Monday, March 5, 2007

ENOTECA GALILEO – latest visit: March 4, 2007

“Everything happens for a reason” is among my favorite sayings. In 1999, I bought a condominium unit on Libertad St. in Mandaluyong City. This took a long time to finish and about 3 years ago, I was finally shown the apartment for inspection. It was an upsetting experience on many levels, mostly because the apartment did not turn out according to my expectations, and this after a two-year delay in its delivery. After the inspection, I got so hungry and saw this small shop at the back of the Reyes Gym on Libertad cor. Calbayog. It was odd seeing the sign ENOTECA GALILEO right beside a shop that sells UBE PUTO. I went inside and saw a charming bodega-type setup, with the walls of the small area lined with different Italian wines and goodies, and a deli chiller with all kinds of cheese and cured meat. There were tables, but the server informed me that they only had simple panini, savory grilled Italian sandwiches, cheese and cold cuts. ONLY???!!! Bring it on! And so began my discovery of the delights offered by Galileo.

On subsequent visits, we discovered that Galileo had expanded to include a bigger dining area and more items on the menu. The fare is simple but good and the prices attractive. Moreover, the ambience is just so conducive to great conversation. If booking a party for 10, ask for the innermost sala, where a repro of Botticelli’s Venus Rising From The Sea presides over the dining table.

What I miss is the Sunday brunch, which was introduced to me by my regular Sunday brunch buddy Jennifer Dee. For only P250, one got mortadella, pancetta, assorted cheese, a simple salad and assorted Panini, with bottomless cups of hot chocolate so thick it will blow the eh out of all the hot chocolate you have ever had.

On our latest outing, we went for the brunch but were informed that they no longer served it. Instead, they had their set lunch and dinner menu, also a steal at P400 which will give you a soup or a salad, a meat and cheese platter, pasta, coffee and a glass of wine. The soup was thin but the platter generous, and the pasta all interesting: choose from mushroom, 3-cheese and asparagus. And the hot chocolate is still available at P100 per cup. Sadly, no dessert, but the deli has some cakes which you can order for service.

The deli in itself is impressive, with fresh buffalo mozzarella and parmigiano regiano shipped in weekly, along with other cheese varieties and cured meats. If you’re into Italian food, Galileo is the shop for you.

The service is friendly and prompt, but there is only one, albeit clean, restroom. Our sala’s aircon was busted when we were there but we had so much fun that it didn’t seem to matter. Parking may be difficult during weekdays and getting there may be confusing for those who do not know the twists and turns of EDSA and Mandaluyong’s interior roads.

GALILEO in Mandaluyong is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. but is closed on Mondays. They take Visa and Mastercard. Call 5320482 for reservations. GALILEO recently opened a bigger branch on Pasong Tamo in the La Fuerza Building.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Buon Appetito y saluti!!!

Mrs. B


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