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Weekend Food Choices Week 24: A European Weekend

No hubby did not take me to Europe for the weekend (how i wish!) *snicker*

I was finally able to watch Coco Avant Chanel, i film i’ve been bugging hubby about

Coco truly was avant garde!

an elegant woman ahead of her time!

I just wish they showed more of her fashion once she became Chanel *grin*

As if fate was playing along with our European theme for the weekend, we found ourselves, by chance, outside Gasthof

This is a German-Filipino owned restaurant which has been open for quite some time in Makati. It is well known in Boracay and Legaspi City as the home of the famous baby back ribs.

The streets surrounding Gasthof are not as nice as those around Greenbelt or Rockwell since it’s located at the old Makati area but there is a basement pay parking so you won’t have to worry about leaving your car along the street.

The ambiance is cozy, a little laid back, but good enough for a nice dinner date.

At the far end of the restaurant are sausages and cheese for sale as well as shelves of German beer and other products.

The stocks are not like that at Santis or at Bacchus but the products do give the place some character

I had wanted to order the pork knuckles but the waiter came back with sad news that the knuckles were not yet properly marinated (i was told they are soaked for 2 weeks). I was crushed … but not for long…

Gasthof Iced Tea

Hubby and i thought this was pretty good. Not your instant iced tea mix at all. I believe it had a hint of mango or some nice fruit.

Clam Chowder
I loved this soup. It was thick, creamy and full of flavor! Something i would definitely order again.

Sausage Pasta
The noodles were just a tad bit over cooked but the tomato based sauce and the sausages were pretty good.

Gasthof Baby Back Ribs
8 ribs full of tender meat glazed with golden red sauce…even just the aroma will make you smile! Succulent pork ribs cooked in Gasthof’s own sauce, and boy was it delicious!!!

We ended our dinner with a sansrival slice and coffee

This one wasn’t such a hit. The chewy layers of cashew and meringue was alright but i prefer a creamy top instead of the yema-like top that their cake had.

Oh well …

…did i mention how delicious their baby back ribs are?!!!

We’re definitely going back for the ribs and the elusive pork knuckles that takes weeks to marinate (imagine that!)…

Coco Avant Chanel photos from:


December 14, 2009 - Posted by | Cine, Gastronomic experience, Weekend Food Choices | ,


  1. I think it’s a rule of thumb that you can never go wrong with grilled and/or roasted dishes in a German restaurant. 🙂

    And I thought Audrey Tautou was stunning in Coco Avant Chanel; she was able to capture the free-spirited essence of the real Coco Chanel.

    Comment by Midge | December 14, 2009 | Reply

  2. i don’t know about coco chanel but those gasthof ribs look really tasteful! we’ve seen their (original?) branch in boat station2 boracay last october but passed on the chance of dining since we thought we can have the same yummies in their makati branch…but we still haven’t, lol. 😀
    … last sept, my wife and i were invited at ust-metro awards & sat as a judge for hotels & restos; it’s where we saw daughters of gasthof owners -one’s a beauty queen; country’s bet before to ms. intl. and the younger one is a graduating student from ust-hrm. i wish to spot them again when we find time to go to gasthof.
    …but i believe you, their sansrival appears less inviting.

    Comment by docgelo | December 14, 2009 | Reply

  3. Coco Chanel! I haven’t seen that film. Not shown in theaters. I know that it’s by invite and by purchase of a Chanel product worth Php3,500-up, right? Hoping that they’re going to show this film to the viewing public. We are entitled to our Chanel too. LOL!

    The last time I visited Gasthof was 2007 in Boracay. Must pay this resto a visit soon. 😀

    Comment by dyosa | December 15, 2009 | Reply

  4. I think wifey’s cousin is downloading that movie via Torrent. Wifey wants to see it too. I first saw her (Audrey Tautou) in the film Amelie. She’s funny. And then in The Da Vinci Code.
    Will have to try those ribs!

    Comment by Rico | December 16, 2009 | Reply

  5. i just ate, but i swear i can hear my stomach growling for more after seeing these scrumptious meals 🙂

    Comment by onyxx | December 23, 2009 | Reply

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