Review: Exquisite Dining Experience at 71 Gramercy (Gramercy Residences, Kalayaan, Makati City)

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Review: 71 Gramercy at Kalayaan, Makati City

Located on the 71st floor of the luxurious Gramercy Residences in Makati, 71 Gramercy has easily become the destination of celebrities, as well as the elite and hip clubbing crowd. “Partying in the sky” definitely has its allure as it fills the air with great music and an equally amazing partying experience for everyone when the clock strikes 10 in the evening. It is also worthy to note that it isn’t just the partying crowd who flocks to the 71st floor resto-bar; even foodies with an appreciation for extraordinary fine-dining have been making their way to 71 Gram as well. Just last month, the classy restaurant merited a visit from Kris Aquino and was featured in her morning TV show, KrisTV. I’m a curious cat, so when I got invited to feature 71 Gram and have dinner with friends and with Chef Carlo Miguel, I came excited for what I was about to discover.


Ambiance: As I made my way to 71 Gram, I noticed that they had a special entrance different from the residence entrance. There is a dress code, I suppose, such as shorts are not allowed for males. For females, I’m guessing wearing of flip flops are not encouraged. There is an attendant stationed at the special entrance, who will assist you with your reservation, and usher you to the elevators. Out of the six residence elevators, two are especially reserved for guests of 71 Gram. I don’t think it’s exclusively for the 71 Gram customers, but they take priority in riding these two elevator units. I don’t think I have to mention this at all, but if it concerns you, the 71st floor won’t take too long to get to with their high-speed elevators, fit for a very luxurious residential condominium.

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High ceilings, posh interiors and artsy fixtures are the highlights of the enclosed dining area of the restaurant. Guests can also choose to dine at the al-fresco dining area, enjoying the breeze and the view of the night sky. If you grab a seat beside the windows, you’ll get to enjoy a spectacular unobstructed view of the city, with the sparkling lights of the metro smiling back at you.

Some people mihgt find fine dining intimidating, with its restrictions, and etiquette, and even the dress code. I do believe, though, that 71 Gramercy is a great place for celebrations, and if you’re getting a swanky dinner to celebrate something good, then you might as well dress the part.

Food

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French Onion Soup (Php 180)

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Oysters Rockefeller (Php 680 for Half a Dozen)

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Caprese Salad (Php 420)

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Bread served with Truffle Butter

We started with the French Onion soup, a great soup to whet the appetite. Their Rockefeller Oysters, with fine De-Claire oysters especially imported from France baked with garlic, spinach, parsley, and butter, delivers an unusual, but wonderful mix of flavors that I enjoyed. One of our favorites that night was the Truffle Butter, made with White Truffle imported from Italy. The Truffle Butter is like nothing you’ve never tried before.

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Mushroom Ravioli (Php 390)

A combination that can’t fail, the Mushroom Ravioli features mushroom ricotta and thyme ravioli with parmesan and truffle oil. Unlike other raviolis, the flavor of this dish did not rely on the sauce. In fact, there was hardly any on the dish. Despite this, we found a burst of flavor with every bite into the ravioli, and the parmesan that also lent its flavor to the dish.

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62 Degree Egg (Php 290)

The 62 Degree Egg, named because it was slow-cooked at a temperature of 62 degrees, aid in the middle of a delicious mix of shoestring potatoes, grilled asparagus, crisp prosciutto sour dough, and parmesan. The egg that sat in the middle of the dish was formed, yet soft and had a jiggly quality when the plate was shook. The dish was inspired by nature, mimicking an egg in the comfort of a nest. How do you eat it? You just mix it all up, and you enjoy without reservation. And if you’re ever wondering how it tastes, it tasted like salad with pik-nik, thanks to the shoestring potatoes that largely comprised the dish. I would definitely recommend this dish.

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Steak Tartare (Php 380)

If you aren’t familiar with tartare (as I was before I tried this dish) a steak tartare is ” a meat dish made from finely chopped or minced raw beef or horse meat.” And since I do love trying out unusual dishes, the word RAW did not faze me. Chef Carlo tells us that its his wife’s favorite dish, and you just have to try it with an open mind. The hand-cut US Angus Beef Tartare tasted good, with its mix of flavors, and wasn’t as icky as I pictured in my head. The thick-cut fries were my favorite, though. But a word of warning for those who are not great with raw food: the steak tartare did not sit well in my stomach. So eat with caution.

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Pork Belly & Scallops (Php 420)

If you wanted to go for something “safe” and “familiar”, order the Pork Belly & Scallops. No one can mess up Pork Belly. It just naturally tastes good, only this one is slow-roast and accompanied by seared scallops and cauliflower puree, so it takes your pork belly standards a notch higher.

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Maryland Crab Cakes–Two jumbo lump crab cakes served with remoulade (Php 390)

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Duck Sisig — French duck leg and foie gras sisig on roast garlic risotto
with calamansi foam (Php 680)

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Chilean Sea Bass–Rich melt-in-your mouth fish, tender, buttery with thick large flakes (Php 980)

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Fully Loaded Baked Potato (Php 150)

Many of the dishes were incredibly hard to resist. And even though I’m nto a fan of rice, the brown rice pilaf partnered with the tender Chilean sea bass easily got me taking big bites off the organic and herby brown rice. One of the sides, the Fully Loaded Baked Potato did not misled when it said it was fully loaded. Mixed in with butter sour cream cheddar cheese bacon and chives, this side dish was so big and satisfying. It’s something I can imagine I would eat on its own, yes, as a main dish, and not as a side. But with all the other tasty fare, I don’t think I’ll be happy just eating potatoes and bacons at 71 Gram.

