Food satisfies a hungry being, while history satisfies a hungry soul. With that, let’s talk about weight gain and a bit of a trip down memory lane.

My Mother’s Garden

My Mother's Garden
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A 60-year old ancestral home of the National Artist for Architecture Pablo Antonio was turned into a garden restaurant run by his bridal gown designer daughter, Malu Veloso. Its panoramic windows add drama when you dine in the preserved rooms of the house. Its regular menu consists of uniquely cooked recipes such as mustard chicken, and salad with mango and basil dressing.

My Mother’s Garden is at #2650 Zamora St., Pasay City. For reservations, contact 831-84-07 or 0917-600-8886.

La Cocina de Tita Moning

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As the name implies, it all started in the kitchen of Alejandro Legarda and his wife Ramona Hernandez or “Tita Moning.” Home cooked Filipino cuisine are served in the flair of the late 19th century, experienced alongside with a cocktail in the patio area, ancestral home tour, and food served in antique china, glass, and silverware.

La Cocina de Tita Moning is at #315 San Rafael St., San Miguel, Manila. No walk-ins are entertained. For reservations, contact 734-21-41, 734-21-46 or [email protected]

Pamana Restaurant

Pamana Restaurant
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Recipes and legacy handed down from generation to generation led Madonna “Happy” Ongpauco, owner of Pamana Restaurant, to coin the restaurant as “Pamana.” Each food is significant to the Ongpauco’s, like the Crispy Pata Chicharon, an invention of Rod Ongpauco, Happy’s father.

Pamana Restaurant is a group of chain restaurants. Open daily from 10am to 10pm. For list of Pamana branches:

Calle Real

Calle Real Restaurant
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The Tahimic family, who curates the ancestral home restaurant, has been hands-on in mounting their business, but they did not forget to maintain its natural beauty as well. Calle Real has been serving Filipino and Spanish cuisine heavens to its guests since 1998. To name some, Paella and Sizzling Steak are what people are coming back for more.

Calle Real is at #8 Calle Santa Cruz, Población, Tanza, Cavite. Open from Mondays to Sundays, 10am to 10pm. For inquiries, contact 046-505-2836, 0917-628-1692, or 0922-883-9532.

Casa Roces

Casa Roces
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Casa Roces is a breath of fresh air in the area as it is situated right across the Presidential Palace. After 15 years of vacancy, the Roces’ family finally decided to put it up as a restaurant. It sparks a magical take on the rich Filipino and Spanish cuisines including the family’s long-standing recipes interpreted by their partners, The Cravings Group and Chef Menoy Gimenez.

Casa Roces is at #1153 JP Laurel St. Cor Aguado St. San Miguel, Manila, Philippines. For inquiries, contact 488-19-29, 0917-550-9743.

Café Ysabel

Cafe Ysabel
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Situated in a 1927 ancestral house in San Juan, the café has been serving comfort dishes goodness for over two decades already prepared by Chef Gene. Their daily menu such as Lengua Sulipeña, Sopa Ysabel, and Fried Mozzarella in Anchovy Dressing and their personalized menu add home-away-from-home sensations when you dine in.

Café Ysabel is at #455 P. Guevarra Street, San Juan Metro Manila. Open from 7:30am to 12mn. For reservations and catering, contact (632) 726-93-26, (632) 725-50-89, or [email protected]

Isabelo Garden Restaurant

Isabelo Garden Restaurant
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Inspired by their grandmother Felicitas “Lola Chit” Dee, the Dee’s continued her legacy through her timeless recipes and love for cooking. The restaurant is boasts of an artsy, rustic-style, with deeply rooted trees, and antique memorabilia that reflects the roots of the family. They offer a variety of best kept secret recipes like Isabelo Bruschetta, and Chocolate Molten Lava Cake.

Isabelo Garden Restaurant is at #11 Isabelo Mendoza St. San Roque, Marikina City. No walk-ins are entertained. For reservations, contact +632 510-6914.

Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge

Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge
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With its romantic setting, the restaurant caters unforgettable lunch and dinner experiences to its regulars together with its Asian and European cuisines prepared by Chef Niño. Their wine lounge stages occasional live entertainment, while their special arrangements by the tree house are usually home to wedding proposals and other occurrences of the romantic variety. Fusion Rockefeller, Trilogy of Foie Gras, and Duck Leg Confit are up for grabs.

Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge is at #66 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights Quezon City, Philippines. Open from Tuesdays to Fridays, 11am to 2pm and 6pm to 10pm. For inquiries, contact 426-03-01 or 0917-530-2580.

Patio Vera

Patio Vera
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Established in 2011, the restaurant blooms in the food scene with their Filipino and Spanish cuisine. Owned by a former shoemaker, it has also been a favorite for pre-nup shoots and even weddings with its photogenic view. They offer dishes such as Sinigang na Aligue Rice, Hipon con Lechon, and Menudo de Meya.

Patio Vera is at #70 Gen. F. Santos Street Calumpang, Marikina City. Open from Mondays to Thursdays, 4pm to 12mn; Fridays to Sundays, 11am to 12mn. For inquiries, contact 0905-424-1593.

Chef Laudico Guevarra’s

Chef Laudico's Guevarra
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Chef Laudico Guevarra’s is a 1920 heritage house turned buffet restaurant by the masters of the kitchen, Chef Roland and Chef Jacqueline Laudico. Since 2013, the Laudico’s opened the restaurant to house special events, gatherings, and celebrations and to satisfy their guests’ cravings for their very own Filipino cuisine masterpieces.

Chef Laudico Guevarra’s is at #387 P. Guevarra Corner Argonne Street, Addition Hills, San Juan City. Open from Mondays to Sundays, 11am to 2pm, 5pm to 10pm. For inquiries, contact 02 705-18-11, 02 705-18-74, or 0917-311-2222.

Mikee Pascual

Mikee is a Filipino travel and lifestyle writer gradually shifting from a sedentary life to a nomadic one. On a personal note, she dreams of traveling to all 81 provinces of the Philippines and having her own travel book, hostel and restaurant someday.

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