Hot off the press. I just got home from eating in this place.
The concept of a garden resto in the Philippines with specific crafts is a well kept secret. There are numerous ones in the outskirts of the capital and this is one of them. It is owned by a daughter of Napoleon Abueva, a national artist and a renowned pottery artist in her own right. I will break down this experience in two parts:
1. Food - Taste is a matter of taste. Today's menu, in my opinion is a little schizophrenic. I don't know if it was Filipino, Thai or Indian. It was new, but I am of the conclusion that it is not to my taste. I still prefer Sonya's set menu. Best was the adobo tangingue, and that was not even spectacular. She likes using a lot of coconut milk in her food. A little is fine with me, but if each dish is laced with the stuff, you can only eat so much.
Best part of the meal was dessert where they serve their homemade suman (sticky rice cake). Considering Php 450 (US$10) per person for the buffet, it falls in the mid range as far as food is in the Philippines.
2. Ambiance - there are pottery items for sale and they are fantastic and not unreasonably priced. The owner is friendly enough but doesn't circulate the way Dr Vasquez of Cafe Juanita does. Good place to bring family on a Sunday for lunch, but the menu for the day may be hit or miss.
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