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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dulcinea


A college friend was raving about cream puffs that I wasn't surprised that she suddenly called to have dinner at Dulcinea. Honestly, it was my first time to try Dulcinea and its cream puffs.

Dulcinea is a restaurant specializing in Spanish cuisine. The interiors look like a home kitchen, just a bit crowded because the tables are bit too close.

Here are the dishes we ordered:

My friends got Espaqueti ("Pasta"): Espaqueti Ala Lasagna (Php 150), Baked Macaroni (Php 160), and Puttanesca (Php 215)

Espaqueti ala Lasagna

Baked Macaroni

Puttanesca

Espaqueti Ala Lasagna and Baked Macaroni have bechamel sauce, ground meat and tomato sauce with cheese on top. My friend thought it was a bit bland for his taste, but then he prefers everything a bit salty like I do. Puttanesca has anchovies, capers, chili and olives. Baked Macaroni

Some of us (including myself) got the Especialidad de la Casa ("Specialty of the House") and Pollo ("Chicken"). Most dishes are served with rice and soup.

My friends got Roast Porkloin (Php 310) and Pollo Al Ajillo (Php 350). I ordered Lengua Estofada (Php 370), which is a Dulcinea specialty. I was supposed to order Gypsy Steak but it was not available at that time.

Roast Porkloin

Pollo Al Ajillo

Lengua Estofada

Pollo Al Ajillo is chicken sauteed in olive oil and garlic; Roast Porkloin is topped with sausage and gravy sauce; Lengua Estofada is ox tongue in herbed butter with mushrooms and gravy. These dishes are served with mashed potatoes, buttered vegetables, rice and soup.

For some reasons, I'm always partial to ox tongue, that though I was disappointed that the Gypsy Steak was not available, it gave me another reason to get ox tongue (haha). The meat is so tender, that I had to excuse myself and be the first one to eat my meal. My friend found the Pollo Al Ajillo overwhelming that she shared with me some of the chicken, which I found flavorful.

For Postres ("Desserts"), we had Churros Con Chocolate (Php 98) and Cream Puffs (Php 32 for the big ones, Php 61 for 8 pieces for the small ones). I was supposed to get Cheesecake but again, it wasn't available, so I opted to have House Blend instead (Php 55).

Churros Con Chocolate

Churros Con Chocolate, a popular Spanish dessert, is deep-fried dough dipped in piping hot chocolate. It is such a hit that almost every table ordered churros. I think I'm going back just to have churros.

Cream puffs

Cream puff is a pastry filled with cream or custard, with caramelized sugar on top. I liked the cream puffs, the custard inside was not too sweet, however the caramelized sugar made it a tad too sweet. However, my friend is addicted to this. This is why we went to Dulcinea in the first place. :)

Overall, I liked the Dulcinea experience. I just found the prices of the main dishes a little expensive. I was a bit disappointed that my orders weren't available. Am I just unlucky or they have a supply problem? I'm not sure.

But I think I'm going back for the churros. And the paella. :)

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Dulcinea
4th Floor
Mega Atrium
SM Megamall
Mandaluyong City

Other branches include Robinsons Galleria, Greenbelt 1 and many more

20 comments:

  1. I haven't tried eating at Dulcinea yet. And sorry for the ignorance, but all this time I thought they were only selling pastries.. >.< The food you guys ordered look enticing though. I'd definitely visit this soon and try their Churros Con Chocolate and Cream Puffs.. :)

    PS: I'm sorry for not being able to attend earlier.. :(

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  2. Hi Sumi! I actually didn't know that Dulcinea is Spanish pala! :)

    I hope you'll join us next time.

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  3. That happens to me all the time! My first order usually isnt available.. it totally throws me off course throughout the dinner na.. all of a sudden I don't know na what to order anymore hehe..

    Michy and Sumi, you guys know each other pala personally?

    Galing ah! hehe

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  4. Hi Richie! Yeah, it was a bit of pfft that my first choices for main dish and dessert were not available. Good thing I have Plan B.hehe. :)

    We haven't met pa, pero Sumi's joining our food club, where Ray and Lynne of En Route are also members.hehe. :D

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  5. Mich! I want that cream puff!!!! :D

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    1. Haha! Tara and let's do another churros too! :)

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  6. looks very delicious... i'm sure it taste good as well. hope they'd branch out here in davao. Yahweh bless.

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    1. It was a bit overpriced for me. But I hope there's a Spanish restaurant if Dulcinea doesn't have a branch there in Davao. :D

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    2. @ ralph.Dulcinea will be open in Abreeza this May..so better be the first to try....

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  7. It's been forever since I've eaten in Dulcinea! The Lengua looks reaaally good. My sister used to order the churros all the time (she loves it), unfortunately I found it too oily for some reason and I always got that 'umay' feeling. :(

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    1. Hi Mary! I super love lengua! :) Maybe the churros you got wasn't drained well. :)

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  8. pang mayaman! lol ginugutom mo lang ako michy!

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    1. Hindi naman.hehe. :D Inaaliw mo naman ako mots.hehe

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  9. hi mich, i will never forget Dulcinea, back in Philippines when I was a graphic designer at Rounce Printing in ParaƱaque, we were the one who printed their cake box and stationeries, and visit their shop is such a wonderful dining experience, thanks for bringing me back memories…

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    1. Are they using the same design? :) That's nice if they still do. :)

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  10. i love their churros. The best! :) I havent tried their pasta though.

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  11. Hi pinkcookies! I love the churros too! :)

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  12. Soo craving for churros and cream puff! followed you sis!

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    1. I miss churros. Thanks for following! :)

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  13. Dulcinae will be open in Abreeza Davao this May...

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