Gastronomical High at 71 Gramercy

71 Gramercy is a newcomer in the resto-bar/lounge scene but have been making a lot of buzz. Situated at the 71st flr of the highest bldg in the Metro, the Gramercy Residences, 71 Gramercy is surely making its name known in the upcoming posh place in Makati Ave, Century City.

71 Gramercy is still on soft opening but a lot of people flock the area specially during weekend nights to relax, dine and party the night away as they are religiously promoted by the biggest celebrities. We were invited to check out 71 Gramercy to discern what's buzzing at this new hip place.

Chef Carlo Miguel never fail to fill the inner foodie in all of us. He handcrafted the menu for 71 Gamercy, taking inspiration on New York fusion cuisine vibe. Their menu is simple but very appetizing none the less. Chef Carlo Miguel loves to feed unsatiable tummies with his exquisite dishes.

WARNING: A lot of Food photos beyond this point that may cause you to salivate and crave. Read with precaution.

The French Onion Soup has a deep and rich flavor which was cooked with sourdough and Gruyere cheese. It has a full flavor and savory. This was the first time trying this dish, I was glad it was a good experience.
This 62degrees Eggs dish came off as an interesting dish. The eggs are slow cooked in 62degress in an immersion to maintain the egg  in it's perfect poached state. To make the dish more appetizing, it rests in a bed of potato shoestring, asparagus, prosciutto sourdough and Parmesan. It's like an egg in a nest.
I love oysters and their Oysters Rockafeller was a good choice of appetizer. It is made with imported Fine de Claire oysters baked with garlic, spinach, parsley and butter. I downed almost half of it (3!). Ooops.. Sorry!
The Steak Tartare is hand chopped US Angus Beef Tartare with fries and crostini. When Chef Carlo Miguel described this as steak in its raw form, I was hesitant to try it. He says that the feeling is normal for Filipinos who liked to eat cooked and almost burnt meat. I did try this and it doesn't taste bad, you wouldn't feel you ate something raw. This dish is Chef Carlo Miguel's wife favorite thing to order. I guess, it would require an acquired taste to fully appreciate its flavors.
Mayland Crab Cakes consists of two lump of crab cakes served with remoulade. Of all the appetizers, the crab cakes are the least appealing for me in terms of taste in comparison with the other dishes. 
The Mushroom Ravioli consists of mushroom ricotta and thyme ravioli with parmesan and truffle oil. It was delicious and tasty taking into consideration that truffle oil goes well with mushroom dishes. Yay for truffle oil-based dishes!
This dish is the memorable dish that night. The Duck Sisig is composed of french duck leg and foie gras sisig on roast garlic risotto with calamasi foam. It was a complete meal in a small serving. The flavors were all swirling in my tongue with delight. An additional side of Garlic Risotto will surely make a carb-loving Filipino tummy satisfied.
Crispy Pork Belly dish is simple but indeed very crunchy and tasty. Served with mash potato, french beans and roasted apples, it would make one pleased. For the conservative palate of Filipinos, this would be a best dish to order as a start.
Chilean Sea Bass was perfect, crunchy skin with melt-in-your mouth fish meat. The Chilean Sea Bass is served with french beans, brown rice pilaf and a choice of three sauces: Miso-Ponzu Glaze, Lemon Burre Blanc and Salsa Verde. The fish goes well with the Miso-Ponzu Glaze but you can experiment with the other sauces.
Tournedos Rossini is another memorable dish. Consists of roast prime US Angus beef tenderloin and sauteed foie gras with potato galettes, spinach and truffle jus, it does feel a bit luxurious ordering it taking into consideration that this is the expensive dish in their menu. But taste-wise, this is well-made and perfect if your craving for something fancy. 
One of their Best Seller, Baby Back Ribs is dry rubbed and slow cooked in a smoke box glazed with a choice of bourbon BBQ sauce or honey chipotle served with a fully loaded baked potato. The meat was sot and tender but definitely juicy. It has a prominent smoked flavor which makes the carnivores' tummy rejoice.

As for desserts, 71 Gramercy only have a few options but will surely satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. They serve Artisanal Ice Cream and these munchies:

Let me tell you that I don't eat Meringue because in all way I find it too sweet (of course, it's made of sugar) but this Mango and Passion fruit Pavlova sure does taste yummy. It's my favorite dessert that night.
They also have New York-style Cheesecake with vanilla bean and strawberries for those who wanted a simple dessert. 
Banana Tartetatin is caramelized banana tart with dark chocolate ice cream. It's quite similar in taste with our favorite Turon. 
Chocolate Fondant is dark chocolate fondant with vanilla sauce and hazelnut ice cream. All the ice cream served are home made, you can ask them for the flavors available when you dine. 
An added bonus after all those gastronomical dishes we've tried is their version of Salted Caramel Macarons. The macarons are not too sweet and ultimately yummy. I'm not a fan of caramel, but this macaron is just right. You can taste the saltiness after each bite. The good thing is all diners get a macaron every after meal. Yay!

We asked which ones on the menu are the Best Seller so far, Chef Calo Miguel sadly said that it was the Caesar Salad and Baby Back Ribs.

With that much palatable dish on the menu, diners settle for those two?

You must certainly go back and try these dishes. Prices may come a bit steep, but Hey, your getting good food handcrafted by the best people. You get the pleasure of experiencing full flavored dishes for the price you pay.

The Grand View

Makati CBD Skyline just before sunset. Amazing, right?

Aside from the good food coupled with a posh party scene, what really caught my attention is the location of 71 Gramercy. I suggested that we come during the sunset hour to fully see the skyline celebrities were raving about. And Indeed, It was spectacular. We came around 5PM in a hurry to catch the sunset even though the dinner schedule was 6PM.

The view was breathtaking not only during the sunset but also at night. You can clearly see the busy street and lights of Makati Business Center, Manila residential area, Ortigas and BGC, even including the trail of red light traffic in EDSA. It is a full 360 view of the Metro!

So what are your plans this weekend?

If you are inclined to do something fancy, why not head over to 71 Gramercy?

Have a sumptious dinner in a nice view and party the night away in the hippest club in the Metro.

71 Gramercy
71st Flr, The Gramercy
Kalayaan Ave., Cor. Salamanca St.
Century City, Makati
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