Sunday, August 2, 2009

La Cocina de Tita Moning

one might judge this mansion as being rustic and abandoned from the outside but not until one sees how it has retained its beautiful interior.after a the tour around the Malacanang complex, our guide Ivan of Old Manila Walks ended with what Philippines is also popular for. aside from the iconic jeepneys, our very own San Miguel beer. it was because the first brewery was built within the San Miguel compound in 1890.with this we went to La Cocina de Tita Moning for a fine dine merienda, our last stop. expecting a light merienda, we were surprised when they served us buffet style food like Kangkong salad, Chicken Galantina and Paella. bottomless Tanglad tea, of which i first tasted there, and of course a shot of San Miguel beer. not to forget their special bread pudding that has a taste of the typical pudding with a leche flan, definitely my favorite.we had a great time sharing our own travel experience along with Ivan. after that heavy merienda, of which i consider to be a regular meal, we visited the Legarda Mansion also within the Legarda compound along San Rafael street.
upon entering the ancestral house of the Legarda, i felt like we were transported back the year 1937 when this mansion was built. owned by Dona Filomena Roces de Legarda, whose daughter in law Ramona Legarda loves cooking.in its ground floor, you'll see the library room filled with books of sorts. a clinic of with medical tools that seems to be untouched for years and a room of the family's collection of antique camera equipments.at the second floor, is a huge living room a contrast to what was at the ground floor. paintings and framed family photos dominates the walls of the living room. one of Juan Luna's painting can be found there. chandeliers and great lighting makes this house even more beautiful.
several small rooms can also be found, which were converted to dining rooms as it still is part of the restaurant. one can dine here for family gatherings through reservations.other antique musical players, amplifers, power supplies and microphones are also displayed. old telephones, icoms, and antique beautifully carved wooden cabinets and tables occupy one of the rooms.paintings and framed family photos dominates the walls of the living room. one of Juan Luna's painting can be found there. chandeliers and great lighting makes this house even more beautiful. it was the best place to end a tour. with cozy chairs where we spent the rest of the time sharing our own travel experience with the other travel bloggers and tourists.i highly recommend this tour and you can book now for the next Power, Palace and a Shot of Beer tour on August 25, 2009 with Ivan Man Dy by visiting Old Manila Walks website. this tour costs P950 which includes the whole tour and a fine dine merienda to crave for.

41 comments:

I am Xprosaic said...

Yan ang masarap... may kainan! Hanep pa sa location at mood ng place... of course not to mention the food... Rapsa!

Base! jejejjejej

witsandnuts said...

Naku Dong, hinahanap ko yung pictures ng food. Heehee. I thought you'd post here. Anyway, your narrative is more than enough to encourage me to visit this resto. Enjoy your trip!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

The restaurant looks like a destination in itself - pinaghalong restaurant at museum. It's good to have Ivan do walking tours like this, it is beyond the usual talaga.

Bengbeng said...

the luxury of the place wow... definitely not the place for slippers and short pants

aiLee920 said...

wow... i really love this tour... hehehe ganda... and the antique cameras.. AWESOME...

An Asian Traveler said...

Love the setting. I've heard about this restaurant but their menu packages are slightly expensive. A solo diner should expect to shell out at least Php 1,000 to Php 2,500.

Reena said...

Food is always a nice ending to a tour. Sana may pictures. :)

I will definitely take this tour. I like museums a lot. Thanks for this series. :)

ALiNe said...

awww .. what a quaint resto.. I would like to try this next time. tnx for sharing

alicesg said...

Wow this is so beautiful. I love the long dinning table. I wish I have a big house so that I can have such nice dinning table. :)

Borneo Falcon said...

Looks like a nice place to dine. Those antiques are hard to find anymore

nuts said...

wow antique! yung telephone, meron pa kaya non? thanks, nakapagtour din ako through this post. tanglad tea? (you mean lemon grass?)

HOMER said...

Cool yung radio! Ive seen a telephone like that dun sa old house ni General VIcente Lim, which my lola manages dati.. :D

gillboard said...

iniisip ko, pag nagkaroon ako ng bahay, gusto ko parang ganyan yung design... classic...

mabisita nga yang resto na yan...

SandyCarlson said...

What an amazing place. The restaurant looks amazing.

Rico said...

Wow! Good deal na yung 950 ah! Tapos with merienda pa sa Cocina.

chubskulit said...

wow, astonishing scene... It looks so regal and so antique!

sailor said...

Very nice!

KRIS JASPER said...

It's great to see old houses like this... esp when most units now have embraced the culture of minimalism.

Im sure it takes a couple of days or more for them to clean everything in that museum.

katcarneo said...

Beautiful! I have a thing for old things and paintings, that's why I dig museums. This places looks like one. Which painting is Juan Luna's?

Miong said...

veru historic! at pati din yung food!

goodfor2 said...

the ambience is better than the food according to some friends

Raft3r said...

wow
ang ganda naman ng bahay nila
teka
ano ang lasa ng kangkong salad?

Hilda said...

Definitely looks and sounds like a great tour deal! Quaint and lovely old house!

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

pards, nagandahan ako sa title.nakakakuha agad ng pansin ang resto ni "la cocina de tita moning"

PUSANG-gala said...

next level na talaga to DOM_-- di lahat basta basta makakapasok dyan....astig ng resto.....the drama and all.cool

Photo Cache said...

busog na mata, busog pa tiyan. perfect day ano?

REDLAN said...

Napaganda naman ng resto na yan. Talagang spanish setting lahat.

Chyng said...

Wow, kasama / after ba yan ng malacanang tour?

Allen Yuarata said...

parang napaka-fragile nung mga gamit. nakakatakot hawakan. haha.

bw said...

really nice antique display. I bet the gourmet merienda makes the whole deal even more satisfying :)

Blue Rose said...

ganda naman ng resto na yan dongho. pero sana may pics ka rin ng food.

with your post para na ring akong nakapagtour. thanks for sharing!

Luke said...

I love old houses!

Pietro said...

Great atmosphere in this interesting post. Really amazing.

luna miranda said...

what a lovely old house! interesting antique pieces, too. the dining table looks wonderful...makes me nostalgic.:P

i'm sure this tour is well worth it. lalo na masarap pala ang merienda!:P

langging said...

These pictures are fascinating, Dom!

Nanaybelen said...

nice resto. antique na napakaelegante ang dining

Andy said...

Sarap naman! I'd like to try the tanglad tea and special bread pudding. And of course, I'd like those with beer. Ehehe.

AJ said...

maisama nga sa itinerary ko ito..gusto kong matikman ang kangkong salad.

ang sosyal naman ng name, naalala ko tuloy si don quixote de la mancha lol!

ganon pala ang itsura ng antique cam..hataw iyong atake ng aperture settings at sephia mo dito..bumagay sa aura ng fine resto.

ACRYLIQUE said...

Wow. i love the place and the ambiance. wanna go there!

dodong flores said...

Wow! It's good that they allow visitors to take photos right there. Looks like it's a romantic place for a date. I should bring my wife right there...

sheng said...

ganda naman nito, super nice ah

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