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raindeocampo.comWhile the season of lent is a time for fasting and abstinence for many Filipinos, Easter Sunday or the Feast of the Resurrected Christ is the greatest of all the Christian celebrations.  It starts with the Easter Vigil on the eve of Black Saturday followed by the traditional ‘Salubong’ on the early morning of Easter Sunday.

Easter Sunday will be a festival celebrated all over the Philippines with wonderful church activities and by all families all over the nation with a grand feast of both sights, sounds and of course FOOD.

Speaking of food!  There are a lot of restaurants in Mega Manila that offers wonderful Easter lunch, merienda or dinner packages.  But there is one new restaurant in town that I would like to recommend to all who want an awesome feast of wonderfully prepared delicious dishes that will surely satisfy your Easter cravings.

PEPPERMILL RESTAURANT AND MIXOLOGY BAR

The thing is, the owner and the head chef of this restaurant is not really a chef!  He is a Filipino who studied Marketing and Management in the US with a knack for great tasting food and a cooking skill that is really chef-worthy.  His name is Chef Vince Rodriguez.

Chef Vince Rodriguez
Chef Vince Rodriguez

I went to the Peppermill Restaurant and Mixology Bar one afternoon a week before the Holy Week with a couple of blogger friends to check out what they have to offer.  I didn’t know Peppermill and Chef Vince before that day and the dishes that he painstakingly prepared for us that afternoon introduced me to one of the best kitchen talent that I’ve come to know since I started reviewing food and restaurants.

Chef Vince co-owns and manages the restaurants, Torch, Krave and Red Garlic before finally deciding to create Peppermill Resturant and Mixology Bar, his very first solo restaurant located at Place One Building along Katipunan Avenue, near other famous restos like Katips and Banapple.

For starters, Chef Vince treated us to some of the restaurant’s finest mocktails.  We tasted four of their most awesome blends – Virgin Lychee Mojito, Pandan De Rosa, Peaches and Cream, and Passion Fruit Iced Tea.

Virgin Lychee Mojito, Pandan De Rosa, Peaches and Cream, and Passion Fruit Iced Tea
Virgin Lychee Mojito, Pandan De Rosa, Peaches and Cream, and Passion Fruit Iced Tea

Impressively, Chef Vince who doesn’t have any formal culinary studies prior to venturing into the restaurant business is the one who creates all the wonderful dishes in his restaurants.  His love for great tasting food and his many gastronomic adventures were his primary motivation for becoming the great non-chef, CHEF that he is today.

His cooking journey started when he was asked by TV host and personality Kris Aquino to prepare the dishes for her son Baby James’ Christening (Binyag) seven years ago.  When Kris says that your dishes are splendid – chef or no chef – the world will know that you cook well.

Check out all these wonderful dishes that Chef Vince personally prepared for us:

This delicious mixed satay is called 'Indonesia' - beef, pork and chicken with Malaysian peanut sauce
This delicious mixed satay is called ‘Indonesia’ – beef, pork and chicken with Malaysian peanut sauce (335.00)
Fried Mac and Cheese balls in special Peppermill dressing (225.00)
Fried Mac and Cheese balls in special Peppermill dressing (225.00)
Have you eaten a Fire Cracker? California roll, US scallops, shrimp and kani! (395.00)
Have you eaten a Fire Cracker? California roll, US scallops, shrimp and kani! (395.00)
First time to taste this roll! Foie Gras Nigiri - Duck Liver, Cranberry Compote, Raspberry Reduction ... melts-in-your-mouth exciting flavor! (755.00)
First time to taste this roll! Foie Gras Nigiri – Duck Liver, Cranberry Compote, Raspberry Reduction … melts-in-your-mouth exciting flavor! (755.00)
This Salmon Sashimi is not on the Peppermill menu but it is available upon request
This Salmon Sashimi is not on the Peppermill menu but it is available upon request

Chef Vince loves spicy food and his most favourite dishes come from the Cajun regions of Louisiana, New Orleans and also spice-rich Mexico.

Want something really exotic, try MALAYSIAN - sliced beef in rendang sauce served with either rice or flour tortilla (315.00)
Want something really exotic, try MALAYSIAN – sliced beef in rendang sauce served with either rice or flour tortilla (315.00)
a taste of VIGAN! Spaghettini with Vigan Longanisa, Sundried Tomato, Artichoke, Olives, Olive Oil and lots of garlic flava! (445.00)
a taste of VIGAN! Spaghettini with Vigan Longanisa, Sundried Tomato, Artichoke, Olives, Olive Oil and lots of garlic flava! (445.00)
this one's called NYC as in New York City -Buffalo Sauced Chicken Thigh with Mozarella on top in Wheat Ciabatta paired with awesome tasting fries (295.00)
this one’s called NYC as in New York City -Buffalo Sauced Chicken Thigh with Mozarella on top in Wheat Ciabatta paired with awesome tasting fries (295.00)
AGAVE-PASSION FRUITS BBQ BEEF RIBS - smoked beef back ribs with passion fruit bbq sauce, corn on the cob and french fries (795.00/half slab)
AGAVE-PASSION FRUITS BBQ BEEF RIBS – smoked beef back ribs with passion fruit bbq sauce, corn on the cob and french fries (795.00/half slab)

And for Dessert:

Truffle Cake Slice
Truffle Cake Slice
Bread Pudding with Sabayon Sauce
Bread Pudding with Sabayon Sauce

Probably the best part of our food-tasting experience at Peppermill Restaurant and Mixology Bar are Chef Vince’s courteous and friendly staff.  It’s like a restaurant built for families, a home outside your homes – they have everything for everyone at Peppermill.

Chef Vince with the Peppermill Staff
Chef Vince with the Peppermill Staff

What’s next for Peppermill?  Chef Vince said that he plans to create a second branch if everything goes well with the first one.  He also said that he has a standing offer from SM to put up a branch at SM Aura or in any available SM mall he chooses,  however, he prefers to test the outside market first before venturing inside the mall environment.

Okay, so are you ready for Easter Sunday?  I’m very sure that after trying out Peppermill, you’ll want to declare every Sunday and a day of the week of your choice a Personal Peppermill Easter Sunday celebration.

Peppermill Restaurant and Mixology Bar

  • Place One Building, #205 Katipunan Extension, Quezon City
  • Tel. (02) 9617129
  • Store Hours: 11AM to 10PM (Monday to Sunday)

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