A memorable dinner @ La Cocina de Tita Moning
AWESOME! for special dinner and events in your life (i.e. wedding anniversaries, birthday celebrations, etc.) . In the league of theme restaurants with great food like Chef Lautico in Urdaneta, Antonio's in Tagaytay.
I must admit that I have mixed feelings going into La Cocina that evening. First, I was excited that after 4 years that the restaurant is in operation, we finally found an occasion to celebrate in this fine dining place and at the same time, a financer (my momsy or my balikbayan brobo) to pay for the bill (approx. P2,000/head). However, I've also received alot of feedback from friends who tried it that the food was not the great for the price and it is too hot because there are no electric fans to conform to the old house theme. Surprisingly, La Cocina exceeded everyone's expectations and we had a great time celebrating my brother Rommel's 29th birthday (Jan. 5) and his girlfriend Jinky's birthday (Jan. 4).[ see more pictures @ Rommel's Birthday in La Cocina de Tita Monings ]
8 Tips for an awesome dining experience in Tita Moning
1). The Tita Moning's Bread Pudding is the best! Its like milk bread leche plan that melts in your mouth. You should save space for this wonderful dessert.
2). For wine lovers, it would be best just to bring your own bottle and pay a corkage fee of P300 versus a house wine that would costs P700. In this way, you could also choose the best wine for the event.
3). For healthy eaters, I would recommend the Whole baked Lapu-Lapu and the sauteed fresh vegetables. My mom likes it alot and it is one of Tita Morning's signature dish!
4). We got mixed reviews on the Seafood Paella. They say it is one of the best sellers and best in town (?) so try it out for yourself if you are a paella lover. Morever, the paella that we ordered which was suppose to be good for 6, was too much for the family. I'm glad that they would allow us to take home the food.
5). Don't eat too much bread at the start or when you are eating your soup. The staff is hospitable and they are trained to put bread on your empty bread plate. So watch out for it, and make sure you have room for the bread pudding.
6). Remember to inform them if there is a birthday occasion so that they can prepare a cake for the celebrant for free! Learn from our mistakes.
7). Don't forget your camera and miss the photo opportunity. The tour of the old manila house is very interesting , I like the living room, dining room and the dressing room areas filled with alot of family pictures, antique artifacts, and china wares.
8). A tip by Aling Tining, just make sure that you don't eat there at the same time that the president is dining because there would be alot of security guards that could cause tension in the area.
La Cocina Website
Telephone Number: (632) 734-2141, 734-2146
Mobile #: (63917) 538-3490
Address: 315 San Rafael Street, San Miguel, Manila Philippines