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Chef's Table

Cordon Bleu–trained TV chef Bruce Lim prides himself on never making the same dish twice—that is, unless someone asks for it specifically.
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1238 Emilio Jacinto St. (corner of Kalayaan Ave.), Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati, Manila, Philippines

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Cordon Bleu–trained TV chef Bruce Lim prides himself on never making the same dish twice—that is, unless someone asks for it specifically. A passionate advocate of Filipino cuisine, he creates bespoke menus at his private studio–kitchen, a setting familiar to those who've seen his popular Tablescapes program on the Asian Food Channel. Don't be dazzled by his TV credentials. Lim, who is Filipino-Chinese but grew up in San Francisco, is a warmly welcoming host as well as a remarkable talent in the kitchen. "I love twisting a dish inside out to make something completely new," he says.

Phoning well in advance, we asked for a meal that was "fresh, fun and zesty." Lim didn't disappoint, regaling us with a dazzling array of courses. All the dishes, made using ingredients hand-picked by Lim at his local market, were prepared and served in ingenious combinations: chilled carrot soup spiked with ginger and a scallop ceviche; rocket salad with pomelo, cashews and crabmeat drizzled with Ilocos vinaigrette; glass noodles topped with soy-marinated short ribs, garnished with apple, grapes, cucumber, radish, coriander and black sesame; cinnamon-inflected mango strudel encased in light, delicately crisp phyllo. In fact, next time we visit, we're tempted to ask for the whole thing all over again—but then, as Lim might say himself, where's the fun in that?

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Published on Mar 29, 2010

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