Solstice by Ilustrado
By Karla Ramos of Karlaroundtheworld
One Way Restaurant, known for its sourdough pizzas and bread, and Ilustrado, one of Intramuros’ most famous restaurants, have combined their culinary prowess and came up with what is certainly Rockwell’s top destination for Spanish-Filipino cuisine – Solstice by Ilustrado.
Interiors of Solstice by Illustrado
Everything about Solstice, from its design to its food, screams a fine dining experience for the books. With its modern furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the interior is nothing short of sophisticated and classy. The restaurant can easily sit one hundred twenty guests in its two-level space. When we were there during lunchtime, we were treated to some wonderful music courtesy of their pianist. It made our experience even more pleasant, that’s for sure.
Among the appetizers, my personal favorite would definitely be the Baked Eggplant in Filo (P420). It’s a different take from all the eggplant dishes I’ve had so far, and I truly enjoyed it. The eggplant tasted delicious and was perfectly complemented with the filo wrap, which provided texture, as well as the black olives, sundried tomatoes and fresh greens. It was a perfect start to what I was soon to realize, was a perfect meal.
Another great appetizer was the Chicken Liver and Pork Pate (P250). The pate was served with fresh greens, cranberry jam, grapes and crostini. The combination of it wall was perfect, from the richness of the pate and flavorful cranberry jam to the crunchiness of the crostini bread.
Roast Long Island Duck
For our main dishes, I have to say the highlight Roast Long Island Duck (P1,865). It’s a serving of half duck with sautéed vegetables and seasoned with honey, ginger lime sauce. More importantly, it’s the most delectable and mouth-watering duck I’ve ever tasted. It’s extremely tender and juicy on the inside, but crispy on the outside. That contrasting texture, melt-in-your-mouth sensation we all want in our meat? This one can give it to you.
The Callos Madrilena (P480) is also a dish I enjoyed. The stew of ox tripe, chorizo de Bilbao and bacon slap in paprika broth was an exemplary recreation of the favorite Spanish dish. Another crowd pleaser was the Aligue Pomodoro Pasta (P325). The sauce was appetizing, and I loved that the linguine pasta was cooked al dente which is just the way I like it.
As for desserts, Solstice most certainly delivered. The Matcha Cookies (P275) was the best for me. It was unique and creative, and I loved the panna cotta on the side where you can dip the cookies in – a perfect end to a perfect meal. The Sampaguita Ice Cream was good as well. It really did smell and taste like the flower, which I found both interesting and appealing.
For making reservations or inquiries, you can visit them at the Ground Floor, 8 Rockwell, Rockwell Drive, Makati City, or you can reach them at (+632) 8021891 or (+63) 9777488861 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. You can also follow them on Instagram, @solsticebyilustrado.
Solstice by 8 Rockwell. Ground Floor, 8 Rockwell, Rockwell Drive, Makati City