Set inside one of the most impressive looking buildings at the heart of the Makati Central Business district, the Zuellig, Terraz Meetings and Bistro is as elegant as the mirage-like building it is housed. Sweeping views of Makati skyline especially at night, refined interiors with tasteful artworks and good lighting accentuate the cozy mood. The dining crowd means business, mostly in their formal business garbs but don’t get intimidated though as it is open for casual diners too, the date crowds or those looking for after-work cocktails for relaxation and chit-chats. Join us as happyfoodies with guest foodies Sol of Sol Razo and Jam of Haveatyou samples the international cuisines with a twist from the playful chefs of Terraz.
Starters and Salads
Naan bread with a couple of dips got us started. I love the strong but pleasant flavor on the garlic dip, the Sweet and Spicy dip has only a hint of spice and reminded me more of pimiento.
We got a couple of salad on our table and both were very good that its just a matter of preference which to order. I like the creamy ranch dressing on the Terraz Chef Salad and there’s a lot going on in terms of textures from the crisp veggies, crunchy bacon bits and the different kind of cheese.
The Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna Salad has a more oriental flavor from its sesame vinaigrette and the slightly nutty flavor from its seeds.
The Simple Saffron Spaghetti does lived up to its name, I liked that it strips off other ingredients and just let the rich tanginess from the tomato sauce and hint of smokey flavor from the grilled asparagus.
The Florentine Style Beef Lasagna has quite a different layer of flavor from the nutmeg bechamel. It’s quite qood but I can do without the poached egg on top.
We tried three entrees. There was the Visayas Style Pork Knuckle “Humba”. Its sweet sauce and really tender meat is likeable in its familiarity. The fragrant lemongrass rice which comes with it perfectly compliments the dish.
For Sol she can’t get enough of the Spicy Terraz Corned Beef Adobo.
“I love this one of a kind Corned Beef Adobo! The spiciness and sweet taste blend well. The beef is so tender and juicy. It’s really a mouthwatering meal from Terraz.”
I had to agree with her on some point that its a standout dish especially mixed with the cheesy mashed pumpkin sauce and the kick of spiciness.
But for me, I was raving for the Grilled Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallion with Foie Gras. I just love the strong flavors in this dish infused by the merlot sauce, a variety of wine I really like. Then the twice-cooked Macaire potato had that hash brown crispiness but soft mashed potatoes inside and the bits of foi gras and its buttery goodness heightens the overall flavor of the dish. Not to mention the bacon wrapped pork that meat lover liked me definitely enjoyed.
For something light there’s also the Pan-Seared Salmon with Mishimi Mix in also on the table. The salmon meat was moist and a hint of citrus from the sauce.
There’s always room for dessert as I always say and there’s room for three. We had the Z-Bake Chocolate Cake which is basically an ala mode. The cake was good but could be better though what I liked is the added crispy texture of fried crepe with the vanilla ice cream.
There’s also the Crepe Zamurai filled with mango and banana swimming in caramel sauce and cinnamon sugar. I’m not to fond with it really as it felt like I was eating soup.
But my favorite was the Pavlovaz, while it tends to be sweet I love the fruits with it and the meringue. Jam seems to agree.
“My favorite part of the entire Terraz experience was their Pavlovaz. They don’t just look gorgeous, they’re delicious too!
This Australian/ New Zealand national dessert was a merry mix of meringue, whipped cream, fresh mangoes, kiwi and berries. I loved how the crunchy meringue shell contrasted so nicely with the smooth, silky cream. Let’s not forget about the fruits, whose tartness completed the entire experience.
This showstopper may sound like an overly sweet dessert, but I’m glad that it wasn’t. Instead, the slight tartness lent to a clean, pleasant finish that doesn’t overstay its welcome.
I swear I could eat a serving or two of pavlovaz by myself; I’ll worry about the calories some other time!”