It was just one of those funky moods that take over everyone every now and then, I was spiraling into one of them. Its then that I decided to just go out and do some random spontaneous things. It was decided that my friend and I would go and try the new Potato Corner’s Spud Diner, but sadly when we got there it was closed. We then decided to check out Jupiter Street for the latest undiscovered foodie treat. We passed by N.Garcia St as well and by the Wine Depot to check out the purple feet but it wasn’t on our list as well.
We started driving up and down Jupiter. Despite numerous attempts at convincing my partner in crime to check out Chic-Boy (I hear its really great!) we kept on driving. We were almost at the end of Jupiter St (nearing EDSA) when we spotted Osonho. I have heard about this resto and decided to check it out. We quickly parked and since it was beside the Distillery, there was enough space.
Nestled in a small building, Osonho did not stick out nor did it stand out, but you knew it was there. In its quiet presence it made itself known if you knew where to look. Right on the sign it said Portuguese Cuisine. I know Latino cuisine to be very fiery and livid to match their passion and intensity for life. Latinos tend to be colorful and entertaining, full of animation, and just like their life and personality, I didn’t expect anything less from their cuisine.
Unlike the personality of latinos, the decor was toned down. It reeked of sophistication and the atmosphere was relaxed. The waiters were courteous, efficient, and formal. I would have wanted the ambiance to be more festive and a bit more characteristic of the culture and emotions of the Portuguese. We quickly ordered. My friend ordered Seafood Paella and I ordered the Peri-Peri Chicken.
Peri-peri is very characteristic of Portuguese cuisine. Piri-Piri (small, fiery chili peppers) is a very popular ingredient in some of their dishes.
On the Menu I saw some traditional Portuguese viands such as Bacalhau and Peri-Peri Chicken. I went with something different, Peri-Peri chicken it was.
After we placed in our orders we engaged in multiple small talk and I took some of my shots. The water actually had some slices of cucumber. I hear it is to increase its “refreshing-ness”. Our orders took quite some time to arrive actually but I guess with seafood paella you just cannot rush it.
The Paella was great. It was flavorful and the restaurant did not skimp on the seafood. I think between my friend and I we had 3 shrimp slices each. The burnt rice on the bottom of the paellera (the special plate you use for cooking paella) was just heavenly. I picked the perfect complimentary dish. The chicken went well with the paella rice. This was definitely one of the best lunches I’ve quite enjoyed in quite awhile. Despite the inauthentic ambiance, the food spoke for itself.
I will definitely be back there to try out other meals. The portions were huge. The food we ordered was good for 3 people. I was happy. Random day WIN!
Osonho Restaurant is located along Jupiter St. Makati City