63 917 854 6673