Archipelago

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in all fairness, i went there about a month after they opened. the appetizer was not the greatest, bordering on "terrible"...my halibut tasted "old" as though it had been in and out of the refrigirator a couple of times...(not FRESH) i took one bite and had it returned ( of course it was NOT deducted from our bill!!!!) the manager didn't even bother to apologize even if he was the one who i returned it to!!!

My other guests were not too happy either with the food. Don't take my word for it...go and experience it yourself. The service was also poor AT THAT TIME. Maybe they've changed...Probably not.

The only positive thing I can say is that the place looks GREAT and parking is easy! other than that...eat at home. But if you feel "lucky"...go and try it yourself.

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in all fairness, i went there about a month after they opened. the appetizer was not the greatest, bordering on "terrible"...my halibut tasted "old" as though it had been in and out of the refrigirator a couple of times...(not FRESH) i took one bite and had it returned ( of course it was NOT deducted from our bill!!!!) the manager didn't even bother to apologize even if he was the one who i returned it to!!!

My other guests were not too happy either with the food. Don't take my word for it...go and experience it yourself. The service was also poor AT THAT TIME. Maybe they've changed...Probably not.

The only positive thing I can say is that the place looks GREAT and parking is easy! other than that...eat at home. But if you feel "lucky"...go and try it yourself.

Pros: easy parking, good looking interiors

Cons: food and service

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For our first course, we had Sweet Potato Soup with drizzles of oil of foie gras and a hint of coconut to whet your appetite. Our second course was Ukoy, one of my favorites when I was young. The vinegar sauce/dip had few thin slices of red chile with a little spice and sweetness tones to it. It was refined and mellow. Our third course was poki, a small cubed raw tuna in a sweet and spicy vinegary dressing that sat on top of some curly salad greens that came with a few thin slices of pineapple, and droplets of white and yellow sauce. Our entree or fourth course was the mouth-watering Beef Salpicao with julienned carrots, steamed green bok choy, and mashed potato. With this, we were given (on the house) each a glass of Pinot Noir wine to go with our entree. The pairing was heavenly. For dessert we tried both the double creme brulee and caramel apples (tiny) on sticks with sprinkles (or dip) of shave chocolate, chopped nuts (could be almond), and tiny pieces of candied fruit (I think). I highly recommend this one. Very unique and different. Freshly brewed black coffee balanced the sweetness of these desserts.

The servings are for fine dining, not big portions, more like a tasting menu. If you are looking to gorge up, go somewhere else. But if you are a gourmet, and you like asian european fusion, you've come to the right place. Where's the asian, you might ask. I would say the ingredients are asian (for some) and to be specific Filipino, but they innovated the cooking and fused it with french methods. Presentation is definitely european (french). The seasoning was just right. Food was serve in modern square and rectangular white plates. We liked how the cup and saucer were designed. It was hip and very unique.

Overall dining experience was excellent. I would recommend to friends and family. Good food, good ambience, and good service.

Chris Nyles
Cooking Enthusiast/Food Blogger

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★★★★★

For our first course, we had Sweet Potato Soup with drizzles of oil of foie gras and a hint of coconut to whet your appetite. Our second course was Ukoy, one of my favorites when I was young. The vinegar sauce/dip had few thin slices of red chile with a little spice and sweetness tones to it. It was refined and mellow. Our third course was poki, a small cubed raw tuna in a sweet and spicy vinegary dressing that sat on top of some curly salad greens that came with a few thin slices of pineapple, and droplets of white and yellow sauce. Our entree or fourth course was the mouth-watering Beef Salpicao with julienned carrots, steamed green bok choy, and mashed potato. With this, we were given (on the house) each a glass of Pinot Noir wine to go with our entree. The pairing was heavenly. For dessert we tried both the double creme brulee and caramel apples (tiny) on sticks with sprinkles (or dip) of shave chocolate, chopped nuts (could be almond), and tiny pieces of candied fruit (I think). I highly recommend this one. Very unique and different. Freshly brewed black coffee balanced the sweetness of these desserts.

The servings are for fine dining, not big portions, more like a tasting menu. If you are looking to gorge up, go somewhere else. But if you are a gourmet, and you like asian european fusion, you've come to the right place. Where's the asian, you might ask. I would say the ingredients are asian (for some) and to be specific Filipino, but they innovated the cooking and fused it with french methods. Presentation is definitely european (french). The seasoning was just right. Food was serve in modern square and rectangular white plates. We liked how the cup and saucer were designed. It was hip and very unique.

Overall dining experience was excellent. I would recommend to friends and family. Good food, good ambience, and good service.

Chris Nyles
Cooking Enthusiast/Food Blogger

Pros: Ambience, Decor, Service, and Food

Cons: None

 

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