Monday, December 8, 2014

Bespoke Dining At Denlim's Kitchen

I first heard of Denlim's Kitchen from my friend Boboy Consunji. Boboy posted photos of the Denlim's pugon liempo (pork belly roasted in a brick stove) on Facebook, and it caused me a couple of sleepless nights. Dennis Lim, the chef and owner serves only one group a night, and dinner is booked nine months in advance. One day, I got a call from Boboy, there was a booking cancelation and he was lucky to get the slot. Excited for the big feast, I walked Mega Mall from end to end, and ate in small portions three days before our appointed day.
Denlim's is in San Fernando, Pampanga, a two hour drive from the metro. Boboy, a Kapampangan was our living Waze and historian, we didn't have trouble looking for the place. Free of corkage, we each brought a bottle of red wine, my good friend James Reyes, and Noel Orosa.
We were a happy group of twelve, Boboy's friends. Each dish personally served by Dennis were wiped out in minutes. I especially loved the bread served with banana heart dip, the Inornong Manok, and of course the Pugon Liempo, the roast pork served with buro which you wrap together in lettuce.
One graffiti in the kitchen best describes how good dinner was - Cohen what?

You can try your luck booking through Denlims Kitchen's Facebook page. Bon appetit!

Denlim's Kitchen's nondescript exteriors

Denlim's Kitchen's shabby chic interiors


Yes, Cohen what?!

Designer friend, James Reyes

Dennis Lim preparing Puso ng Saging Dip

Freshly baked bread

Mussels, Fennel with White Wine

Smoked Salmon Salad

Shrimp Angelita

Tinapa and Roasted Tomato Pasta

Inornong Manok

Caveman's Shank

Piece de Resistance, Pugon Liempo!

Dessert from LA Bakeshop

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