Went to La Cocina de Tita Moning with some of my college friends after a school event.
Upon arrival, we were given a set of ala carte menus so we could place our orders before we begin the tour around the house. (they do it to keep the diners preoccupied since most of the dishes take 20 minutes to prepare)
We were given a platter of queso de bola fingers and iced-tea.
After we placed our orders, we went to the actual ancestral house to begin the tour.
Owned by the Legarda clan, its original owner was a doctor. (Dr. Alejandro Legarda Sr.) And appently he had passion for photography and radio stuff.
I won’t go further into the details of our tour and whatnot but it was fun, definitely a good time-killer for diners while they wait for the food.
They also have function rooms that were former rooms of the original inhabitants of the house.
We were privileged to take one of the rooms, though we’re a small group, having the room to ourselves was really awesome.
The table setup was great, there were print-outs that contained information about the restaurant and staff which I think are a nice touch.
They also prepared some Salsa Monja and the usual bread and butter for appetizers.
We had Sopa de Molo for starters.
The soup was okay, flavor was light and nice they use native pork for the dish.
For the main entree we got their Gambas Al Ajillo with Grilled Eggplant Salad and Wild Rice Truffle Risotto, Callos Madrilena, and Slowly Roasted Pork with Candied Sweet Camote. (all served with brown rice and ubod)
This was JN and Lhiza’s pick, but before anything else, can I just say that for me almost everything with truffle is great.
JN raved about it a couple of times saying that it’s “numer uno”, he liked the grilled eggplant salad and the flavors from the risotto.
This was Al Jane’s pick, it has that melt in your mouth goodness that I love, nice flavors too.
But before I continue with the slowly roasted pork, (my choice from the entree) I got too excited when it was served I munched it right away!
Only to realize I haven’t taken pictures of it yet, I was halfway done with it when I became conscious of my dilemma 🙁
So sorry for the crappy photos 🙁
The roasted pork and sweet camote combo was great!
As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, I’m a big fan of the salty-sweet combo. The pork slices were flavorful plus it had this bits of crispy pork rind that made the dish even more interesting, the dish was so great (flavor, texture, and presentation) I forgot to take the
For the sweet ending (dessert :D) we got their Queso de Bola Cheesecake with a Fresh Mango Sauce, Tita Moning’s Bread and Butter Pudding .
The cheesecake has this sharp and distinct flavor from the queso de bola but the fresh mango sauce balanced it well. Good stuff.
I haven’t tried the bread and butter pudding (I was too busy with my cheesecake :D), but they did say it was also good, after all it’s their best-seller.
We also tried their Native Chocolate (Thanks Lhiza! :p)
Local tablea tsokolate topped with melted marshmallows and served with a stick of cinnamon.
Had two things that I love; chocolate and cinnamon 😀
VERDICT: We had a great time at La Cocina de Tita Moning, Loved everything; food, service, and ambiance. It’s definitely a great find! Will try their set menus (ranges from P1000 – P2300) next time!
VALUE FOR MONEY: Food choices here are expensive, it’s a fine dining restaurant, so that’s expected. However if you’re willing to splurge a considerable amount of money for a great dining experience, I’d highly recommend the place *two thumbs up*
La Cocina de Tita Moning
# 315 San Rafael Street,
San Miguel District, Manila
(02) 734-2146 / (02) 734-2141