Saturday, July 31, 2010

Old Vine Grille and Kuse in Venice Piazza, Finally

My long wait is over! I've finally tried eating at Old Vine Grille and Kuse, both located inside the Venice Piazza in McKinley Hill the Fort. Though my office is just across the said establishments, it was only last July 20 that I got to try their dishes -- thanks to my college friends Francis, Jessica, Evita, Stacey, Tsai (and his GF Diana) who paid me a visit that night.

Old Vine Grille and Kuse are managed by the same owners, occupying two adjacent areas and allowing cross-ordering. Old Vine Grille specializes in steaks and almost has the same menu as that of Chef's Quarter, while Kuse offers delectable Filipino dishes. Both establishments also offer 30% discount if you dine in the Al Fresco area, which is available 9pm onwards from Monday to Sunday.

Interiors and Ambiance. The restaurant is semi-darkly lit and spacious enough to accommodate more than 50 people (with a function room available for reservation). Most of its customers are late twenty's and above, who enjoy having a glass of wine while munching on steaks and catching up with each other's lives. Wooden chairs and tables were furnished with class and comfort.

Parking. Diners won't have a hard time looking for parking spaces, because there are several huge open lots available beside the Venice Piazza. As of this writing, parking fee is Php25.00 for the first 3 hours, and Php5.00 for every succeeding hour or a fraction thereof.

Restaurant Staff. The waiters and waitresses were attentive to the needs of our table. The service was quick. I can say they were skilled enough to answer our questions about the menu. However, this is only basing on the night we dined in, since there weren't much people around.

Food. Though my friends and I were famished, we didn't feel that the food service took too long to arrive. The dishes came in one after another, giving us a chance to take photos one by one. We ordered one dish from Kuse and three more from Old Vine Grille. All of our orders were tasteful and palatable, but came in small sizes for quite an expensive price.

Sinugba Pork (Liempo) with tomato-mango ensalada

Penne Carbonara "Old Fashioned Style"
Php230.00 (1-2 persons) / Php395.00 (3-4 persons)

Baked Cream Dory with mushroom duxelles in tomato-garlic coulis and angel hair pesto

Seared Tuna Tataki in olive oil and garlic ponzu sauce
Php220.00 (one strip) / Php410.00 (two strips)

We didn't try the steaks because they were too pricey for us. With four people sharing four dishes, we left with satisfied tummies.

The details I've posted above are just my opinions of the restaurant. I suggest you try Old Vine Grille and Kuse for yourself, then let me know how your experience went. Happy eating!

Old Vine Grille / Kuse Traditional Filipino Cuisine
The Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
8364966; 8364969


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