Raina and I braved the traffic of Manila and was relieved to be greeted by the warm and welcoming smile of the friendly staff with an inviting pool in the background of The Oasis, but we weren’t there to go for a dip–except for Raina. Instead, we were there for My Kitchen at the Oasis Paco Hotel formerly Barramundi Restaurant.
We showed up because we heard that this sublime deli in an oasis is the new home of The Original, previously known as the popular Panizza back when Chef Chris Locher Consultant Executive Chef for Aura Hotels and Resorts was in C! Restaurant in Pampanga.
Located at The Oasis Paco Park Hotel (beside Paco Church near Old Swiss Inn), My Kitchen is Chef Chris’ passion project where he fully expresses his enthusiasm for cooking intentionally leaving us wanting more of his delectable delights.
The Caesar Salad (PHP 490) is made with romaine hearts dressed with their classic garlic and anchovy dressing, topped with parmesan cheese, bacon bits and freshly baked croutons.
The Risotto Fruti Di Mare (PHP 890) is made with classic fish and seafood risotto with salmon, mahi mahi, shrimp and imported mussel enhanced with tomato, parmesan cheese, butter and saffron. This was everyone’s favorite!
The Linguini Vongole is a blend of fresh mussels sauteed in virgin olive oil, tomato and capers, topped with shredded parmesan. Mamma mia!
We paired The Original Panizza (PHP 790) with a glass of Merlot. It is made with a fine crisp dough layered with a blend of five cheese and herbs, served with a bowl of arugula and alfalfa, perfected with their popular toppings: herbed chicken fillet, smoked bacon, portabella and golden mushrooms, capers, and slices of Kalamata olives.
Their Fennel Crusted Salmon Fillet with Pesto Sauce (PHP 790) is bedded with slightly dry mashed potatoes, assorted fresh herbs, and Chinese spinach.
To mark a sweet end, My Kitchen served us their homemade ice cream: Blueberry, Chocolate, Coffee and Rum Raisin. Rum Raisin rocked!
Location: 1032-34 Belen Street, Paco, Manila
Contact Number: (+63 2) 521-2371 / (+63 2) 521-2375
Operating Hours: 7 AM to 11 PM Daily