Sala is small. Super small. Quaint might be a good word. It's literally a "room" which makes sense given I think that's what "Sala" translates to - at least partially. There's nothing offputting about the size, don't get me wrong. We were just surprised. The restaurant is located off of a VERY busy and cacophonous road but once you're inside, there's not a hint of the hustle and bustle of the world outside. As many people have said before, Sala would be a great place for a business dinner or (as in our case) a romantic dinner.
The staff were friendly but not oppressive, as can often be the case in Manila. Sometimes too much is just too much ya know? The drinks came quickly and were strong which is always a good thing when you know you're going to pay a little bit more.
I was trying to be a good little blogger by writing down the descriptions of all of the food but, sadly, I left my little notebook behind and never went back to pick it up. Long story short, the following is either from memory or from their online menu (which isn't that accurate because their menu is changing all the time). Anyhoo...here's the little complimentary appetizer the brought us which I'm sure I'll do NO JUSTICE by describing it as a sweet tomato and goat cheese toast thingamajig:
Our appetizers were fantastic although, again, I forget the lovely descriptions the restaurant used. Mine was a creamy scallop soup and Z had a meat and cheese plate (I am sorry Sala - truly sorry. I never said I was a professionally foodie ok? Stop judging! Ok .... I'm better now.)
I had truffled white risotto with Jerusalem artichokes, sweet shrimp, and blue swimmer crab topped with a crisp tiger prawn. It did not suck. Though a fairly small dish, the risotto made it hearty and I finished and was neither stuffed nor hungry - perfectly prepared for dessert :).
Hubs ordered roast sea bass fillet with sweet shrimp, fennel, tomato, saffron and spinach orzo. He thought it was great but I found it a bit fishy for my taste. Then again, I'm one of those people who likes her fish to taste either like cocktail sauce or wasabi so maybe I'm not the best judge.
And now for my favorite part and I'll go ahead and say I'm a bit biased here because I LOVE rhubarb. I don't know many people who have even had rhubarb outside of my family but my mom used to make this wonderful rhubarb cake. I'd ask for it all the time but rhubarb can be hard to find in the states. I've NEVER seen it on a dessert menu but Sala had a dessert called "All About Rhubard" and all I can say is ....I think it changed my life. It was SO SO SO good. I'm not a huge dessert person both for health and just a general preference for salt vs. sweet but this was spectacular. It was a rhubarb flavored crème brûlée, rhubarb sorbet and a warm pecan rhubarb crumble - that last one was like a mini-cobbler and it was so good, I almost wept.
And here we are .... on our way to fat and happy