Paper Moon Manila, Poblacion

Famous Italian restaurant, Paper Moon (not to be confused with the dessert place of the same name), has found their way to the Philippines and established their first Asian branch, right in the heart of Makati.

This fine dining spectacle is situated at the roofdeck of the well-known Knightsbridge Residence in Poblacion, way up the 65th floor. It boasts a huge comfortable space, menu offerings with a real touch of class, and excellent customer service. Thanks to businessman, Edi Tekeli, he brought Paper Moon in Manila, all the way from Milan, to share with us the greatness that is of Italian cuisine.

I got into Paper Moon to attend one of the social events to promote Ruffino wines. Together with other media we were situated in one of their private areas with the Metro Manila skyline as your backdrop. Their interiors scream contemporary chic, with the fusion of bamboo, wood, and steel elements in it. They also have those posh-looking chairs and tables in cream and coral shades.

Here, you get to experience exquisite dining like no other. They actually keep on updating and changing their menus as they continuously innovate gastronomic creations that will please even the most discerning palate.

Starting off our course was a plate of complimentary breads and dips. It was followed by Prosciutto e Melone or Parma Ham with Cantaloupe (Php 799). This appetizer is a staple which one can find in every dining table in Italy. It was both appetizing and refreshing, with contradicting sweet and salty flavors.

We also had the Mozzarella di Bufala alla Caprese (Php 795) or Buffallo Mozzarella with Tomato and Basil. This cheese salad is another famous starter. The cheese from domestic water buffalo was served fresh with plump juicy tomatoes and fragrant basil leaves.

As for the entreés, we had first their Pappardelle Papermoon (Php 598). Its name was actually derived from the Italian word, “pappare,” meaning “to gobble up.” And I did just that, my mouth was filled with rich tomato sauce after slurping this wide and flat pasta. This had wonderful flavors of bacon as well.

A visit to an Italian restaurant wouldn’t be complete without getting brick oven pizza. Paper Moon prides itself of their pizza varieties, claiming that they have the premiere choice for their customers.

They served us their Pizza Edi (Php 680) which was named after Mr. Tekeli himself. This thin-crust pizza was topped with tomato, mozzarella, beef pepperoni, onion, and fresh chilli. It was delectable in every bite with a nice spice and baked with a very nice crunch to it.

The best meal of the night arrived right after Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Steak Florentine). Its Italian meat cooked over a wood fire. I was all smiles as I was able to get my ample share. The meat had rich natural taste, tender and perfectly medium.

Finally, a sweet way to cap off a meal is by having some well deserved dessert! Their Tiramisu (Php 399) served on a cup was moon sent. It had really creamy texture with bold espresso taste. Must have when you visit.

For an authentic Italian dining experience you will never forget, head over to Paper Moon Manila almost near the skies. Although the prices are the high side, it promises a well worth visit.

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