Friday, May 15, 2009

Mickey's Delicatessen: German Cuisine for Sharing

*This establishment is now CLOSED.*

It was a toss-up between T.G.I.Friday's and Mickey's Delicatessen one Sunday for a nice family meal. I remember telling my hubby, why don't we go to Mickey's? We haven't tried Mickey's and I was pretty certain that having lunch at Mickey's would cost less than having lunch at Friday's. Wrong!

Suffice to say I was flabbergasted when I took a gander at Mickey's Menu. The Cheese Spatzle with Caramelized Onions pasta dish my son wanted to order cost P410. The Grilled Sausage Sampler that's supposedly good for two cost P1,200. Anyways, my mom won some Mickey's Delicatessen GCs from a text promo and so we decided to take the plunge.

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara and Spit Roast ChickenWe had to settle for Spaghetti Alla Carbonara (P380) in place of the Cheese Spatzle because the latter was unavailable. Hubby ordered a whole Spit Roast Chicken (P552) -- a dish which I'd say is the one with the most value for money in the menu. One whole roasted chicken split in half, served on a bed of rice pilaf and mushroom sauce on the side. We kept asking the waiter how the serving sizes are, and he kept insisting they were all good for one, except for some like the whole Spit Roast Chicken which was good for two. We ended up ordering Salmon Steak (P620), Bavarian Potato Salad (P78.20), and Sauerkraut (P88.30).

Salmon SteakTo Mickey's credit, the Spaghetti Alla Carbonara was very creamy and tasty. They definitely didn't scrimp on the bacon. I liked the buttered bread on the side, it had this distinct smokey flavor and aroma that gave me the feeling that it was baked in a rustic stone oven or something. My son didn't appreciate it as much though, he claimed it tasted weird. Spit Roast Chicken was okay, nothing really special, just your usual chicken with gravy. One whole is definitely good enough to feed well more than two people. Salmon Steak was okay. The fish was thick and juicy, and it was topped by this flavorful pesto-like sauce. We had mixed reactions with regards to the Bavarian Potato Salad and Sauerkraut. Bavarian Potato Salad is nothing like the mayonnaise-based potato salads we're used to. This one is cooked in vinegar and wine. I liked it, unfortunately everyone else did not. Sauerkraut is best described as German atchara -- again, it takes getting used to but I imagine it'd go really well with sausages and red meats.

Dessert SamplerFor dessert, we went for the Dessert Sampler (P920) which the menu stated was good for 3-4 persons. The sampler consisted of Original Austrian Kaiserschmarm (caramelized shredded pancakes with flambéed apples and raisins), Grandmother's Famous Apfelstrudel, Rhum Pot with Marinated Berries, and Gelato. We loved everything except Rhum Pot, which I'd describe as fruit pieces in hot alcohol. Mickey's Apple Strudel is nothing like those puff pastries sold in bakeries. This one was open-faced, warm, saucy, and just lovely. You can clearly taste the vanilla sauce even if you can't see it.

Service was okay, except for the fact the waiter insisted everything is good for one person only -- despite the fact that we had two kids with us. The air-conditioning couldn't cool the area we were seated at sufficiently, and there were a couple of pesky flies buzzing about our table.

All in all, we had a pretty nice meal at Mickey's. I just wish they'd do something about the air-conditioning and the flies (which seemed to inhabit just that area we were occupying and not the whole restaurant). Just don't believe that everything is good for one (well, except maybe if the one being referred to is a huge guy with an empty stomach) and you might end up with a smaller bill.

Mickey's Delicatessen
144 Jupiter St. cor. Orbit St.,
Bel-Air 2 Village, Makati City
896-9650

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