(This is an update of the Chateau Verde article originally published in September 25, 2006.)
Last Friday, December 18, my family went to see the U.P. Lantern Parade. I was a U.P. student for eight years (four years undergrad, four years in the College of Law) and I have seen as many lantern parades but it was the first time that I went to see the lantern parade with my family. Strange? Not really. Consider that the U.P. Lantern Parade is held on a weekday. In the past, the kids were at school and the hubby was at work. We were lucky this year — everyone was free. To avoid the inconvenience of traffic re-routing, I insisted that we had to be in U.P. by lunchtime. To start the lantern parade experience right, we had lunch at Chateau Verde.
A chateau is defined as a large French country house. “Verde”, of course, is the Spanish word for green. Chateau Verde is not all that large but it does have the country feel and look. Rustic, laid back and semi-open.
We started our meal with a bowl of Chef’s salad that came with lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, hard-boiled eggs, ham and cheese.
Although we were 99% per cent sure that he’s get the callos, Speedy ordered the Chicken Ann — chicken breast fillet stuffed with ham and cheese, breaded and fried until golden, and served with mornay sauce. Similar to the pollo con queso in my archive.
If there’s lengua in the menu, Sam is sure to order it. Lengua ala Rico is described in the menu as ox tongue in a demi-glace of ham, chicken liver, green peas and red wine. The ox tongue was perfectly tender although I found the demi-glace a bit strange with no distinct flavor that tickled the taste buds. P225.00.
I have no complaints with my pork ribs. Wonderfully moist, tender and the hickory-flavored marinade permeated the innermost parts of the meat. P220.00.
Alex hit jackpot with her pasta. The sauce is made with sautéed shrimps and crabmeat with fresh tomato sauce and white wine. The only problem was that the buttered toast was served when she was already halfway through her meal. P170.00.