New Chef

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Oscar’s restaurant above TSD has been open for 15 months already and has gone from strength to strength.  The food has been consistently amazing and continues to astonish us with its all-out yumminess.

But we always want to improve and for the last few months we have been looking for a new chef to move us up to the next level.   After much searching and many interviews we finally hired Executive Chef Val.  Val has worked as head chef and sous chef in some of the top restaurants in Cebu including Tinderbox and Abaca where I have had some of the best food in my life.  So how could we turn him down?

In the short time he has been with us, he has shaken up Oscar’s and added a serious extra spark to our menu, while retaining our old style.  Chef Val, quite simply, loves food, and it shows in his dishes.  He manages to put together ingredients that work perfectly together – ingredients that you would never ever mix in a million years, melt together in a food frenzy in your mouth. A menu item that you think, “Huh?” works so well, you write down the ingredients and take it home to try out for yourself.

Oscar’s menu changes every day, and each evening I sit down, look at the menu of the day and want to order one of everything. It is that good.

Val is particularly fond of fusion foods and has come up with some amazing dishes. Yesterday it was Tropical Shepherd’s Pie.  A contradiction in terms you may think.  But the mixture of this traditional English dish with pineapple and a semi-sweet gravy was so incredibly delicious, I had it again for breakfast the next day.  I can’t wait to see what he does with the fish and chips…

And his triple chocolate mousse…. Don’t even get me started on the triple chocolate mousse.  This is possibly my all-time favorite dessert ever (along with crème brulee). I have eaten it in many restaurants in many cities all around the world, and Chef Val’s is about the scrummiest I have ever had anywhere ever.   I had it 3 days in a row before Trevor forbade any more due to expanding waistline concerns.

Don’t get me wrong, Oscar’s still has a range of dishes to suit everyone, including our traditional British fare, but now it comes with that little bit of extra panache!

Anyway, the point of all this rant about divine food is to say WELCOME CHEF VAL!  You are an angel sent from heaven to delight our taste buds!

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