The Blackboard by Chef Michel (4th anniversary post!!)

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For this year’s anniversary post, I went back to The Podium to have lunch at this restaurant called The Blackboard. This restaurant is owned by Chef Michel and his wife, who were inspired to open up this restaurant after living in Kuala Lumpur for several years. What makes The Blackboard different from the other restaurants out there is the fact that all of the dishes on the menu are not permanent – So you can enjoy a sumptuous Chinese meal today, then eat Spanish paella a week later. The only thing that’s consistent here is the quality of the food.

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Interior. Extra points for their awesome music playlist.

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A closer look at the Mexican-themed menu, written on a huge blackboard (hence the resto’s name).

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Fish and Chips Basket, served with tartar and aioli sauce. The skin had a slight peppery taste to it, while the fillet was nice and very flaky. A good dish overall, not to mention slightly addictive.

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Ham and Cheese Croquetas. Crunchy on the outside, and slightly mushy on the inside. I have yet to find a croquette dish that I didn’t like! Also comes with a delicious aioli dipping sauce.

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Beef Tacos. This wasn’t too bad… It tasted/looked quite similar to Pancake House’s famous tacos, but with a soft tortilla.

I was actually quite surprised when we received our bill for this meal – We ended up paying less than 1,000 bucks! I was expecting to shell out at least 2,500 or something for this entire meal. Maybe the price does depend on what’s written on the blackboard at the moment. I think it’s pretty cool that they switch up their menu once in a while in order to cater to both diners who want to eat something affordable or expensive. Anyway, if they end up creating another menu that’s s easy on the wallet, then I won’t hesitate to step inside this restaurant again.

Ambiance/Interior: 5/5
Staff/Service: 4.5/5
Food: 4.5/5 (taste), 5/5 (presentation)

The Blackboard by Chef Michel is located at 5/F The Podium, 18 ADB Ave Wack Wack, Mandaluyong. Links: Facebook || Twitter

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