I don’t know what it is about 2012, but everyone seems to want to throw surprise parties! It is only the first week of February, and yet I’ve already been to 4! Both my dad and my father-in-law celebrated their special days with a surprise, so did the H’s best friend and best man, B. The latest celebrant is my cousin M, who received a huge shock when 50 of her closest friends and family gathered together at The Commissary last Saturday, to wish her a happy birthday. :)
Props goes to her husband M, the mastermind behind the entire operation :). He did a great job making all the arrangements–from the invitations to the menu to bringing the unsuspecting birthday girl to the location :).
I’ve never been to The Commissary, but I’ve been hearing and reading alot about it lately. It is situated at the back of Whitespace, an events place located at Chino Roces extension, and right next to Manila Contemporary, an art gallery that features modern artwork by Filipino artists. On weekends, I think The Commissary serves as a pop-up location for the now defunct Pepato, and still serves popular dishes from their lunch and dinner menus, as long as reservations are made in advance. :)
When we arrived at the Whitespace compound, we were directed by the guard to a pathway by the side that was supposed to lead us to The Commissary. I liked how it was lit by votives–it immediately gave off such a dramatic effect :). I somehow already knew we were in for a lovely experience that evening :).
Before we got to The Commissary, we passed by the windows of Manila Contemporary first. Despite the strong urge to step inside and explore the artwork that was on display, I was a bit worried that cousin M would be arriving any minute! I didn’t want to be the one to spoil the surprise–haha! So I just had enough time to snap these photos:
As I finally entered The Commissary, I marveled at how beautifully decorated the space was :). Despite the fact that it is basically a simple room with white walls, Gaita Fores (of Cibo fame) was able to successfully transform it into a place that very much felt to me like my lola’s 1970’s living/dining room. Five round tables with vintage chairs occupied most of the space, as well as a small reception area, a round buffet table and a rectangular console which served as both the gifts and desserts area.
The color motif of the evening was pink and chartreuse–very Thai-like–and there were arrangements of beautiful flowers everywhere (ofcourse by Fiori di M). I was very much in awe by my surroundings, it actually made me want to throw another party! Hahaha!
The walls were tastefully accessorized with Ivan Acuna paintings. It provided a bright contrast to the stark white walls with its energetic burst of orange color :)
The menu served was composed of pretty simple but healthy fare. The presentation, however, was a different story :).
We had salad and tomato soup to start with (cheese and tomato skewers and croquetas were also being passed around by the waitstaff), and some cod and tomato-based pasta for our mains. I loved how the noodles were mixed and twisted on top of a huge parmesan wheel :). How’s that for presentation and drama! :)
The desserts were deadly :p. Some Tiramisu came as part of the menu, but some friends brought in red velvet, chocolate cake, and mango torte as well. Here is how my dessert plate looked like:
Again, the evening was deemed another success, with all the elements working together to bring about an unforgettable experience. From the intimate ambience, to the delicious food, and to the great company–*sigh*–what a wonderful evening this sure was! And I do hope, as cousin M says, it’s a sign of more wonderful blessings and good vibes in the year to come!
Thank you, M, for inviting us to be a part of cousin M’s special celebration :). While I can personally say it was a lovely night for us, I’m sure it was even more lovely for her! Congratulations for pulling it off!
The Commissary @ Whitespace is located at
2314 Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati
Contact Number is 7290030