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Dinner: La Cocina de Tita Moning (Part 5)
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First, let me show you the girls’ dressing room.
It was quite apparent from the things we saw, that the Legarda family was quite wealthy, much wealthier than most Filipinos at the time.
Two of their daughters studied ballet and had beautiful portraits around the house—quite unlike the generic ballerina pics we’ve ever seen. Theirs were so elegant—just look at this beautiful frame and costume.

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I’m simply amazed how they kept everything intact.

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At last it was time for dinner.
Back in the day, Don Alejandro used this gong to summon his children to the dinner table, instead of the maid yelling out, “KAIN NAAAA!”

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My stomach turned once again when I saw the production number they had made out of the table setting

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It was just a sensory overload—with the printed table cloth, leaves, petals, candles, scrolls, plates, glasses, cutlery, and a glass bird sculpture on the table.

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As a minimalist, I am simply not used to this.
I wanted to call someone to remove all the “junk” on the table.

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After all the things I had seen and smelled, I was just hoping for a white table cloth, napkins, and plates.
The service was excellent, with staff that were trained well for more than 40 years, but the food was not good at all. (sorry!)

I’m just grateful that the kids were well-behaved. Ben liked his salmon and ate a carpenter’s serving of rice. Markus had the unconventional sinigang with thick broth, but said he felt sick after.

Christian didn’t eat, but that’s normal. The Dutch ate politely, and so did I. But mostly I moved the food around the plate. I couldn’t wait to get out of there.
I think the best thing to order is plain salmon and plain rice. Thank God they had Coke.
The paella tasted a bit off, I don’t know why.

No butter in this Chicken a la Kiev. Just spinach and goat cheese.

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If you look around the internet, you will probably not see any bad review about them. But if you talk to people who have been there, most of them will say the food is bad. And that is the truth.
With all due respect, I feel it’s OK to write this now, because they are finally closing end of May.

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Do visit if you want, but don’t expect too much, food-wise. Our bill for eight people was more than Php 14,000.
(To be concluded)

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  • MK

    part 6 pls! 🙂

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  • Arthur Maralit

    miss, before you proceed with your part 6, let me mention that we had a great dinner in a private room last march and got a great deal from deal grocer…5999 for 8 pax!

    the staff were amazing, the food delicious and the house is very similar to our ancestral house in greenhills, with antiques right and left. your 5 part review is mean and excessive and frankly, i felt insulted because i grew up loving antiques – furniture, santos, paintings etc.

    you don’t have to mention “junk” “stomach turning” etc. if you would like to be viewed as a professional blogger, actually a friend of mine just posted a link to our chat group and this is the first time i read such a review…

    what if we turned the tables and would say minimalism is “stupid”, “junk cheap furniture” etc., how would that make you feel???

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    CVS Reply:

    so what, I also love old houses, paintings, and furniture. Why don’t you read the rest of my blog to see how much I adore old things.
    I don’t care to be viewed as a professional blogger or not. this is just my hobby. Not my bread an butter. Goodbye!

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  • mieldv

    I was curious about this place because I have dreams of turning my lola’s house into a B&B. But my parents went and also said the food was very average.

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  • mike t.

    I totally agree with the mediocre food. It was a letdown after all the pageantry.

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  • Bravo Noemi

    Ay. I’m a fan of your elitist blog. Pero, I totally disagree 👎 with this post. Different strokes for different folks? We don’t care if you insist your a minimalist whatever… You don’t have to shove your likes and disikes to other people ah. What about being polite and civil? I went there twice, with mom frens ( our kids go to school besides the big M) and with my kids. Going there is like experiencing the old polite and traditional way of dining and cooking. I’m sure, dining in such a way cost money. It’s not for the quick fix. I’m kinda disappointeded, you sounded like Celdran 😣

    Ps, we ordered ala carte coz, we’re not heavy eaters. And, dba coke is not the best drink for fine dining?

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    CVS Reply:

    I hate fine dining

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    CVS Reply:

    Oh God you’re that Duterte troll who harasses Carlos Celdran. Please go away!!!

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    Christine loves to travel Reply:

    Ms. C is not shoving her opinion on anyone. She is simply stating that she’s a minimalist and didn’t like the busy table decor. What’s wrong with that?

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    CVS Reply:

    thank you!

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  • michelle

    i can’t wait to read part 6! feeling ko this is building up to something scary at the ending.

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  • Josie

    Too much. Yung table setting. Parang you can’t eat because iba naiisip mo hehe the plates i don’t like the design. I prefer white plates.

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  • Jay Jay

    I’ve been reading your blog since its early LJ days and this is the first time I felt like I needed to comment. Was it really necessary to write a 5 part review shitting on an establishment? I would understand an honest post about how much you disliked a place, which you often do, but 5 parts seems excessively mean. 5 parts also feels a little click baity, and done for more page views as we had to read about 10 lines per post.

    I normally don’t agree with what you write and shake my head at how different our lifestyles are but I still follow your blog. This though, is pushing it a bit.

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    CVS Reply:

    only because I feel like sharing all the pictures. sorry bout that. there’s still a part 6. don’t read it na lang >.<

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    bes Reply:

    What’s wrong?
    I’m happy that CVS is telling a story and sharing all these pictures with us.

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  • Cherie

    Thank God for your honest review! I’m glad am not alone in thinking that the food in this over-hyped place is horrible.

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  • Jay Lozada

    May mumu sa reflection sa mirror! 😛

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  • projectfusebox

    dear tita moning, winner pa rin ang sinigang ni tita chuva! lelz

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  • Miss Maria

    Been waiting for this. Interesting and honest review.
    Yung lamesa talaga ang sensory overload!

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