Chez Lukes, One Of The Best Dinners You’ve Never Heard Of Just Happens To Be Tucked Away In A Neighborhood In Angeles City. Take A Moment To Treat Yourself To It. You’ll Thank Us Later...
By Justin Collins
I’ll admit that I was reticent a month back, when pianist Chris Marshall invited me to attend an unknown culinary guru’s dinner gathering in Plaridel 1.
The culinary genius behind the scenes is a man who happens to be down on his luck at the moment. Chef Luc Arnould was the victim of car accident that he sustained here 20-months ago, leaving him with a shattered pelvis, debilitating pain, and exorbitant medical bills. The accident could have been avoided had his drunk-tard friend not driven under the influence like a madman, causing a crash that would eventually force the architect by trade to lose a large contract that would have helped him support his wife and three lovely daughters.
In order to get back on track Luc went back to his cooking, offering P890 multi-course meals in exchange for your time and your appetite. (Although P890 happens to be printed on the menu, he can customize smaller dinner packages upon request.)
The chef overwhelmed a few lucky diners with perhaps the best homemade anyone has had the pleasure of enjoying. The food itself was so spectacular it deserved special attention, enough so that I felt compelled to sit down and share my good fortune.
Luc makes everything from scratch, and on this most auspicious night, I was fortunate enough to be a part of a fabulous five-course meal beginning with Foie Gras, before switching to Ham and Sauce Francoise with Gratin Pomme De Terre. From there we graduated to the mains Waterzooi De Poisson, Carbonade Flamande A L’Ancienne, and finished off the meal with Mousse Au Chocolat.
Just trying to find the words to describe some of these dishes is hard, not because they are French, but because it’s like trying to describe a combination of flavors that won’t find in a standard kitchen. Several of the ingredients are imported, and some of it is so good you have to ask Luc “what was that?” The Sauce Francoise for example, was a mild, ham covered full flavored barbecue sauce that I had never tasted before. The Waterzooi De Poisson? Like a stew, made with 5 different kinds of fish that somehow contains a mix of every seafood flavor you could find appealing. And the pièce de résistance, the Carbonade Flamande A L’Ancienne, was a spice filled, cheese + beer + and burger concoction that tasted like caloric heaven.
Do yourself a favor, get your partner or a friend or two, and schedule a reservation to experience Chez Lukes. Dinner is by reservation only. Call or Text ahead of time 0939-108-0755 or 0998-881-6234.