By Alexis Yap
WHEN the International Culinary Arts Academy Cebu (ICAAC) opens a training restaurant, you are almost certain you are in for a treat. In a restaurant like such, the students at the school cook, prepare, and serve the food under the strict supervision of the training Chefs.
At ICAAC, Justin Mechill, Chef de Cuisine, Fatima-Tan Young, Pastry Chef, and Jeremy Young, Maitre d’Hotel, are the geniuses responsible for molding the students who have always managed ton impress their diners.
Only for a limited time, ICAAC opens Salle à Manger where they offer Certified US Angus Beef Rib Eye, all you can eat, for only P1,299.
Yep, you heard me right. This offer, a dream for the steak lover and avid carnivore, includes a side salad or soup, your choice of side, and sauce.
The meal starts with a basket of house made bread served with three dips: crushed cherry tomatoes, homemade pesto, and extra virgin olive oil with vinaigrette. They sure know how to make a mean walnut sour dough and with dips that perfectly match, too. So be careful not to stuff yourself full before your steak arrives.
The Cesar Salad was one of my favorites. Who would have thought that a sprinkle of deep fried dilis was the best thing that ever happened to that salad. After all, dilis is anchovy, an ingredient in the popular dressing, according to Chef Justin. Makes perfect sense…
Pick one of the sides. Choices include the usuals: mash potato, fries, rice, garlic rice, and vegetable of the day.
Pick your sauce: demi sauce of the day, chimichuri, and béarnaise, which is only available on Fridays and Saturdays.
Specify how you want your steak cooked. I usually want a pinkish middle, not a bloody steak and there’s nothing wrong with that. Especially, in a place like ICAAC who sure knows how to teach their students how to handle premium meats properly.
My steak was just perfect and every bite was a taste of heaven. You may also order the Certified US Angus Rib Eye a la carte for only P1,099. For those who want something else, ask about their pasta of the day or their special of the day. They also have Grilled Chilean Sea Bass on the menu.
Salle à Manger is open only on Wednesdays to Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and only for a limited time. It’s best to call for a reservation for assured seating, especially for bigger groups. You may reach them at (032) 412 5241.