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Dining at good ‘ole Casa Roces

I didn’t know that a side trip to Malacanang, the seat of power in the Philippines and where the country’s top powerful leader resides, would be fun and entertaining. Early this year, we went to Casa Roces one quiet Friday to celebrate the birthday of a friend who works beside the most powerful person in the country right now, President Simeon Benigno Aquino III. Spy promised to treat us to a sumptuous lunch, and so, what better way to meet all of us without having to neglect his duties than to treat us to Casa Roces which is just a stone’s throw away from Malacanang.

At the outset, one would think its a high-end residential place, except that the cars I saw parked outside clearly states it is a favorite destination of some people. After disembarking at the entrance, we were enthralled at the elegant ambiance that set off a vibe like we’re back in the late 60’s.

I actually have a thing for old-houses-turned-restaurants. As if ghost stories would suddenly creep up in our conversation. However, at this point, I didn’t think about one. All I did was marvel at the grandeur of the interiors of this restaurant.

We were ushered to a room upstairs. Where we all felt so homey and at ease at once. You got this feeling like your grandmother is just at the other room so you need to be quiet. I really felt time-warped as if I was transported back somewhere in time.

A view of Malacanang from the window

We came here to catch up on the latest gossips and talk about the latest in politics. But good conversation without good food? Nah. It just don’t happen. We sampled the bestsellers in this restaurant which made good table-talk too.

I ordered a roasted squash soup, which I found superb. Because we were so hungry, I didn’t get to take a photo of it as well as what the others ordered like the Spaghettini Gambas ala Jillo, Pork Belly Humba, and Pinakbet with Vigan Bagnet. For dessert we enjoyed a plate of Turon Ala Mode and Fried Suman With Mango Sauce and Spanish Chocolate over a cup of coffee.

As if we’re not yet satiated, Spy got us a loot bag which contains Kape Chino’s, (the restaurant downstairs), specialty cakes! Yummy! 🙂

 And afterwards all I can say is: Gracias!

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