As we continue to celebrate the little girl’s birthday the past weekend, Her Ninong treated us to dinner at Adarna Food and Culture, another one of those turn of the century houses-turned-restaurant. Tucked away on Kalayaan Avenue in Quezon City, it is one of the most frequented joints in the area, but I am glad there were few patrons that Saturday night we chose to dine there.
I love antique houses! It always makes me think and remember fondly my own childhood spent at my grandparents’ house in a small town in Batangas. If I close my eyes long enough, I would almost feel the hagod of my Lola‘s hand on my back and her kisses atop my head. And then my lolo would come in fresh from the sabungan carrying my favorite balot. Sigh! Now I miss them.
There was even a small sari-sari store that my grandparents owned! Okay, now being bitten by heavy nostalgia.
Mischa was totally fascinated.
I thought that the courtyard would have looked better in the morning when it would be hit by rays of sunshine. I can imagine myself curled up under a tree with a good book and a glass of cold calamansi juice.
So back to the present, the restaurant serves really good comfort food that are regional specialties all over the Philippines. Offerings were culled from old family recipes.
Piassok, which was beef chunks stewed in coconut cream. Yum!
Rellenong bangus, which was my favorite during this meal. I don’t normally go for milkfish but this version is divine!
Ampalaya with lechon meat
For dessert, we had:
Kesong puti with langka reminiscent of turon
The classic halo-halo
Service was a little slow. And the waiter forgot to take down our order of morcon. But the meal and the ambiance was good in all. After all, our family was complete, what more could we ask for?