Hubby and I had dinner at the newly opened Italian restaurant Linguini Fini at SM Megamall one weeknight. The weird thing is, this is actually a franchise from Hong Kong.
It was bound to be an interesting dinner because Linguini Fini is a farm-to-fork, nose-to-tail, sustainability-oriented restaurant. They believe in supporting local farmers and so they use locally grown and sourced ingredients whenever they can. They also believe in using all the meat parts so there is no wastage (hence the term nose-to-tail).
We had drinks to start us off. I had Homemade Iced Tea (P80, pictured above right) while hubby had Homemade Lemonade (P80, pictured above left). I love their iced tea. It’s brewed and it’s made with lemon and honey, so perfect. Hubby’s lemonade was made of fresh lemons so it was more tart and citrusy compared to the usual powdered variety.
While we were scanning the menu, we were served some freshly baked focaccia bread slices with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip on the side. Oh my, their bread is absolutely heavenly! Everything in this resto is made from scratch and you can taste it starting with this wonderful complimentary bread!
We decided to share a salad so we ordered a single-serve portion of Ananas Panzanella (P255, pictured above). The salad is comprised of bread, sundried tomato, cucumber, grilled pineapple, olives, herbs, and greens. OMG. I love this salad. I could eat the bigger for sharing portion all by myself, lol! The combination of ingredients, especially the grilled pineapple, is magical for me. I would definitely order this again!
Next up was Artichoke, Roasted Pepper, and Gorgonzola Fonduta served with Focaccini (P325, pictured above). This was hubby’s favorite dish. He described it as life-changing. He doesn’t eat artichokes but was happily dipping the breads into it (I think he ate 75% of our order, lol). The creamy gooey cheesy dip didn’t taste like artichokes at all, it tasted like a combination of cheeses melted to perfection. The bread is soooo good I can’t even begin to describe it. To say that it’s chewy and delicious is an understatement, this is really divine bread.
I decided to try something with a local flair for our pasta order — Linguini Tinapa “Gremolata” (P295, pictured above). Oven roasted tinapa (smoked fish) flakes, lemon zest, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and toasted garlic top Linguini Fini’s perfectly al dente linguini pasta. It’s so much fun chewing the noodles because they’re so… nice and chewy. Lol. Am I making sense? XD
Linguini Fini specializes in pasta and pizza and so we had to order a pizza! We went for Longganisa & Scamorza (P755, pictured above), their bestseller. They’re so awesome they even make their own sausages. The longganisa is so tasty I pretty much forgot about everything else on the pizza, hahaha! Anyhow, I think we had the last serving because they ran out afterwards and our friends who went the next day said this was still out of stock. Pricey, but worth trying at least once.
You can add more chili if it’s not spicy enough for you. They serve these on the side when they bring the pizza to your table.
Since most of what we ordered were comprised of carbs, we decided to have an 8 oz. Charred Hanger Steak (P645, pictured above). I was surprised that it was cheaper than our pizza. It does however live up to the name as the sides were all black and charred and the center was reddish… in between rare and medium. It was okay, but I like my steak medium well. This isn’t something I’d reorder.
For dessert, I ordered an Almond Panna Cotta (P195, pictured above). It’s served in a jar. The panna cotta (Italian milk flan) tasted like a mix of well, panna cotta and Chinese style almond pudding. It’s topped with sour cherry jam and oatmeal The result? A fragrant almond-flavored creamy milk pudding. It’s pretty good! Unfortunately I don’t have a better photo.
We had a lot of food for 2 people and we actually ended up taking most of the pizza home (the kids tried it the next day after I popped the remaining slices in the oven toaster and the loved it!). There are however, still a lot of interesting items in the menu that we’d like to go back for. Prices are quite reasonable especially considering that they make everything from scratch. The place has that cozy bistro vibe during evenings and there were a lot of people dining even on a weeknight. If you like Italian food, you’ll love Linguini Fini.
Linguini Fini Manila
3/F SM Mega Fashion Hall
SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
531-3302 / 0917-8341493
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