Bistro Remedios is celebrating its 30th year anniversary this 2014! The restaurant owned and managed by the LJC Group, located at the corner of Remedios and Adriatico Streets, has been drawing crowds of local and foreign foodies looking for authentic, homestyle Filipino dishes since 1984.
I must admit and somewhat ashamed, that although I have lived all my life in and near Manila, I have never ever visited Bistro Remedios, not even once. Growing up, I was more of the ‘Cowboy Grill’ type of person and have always thought Bistro Remedios as a place for the ‘highly’ cultured members of the society – which is a subtle way of saying that the restaurant is often perceived as for old people and very rich families only.
The restaurant is magnificent. The design is reminiscent of old Manila homes which is quite perfect really since all their dishes are authentic, timeless and prepared the way Filipino cooks used to do it decades ago. Bistro Remedios management treated me to a sumptuous meal of all their signature dishes and five of their new ones!
For Starters: Paco Fern Salad, Camaru (fried crickets), Sisig, Frog Legs, Sinuteng Baby Pusit, Watermerlon Shake and Sinigang na Bangus sa Bayabas (soup)
For the Main Course: Crispy Tadyang ‘D Original’, Sinugba Platter, Adobong Hito Sa Gata, Lechon Kawali sa Gata, Kalderetang Kambing and Pininyahang Baboy
For Dessert: Maja Blanca Remedios, Turon with Langka, Pandan Cake, Chocnut Cheesecake and Fruit Platter
Aside from the great food, the Bistro Remedios Trio also serenaded us with some old classic Filipino songs which made the whole dining experience a wonderful time-travelling escapade.
Bistro Remedios New Dishes
Lechon Kawali sa Gata is fried pork belly simmering in coconut milk. Also in coconut milk and stewed with pineapple and vegetables is Piniñahang Baboy. Another dish that uses coconut milk is the Ilonggo preparation, Adobong Hito. Sinugbang Manok is a half chicken grilled Cebuano style with soy, vinegar, and spices. And the Sinugba Platter is a generous helping of grilled prawns, pork belly, and chicken served with achara and spicy vinegar.
Bistro Remedios’ list of new offerings also includes two new desserts of local flavors: Pandan Delight and Chocnut Cheesecake.
If I am to describe my whole experience at Bistro Remedios that evening in one word, I would say – Christmassy! It’s like you’re having a Filipino Christmas dining experience in the comforts of your own home surrounded by a loving and caring family. I am glad to say that I feel very rich and very, very old!
Bistro Remedios is open from 11am-3pm and 3pm-11pm on Mondays, Thursdays, Sundays; 11am-3pm and 3pm-12mn from Fridays to Saturdays. For those who prefer private dining, the restaurant has function rooms that can accommodate 12 to 50 persons.
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