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What is it exactly about mom’s cooking that we find irresistible? The recipes? The ingredients? Maybe the techniques?
Of all the things that distinguish mom’s cooking, the one element that sums it all up is nostalgia. Oftentimes, if we look at mom’s dish closely, we’ll see that it’s not always made up of the highest quality ingredients, nor the most complex layers of flavors. It’s the experience of consuming these dishes that take us back to memories of simpler times—memories of pure and innocent joy that inform our concept of happiness today.
This Mother’s Day, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls invites you to a gastronomic journey of nostalgia, as you come home to the irresistible flavors of classic Filipino cuisine. Taste and experience the joys of childhood and culture through these remarkable restaurants that are sure to remind you of mom’s cooking.
Casa Reyes at Eastwood City
Operating since 2006, the Casa Reyes brand has become a staple among many Filipino families from all walks of life. With its strong presence in the country’s food scene, accompanied by its timeless theme of vintage Filipino, the restaurant chain has become ingrained in the identity and culture of Philippine cuisine, making it an absolute destination for a nostalgic food trip.
The familiar feeling of home is evoked by the fusion of traditional and modern takes on classic dishes, reminiscent of the qualities of a home-cooked meal. Indulge in the familiar flavors of Casa Reyes’ take on classic Filipino dishes with modern twists.
G/F 1800 Building, Eastwood City +6391-7146-8223
Manam at Uptown Bonifacio
Featuring a more contemporary approach to Filipino cuisine, Manam seamlessly blends traditional recipes with fusion cuisine for their own brand of nostalgic offerings.
Given its unique approach to timeless dishes, families are sure to find something for everyone to enjoy. From its highly acclaimed version of sizzling sisig, to its wide selection of comfort fare such as kare-kare, adobo, pork sinigang, and more, the Manam menu reflects the experience of bringing the whole family together for a feast made from the heart.
G/F Uptown Mall 8588-0911
Juan’s Bistro at McKinley Hill
A key quality of a good old-fashioned dish by mom is simplicity. A lot of modern restaurants get caught up in the complexities of fusions and gimmicks, but Juan’s Bistro takes you back to the basics with its straightforward iterations of your all-time favorites.
Staying faithful to time-honored recipes for each of their offerings, Juan Bistro serves an experience that is unforgettable and delightful, taking you back to your earliest memories of tasting your first bite of a sumptuous home-cooked meal by mom.
G/F Venice Grand Canal Mall 8-462-8888
Crisostomo at Newport Mall
What sets Crisostomo apart from other Filipino restaurants is its upscale adaptation of classic Filipino cuisine. Take a gastronomic journey back to the Spanish colonial period and experience the foundation of your favorite dishes today.
Every dish celebrates the rich marriage of flavors from two food cultures, with every bite bursting with layers of exciting textures. Juxtaposed with elements and inspirations from historic literature, these flavors more than satiate a sophisticated palate yearning for a classic taste of timeless cuisine.
2/F Newport Mall (02) 8846-9275
Vito’s BBQ at Forbes Town
Vito’s BBQ serves up a playful take on good ol’ grilled street food selections. Its colorful themes serve as the perfect backdrop for feature dishes as they take you back to your childhood spent munching on street delicacies.
Every offering pays tribute to familiar classics that take nostalgia to a whole new level. From the titular barbecue pork skewers to adventurous fusion with the BAO-B-Q and other dishes like the Pufflabok, you’ll be sure to have an epic food trip.
G/F Forbes Town +63917 877 0141
El Corazon at Uptown Bonifacio
It’s not usual to reminisce about mom’s cooking when dining at a fusion restaurant, but El Corazon’s blend of Filipino and Spanish cuisine offers a deep sense of comfort and home with every dish and every bite.
With its array of iconic dishes from each culture, from paella and chorizo to variations of sinigang and sisig, the experience of dining at El Corazon evokes the feeling of a genuine celebration or fiesta. The grand presentation of every mouth-watering dish evokes a festive vibe, the perfect setup for a Mother’s Day get together with the family.
2/F Uptown Mall (02) 8802-5596
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Editor’s Note: This article was provided by Megaworld Lifestyle Malls.