The Tapenade and Gilarmi Lounge Experience inside Discovery Primea Makati

"C'MON NINES, go get A SALAD", quipped a good friend of mine when I finally arrived at the lovely Tapenade restaurant inside Discovery Primea in Makati. I was exhausted from the traffic and I was offered a salad and answered here with an "ugh" which totally sounded like I was not interested in veggies. Not that I didn't like it though - it was just my way of joyfully greeting my rainbow friend Margaux who I haven't seen in ages because of the super long Holiday break.
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But Discovery Primea has the right to offer you a salad. Fact was, not only do they have a salad bar, but they have AN ENTIRE ROOM dedicated to it. Enter The Salad Room.

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And no, it's not all greens and dressings. There's an entire station full of cheese and deli on one corner...
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...an entire station just for dressings and sauces...
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...a full fledged station for all the greens you want to munch on...
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...and unlimited servings of cooked shellfish such as shrimps and mussels.
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A caesar salad is not an option at the Salad Room. Get that dish and fill it with all that yummy green fiber.
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This plate was very similar to the things I enjoy eating back in Europe, and the reason is clear: Tapenade offers high-quality Mediterranean fare and brick-oven specialties that are hard to find anywhere else in Manila.

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Emphasizing the flavors of the entire Mediterranean region, at Tapenade you can experience the exotic spice profiles of Morocco, Istanbul, to the classic flavors of Provence and Sicily, to the bold tastes of North Africa and Greece, Tapenade looks to cover the entire region. The menu is constantly expanding from month to month, so there is always something new for you to enjoy. See what we had tried during my visit there.



The fragrant and complex Moroccan Gambas
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Moroccan Gambas
Fluffy and piping hot croquettes (which I think is best served that way)
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Croquetas de Pollo (Crispy Roast Chicken & Chorizo Croquettes with Garlic Mayo)
Their signature Stone Grilled Feta served with some amazing fresh brick oven baked bread
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Stone Grilled Feta Cheese
I remember Antonio Carluccio's way of making authentic carbonara because of the use of guanciale on this pasta
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Spaghetti alla Gricia (Sweet Onions and Guanciale)
This can pass for my grandmother's special Spaghetti alle Vongole.
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Spaghetti alle Vongole

The pizzas at Tapenade shouldn't be missed too.
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Speck Pizza


Look at that majestic char on the crust. I would love to put that in my pocket and take it home. Wahahahaha!
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Carbonara Pizza
Lengua or better called as the love of my life.
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Lengua Sevillana, Mushrooms, Green Olives, Pan-fried potatoes
Slow Roasted beef Belly. Not the most beautiful plating in the world but the flavors of the Orzo and that thick sauce underneath is impeccable.
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Slow Roasted US Beef Belly with Pumpkin Rissoni and Gremolata
Done in sixty seconds: the steak of all steaks. Normally, this should be the main event, but everything else was their own unique main event! 
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Bistecca alla Florentina with Grilled Asparagus, Potatoes, Limonata, Roasted Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Garlic
That flatlay though.
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SPREAD.
A special after-lunch coffee accompaniment: dessert is served!
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Gelato made with fresh strawberries



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THE BEST (according to me) Baklava
And after everything that we consumed in around three hours, we headed to The Gilarmi Lounge to check out some interesting Gin and Tonic Concoctions for the ultimate gin lover in you! This Gin and Tonic Station is here for you anytime of the day! 

Deep dive into the world of gin and avail their Premium Selection at Php 800++, which lets you sample unlimited servings of gins from around the world, mixed just the way you want them. Available from 4:00 to 9:00 PM daily at The Gilarmi Lounge.


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Magical. Beautiful. I cried.
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The variety of tonic water displayed is amazing. I feel like looking at a corner of a Gin and Tonic museum.
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Bottles of Bitters look like old school medicines from the 1800s
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Fresh fruits and other interesting ingredients to liven up your drink.
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Oh there's Nori on this drink. Different but yum.
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It's you and me against the world.
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Discovery Primea, I am coming back for you real soon.

Tapenade | The Gilarmi Lounge at Discovery Primea
Operating Hours: 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Dress Code: Smart Casual
Phone Number: (+632) 955 8888

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