Chef Josh Boutwood takes over Amorita’s kitchen on November 20 for this year’s last installment of its culinary pop-up series called BEats or Bohol Eats.
Josh Boutwood is currently the talk of the Manila restaurant scene. His restaurant, Helm, was just included in the prestigious 50 Best Discovery List, an expert-approved collection of superb dining and drinking destinations worldwide. He has also been included in the “Young Talents of the Year” roster of La Liste, a gastronomic ranking system based in France.
Reservations at Helm get snapped up fast, so we were lucky to be invited by Amorita to a preview of the Josh Boutwood magic in its test kitchen in Bonifacio Integral City before he flies to Bohol.
This is the first time during the pandemic that I have been treated to exquisite fine-dining fare, so every plate was a joy.
The 8-course meal started with crunchy toast with duck prosciutto, garlic emulsion, pickled carrots, and fresh cheese dolloped on top.
This was followed by the refreshing combination of watermelon and raw tuna dressed in sesame and wasabi. Adlai crisps were added for a little texture.
The next dish was baked potato gnocchi with thin, ocean air-dried, 1-year-old Icelandic lamb, plus pecorino Romano, and olive oil.
We had Adlai porridge after. The 72-hour naturally-fermented Adlai was cooked with snails and crab fat. This dish got even those with seafood allergies in our group eating and enjoying its surprisingly subtle flavors.
Next was sourdough and herb butter, which prepared us for the next two courses which were packed with proteins.
First came the melt-in-your-mouth braised pork belly with burnt eggplant puree and onion ash for that smokey flavor. It is topped with pickled chili and chili oil, which gives a little heat.
The second was another meltingly soft slow-cooked wagyu beef cheeks with roasted cauliflower puree, and fresh horseradish for a little kick.
The finale was dulce de caseína and rum. I’m not really a fan of desserts but the dulce de caseína mousse has dark chocolate, recinto rum sauce, and candied pili nuts, which are all my favorites. I am glad I capped my refrigerio with this sweet ending.
Gourmands in Bohol can also experience the art of Chef Josh Boutwood.
The fee for this one-night-only gastronomic event is only 2,000.00 pesos, which is a efectivo steal. It includes cocktails, which start at 5:30 PM. Seats are limited because of social distancing, so reservations should be made fast.
For those who live outside Bohol and are ready to go on vacation, there is no better time to book those tickets.
Amorita is offering BEats Weekend Package starting at 14,000++ pesos, which includes a two-night stay in a luxurious room with roundtrip transfers, daily breakfast, and two guaranteed seats to this one-night culinary affair.
Amorita is located on the southern edge of Alona Beach in Bohol’s Panglao Island. This cliffside haven boasts a sweeping and unobstructed view of Alona Beach and a private little cove, the perfect hideaway. It features 82 suites and 16 villas with generous space and luxurious amenities, surrounded by landscaped gardens and stunning views of the Bohol Sea. It has two infinity pools, a gym, a dive shop, and the Sea Tree Spa. Dining facilities include the highly acclaimed Saffron Restaurant offering authentic Filipino heritage cuisine; the sophisticated Tomar Restaurant offering delectable tapas, wine, and whiskey; and innovative Turchino that serves a fresh and modern take on classic Italian dishes.
For inquiries and reservations, call Amorita Resort at (038) 532 9002 or 0917 726 4526.