Food Trip: La Cocina de Tita Moning

23 November 2009


Food Trip: La Cocina de Tita Moning


When I was asked what I wanted for my birthday, my immediate response was “Dinner at La Cocina. I’ll make the reservations!”

The house was built in 1937. He had no idea why I wanted to dine in an old house. My reasons? (1) I could reserve early to attend the grand tour of the house, (2) the house servers serve authentic Filipino dishes – some of the servers were the Legarda’s faithful servants, (3) Dr. Alejandro Legarda (the original owner of the house) owned several antique cameras and was one of the founding members of the Camera Club of the Philippines. The third reason was reason enough for me to go, hence he did not argue much further.


I was picked up after my color management photography lessons in Greenhills at Jo Avila’s studio. We bought some gadgets in VMall, and we were soon on our way to Malacanang – to experience our best dinner ever. My fave? — the Osso Buco Gremolata with White Wine and the Saffron Risotto. Loved Tita Monings Bread Pudding too. Yu–mmyyyy!


The Legarda Gate
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The Legarda Study
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Dr. Valdez’ clinic
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Vintage Camera Collection
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Vintage Radio Equipment
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One of the Living Rooms
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Welcome Area
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Dining Room
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Dinner is served.
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Restaurant: La Cocina de Tita Moning

Address: #315 San Rafael Street, San Miguel District, Manila

Telephone Number: +632 7342146 / +632 7342141


Budget: PHP 1,500 per person (minimum of 2 per reservation)

Others: All lunches and dinner are strictly by reservation only. Make sure to call at least 24 hours for reservation and for menu confirmation.

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