When I was in Manila, I met with my lovely Aunt Cherry. We’re not blood related, but she’s one of my Mom’s best friends and she is Chakai’s Godmother. She used to come to Baguio a lot back in the day, which is why we’ve gotten very close and she inspired me to blog, the reason I am here today, with 4 other blogs.
I love her blog, I especially love her food posts, it makes me drool cause she takes awesome pictures of food. So when I was sure I was going to go down to Manila for The PMC Second Grand EB, I made her promise to take me out and she was so awesome to say yes.
Right after the PMC event, she took me, my sister and Lucas out to dinner. She took us to one of the famous streets from her blog posts, Maginhawa Street, I think, I’m not sure, I don’t know the streets in Manila.
We went to Resto Pino because they offered vegetarian food and my youngest sister, Joy, was a semi vegetarian. However, the menu was extensive as it also had food for pure carnivores like me.
Bagnet Kare-Kare, Salad and A Platter of various finger food
Tita Cherry ordered salad as an appetizer. I don’t normally order a salad, but the one time that I did in Joey Pepperoni, it was so filling, I underestimated the filling capabilities of a salad. I don’t know what the salad she ordered was called, but it had lettuce, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, onions, nuts and quail eggs, drenched in a vinaigrette that is oh-so-yum. It was delicious! Lucas ate all the quail eggs he could find.
Then she ordered Cabbage Soup next, which wasn’t bad at all. Lucas finished his soup, can you believe it? The serving was big!
I ordered the Bagnet Kare-Kare and it was just awesome! I love Kare-Kare, it is one of my favorite Filipino dishes and who doesn’t love Bagnet, right? I hurriedly dug in when my food came, it was so yummy. The downside, however, is that I felt a bit dizzy just when I was about to finish. Bagnet does that to a person. So I had no choice but to take the rest home.
My sister ordered Vegetarian Lasagna. They said it tasted okay, personally though, I didn’t like it. It tasted like lasagna with a hint of cardboard. LOL. Nothing can substitute the real meaty taste of a real lasagna. She also ordered a platter of fried vegetables consisting of various fried vegetables, eggplant, carrots, zucchini. Just because you fry something, it doesn’t necessarily taste good. I liked the fried zucchini though, the carrot and the eggplant, not so much.
Cabbage Soup, Fried Vegetables, Vegetarian Lasagna, Pink Cake
Five minutes in and Lucas knew what he wanted. He wanted the pink cake, thinking it was strawberry cake, it wasn’t. Tita ordered it for him and he ate it with so much gusto it was a bit embarrassing, it’s as if he has never tasted cake before. LOL!
The ambiance was good too, except that it was literally freezing cold inside the restaurant, which was why we ordered the soup.
Over all, it was a great dining experience. Very worth freezing my ass off.