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“Beautiful location and atmosphere”
Review of Ilustrado

Ilustrado
Ranked #23 of 1,003 Restaurants in Manila
Price range: $10 - $40
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Ilustrado, a term commonly used for the “enlightened” educated, well-traveled Filipino during the Spanish era. Today, Ilustrado caters to clients whose palates are conversant in savoring cosmopolitan and neoclassic flavors of Spanish, Filipino and International dishes. Nestled in the Walled city of Intramuros, Ilustrado offers casual and cafe dining in an exceptional setting.Kuatro Kantos Bar and CafeA statue of an irreverent St. Michael the Archangel, gin bottle in hand while slaying the dragon, presides over the bar counter. Antique, local art posters jostling for a space on the ochre walls. Carriage wheels suspended from the ceiling. Wrought iron furniture. Sunlight filtering through the red blinds bathe the room in a rosy glow. Open for breakfast, lunch, merienda and cocktails seven days a week. An all day dining menu is served with a Filipino breakfast & merienda, Spanish tapas and international pizza & pasta, a superb selection of cakes, hot savories, breads, coffee and temper coolers.Main Dining RoomPhilippine hardwood furniture, colonial ceiling fans wooden floors, antique chandeliers reflect the warm of a turn-of-the-century dining room. Here, Ilusrado’s famous callos and paella are meticulously served by courteous waiters. Open for lunch and dinner daily (except Sunday).The cuisine is gloriously Filipino-Spanish with its thoroughly research and inspired house specialties – Callos Madrilena, creamy and luscious bagnet, tender and flavorful Lengua con Setas and the popular Paella Ilustrado. The restaurant also boasts of a revolving International a la carte menu featuring Baked Eggplant in filo, Umbuyan Salad, Blue cheese and Lychee cocktail, traditional Caesar Salad, Lobster Bisque, Roast duck Ilustrado, meats and fresh seafood which changes quarterly. Function rooms are offered for small group private dining. The Garden Courtyard and Sinagtala ballrooms are known for celebrating memorable events and important corporate affairs.
Reviewed October 25, 2013

Lovely place in Intramuros with nice ambience, Pleasant service, good Spanish red wine but food a bit underwhelming.

Thank Richard L
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IlustradoRes_Manager, Manager at Ilustrado, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2014

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your the time spent on writing this review. We hope, on your future visit we can better assist you with our menu whether dining in our cafe or doing room.

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

Tried their Paella and Lengua and I loved them. Try ordering the mango jubilee! The waiter will flambe and prepare the dish in front of your table.:)

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Thank Daniel Steven T
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IlustradoRes_Manager, Manager at Ilustrado, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

Warmest Greetings from Ilustrado Restaurant!

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are happy that you have enjoyed your dining experience. Our paella, lengua and mango jubilee are indeed our most popular items. We hope to see you again soon.

Yours truly,

Ilustrado Team

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Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

good value for money! classy decor... you will be transported to old world with atmosphere inside. very quite place. food is delicious( my veg pizza was heavenly... cant comment about other stuff)

Thank DeepeshKS
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IlustradoRes_Manager, Manager at Ilustrado, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

Warmest Greetings from Ilustrado Restaurant!

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are happy that you have enjoyed your meal and time at our restaurant. We hope to see you again in one of your future visits to Manila.

Yours truly,

Ilustrado Team

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Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

I ate here during a very rainy visit to Intramuros. If you can. Sit at the courtyard in the back instead of the over air conditioned dining room. The restaraunt shares a courtyard with Silahis which is decorated with many carvings. So the paella is supposed to be decent but I opted for the baby back ribs. These were good and came with some very good roast vegetables. Service was fast but I ate at close to 3pm.

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Thank koolkookaburra
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IlustradoRes_Manager, Manager at Ilustrado, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2013

Thank you for sharing your dining experience at Ilustrado. We are glad that we were able to meet your standards. We hope to see you a next time and perhaps already try our paella.

Yours,

Ilustrado Team

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We came for Sunday brunch, and we were the first ones there. We had three different waiters come and go, and somehow they all managed to screw up every single order. The molo soup was very tasty, the broth was rich and garlicky and the wontons packed with flavor. The menu said it came with a mini siopao, which I had to remind the waiter about, halfway through the soup. Ordered the ube ensaymada and tsokolate. This ensaymada is unlike anything I've ever had and I've had countless versions of ensaymada. The whole thing is purple and really has the ube flavor, with more ube halea spread on top. It came long before the rest of our order tho, and they forgot the tsokolate. We ordered the bangus paksiw breakfast plate, and they forgot the eggs. We ordered the palabok which was delicious but they forgot the calamansi. We ordered their ice cream: sampaguita, pandan, and pinipig flavors, they forgot the pandan! The food was worthy of a possible return trip, but we would have to remind the staff to make sure they pay attention to the dishes and their components.

Thank P R
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IlustradoRes_Manager, Manager at Ilustrado, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

Warmest Greetings from Ilustrado Restaurant!

Thank you for your feedback and intention to come back because of our food. We apologize for the confusion and that you have experience poor service during your visit. Since your visit, we have communicated your comments to our staff and have taken steps to improve our service in the Kuatro Kantos Bar & Café especially during Sunday service. We hope to see you again in one of your future visits to Manila and show improvements on our service.

Yours truly,

Ilustrado Team

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