It came as a surprise to many when chef Chele Gonzalez and his partners at Gallery Vask announced its temporary closure late last year to make way for a new concept in Philippine contemporary dining.
The move came after spending two consecutive years (2016 and 2017) on
For those who have come to know the curious Spanish-born chef and his innovative ways, however, the transformation makes perfect sense. After all, Gonzalez is a master of culinary invention and reinvention.
Chefs and co-owners Chele Gonzalez and Carlos Villaflor
Tomorrow, Gallery by Chele debuts to the public in a newly renovated space designed by architect and partner Carlo Calma. Warmer than its predecessor, and most definitely more elemental in his approach, a “barn house in the city” is how Calma best describes the space. Wood is evidently the material of choice in the new bar, lounge, and dining room, and has been used to soften almost every aspect of the design including the ceiling, table tops, bar, and even the windows. Also taking
The dining area and bar
The dining area at Gallery by Chele
Filled with a contemporary mix of bites, small plates, and big plates, diners may experience all that Gallery by Chele has to offer in a choice of three, five, and eight-course degustation menus. They may also alternatively order à la carte.
Black Blinis, a bites dish made with tuna roe, sour cream, and blood rice cake; Empanaditas stuffed with fish, green
chili, and topped with an emulsion
Dual Citizen, a seafood dish of squid cooked two ways
Tiger's Milk, a dish made with oyster, ceviche, and
Beef Curry with sweet potatoes and spices; Pearls and Clams,
a main course consisting of river prawn, moringa, tapioca, and seaweed
Gonzalez puts his own spin on
arroz caldo with Adlai Caldo, made with adlai, lobster, and spices
Before, during, or after a meal, guests may choose to enjoy one of the cocktails by renowned mixologist Kalel Demetrio of Liquid Maestro, who is the first mixologist in what is to become a series of cocktail collaborations that will highlight Filipino
Cacao Negroni and Guava Mojito
Similarly new and adjacent to the restaurant is STVDIO LAB,
The STVDIO Lab
Fifth Floor, Clipp Center 11th Avenue corner 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City, +63.917.546.1673/
+220.127.116.1195 or email [email protected].