There are days when you feel like a mess, and there are those when you feel a lot worse than that (a wreck?). For the very rare moments that you suffer from excessive stress and anxiety, it is only fitting to distance yourself from all the things that cause you stress. Finding a good place to meet with a few good friends to unwind and have dinner is a good way to spend that time off, so that's what I did a few days ago.
It had been a great while since I last met with a good friend of mine who I comfortably call "dad," amidst the innumerable close friends whom I call the same way. We decided to meet one evening to have dinner at this fine place called L'Incontro Ristorante. It was somewhat homecoming for me since I once again had the chance to pass by Alliance-Française de Manille and other familiar places which I used to visit back in college.
L'Incontro, loosely translated, means meeting, a word aptly chosen to describe such a wonderful establishment that stands almost as if with mystique and elegance along Nicanor Garcia St. (formerly Reposo). The restaurant's facade is usually lit with dim lights, similar to the dreamy lighting of the dining area.
Limited but spacious tables await diners, and are usually reserved in advance to accommodate guests of varying numbers. In a way, the layout of the tables add to the intimate touch that this place exudes.
When ordering, make sure to ask for recommendations from your server as they can and will explain the reasons behind their suggestions. As with typical mid-scale to larger restaurants, L'Incontro Ristorante offers a variety of meals to choose from ranging from appetizers to desserts. Also, be sure to ask for the size of the servings as there are several dishes which are best enjoyed alone than shared; if you feel like sharing, get something bigger because based on what I was able to taste, it might be difficult to stop getting mouthfuls for yourself.
Octopus ink pasta
For the wine enthusiasts such as myself, ask for their wine menu. L'Incontro Ristorante has a good selection of wine from different origins. My favorite drink of course is Chardonnay--chilled but of no specific age--best paired with white meat, cheeses, white chocolate and pastries. That's just me though, it's up to you to decide which to get but again, ask for recommendations and assistance from your server to assure that you get only the best ones to pair with your food.
The ambiance inside L'Incontro Ristorante is more than enough to cater to intimate gatherings by friends, professional meetings, or even casual dining.
For a house that looks like a house outside definitely feels like home from within. I definitely enjoyed my time at L'Incontro mainly because of the peace and good feel of the place, the delectable dishes and wide food selection, and, of course, the prompt service extended by the staff--served with a smile!
I look forward to my next dining experience at this highly recommendable place.
L'Incontro Ristorante is located at 207 Nicanor Garcia St. (formerly Reposo; next to AF de Manille), Makati City
Contact numbers: 8990635, 8990638