I’ve never set foot on any country surrounding the Mediterranean sea but somehow, with the mere mention of “Mediterranean”, splashes of colors flood my mind with images of bountiful feasts, majestic masquerade processions and singing and dancing, under the heat of the sun.
|Fried Oysters (Php185)|
Remembering the Wasabi Fried Oysters in Ninyo Fusion Cuisine, RJ and I order Katre’s version infused with beets-wasabi puree, honey mustard, chermoulah and harrisa, all boosting life & flavor to the colorful canvas surrounding the fried oysters.
Their Creole-style fried oysters excite my palate with its slightly crunchy exterior – a stark contrast to its moist and succulent center, preciously hidden inside its mustard yellow breading. Though vibrating with flavors with its upbeat symphony of sauces, I honestly still prefer Ninyo’s version since the oysters are a little too oily for my liking. Nonetheless, RJ and I still enjoy glazing the oysters with the different sauces. I like them best dipped in honey mustard.
|Navarin of Lamb with Couscous (Php395)|
Strolling along the mirthful Mardi Gras street party, RJ and I heed to the waiter’s recommendation with their artistically plated, Navarin of Lamb with Couscous (see cover photo). In my case, it’s Navarin of Lamb with Orzo since they ran out of couscous. I didn’t mind the switch at all since the chunks of lamb shoulder in this French stew are exceptional. They melt in my mouth so tenderly, like a warm embrace that leaves a fuzzy, intoxicating feeling inside.
Perked up by the aromatic flavors of garlic, onion, peppers, cinnamon and Moroccan spices, RJ and I are speechless in amazement, only able to utter “wow” after the picking up the last grain of Orzo. This is a serious must-try especially for stew lovers. Best dish of the night!
|Steamed Lapu-Lapu Fillet (Php395)|
|Green Tea with Pandan and Aloe (Php70)|
I end the dinner with their signature drink, Green Tea with Pandan and Aloe. There are bits of aloe at the bottom of the glass which I gleefully nibble on. I then gently swirl my drink inside the glass and take a long sniff of the pandan’s powerful fragrance..aaahh.. Nothing like a refreshing drink to end the Mardi Gras party.
Soon I am transported back to the quiet white walls of Katre. Funny how this hidden, formal restaurant can conjure such endorphins-pumping celebrations in my mind through their festive feast! Of course, maybe it’s just me and my wild mental image of the Mediterranean culture. But whether one stays within the quiet comforts of Katre’s interiors or journeys through their food, pulsating with so much life, Katre offers a much needed escape for everyone. It certainly injected color and euphoria to our monthsary.
More Info on Katre Mediterranean Fusion Cuisine:
Address: 103 Dr. Lazcano Street, Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City
Map: Click Here
Menu: Click Here
Landmark: Behind Alfredo’s
Contact: (02) 374-6650
Operating Hours: Tues-Sun 11:30 am-2:30pm, 6:00-11:30 pm
Payment Methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Amex
Attire: Smart Casual (for fine dining)
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