If The Black Pig in Alabang sounds familiar, it’s because you may have heard about its under-the-radar good food. Opened in 2013, The Black Pig is part charcuterie, bar, and restaurant and the resto name is an ode to pork: both Spain’s black Iberico pigs and our very own lechon. While the best-sellers such as the pork belly are delicious options, chef Carlos Garcia played with the menu for a one-night-only dinner available on June 19, to highlight European and Asian flavors. The dishes will be paired with Habla wines from Spain’s Extremadura region which they now serve at the restaurant.
Appetizers come in the form of grilled leeks to be dipped in Romesco sauce, a delicious tomato-and-garlic sauce with zippy flavors. This Catalonian sauce livens up fish and grilled veggies, and in this case, gives the grilled leeks punchy notes.
Expect to find more unexpected flavors and textures in next courses: sweet, salty, and earthy flavors meld in the fresh peas, truffle, and jamon (ham) dish. Break the egg yolk and mix everything up—no single flavor overpowers the other. Expect bold and delicious flavors in the filling but unassuming bowl of lobster and arroz bomba. This dish has the familiar textures of congee and risotto, but with rich seafood flavors. Jamon bits add that salty kick with each spoonful.
If sweet Asian flavors are your favorite, the carpaccio plate will be right up your alley. Tender beef carpaccio is glazed with a sweet sauce and small chunks of tuna tataki add a refreshing break from the savory and sweet flavors. The most surprising main dish comes in the form of lamb: fork-tender lamb rack without the strong gamey flavor and a lamb square made of shredded lamb meat. A nice salsa verde provides a break from the meaty flavors and you’ll find yourself liking this plate even if lamb isn’t high up on your favorite meats.
Garcia, who worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe before moving to the Philippines to helm the kitchen at The Black Pig, does tasting menus really well. Fresh, local ingredients are turned into showstoppers using European techniques and makes the trip to Alabang worth it.
The 6-course dinner is priced at P3,500 per person and is available on June 12, Wednesday.
2/F Commerce Center Commerce Ave. Corner East Asia Dr. Corner Commerce AveNUE, Filinvest Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Tel. No. 808-1406.