My home-cooked degustation birthday dinner at Casa Liechtenstein

Cocktail hour: Charcuterie and Cheese Board
(Photo collage by Macy Yap)
(Photo collage by Macy Yap)

I’m sorry to have to burst the bubble so early on but Casa Liechtenstein is (unfortunately) not a restaurant. Rather, it is the residence of my very good friends, the Liechtenstein family— some of the most talented, kind-hearted and beautiful souls I know.

When I first met Tita Maymay around 6 or 7 years ago, she immediately took me under her wing as her adopted daughter. She has invited me to several of their epic, life-changing dinners (you’ll see:)) at their residence, where I met and became friends with her daughter, Lauren— one of the most accomplished 24-year-olds I know. She’s currently in med school but has worked as a scientist at the World Health Organization; is a coloratura soprano, having trained at the Royal College of Music, and performed at the Cadogan and Royal Albert Halls; published a book along with her brother Philippe about their grandfather who was imprisoned at Auschwitz during the Holocaust called  “Remember Never to Forget”, among many other things, I like to call her a super over-achiever! :) Haha!

The Liechtenstein family loves to travel and eat– they’ve nearly completed the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and are gracious to replicate their culinary experiences by hosting dinners at their residence (peppered with absolutely stunning kinetic Gabby Barredo art– everything moves!) for their friends.

I was so touched when they told me they wanted to host a birthday dinner for me! It was such a beautiful evening (Tita Maymay, Lauren and Phil personally cooked and plated EVERYTHING!!!) and was happy to have been able to share the experience with such a wonderful group of people who are all very dear to me. Am so incredibly blessed to have so many kind souls in my life. Thank you so so much, Tito Lior, Tita May May, Lauren and Phil, for making my birthday extra memorable!!! <3 Love you loads!

Gabby Barredo
One of the newest Gabby Barredo pieces at the Liechtenstein residence
The living room first for cocktail hour
The living room first for cocktail hour (Photo by Macy Yap)
Jerry Tiu and Lior Liechtenstein
New friends! Daddy Jerry Tiu and Tito Lior Liechtenstein
Lianne Tiu, Chris Tiu, B Tiu
Mommy Lianne Tiu, Chris Tiu, Bernice Tiu
Jed Lim, Cheryl Tiu, Cristina Cu, Chris Tiu, Anthony Wahl, Carlo Calma
Jed Lim, Cheryl Tiu, Cristina Cu, Chris Tiu, Anthony Wahl, Carlo Calma
Cocktail hour: Charcuterie and Cheese Board
Cocktail hour: Charcuterie and Cheese Board
Behind the scenes in the kitchen!
Behind the scenes in the kitchen! Excited for the evening to come :)
Dining Table
Dinner is ready! Notice how none of the chairs are alike :)

Dining Table 2

Cheryl Tiu Birthday Menu at Liechtenstein Residence
The Happy Birthday Cheryl Menu for the evening :)
Lagarde Wines
Our wines for the evening
Gorgeous Medjool date stuffed w/ chorizo iberico, amedei blanco, and wrapped w/ homemade bacon
Gorgeous Medjool date stuffed w/ chorizo iberico, amedei blanco, and wrapped w/ homemade bacon (Photo by Macy Yap)
Champagne soup-- to be taken as a shooter & lightly seared Argentinean shrimps
Champagne soup– to be taken as a shooter & lightly seared Argentinean shrimps (Photo by Macy Yap)
Foie gras with poached pear divided into 3 layers Roquefort, pear, and chestnuts! Served w pecan salad & strawberries (Photo by Macy Yap)
Foie gras with poached pear divided into 3 layers Roquefort, pear, and chestnuts! Served w pecan salad & strawberries (Photo by Macy Yap)
Here is the top view of the dish so you can see the gorgeous plate! (Photo by Karina Mantolino)
Here is the top view of the dish so you can see the gorgeous plate! (Photo by Karina Mantolino)
Stack Up Norwegian Salmon, Passion Fruit (Photo by Macy Yap)
Stack Up Norwegian Salmon, Passion Fruit (Photo by Macy Yap)
Baba ghanoush topped w/ lychee & angulas; tyrolean bacon; port & artichoke, on a gorgeous glass-blown plate!
Baba ghanoush topped w/ lychee & angulas; tyrolean bacon; port & artichoke, on a gorgeous glass-blown plate! (Photo by Macy Yap)
The futuristic version of a sorbet: powdered lemony substance in white film (remember the old White Rabbit candy that dissolves in your mouth) to be chased by limoncello!
The futuristic version of a sorbet: powdered lemony substance in white film (remember the old White Rabbit candy that dissolves in your mouth) to be chased by limoncello!
Mains were a choice between: Sous vide Angus Beef served with Israeli couscous...
Mains were a choice between: Sous vide Angus Beef served with Israeli couscous… (Photo by Macy Yap)
OR… Chilean sea bass w/ key like served w/ Israeli couscous! (Photo by Karina Mantolino)
An experiment! Kind of like pop rocks candy which when eaten with a squeeze of an orange cleanses the palate to ready us for dessert!
An experiment! Kind of like pop rocks candy which when eaten with a squeeze of an orange cleanses the palate to ready us for dessert! (Photo by Macy Yap)
Dessert! Cheesecake clementina, Halva mousse, banana pie w parsley, chocolate pod stuffed w/ gjetost ekte (Norwegian cheese)
Dessert! Cheesecake clementina, Halva mousse, banana pie w parsley, chocolate pod stuffed w/ gjetost ekte (Norwegian cheese)
Lauren and Cheryl
<3 <3 <3 <3
Cheryl Tiu's Birthday Cake at Casa Liechtenstein
What a gorgeous birthday cake!!! <3
Krug
Wow, Krug!!!!!! <3
Lauren and Maymay Liechtenstein, Cheryl Tiu
The incredible mother-daughter tandem who hosted & personally cooked & plated EVERYTHING at my birthday dinner last night! Love you loads Lauren & Tita Maymay Liechtenstein!!! <3 Thank you for always treating me as your adopted sister/ daughter <3
My 16 apostles! Haha :) Standing: Chris and Clarisse Tiu, Karina Mantolino, Cristina Cu, Anthony Wahl, Lauren Liechtenstein, Hugh Napier, Jed Lim, Lior Liechtenstein; Seated: Maymay Liechtenstein, Jerry and Lianne Tiu, Christine Tiu, Cheryl Tiu, Carlo Calma, Bernice Tiu, Macy Yap
My 16 apostles! Haha :) Standing: Chris and Clarisse Tiu, Karina Mantolino, Cristina Cu, Anthony Wahl, Lauren Liechtenstein, Hugh Napier, Jed Lim, Lior Liechtenstein; Seated: Maymay Liechtenstein, Jerry and Lianne Tiu, Christine Tiu, Cheryl Tiu, Carlo Calma, Bernice Tiu, Macy Yap

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. hi! i’m going home to the Philippines from Sydney, and I saw these from Belle’s IG as well… i know it’s not a restaurant but how do we get a chance to experience this awesome degustation?

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