It’s never too early to have a few catch up laughs, a sinfully delicious meal, and a round of cocktails with your friends
Ladies who lunch has always been a concept many women enjoy. But today’s fast paced female begins her day earlier, and has a lot to accomplish before it ends, which is why brunch makes perfect sense. Breakfast food also easily whet’s the palate, giving many options when it comes to dishes. And what’s a brunch without a little bit of bubbly?
I decided to host some of my closest friends in Cicchetti, a newly opened Italian concept in the heart of Bonifacio Global City. Though the restaurant is known for their pastas and small bites, it recently launched a brunch menu, chockfull of scrumptious starts to the day, delicious egg dishes, and refreshing cocktails. All that over candid conversations made for a fun morning of catching up in an intimate setting.
Because the restaurant took care of the food and drinks, I just brought in a single flower arrangement by stylist Zenas Pineda to liven up my table. As guests began to filter in, we were served fresh house made bread, warm from the oven – focaccia , baguettes and breadsticks with a simple dipping of good quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Blogger and wine enthusiast Stephanie Zubiri – Crespi was enjoying hers with a cold glass of sangria, while stylist LA Lopez opted for the Limoncello Collins. The other cocktails served were sparkling wine based – ‘Rossini,’ which had a fresh strawberry puree, and ‘Lemon and Bubbles,’ which offered a more citrus flavor.
As the food arrived, my best friend Sandra Pena – Paradies and I were excited to begin the meal. The first dish was a Tomato Soup, served with a Parmesan Tuille – a nice way to warm our tummies. Following that was the Sicilian Eggs Benedict. This dish was well balanced, having the richness of the runny egg and the pesto hollandaise pair perfectly with the crisp bread, Italian dry cured ham, and the freshness of the cherry tomatoes and herbs.
Following that was a real treat – Cicchetti’s homemade prosciutto ensaimada topped with almond slivers. Everyone was suggesting we split these, worried about the calorie spike, except model and influencer Mikaela Lagdameo – Martinez, who was happy to consume hers all on her own. I, of course, took her lead and enjoyed the fluffy pastry that completely satisfied that sweet and salty combination craving.
Though the menu was heavy on prosciutto, each dish was well thought out, showing different ways to creatively use the charcuterie staple. The Prosciutto and Coppa Open Faced Sandwich served it on toasted bread with melted cheese, while the Prosciutto and Eggs featured it alongside sautéed mushrooms and a perfect fluffy scramble.
Jeweler Macky Fah frequents the restaurant for its mouth-watering pasta offerings, so she happy to see the final dish, a White Wine Carbonara. Rich, creamy, and sinful – it was everything you would hope for both in texture and flavor – perfectly cooked spaghetti, twirled in a mix of egg yolk, Parmesan cheese and guanciale.
Because I would’ve loved for my group to sample some of the other pasta offerings, I didn’t let them leave empty handed, giving out some sauces to try at home. As the meal came to an end, there were still conversations to be had. The cocktails kept coming as laughter filled the table. The setting was perfect for a catch up amongst friends. With delicious food, and impeccable service – it is now one of my go to places.
Cicchetti serves brunch daily, from 10am-3pm.
PHOTOGRAPHS by Jar Consenjo (@campfiremedia) for Metro Society Magazine (@metrosocietyph)