My IT friend and The Village Chef

I have a number of pending activities and happenings to post but today I’ll write about something that’s fresh as it just happened a few hours ago.

I had a great time with my high school and college friends and dormmates.  Aileen, my IT friend whose two-week vacation ends today will be flying back to Singapore in a few hours.  I was out-of-town and busy for the past two weeks,  so it’s only last night that our date materialized.

Aileen and I met with our other friend, her roommate actually in college, Arceli, the historian turned lawyer turned Village Chef.  Isn’t that amazing? Yes, she’s the chef of a restaurant in Marisol “village”, hence the Village Chef. LOL.  I don’t know if that is where the name came from, I just put that up, so don’t take it seriously.

It’s my first time to visit this restaurant and I must say everything is “eccellente”.  It’s not that I am biased because the chef is my friend but the dishes that we’ve tasted are all delicious and the ambiance is really great, a very cozy one.

The main entrance. Photo credit: The Village Chef’s Facebook account. Heheh! My friend and I were excited to see the chef so we entered the restaurant immediately.

The Menu’s cover.

Homemade Iced Tea, a refreshing one.  P50

Four Cheese Pizza, P320 (12 inches).  A must-try dish. I sooooooo love it!  I am not a fanatic of thin crust as I always get disappointed on thin crusts I have tasted before so when I order pizza it’s always the thick one. There’s one exception though, I am addicted to “panizza”.  And the crust of this pizza is close to that so I am loving VC’s thin crust now which  has changed my view of the thin crust.

Arugula! This herb has now been a  common name for those foodies who love Italian food. It’s a nice touch to top it to the pizza as it gives a twist to its flavor.

Cannelloni, P170 or P180. For those not familiar with it, here’s what Wiki has to say – “Cannelloni (Italianlarge reeds) are rectangular pasta sheets that are rolled into a cylindricalshape encompassing a filling. After a pasta sheet has been boiled, it is typically filled with asavory stuffing which may include ricotta cheese, spinach, and various meats. It is then covered with a sauce, typically a classic tomato or béchamel sauce”

I love this too!  For those meat lover, this is for you.  The pasta was fresh and cooked al dente.  Cheese is also generously included in the dish which makes it more delicioso.

Photo credit: The Village Chef’s FB account.  Panna Cotta, P80.  I got excited to try their Panna Cotta as this is one of my favorite desserts so I forgot to take a picture of it. LOL.  It was HEAVEN when I tasted it!  Its creaminess melted in my mouth!  The mango and cream topping added more flavor and contrast to the dessert.  I now know where to find the best panna cotta in town.  HEAVENLY!

Okay, after the dessert, we got a tour of the VC’s kitchen.  Me and Aileen posing with the VC’s chef, Arceli.
Outside the kitchen and into the garden.  The 3 of us.  Darn! I can see the burnt I got from the North and the fats.  Calling more sunblock and diet (ooops not that)  exercise. Heheh!

Aileen, who never grow old, modelling a pot arugula .  She still looks like the baby-face, sweet high school friend that I had back then.

The Village Chef has a beautifully landscaped garden and a green house where different types of herbs grow.  They also sell most of them which includes Arugula, Rosemary, Thyme, Tarragon, Oregano and Mint. Prices range from P60 to P150.   Here in the picture is the Italian Oregano which was added to our pizza.
Arceli also studied in The Blue Elephant in Bangkok, so some plants and herbs that are used in Thai cuisine grow in her garden.  Kaffir Lime is one of them.
After our tour in the kitchen and garden, we were served the Tarragon tea.  This is new to me and I like it so much! I can’t wait to grow my tarragon and have this tea every morning.  Very calming!
Thanks, Aileen for the dinner treat. It was nice seeing you again after more than a year.  Thanks Arceli for the free desserts.  I super love your panna cotta. You bet I’ll go back to your restaurant and bring my friends and family soon.

The Village Chef
406 Broadway Street, Marisol Subdivision
Angeles City, Philippines, 2009
0923-374-8752
Fri – Sun:
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
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    • Aza
    • June 13th, 2010

    ate aileen is back in the PI?

    • Yes, she was supposed to join us in Isabela but changed her mind.

  1. Ate marj the food is superb! We enjoyed our dinner there last night! Too bad you were not able to join us. I’ll post the pictures soon. =)

    • I am glad you enjoyed it! I will tell my friend about it. Yes, it’s a pity I didn’t join you. Our job is always a hindrance to our happiness. Hahaha!

        • Jay-Jay
        • July 1st, 2010

        sounds good ing pamangan da ken ah Marj… i luv very much aragula rich in vitamins and low calories.. try me spaghetti-salmon with cherry tomatoes and aragula with virgin olive oil complete dish neh ita…. promise yummyyyyyyyy yahhhh!!!! hehehe..

      • awa, nyaman talaga. tanam ku pin arugula kanyan. excited naku! i can eat them as is. hehe! cge, i’ll experiment on the pasta na sinuggest mu. actually, buri ku pasta na atin pin salmon o kaya maralas ala man meat or fish. basta atin yang olive oil and tomatoes and mozzarella, solve na kami keni. o nanu tuloy naka ketang cooking reality show? GO na ka!

    • Arceli timbol
    • December 16th, 2010

    Hi girl! Thank you for taking time to blog about the restaurant. We’re so overwhelmed by your comments and we really appreciate it. Mwah mwah! Hope to see you again soon…btw, Can I share this link? : )

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