It was payday and after all the stressful moments that happened during the first half of January, we had to reward ourselves. It was a splurge night for us and we all deserved it.
Last January 14, 2011, Kuya Gino, Ate April, Ate Mitch and I agreed to have dinner somewhere where none of us have tried before. So Kuya Gino suggested The Village Chef because of the good reviews about it. So after office, we headed straight to the restaurant.
From the outside
The Village Chef is ranch-style with a garden and windows looking out into the moonlit garden.
It has an old, homey, rustic theme. The resto is good for 20-30 people. Everything was wooden and the warm lighting is dim enough for intimate dinners. It was full house that night.
JUST PLEASANTLY RIGHT. The food is neither overwhelming nor bland. We ordered the following:
For starters, we had Italian bread and the Fresh Green Salad. The bread was really fresh from the oven (I assume!), and oh boy it smelled soooo good! The green salad is a MUST TRY! I super enjoyed the freshness of the veggies, the dressing had the perfect zing and the cheese balanced all the flavors. Salad FTW!
Then we had Quatro Formaggi Con Arugula pizza – four cheese pizza. (i forgot the 4 cheeses that they used) This one i really enjoyed. IT IS A MUST TRY at THE VILLAGE CHEF. The pizza is thin crust, yet soft in the mouth. It has the right amount of saltiness and the sauce is just perfect. Like what i’ve said, not too overwhelming. Cheesy much.
Then we had pasta. We had Lasagna Al Forno and Cannelloni. I’ll just post a single photo for both dishes since they just look the same.
For the main course, we had the house specialty which is Pan Seared Australian Prime Steak, and Salmon with lemon butter dish (i can’t remember the exact name. sorry. )
For dessert, we ordered Mango Panna Cotta and Chocolate Souffle. The panna cotta, i didn’t enjoy so much since i’m not a milk fan. But the Souffle, it was satisfying enough to cap off the dinner.
The Take Out
Just a few more things.
- We had an alternate serving of good and not-so good dishes. The pasta didn’t really meet our expectations. It would’ve been better if the lasagna and cannelloni had distinguishable flavors.
- It was full house that night and there were only two waiters. It took them almost 30-45 minutes to serve our dessert and my take out dinner. Yes it would be understandable that the service that night was slow because they didn’t expect that a lot of people would be there that night, but it could have been avoided.
- Pricing is reasonable. No doubt about that.
Overall, the experience was great. We had a full course meal and we got to try their house specialties. We enjoyed most of the food that we ordered and we successfully detoxified ourselves. We even got the chance to have our photo taken with The Village Chef herself, Chef Arceli Timbol of Center for Culinary Arts, Manila.
**The Village Chef is located at 406 Broadway Street, Marisol Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga. It is open only on weekends (Friday to Sunday) from 6pm to 11pm. You can contact them at 0917-5106070 for weekday / advance reservations. You can also find them on facebook.