LA COCINA DE TITA MONING

FILIPINO/SPAN­ISH

Eats - - MANILA -

When Suzette Mon­ti­nola’s grand­mother passed away in 1999, her aunts en­cour­aged her to come up with a short­list of her grand­mother’s spe­cial­ties. Un­em­ployed and “search­ing for her­self”, Suzette, with a lot of help from her grand­mother’s staff, put up La Cocina de Tita Moning by turn­ing the old house into a restau­rant. But La Cocina de Tita Moning is not just a restau­rant; it’s a din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in the Le­garda an­ces­tral home in the San Miguel District of Old Manila. Din­ers tour the house and then sa­vor a meal as served to Manila’s elite dur­ing the 1930s at the main din­ing room us­ing heir­loom china, glass­ware and sil­ver­ware. When you call for a reser­va­tion, se­lect from over a dozen menus fea­tur­ing food from the turn of the cen­tury. As soon as you ar­rive, staff will greet you at the door clad in black dresses and white aprons. You will then be taken on a tour to see ex­hibits of an­tique cam­era equip­ment, the well-pre­served clinic area, vin­tage ra­dio equip­ment, and works of art by Filipino Na­tional Artists. Sip on home­made lemon grass iced tea and nib­ble on warm queso de bola toast be­fore your meal. No walk-ins are al­lowed, and at least 24 hours’ no­tice must be given for all reser­va­tions and a menu must be cho­sen in ad­vance. Pri­vate groups get a per­son­al­ized tour, a full seven-course menu and the com­plete din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Clients who do not pre­order from the set menu may or­der upon ar­rival from a lim­ited a la carte menu avail­able weekly (reser­va­tion still re­quired). Since serv­ing sizes are small, you might feel you’re paying more for the tour. But you’ll prob­a­bly re­turn to take out spe­cial ba­lik­bayans or for Christ­mas get-to­geth­ers.

AD­DRESS

315 San Rafael St., San Miguel, Manila

TELE­PHONE NUM­BERS

734 2146 734 2141

EMAIL

la­cocina@pldtdsl.net talk­tous@la­coci­nade­ti­ta­mon­ing.com

WEB­SITE

www.la­coci­nade­ti­ta­mon­ing.com

FACE­BOOK

La Cocina de Tita Moning

OP­ER­AT­ING HOURS

Mon to Sun: 11am to 2:30pm; 5:30pm to 11pm

PRICE RANGE

P1,000-3,000/per­son

PAY­MENT MODES

Cash and Card

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