Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea, Makati City

There’s a new restaurant in town and it is absolutely awesome.

Located right smack in the heart of Makati City’s bustling Ayala Center is Discovery Primea… and inside this stunning establishment, you will find the newest all-day dining spot that is fast becoming the talk of the metro.

Introducing… Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea!

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea serves incredible Mediterranean dishes, showcasing the bold, light and summery flavors of Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey and Morocco.

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Named after a traditional Provencal condiment of finely-chopped or pureed olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil, Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea boldly embodies the richness of flavors and bounties of the Mediterranean region.

A delightful dinner at Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Just a couple of nights ago, the awesome folks of Discovery Primea, headed by their very jolly and hospitable General Manager David Pardo de Ayala, hosted a wonderful dinner for me, my wife and a few other friends at Restaurant Tapenade and to enjoy the establishment’s uniquely elegant yet casual dining experience.

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

At first glance, you’d think that Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea is anything but casual. But, that is the beauty of this place… it offers a tone of luxury and exclusivity without the outrageous price tag that usually accompanies food spots offering a similar atmosphere.

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

The experience carries over to the expansive and airy ambience inspired by the 17th century Chinoiserie wave that was popular in Europe. I delighted in Restaurant Tapenade’s relaxing motif and water features, not to mention a wall to wall art piece by famous muralist Alfred Galvez featuring a lush Mediterranean garden. The place also boasts of an open kitchen highlighting a brick pizza oven which encourages interaction between the chefs and the guests.

Leading all of the hotel’s restaurants and bars, is Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco, under the watchful eye of General Manager David Pardo de Ayala, himself an accomplished Chef for almost two decades.

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Discovery Primea General Manager, David Pardo de Ayala, giving us a tour of Restaurant Tapenade’s Salad Room

One highlight of Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea is their impressive “Salad Room”, offering one of the most luxurious salad experiences in the Philippines.

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Restaurant Tapenade’s Salad Room

According to Chef Luis, the Mediterranean Diet is known for its health benefits, without sacrificing flavor. This is the very reason why we decided to offer the market a gourmet and healthy alternative to the usual buffet experience.

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The Salad Room opens during lunch and dinner service and features an abundant spread of freshly harvested greens, condiments, dressings and vinaigrettes, as well as flavored-oils, dips and salsas, cold-cuts and cheese stations, seafood, sauces, terrines, rillettes and breads.

Unlike other establishments wherein aesthetics and a beautiful setting compensates for their lack of oomph and creativity in the kitchen, Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea’s dishes do not disappoint at all. Every single dish that was brought out drew oohs and aahs from all of us.

Look at some of the dishes that Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea prepared for us that evening…

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Stone-Baked Feta (Tomatoes, Capers, Greek Metaxa Brandy, Honey)

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Whipped Italian Ricotta (Duo of Tapenade, Grilled Ciabatta)

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Stuffed Piquillo Peppers a la Plancha (Goat Cheese, Sherry Vinegar Glaze, Baby Basil)

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Greek Shrimp Rissoni (Tomato, Feta Cheese, Baby Spinach)

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Pumpkin Agnolotti (Rosemary Brown Butter, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Crisp Prosciutto)

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Davao Goat Cheese Pizza (Australian Leeks, Double Smoked Bacon, Roasted Garlic)

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Pizza “Tartufata” (Italian Guanciale, Black Truffle, Free-Range Egg)

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Porcini Crusted US Angus Rib-Eye Steak (Arugula, Balsamic, Parmigiano-Regianno)

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Chicken Tagine (Green Olives, Lemon Confit, Aromatic Moroccan Sauce)

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Lamb Kebabs (Orzo al Pesto, Herb-Yogurt Sauce, Lemon)

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Papas Canarias (Salted Baby Potatoes, Spicy “Mojo” Dipping Sauces)

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Bomboloni (Passion Fruit Crema, Sweet Cherry Compote, Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream)

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Gianduja Cake (Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse, Crunchy Praline & Salted Caramel Banana)

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Turkish Baklava (Chopped Pistachios, Walnuts & Almonds, Aromatic Spices & Phyllo Pastry)

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

Summer Fruit Sangrias

Amazing, right?

You could easily tell just by looking at all the dishes served that it was most definitely an evening that will be remembered (even by my tummy) for a long time.

Some of the items that have received great reviews from customers of Restaurant Tapenade are the handmade pizzas like the Pizza Tartufata (made of Italian Guanciale, Black Truffles with a free-range Egg), as well as the hand rolled Pumpkin Agnolotti, which has the familiar taste of sweet pumpkin, but again given a Master touch with rosemary brown butter and crispy prosciutto.

My personal favorite that evening was the Procini Crusted US Angus Rib-eye – the best steak cut, with extra flavors that compliment and not over power. A must try when you visit Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea.

The place also offers incredible breakfast dishes for early birds who want to kick off their day with a spectacular meal. I highly recommend their Angus Beef Tapa in the morning. Believe me… you’ll thank me for it. Yum!

Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea

So, whether you live nearby or far away, Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea most definitely deserves a visit. Bring friends and family and have a good time sharing stories and laughter over fantastic dishes that are, believe it or not, very affordable.

The way I see it, Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea is sure to become a regular destination for people who want value for money and know really good food when they see (and taste) it.

Happy dining, everyone.


For inquiries and reservations, visit http://www.discoveryhotels-resorts.com/discoveryprimea
or call (02) 955-8888.

Restaurant Tapenade is located at the G/F Discovery Primea, 6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati City.

Check them out by visiting Discovery Primea’s Official Facebook Page
and by following them on Twitter (@PrimeaMakati) and Instagram (@discoveryprimea).

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Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea, Makati City was last modified: March 21st, 2015 by Chuckie Dreyfus