This Mango-Strawberry Dessert Is Calling Out To Us

Hardcore sweet tooths will fall in love.

For Chef Robert Kim Sotto, cooking for Single Origin Osteria brings back warm memories of when he worked in Italy. It's not uncommon for him to speak in Italian while in the kitchen, completely forgetting that he was in the Philippines. This is exactly the vibe that Single Origin Osteria has been working on to provide.

Conceptualized in 2015, Single Origin Osteria is headed by Argentinian Chef Juan Barcos who has based many of the menu's recipes from his own nona (grandmother), and restaurateur Carlo Gordon Lorenzana, the man behind Nikkei and Nikkei Nama. Their combined experience has given Single Origin something to be proud of, aside from their very special Lamill coffee.

Find Italian classics

The provincial "osterias" that inspired this restaurant are intimate affairs knee-deep in traditional Italian home cooking. Exemplifying this is Single Origin Osteria's Seafood Pasta (P450). The penne is the perfect pasta shape for this because it means every bite gets a generous coating of the delicious seafood Pomodoro sauce.  It's tangy and rich with the flavors of fresh tomatoes, baby squid, shrimp, mussels, and fresh basil.

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On the side of these two delicious pasta dishes is a crusty slice of herby, handmade focaccia that finishes off that dish just perfectly.
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Using the same tomato-basil Pomodoro sauce is their  Nona's Wagyu Polpete (P 350). The meatballs are seared and browned and then simmered in that rich, tangy sauce. Then, mozzarella and Parmigiano are melted right on top for that sinfully good bite. These meatballs aren't just about the pink-centered beef, the melted cheese, and stewed tomato sauce marrying in flavor, it's also about that meatball's delicious, tender, and fluffy texture. These are bestsellers for a reason!

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If you've got a hardcore sweet tooth, you'll love this extra.
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Don't forget dessert!

If you've got a sweet tooth, you mustn't miss their Pavlova (P295) that's made with crispy Italian meringue, mango curd, and fresh strawberries. The tart, fruity, refreshing, and creamy curd starkly contrasts against the crunchy meringue that melts in your mouth. The strawberries they use are wonderfully fresh and sweet as well!

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Those toasted granules of sugar are crunchy and aromatic.
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If you don't have much of a sweet tooth though, you will find their Brûlée Coffee (P200) perfect. With their signature, delicious Lamill coffee beans turned into a latte, the experience is elevated by the turbinado sugar sprinkled on top and torched to a delicious, smoky, crisp.

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Single Origin Osteria is located at Frabelle Building Tordesillas corner Bautista Street, Salcedo Village Makati City. They're open from 7 a.m. to 12 midnight on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends. You may contact them at (0956) 301-5267.

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