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WHAT'S FAMOUS IN PACO, MM
[Chef Chris Locher’s My Kitchen draws diners from as far as Alabang, Makati, and La Vista]


Paco Park (Images by Manny Llanes)
Patsy Cline’s 1961 rendition of the song “Crazy,” the top-selling jukebox song of all time, was written by the legendary singer/songwriter Willie Nelson, who was forced to sell it for $50 to support a growing family. “It paid our groceries for a week’” he told a reporter, 50 years later. Willie’s story flashed through my mind over lunch a few days ago at Oasis Paco Park Hotel’s My Kitchen restaurant while rolling strips of Panizza over alfalfa sprouts and arugula. Chef Chris Locher, who created the dish and introduced it to the Philippines many years and several restaurants ago, explained that the menu of My Kitchen calls the creation The Original “because someone else has copyrighted the Panizza recipe and name.” Traditionally, panizza was a polenta or focaccia made from chickpea flour before Chef Chris created the recipe that he describes now as “a fine crisp dough layered with a blend of five cheeses and herbs, and perfected with favorite toppings.” My Kitchen serves to around 150 to 200 guests daily My Kitchen serves to around 150 to 200 guests daily. Last Monday, we had a half-half combination: Verbena (tomato and white truffle with cheese sauce topped with scallops, prawns, and sun-dried tomatoes) and Lazio (with artichoke hearts and honey-cured ham). By itself and with glasses of wine, an order of panizza would make for a light lunch for two. Runaway Success Chef Chris fell in love with the Philippines and its people the minute he arrived here, 23 years ago. READ MORE...

ALSO: My Kitchen by Chef Chris


Copyright Balitang America --On this week's travels, Balitang America and Mango Tours take you one of the famous restaurants in the city of the Manila. Indulge in the best of European culture and cuisine at My Kitchen by Chef Chris. The restaurant is located at the heart of Paco, Manila together with Oasis Paco Park Hotel. Manila Hotel Restaurant My Kitchen by Chef Chris offers sumptuous European dishes. Choose from a wide variety of pastas, pizzas, special rice meals, freshly baked breads, desserts and other delectable food choices prepared by the man behind your favorite The Original by Chef Chris. Using the finest quality market products available, My Kitchen by Chef Chris promises gastronomic satisfaction. The menu presents traditional Italian cuisine yet uniquely enough to leave a mark. Paired by cozy atmosphere and terrific service, dining at My Kitchen by Chef Chris will be the place in Manila for fabulous evening dining and fantastic lunches. READ MORE...


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What’s famous in Paco
[Chef Chris Locher’s My Kitchen draws diners from as far as Alabang, Makati, and La Vista]


Paco Park (Images by Manny Llanes)

MANILA, JANUARY 11, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Sol Vanzi January 7, 2016 - Patsy Cline’s 1961 rendition of the song “Crazy,” the top-selling jukebox song of all time, was written by the legendary singer/songwriter Willie Nelson, who was forced to sell it for $50 to support a growing family. “It paid our groceries for a week’” he told a reporter, 50 years later.

Willie’s story flashed through my mind over lunch a few days ago at Oasis Paco Park Hotel’s My Kitchen restaurant while rolling strips of Panizza over alfalfa sprouts and arugula.


Chef Chris Locher (Images by Manny Llanes)

Chef Chris Locher, who created the dish and introduced it to the Philippines many years and several restaurants ago, explained that the menu of My Kitchen calls the creation The Original “because someone else has copyrighted the Panizza recipe and name.”

Traditionally, panizza was a polenta or focaccia made from chickpea flour before Chef Chris created the recipe that he describes now as “a fine crisp dough layered with a blend of five cheeses and herbs, and perfected with favorite toppings.”

My Kitchen serves to around 150 to 200 guests daily My Kitchen serves to around 150 to 200 guests daily.

