Monday, January 2, 2017

#CrazyGoodFood at Carnivale

#CrazyGoodFood at Carnivale
A new Carnivale is in town and it's here to stay.

This isn't a circus nor is it a Cirque-like performance. Carnivale is a restaurant with crazy good food. 

And by "crazy good food," I mean it.

The food choices aren't those found in the usual carnival. Think of it, rather, as a carnival of food where everything is just crazy good--like fast food glorified to the highest level.

I instantly gravitated towards the burgers. These seemed out-of-this-world especially with its colorful buns. 

Here are my 3 favorite (and must-try) burgers:

1. Gravlax
This is the one with the black bun. These are squid ink brioche buns with salmon in between. The salmon is "house cured" (susyal!) and I can still feel it oozing with sweet and salty flavors with each bite. Writing this makes me salivate and want another! 

(Php 380.00)
2. Duck Burger
This being a duck burger is more than enough reason to try it. And it's so full of flavor! It's distinctly Asian but with a delightful twist. The bun is a beetroot brioche bun--basta, yung red.

Duck Burger
(Php 410.00)

3. Ferrero Ice Cream Burger
Burger for dessert? Why not! This is a combination of all my favorites in between two giant cream puffs--Ferrero, Kitkat, Nutella, ice cream, kahlua, and almond flakes! It's divine. The best part is it's sprinkled with gold dust! (Pwedeng mag-pictorial with gold lips after. Haha!)

Ferrero Burger
(Php 380.00)

Here are some of the other burgers that I was able to try:

Chicken Burger
(think McSpicy and Zinger!)

Wangus Burger
(Wagyu + Angus Beef)

Mac & Cheese Burger
It was so heavy! Ideal for those who are extra hungry.

Aside from burgers, the Yang Chow Risotto, chicken nuggets, and salted egg fries are worth trying!

Yang Chow Risotto
(East meets West!)

Chicken Nuggets that just seem to melt in your mouth.
Salted Egg Fries.

Carnivale is the brain child of Chef Mikel Zaguirre of Locavore and the newest venture of my good friend and business partner Ojie Ocampo.  

What I like about Carnivale is how the theme is tightly knit--from the interiors, the food, down to their menu. 

Look--tarot cards! How cool is that?

Tarot Cards as Menu

Hulaan kita? Lol.
Restaurant facade

Interiors with carnival-inspired murals

Looking up

I've been there twice. The first was during its soft opening and the latest one was to celebrate its grand opening day a few weeks ago. 

Daming tao!

The first time we were there! Soft opening!

During the grand launch.

Carnivale makes a great venue and experience for a barkada or family get together.

As someone who lives in Quezon City, dadayuhin talaga ito since it's in the MOA area in Pasay. But the trip is and will always be worth it for #CrazyGoodFood. 

2nd Floor, S' Maison, Conrad Hotel,
Seaside Boulevard cor. Coral Way, MOA Complex
Pasay City, Philippines

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