LA COCINA DE TITA MONING
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.
315 San Rafael St., San Miguel, Manila
734 2146 734 2141
La Cocina de Tita Moning
Mon to Sun: 11am to 2:30pm; 5:30pm to 11pm
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