Orange Shake and More at Old Vine Grille and Kuse

By | February 8, 2010

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After our dining experience at Little Asia and Sol Gelato, me and some blogger friends were back at the Venice Piazza Mall in McKinley Hill. And this time, our gourmet adventure was set for Old Vine Grille and Kuse.

Old Vine Grille serves Mediterranean cuisine while Kuse offers traditional Filipino food. They stand adjacent each other, so you can’t miss them if you visit the place.

The photo above is the Orange Shake that I ordered, which is actually not on the menu. I was supposed to just have the fresh Orange juice but I requested if they could make it ice-blended, which they did. Yay!

We all had different beverages and I was able to take stolen shots of what others ordered. Above is the cranberry juice while below is a fresh Dalandan juice, which also looks ice-blended. Hmmm… I think that’s really how they serve their fresh juices. >.<

We ate a lot that evening. And below are my favorites – the Tessie Tomas salad (yes, it’s named after the famous Philippine comedienne / actress)…

… and the Seared Tuna Tataki.

I initially thought it was just tuna sashimi but as explained to me, tataki is the right term because by definition – tataki refers to fish (or meat) that has been seared on the outside and left raw in the middle.

I definitely learned something new that night about food and… photography, which was one of the main topics on our dinner table.

Lastly, I’d like to give a shout out to Mr. Larry Cortez for being our gracious host that night. I’m definitely coming back… and that’s very soon because I miss the Seared Tuna Tataki already. 😛



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