Date Night at Balducci!

Photo grabbed from Google.
Photo grabbed from Google.

So, a couple of weeks back, my wife and I had date night. Just like any couple, you need to get away from hustle and bustle, and just spend some quality time together. We weren’t sure at first about where we would eat, but after a short discussion, we finally decided on finding a place to eat in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

When we finally got there, it actually started to rain and we saw Balducci to our left. And just by walking into the restaurant, we knew that it felt just right for the night. The whole feel was very homey, and the staff was very accommodating. They immediately found a table for us within the first five minutes of us entering the restaurant.

After going over the menu, we finally decided on what we were going to have. To start off our night, we both ordered soups.

Vellutata di Funghi - Creamy soup of assorted mushroom.
Vellutata di Funghi – Creamy soup of assorted mushroom.

My wife ordered the Vellutata di Funghi. She loves mushrooms, and it was very delicious. It was very creamy and the mushrooms themselves helped give it such flavor and depth.

Brodetto di Pesce - Light fish and seafood soup with tomatoes.
Brodetto di Pesce – Light fish and seafood soup with tomatoes.

I had the Brodetto di Pesce. This seafood soup was delightful. The aroma was intoxicating, the shrimp was cooked perfectly, the mussels were done beautifully, and the fish was light and soft that it literally melted in my mouth.

After finishing our soups, our main dishes were served. And for the night, we chose to have pasta.

Penne all’ Arrabbiata - Penne with garlic, basilico, and chili in freshspicy pomodoro sauce.
Penne all’ Arrabbiata – Penne with garlic, basilico, and chili in fresh spicy pomodoro sauce.

For my wife, she enjoyed the Penne all’ Arrabbiata. As she is a lover of spicy food, this immediately jumped at her so she just had to have it. According to her, it was absolutely delicious. The pasta was al dente, the pomodoro sauce was full of flavor, and you could just taste the spice coming from it.

Ravioli al Salmone - Homemade seafood filled ravioli in cream sauce.
Ravioli al Salmone – Homemade seafood filled ravioli in cream sauce.

I followed my seafood theme for the night by opting for a seafood past. I chose the Ravioli al Salmone, and my goodness, it was an absolute dinner delight. Salmon is one of my favorite fishes so I’m always drawn to salmon dishes. This creamy ravioli was just an abundance of flavor. The pasta was thin enough that cutting through it was easy, the salmon fillings were even through out, and the cream sauce was very generous. Just thinking about it again is simply mouthwatering.

For dessert, we chose something of a classic dessert.

Panna Cotta con Miele o Frutti di Bosco o Cioccolato - Famous Italian cream custard with a choice of: walnuts and honey, raspberry topping,blueberry topping, fresh mango, cold chocolate sauce.
Panna Cotta con Miele o Frutti di Bosco o Cioccolato – Famous Italian cream custard with a choice of: walnuts and honey, raspberry topping, blueberry topping, fresh mango, cold chocolate sauce.

This Panna Cotta was to die for. It was soft, moist, and cold. The walnuts and honey on top of it just gives it an overall sweetness that gives it such a lasting impression that you would want another helping.

Being in an Italian restaurant, we couldn’t help but order wine for the evening.

Carpineto Dogajolo Toscano - Board and fresh with complex fruityaromas that ends with a clean finish. (Sangiovese).
Carpineto Dogajolo Toscano – Board and fresh with complex fruity aromas that ends with a clean finish. (Sangiovese).

The wine choice of the night was Carpineto Dogajolo Toscano. Full flavored, fragrant, broad and fresh. Upon first sniff, you can just smell the wonderful fruity aromas within the wine. Then at first sip, you can just taste the complexity of the wine as its starts off sweet but finishes in just the right way that would make you want more.

It was a successful, and memorable date night for us. We enjoyed every moment we spent inside the restaurant, loving the food and the wine. Aside from excellent service, and the extremely friendly staff, the prices are very reasonable and worth it.

Balducci is a place worth going back to for more food, wine, and memories. Whether it’s for a date night, lunch, dinner, and/or special occasions.

Balducci is on the Ground Floor, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Contact numbers: 02 8560676/02 8560865

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