Just had this wonderful dinner at The Goose Station, where I got the chance to indulge on a dessert-themed degustation prepared by Chef Sunshine Pengson. The event was organized by Table for Three, Please and they have a second seating for this event at the 24th!
Saving the best for last this really rich chocolate cake was the ultimate sweet ending for the lovely dinner.
They charged P2500 / head for this dinner which I think is very reasonable for the kind of food that we had, some really nice stuff. The Goose Station has been on my bucket list of go-to’s for quite some time and this is a great way for me to try the place, a careful and appreciative tasting of lots of good stuff with a common theme, my favorite course of every meal, desserts.
We started with a Foie Gras Cone with Port Gelée, Hazelnut, and Fig. I’m a big fan of the savory + sweet combo and I definitely loved this one. Rich, savory foie gras piped into these little cones then topped with hazelnut. I loved how rich and flavorful the foie gras was, but as I bite into it I got some sweet notes from the figs.
Then they served some fillers for appetizers.
Their Tuna Sashimi with White Chocolate is quite interesting, when I ate it I got a nice sweet and rich flavor from the piece of white chocolate on top then there’s the tiny piece of tuna and a little bit of salt(?) for that extra kick, it definitely left me wanting for more so I guess it worked.
I never thought salami would work well with fruity bits so their Salami and Guava Macaroon was a nice surprise, definitely inventive.
This is really good!! Green apples and button mushrooms enveloped by a rich foie gras veil, a bit of caramel and fleur de sel that’s hand harvested sea salt. This is a really nice entrée with some nice artisinal food products. Took a bite and I love the refreshing bits of green apple and the earthy bits of mushrooms, but then you hit the foie gras vel and you get a rich and savory flavor. The salted caramel was just a treat, I had fun scraping of every bit of that salted caramel. The pistachios on the side helped provide an interesting texture to the dish.
This is a great example that almost everything with uni (Japanese term for Sea Urchin) is great! We fell in love with this one, the roasted scallop and shrimp was just divine and the sea urchin goodness brought things to a whole new level. I love how the mocha meringue was not too sweet and gave the dish a more interesting texture.
This is one of my personal favorite from the degustation. I just loveeeeee the sous-vide egg; basically it’s a glorious slow cooked egg that will make your knees weak and give a chill down your spine. Oh you’ll love it’s creamy goodness and then there’s the bottarga bits; roe of tuna or mullet that’s traditionally cured with sea salt for days, resulting to this really salty bits that I just love. The bottarga and pancetta bits gave it a nice pumped up flavor.
I really liked this one too, primarily because the veal cheeks were braised with two of my most favorite things ever; dark chocolate and cinnamon. The veal cheeks was tender and infused with a nice medley of flavors. Then there’s the cauliflower purée that helped balance the flavor of the meat, the salted peanuts just gave it a little kick of saltiness and nice texture.
Then the most awaited part of the degustation, desserts. They served some really interesting, inventive stuff that absolutely blew my mind.
As Chef Rob Pengson introduced this entrée, he explained their inspiration for the dish; how they were fond of dessert stuff with vegetables, so they decided to include this one. And for us, not to be boggled with this interesting entrée he suggested that we think of it as a cheese course. And upon tasting, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s more of a earth-y, garlic-y version of the well loved ice cream. I love the earthy flavors and the nice tinge of crunch that I got from the asparagus the pesto bits were a nice touch too. I really enjoyed this one.
This one got a lot of raves from the diners. I was really surprised on how good the beet sorbet was! Though I’m not really a fan of beets their sorbet absolutely blew my mind, spoonful after another I finished the beet sorbet first. Then I enjoyed the date cube and purée and I finished it with the creamy avocado cream sorbet. Everything was just lovely and it was definitely a blissful experience eating.
This one is really good too! I love how they compressed the melon and it had a more interesting texture. Then there’s the alcohol infused purée that had a nice kick and balanced off with the mascarpone drops. Then there’s the olive oil ice cream, definitely interesting flavors. The white chocolate shards and the arroz con leche (rice pudding) helped provide a more interesting texture for the dish.
Then for the ultimate sweet ending we had this really, really awesome chocolate cake.
They pour in some of the chocolate sauce, just enough to cover the top part and after a few seconds the center part of the cake collapsed and it resulted to one of those WOW moments. I purposely lower the audio levels for the video because we were all saying “owwwww” and “wowwwww” when they put the chocolate sauce.
Really rich and chocolate-y cake with lots going on textures from different chocolates, a hint of caramel and the oh-so-good chocolate sauce, this one would definitely bring tears of joy to most of us with a sweet tooth. This one’s really good and I’d say it was a perfect way to end a lovely dinner.
Chef Sunshine Pengson, when I finally got the chance to talk to her, The first thing I said was; “That chocolate cake is so goodddd!”. 😀 It was a lovely dinner and one of the best meals I had this year.
VERDICT: I had a wonderful dining experience at The Goose Station. I really enjoyed this dessert-themed degustation and got to try some really inventive mind blowing stuff. I would love to go back to this place and try their other set menu. This is probably one of the best meals I had this year and the place most definitely deserves a return trip.
VALUE FOR MONEY: This being a fine dining, tasting menu restaurant, the price range is definitely on the pricey side, but if your looking for a place to have that really special meal with loved ones / significant other or maybe you just want to indulge and splurge for some really good food, I’d say trying this place is really worth it.