The Philippines inspired restaurant, Gallery By Chele, is a restaurant in BGC, Manila that claimed the 90th spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants premier edition of 51-100 List for 2021! Owned by Spanish Chef Chele Gonzales who partnered with Chef Carlo Villaflor. It is the revamped restaurant of Gallery VASK that simply drops the pretensions and provides raw, culinary movement that are characterized by locally sourced, seasonal ingredients that are presented in a less intimidating, bistro-like fashion.
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is an organization aimed to recognize and support restaurants of all types and levels across Asia especially those who have had a positive impact on their local culture, cuisines, and communities, whether it was during the recent crisis or over a sustained period.
The announcement came when the local restaurants industry was facing the difficult challenge and the surge of COVID-19 cases in the country with Manila prohibiting establishments from offering indoor dining and only 50 percent were allowed for those offering dining outdoors.
“All of us in the restaurant industry continue to deal with the shifting realities of the pandemic. We not only have to figure out how to keep our restaurant, families, and guests safe but we also have to ponder how to keep the business side of our restaurants moving forward. It has been a challenge, to say the least,” says the chef and partner of Gallery by Chele.
Redesigned in 2018, get to know more about the most respected restaurant in the country known for their inventive cuisines and premium use on the best local ingredients and traditional cooking methods…
The Gallery By Chele
Gallery By Chele is a revamped design of Gallery VASK of 2013, which was Chef Chele’s award-winning restaurant that was ranked as high as number 35 on this list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2017.
The design and menu options were the fruit of the collaboration between the European Chef Chele Gonzales and Filipino Chef Carlos Villaflor and the rest of the Team Gallery who welcome all those who love good food and good times.
Their philosophy is about exploring the Philippines and Southeast Asia in order to continue the legacy of research, documentation and analysis of flavors and techniques that can strengthen the soul and personality of the gastronomic culture of the Philippines.
Every year, the Team Gallery embarks on numerous trips to search for new examples of culture, tradition, nature and textures in order to translate them into flavors that can be used for future improvement and growth of their menus.
The Gallery is an organic and cozily designed restaurant which were made by partner-owner architect Carlo Calma who used warm wood textures for the Gallery’s interiors with the furniture concepts made true by Kenneth Cobonpue. They took these casual elements and raised them higher by offering extensive and delectable menus.
The Gallery by Chele offers a-la-carte options for diners to have a fun, relaxed and memorable experience. Their menu is a product of their explorations around the regions of the Philippines and Southeast Asia in order to discover the intricacies of common local ingredients.
They commonly delve into the traditional cooking methods done by farmers, fishermen and home cooks which are all about learning the practices and traditions that have already become lost to the modern world.
Engage in their global culinary techniques, design and technology by viewing their menu below!
The Gallery by Chele strives to create a dining experience that is rooted in Filipino heritage but their foundation stems from their intimate relationship with nature.
They believe that by bringing those cultures, techniques and traditions together, they are able to weave cultural innovations and styles that challenges the boundaries of art and taste. We’ve added some special mentions that you may want to relish.
Black Bombs are infused with squid, burnt garlic emulsion, and togarashi/shichimi.
Paella de Pato y Setas
The Paella de Pato y Setas is traditional paella rice dish that uses smoked duck, mushroom and shrimp paella.
Sunday Lobster Set
At Gallery by Chele, they also offers plenty of group meals that’s good for 4 to 6 people such as their Sunday Lobster Set for 7,500.
- Mejillones Tigre (Spicy Crispy Mussels)
- Pulpo A La Gallega “Chele’s Style” (Paprika Mashed Potato, Cripsy Paprika Crumbs and Black Ink Alioli)
- Chicken, Chorizo and Mushroom Paella
- Jamon Salad (Mixed greens with Jamon)
- Carilleras Al Vino Tinto (Braised Beeg Cheeks in Red Wine, Mashed Potato and Broccoli)
For only 5,900, it is good for 5 to 6 people and it serves up, well, a feast!
- Local “Foie Gras” (Homemade Duck Liver Foie Gras, Brioche Toast and Dalandan Jam)
- Mejilloness Tigre (Cruspy Spicy Mussels)
- Almehas en Salsa Verde (Nylon Clams Cooked in Garlic, White Wine, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Fresh Parsley)
- Txipirones Fritos (Deep Fried Squid Basque Country Style with Black Ink Alioili)
- Pulpo Ala Gallega (Paprika Mashed Potato, Crispy Paprika Crumbs and Black Ink Alioli)
- Duck Pie (Carrots, Mushrooms, Peas and Spices)
- Roasted Duck Breast (Apple, Marble Potatoes, Shallots)
- Duck Risotto (Glazed Duck Wings, Crispy Skin, Togarashi and Mushrooms)
- Flan de Trufa
- Ube Torrija (Buttery Brioche soaked in Ube and Caralemized Coconut, and Rum Custard)
- Burnt Basque Cheesecake by Chele Gonzales
In addition, their approach to food also applies to drinks. They offer classic and original cocktails and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic food pairings that makes guests appreciate and compliments their meals.
Claiming the 90th Spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants
Chef Gonzales takes the recognition as a silver lining on to what has been a very long year for 2020. They see the honor as a recognition for the team as well as the testament to their faith and vision as well as the hard work they put in day in and out.
“To be acknowledged by our peers in Asia is an honor,” say Chef Gonzalez. “It is a privilege for us to represent the place that we live, love and work. It is a place that inspires us, a place we call home. To be part of this list is simply one of the best moments. Thank you to the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant Academy, our hardworking team and to our ever supportive guests.”
“The global pandemic has been devastating for hospitality and it is vital that we support restaurants across Asia in their recovery,” said William Drew, Director of Content at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Address: 5/F Clipp Center, 11th Avenue corner, 39th St, Taguig, Metro Manila
Phone: 0917 546 1673
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