* Part 7 of a series *
Lusso is the Italian word for luxury. It is also the name of a restaurant-bar in Greenbelt 5 owned by chef-restaurateur Margarita Fores, who is also behind the famed Cibo restaurants. Lusso‘s décor exudes quiet elegance, while its menu epitomizes sophisticated Italian flair. Needless to say, the price range at Lusso is on the extravagant side. In fact, the restaurant has become synonymous with its signature foie gras burger — but that’s not what I was interested in.
For the second time this month, I met up with my friend Aimee for afternoon tea. Still fresh from our highly enjoyable Makati Shangri-La afternoon tea experience, we planned to try the Filipino afternoon tea over at Bistro Pamana near Greenbelt. Unfortunately, when we got there last Saturday, it was closed for a break. So we just headed to Lusso, since we’re running out of choices for afternoon tea. The tea service for one is pegged at P650++ while we had the Traditional Afternoon High Tea for Two priced at P900++. I was surprised that it’s even more expensive than Makati Shangri-La‘s.
Thankfully, the scones were delicious — perfectly soft, slightly moist plain buttermilk scones — unlike those from Makati Shangri-La. However, they were accompanied by butter and jam instead of clotted cream and jam. Oh, never mind. I love butter, anyway. I only wished they served 4 scones instead of 3, just to be even-numbered. After all, the tea sandwiches and pastries came in pairs. The sandwiches included smoked salmon, egg salad and watercress, truffle cream cheese with cucumber, prosciutto, and tuna with potato chips. Desserts consisted of bite-size cheesecake, mocha sansrival and mini-pavlova.
The server presented us a tray of Mariage Frères tea canisters to choose from. We opted for the Earl Grey French Blue tea, which matched the sophistication of the restaurant. It’s a full-bodied blend with a note of refined bergamot oil and a hint of blue flowers (cornflower).
If you’re looking for a nice, quiet spot for afternoon tea and don’t mind the splurge, then Lusso just might be the place for you.
“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.” — Chaim Potok