This was a dinner about 3 weeks ago. It must have been at least 3 years since I last dined at Buko Nero. I guess that's what happens when a restaurant requires far too advance of a reservation, I forget about it!
Nothing much has changed though, the key folks,Oscar, Tracy and her mother, they are still there. I thought the ventilation has improved but as the night progressed, I thought otherwise (hahaha, but I deal). Menu-wise, the favorite dishes are still on there and the 5-course set dinner is still a steal, albeit now at $55+. We decided to go ala carte though, after a few items on the daily specials sounded appetizing. But before the meal started proper, we were served our amuse bouche and the homemade foccacia, familiar and as good as before.
|tau kwa tower|
|palatte cleanser: raspberry and lime sorbet|
|cod with squid ink crumb crust|
My order was a special - cod fish crusted with a spicy crisp crumb and a tomato base sauce with fresh seasonal vegetables. I loved the oily texture of the cod fish and the tomato sauce was robust to pair the fish nicely.
|cod fish with tomato sauce|
|veal wrapped with bacon|
Dessert was rather ho-hum. The milk chocolate cake (a staple on the menu) with ginger gelato was a clear winner by far, over the white chocolate tart with green tea (a daily special that was lacking in white chocolate and green tea flavors).
|white chocolate green tea tart|
|milk chocolate cake with ginger gelato and caramel sauce|