Last Monday, we had a half-half combination: Verbena (tomato and white truffle with cheese sauce topped with scallops, prawns, and sun-dried tomatoes) and Lazio (with artichoke hearts and honey-cured ham). By itself and with glasses of wine, an order of panizza would make for a light lunch for two.

Runaway Success

Chef Chris fell in love with the Philippines and its people the minute he arrived here, 23 years ago.

READ MORE...

He is now happily ensconced with his Pinoy family while turning My Kitchen into a phenomenal success.


My Kitchen serves to around 150 to 200 guests daily
(Images by Manny Llanes)

The restaurant, across the street from the historic Paco Park, has become a favorite among discriminating connoisseurs, many of whom drive all the way from Alabang, Makati, La Vista, and beyond for multicourse a la carte lunch or dinner.

They almost always make reservations days ahead to ensure good seats. Around 150 to 200 food lovers flock to the restaurant daily.

Classic Comforts


Panizza with oasis salad (Images by Manny Llanes)

Our small group ate family-style—sharing dishes the way Italians and Filipinos eat at home.

We started with the large oasis salad of artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, capers, caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamate olives, and two kinds of capers, arugula, and several types of lettuce. Homemade bread with cheese-pesto-olive oil dip was complimentary.


Capellini Beatric (Images by Manny Llanes)

Pesto also enriched Cappelini Beatrice lightly tossed with giant US scallops and prawns.

Tender rapini greens and pencil-thin asparagus topped with ox tongue risotto and accented with Marsala-simmered meat, fresh mushrooms, and cheeses.


Chilean mussels (Images by Manny Llanes)

Our seafood course had plump olive mussels from Chile, prepared with wine, garlic, and tomatoes. Simple preparation highlighted the freshness of the imported bivalves.

Grandma’s Recipe


Osso buco Maestri (From My Kitchen's menu)

Named after the chef’s paternal nona (grandma) is classic osso buco Maestri (veal shank stewed in wine and cream) with a twist. The traditional gremolata (lemon zest, garlic, and parsley), sprinkled as garnish, is instead incorporated while the shanks are stewing, thereby making a more subtly-enhanced gravy.

The humongous veal shank, so tender we needed no knife, sat atop a large mound of saffron-hued, creamy risotto.

Homemade Gelato


Tiramisu and homemade gelato (Images by Manny Llanes)

We ended the long meal with a large slice of tiramisu plus two flavors of homemade gelato: Mint Chocolate and Blueberry, perfect with My Kitchen’s own blend of coffee.

My Kitchen at the Oasis Paco Park Hotel, (02) 521 2371 to 75


My Kitchen by Chef Chris

The Oasis Paco Park Hotel is a boutique hotel in Manila Philippines that offers modern and affordable hotel room accommodations for families, tourists, and business people.


My Kitchen by Chef Chris is the main Hotel Restaurant for The Oasis Paco Park Hotel Manila.

Manila Hotel Restaurant My Kitchen by Chef Chris offers sumptuous European dishes. Choose from a wide variety of pastas, pizzas, special rice meals, freshly baked breads, desserts and other delectable food choices prepared by the man behind your favorite 'The Original' by Chef Chris.

Using the finest quality market products available, My Kitchen by Chef Chris promises gastronomic satisfaction. The menu presents traditional Italian cuisine yet uniquely enough to leave a mark. Paired by cozy atmosphere and terrific service, dining at My Kitchen by Chef Chris will be the place in Manila for fabulous evening dining and fantastic lunches.


The Original by Chef Chris


Antipasti Special


Soup & Salad


Pasta, Gnocchi & Risotto


Main Course


Chef Chris Family Style Special


Dolce

My Kitchen by Chef Chris is the main Hotel Restaurant for The Oasis Paco Park Hotel Manila. For reservations please contact us at (+632) 521-2371 to 75.

Click here to view The Oasis Paco Park Hotel's rooms and suites.

The Oasis Paco Park Hotel is a boutique hotel in Manila Philippines that offers modern and affordable hotel room accommodations for families, tourists, and business people.


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