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.
I’m simply amazed how they kept everything intact.
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!”
My stomach turned once again when I saw the production number they had made out of the table setting
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.
As a minimalist, I am simply not used to this.
I wanted to call someone to remove all the “junk” on the table.
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.
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.
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)