Food Trip: Fine Dining at Ilustrado, Intramuros

02 December 2011


Food Trip: Fine Dining at Ilustrado, Intramuros


Ilustrado literally means “learned one” or “enlighted one” in Spanish. In Philippine history, Ilustrado is a Filipino educated class in the Spanish colonial era. Ilustrado was composed of Phhilippine-born middle class intellectuals educated in Spanish and exposed to Spanish liberal ideals.


A restaurant has been named after these enligtened ones. Ilustrado Restaurant caters to guests of different International and Filipino tastes. It has been in the business for more than 19 years and has established a name as a fine dining restaurant.
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As with any fine dining restaurant, reservation is a must. Our reservation was done a week prior our actual dining day, as the restaurant usually gets packed on certain dates. On Sundays, the restaurant is closed but the nearby Cafe Ilustrado is open.


Ilustrado ambiance is quite exclusively homey and cozy. It has old world vibe and comfort.
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Our 3-course lunch was simple yet flavorful.


Chicken Binakol Soup – simple yet flavorful clear soup with chicken and spinach leaves
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My friend’s pork dish: Pork Saltimbocca with Marinated Vegetable Skewer
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My fish dish: Fillet of Negros Sole Amandine with Three Cheese Ravioli – – Delish! Delish!
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Our Dessert: Baked Cheesecake with Mango Fan and Coulis
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Our overall dining experience was excellent. Given that there was no event in the banquet upstairs (which can oftentimes cause inconvenience to do the diners downstairs), the servers were very attentive. The food was good. The ambiance was excellent. It’s an excellent to-go-to restaurant to celebrate intimate special occasions.


Restaurant: Ilustrado
Address: 744 Calle Real Del Palacio, Intramuros, 1002 Manila, Philippines
Telephone Number: +63.2.5273674; +63.2.5273675; +63.2.5272319
Budget: PHP 500 – 1500 per person
Open on:
Mon – Sat: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sun: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM


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