Enye by Chele Gon­za­lez

Philippine Tatler Best Restaurants - - BEST OF AWARDS -

The Philip­pine din­ing scene con­tin­ues to be a dy­namic realm with restau­rants—home­grown or oth­er­wise—dot­ting the map from Lu­zon, to Visayas, and Min­danao. And while the cap­i­tal city of Manila is all abuzz with din­ing spots mush­room­ing here and there, another key city down south has claimed a equal spot in the culi­nary lime­light. Cebu, fa­mous for its lechon, is un­de­ni­ably one of the pop­u­lar din­ing des­ti­na­tions now in the coun­try. This year, from the tran­quil is­land of Mac­tan, his new Span­ish restau­rant opened its doors and wel­comed that fa­mil­iar taste of the chef Chele Gon­za­lez’s culi­nary mas­ter­pieces. Enye, as it is called, takes the crown for this year’s Best New Restau­rant Award.

A col­lab­o­ra­tion between the lux­u­ri­ous Crim­son Re­sort and Spa Mac­tan and the Span­ish chef of Gallery VASK fame, Enye’s mas­ter­pieces con­jure in­tri­cate flavours us­ing the fresh­est and finest in­gre­di­ents, such that even the sim­plest dishes from the “tra­di­tional” menu like the cro­que­tas or chur­ros, hit the spot. The same goes for the “mod­ern” menu, where old­time Span­ish favourites are given an in­ter­est­ing lo­cal twist like Gon­za­lez’s best­selling dessert, the

The name Enye is in­spired by the Span­ish let­ter Ñ, which is also part of the Filipino al­pha­bet. This sig­ni­fies the last­ing Span­ish in­flu­ence on Filipino cul­ture.

The dimly lit restau­rant fea­tures a well-cu­rated wine cel­lar, a char­cu­terie room, and a show kitchen that al­lows guests to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence from prepa­ra­tion to ta­ble ser­vice. The de­sign ra­di­ates a seam­less union of the clas­sic and the con­tem­po­rary with a dom­i­nant mas­cu­line feel. Ec­cen­tric el­e­ments and fig­urines add to the chic lines and neu­tral pal­ette of the restau­rant.

Adding to the im­pres­sive menu of­fer­ings and the ro­man­tic am­bi­ence, ser­vice is con­sis­tently im­pec­ca­ble, which makes the din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence here a to­tally mem­o­rable one.

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