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Tournedos Rossini (Php 1480)

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US Pork Baby Back Ribs (Php 880)

For mains, we had Tournedos Rossini and the US Pork Baby Back Ribs. The Tournedos Rossini is one of their most expensive dishes in their menu, and for a very good reason: It’s practically roast prime U.S angus beef tenderloin & sautéed foie gras with potato galettes spinach and truffled jus. And the US Pork Baby Back Ribs did not disappoint. Local pork ribs can hardly compare to the size and thickness of the US Pork Baby Back Ribs. If you think it’s pricey, consider just how many servings this chunk of flavorful meat can be stretched for. There were six of us, and there were still left-overs good for two more people. But it isn’t just the size of it, but the quality of the flavor. 71 Gram’s US Pork Baby Back Ribs is smoked, unlike many places that cook ribs braised. According to Chef Carlo Miguel, braising ribs is like serving fake barbecue. As compared to braising, smoking gives a completely different texture, wherein the ribs are tender but not too wet.

Desserts

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Pavlova (Php 260)

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Banana Tartetatin (Php 220)

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Cheesecake (Php 280)

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Chocolate Fondant (Php 260)

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Salted Caramel Macarons

To cap off what has been an extraordinary dinner for me, 71 Gramercy just happens to also serve the most perfect desserts. It was my first time to have a bite off the Pavlova, a meringue-based dessert with a crisp outer texture, and a light core. This is completely different from the local meringue dessert, which many finds overwhelmingly sweet, and just air-filled in its core. Since Chef Carlo grew up in Australia where Pavlova is considered a staple dessert, he’s been making this dessert for years and has put his own twists to it. The Pavlova is my favorite dessert among all the desserts served that night, and I wonder why not a lot of restaurants offer it on their menu? :(

The Salted Caramel Macarons, although not listed on their menu, is my second favorite dessert of the night. I’m a big fan of salted caramel, and I would eat anything salted caramel. The macarons were just a perfect balance between the sweet and salty flavors battling it out on my tastebuds. I don’t know if you can request for this from a secret menu, but if you’re ever at 71 Gram, ask for these! It’s perfect!

The Chocolate Fondant features a lava cake with hazelnut ice cream and vanilla on the side. I loved the lava cake, but wasn’t a big fan of the ice cream flavor choice. 71 Gram’s Cheesecake and Banana Tartetatin each had their own merits, and should also be on your must-try list of your a fruit-based dessert fan.

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The view from 71 Gramercy, Makati

Post-dinner, we made our way outside to appreciate the view from the open-air area of the resto-bar. The view was amazing, and I don’t know where else in the country you can find that exhilarating feeling of watching the sunset or dining while appreciating the view of the metro.

I won’t deny it. 71 Gramercy isn’t very affordable for most of us, but it’s not a place I can cross off my list of happy places. I do find that while I can’t probably enjoy regular dinners at 71 Gram, I regard it as a new go-to place for special occasions, celebrations, and unusual events where you just can’t and don’t skimp on great food. It’s going to be up there, on top of most people’s list of destination places for important moments and once-in-a-lifetime happenings.-HANA

13 comments to Review: Exquisite Dining Experience at 71 Gramercy (Gramercy Residences, Kalayaan, Makati City)

  • Analaine Laurio  says:

    It was my dream to go there, hope I could go there soon, I think I have to save some money starting now

  • Paula Alagao  says:

    OMG! Just by looking at the foods, it makes me want to go to the place right now and try it! I love the view from the restaurant! As always, your food reviews make my day. Thank you Miss Hana! :)

  • alvin imperial  says:

    great place, and nice food.. but for me i would only amaze on the view and the places. but the enjoyment was not such high.. i’d rather go with the places with lot’s of excitement and unique.. but this place was really awesome. thank you for this review. miss hana.. great info. :)

  • janeth  says:

    great and nice place.. it can be a romantic place for lovers.. :D

  • Jd  says:

    What are the price range for food in the restaurant? Do they have vegetarian courses if you dont mind me asking..

    • dollhana  says:

      Hello, JD! Here’s a copy of their menu for your reference :)

      http://bit.ly/1egFfVH

  • adriana  says:

    I’m going to 71 Gramercy soon and i’ve never been there. Can you help me out? When i enter the building and take the elevator where do i go next? what direction do i go for the dinning area? Do i have to pass the lounge area to get there??

    • dollhana  says:

      Hi Adriana! If it’s your first time, don’t worry because there are ushers on the ground floor who will be assisting you to the elevator. You’ll know it’s the 71 Gramercy Elevator because you’ll see that there’s a priority lane for the 71 Gram guests. When you get there, you will see the reception area, and they will point you towards the direction of the dining area. You don’t have to pass through the lounge, although you can enter the dining area from the lounge area.

      Hope this helps!

  • Diana  says:

    Do we really have to make reservations before we can go there? Also, did you go there on a weekday or weekend? :)

    • dollhana  says:

      Hello, Diana! We went on a weekday. I would highly recommend that you make a reservation because of the volume of people they can only accommodate at a time. Thanks! :)

      • Cai  says:

        Hi, I was just wondering if how did you made the reservation because I tried contacting this number – 0917 847 7535 but it cannot be reach. My gf and I are planning to go there tom. for our first anniversary but we do not have any clue if we’re gonna get a table when we go there. Also, do you think wearing rubber shoes and polo shirt is allowed? I appreciate the future response. Cheers! :)

        • dollhana  says:

          Hi Cai. You might want to try reaching them at (0917) 809 4093. That’s their other contact number for table reservations. :) I would also suggest wearing formal shoes. You’re not there every night, you know. Might as well dress up for the occasion :D Enjoy!

  • Youdex  says:

    hi there I am planning to bring my wife to celebrate our anniversary however the contact details in net are all cannot be reach. I just hope they have landline so we can inquire our concerns.

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