Monday, May 05, 2008

Do you want to know a secret?

Closer, let me whisper in your ear...

But I won't ask you to promise not to tell because the world deserves to know this.

The other weekend, we discovered another gem in dining experience amidst the garden and the orchids around. Tagaytay? Nope. Baguio? Nah. Laguna? Cavite?? Those were far, you just need a taxi, bus, or even an MRT ride to go there. Where? In My Mother's Garden (formerly The Garden Room) in Pasay City. Yes, just in Pasay.

This By-Reservation only restaurant is situated in 2650 Zamora Street in Pasay, in the 1940 house of National Artist for Architecture Pablo Antonio. It is being run by the mother and daughter team of Malu and Letlet Antonio Veloso (who are very accomodating and will make you feel that the place is yours to enjoy).

They are offering a set menu ranging from P700.00 to P900.00, we opted for the P700-menu of Seafood and Chorizo pasta, Mustard Chicken (I give it a two-thumbs up approval) and Melanzane. All menus come with a garden fresh salad, freshly squeezed fruit juice (the watermelon juice made us craved for the beach!) and the best fruit tarts that can give those expensive Serendra cupcakes a run for their money.



The pasta is very filling (their serving for two can feed four hungry souls!), and i love the combination of shrimp and chorizo! I don't know how to call it but the tomato and black olives add-ons also give the pasta a kick and a very rich taste, which for me deserves a standing ovation! bravo!

Don't be deceived by the rather very discreet presentation of the mustard chicken, for its awesome taste, it deserved a better one. The chicken is their specialty, and I must say it should be because it's so darn good! Just for the mustard chicken alone, I'll go back to eat there! Trust me, you'll crave for it. (Sorry for the picture, I am busy eating hehe).

And the desserts? Oh, you don't need a sweet tooth to appreciate this. It was heavenly!


I don't remember being served with Melanzane, maybe they did or maybe they don't, but I don't see it on the table or maybe, just maybe, the turn of events that came along with the tray of desserts may have overwhelmed me. What events? Let's just keep it a secret...for now. hehe.

HOW TO GET THERE:

From Makati, take Edsa going to Taft Avenue. On the right side, the street before Taft, sandwiched by the MRT station and Watson's on the other side and where Kabayan Hotel is located, is Zamora Street. Turn right there and just cruise until you reach No. 2650.

CONTACT NUMBERS:

My Mother's Garden - (02) 8318407
Malu Veloso - 09176008886
Letlet Veloso - 09187022125 (or email bootsieveloso@yahoo.com)

Next time, we'll try going there during lunchtime to appreciate the garden because last time, we ate there dinner time and the ambiance and the low-lighting was just perfect and very ideal for a romantic date. yihaa. hehe.

24 comments:

Allan Barredo said...

It looks like a dinner you won't be able to forget for a long time, not because its bad but because it was really great... thanks for the tip bro.

atticus said...

ANO na ang nangyari? kainis naman!

Rudy said...

Talaga namang romantic ang lugar, lalu na't malapit lang yung mga motel sa Pasay, mwehehehe! :-D

BTW, this well-known mother and daughter team also designs wedding gowns, right? Right? *winks*

jho said...

teka, taka, mukhang maganda. anong oras naman sila nagbubukas?

lady cess said...

i think i've read a review about this before (so you're right, it's not exactly a secret, hehehe!). seems to me it's not exactly kid-friendly? thanks for the tip, will visit when hubby and i are in need of romantic date :)

watson said...

This is nice. Thanks for the tip! Sana may room na rin para sabay tulog pagkatapos ng dinner! hehe

Abaniko said...

The place looks romantic and the food, yummy. Now tell us, did you put the ring in the wine glass served to her? :)

zherwin said...

allan, yeah, unforgettable talaga sya. :)

zherwin said...

atticus, hinay-hinay lang...

zherwin said...

rudy, hahaha, yung isang side ng utak ko ganyan din ang takbo, me malapit na hotel dun hehehe.

oo, nagdedesign sila ng wedding gown... :)

zherwin said...

jho, lunch and dinner open sila, basta magpapareserve ka muna. kapag lunchtime medyo me mga makakasabay ka pero kapag dinner, solong-solo!

zherwin said...

lady cess, i think kids can roam around, the house has a huge space so okay lang ang bata. i am not sure though if you have to pay whole or half-price for kids.

zherwin said...

watson, maraming rooms sa labas ng bahay, remember pasay yan hehehe.

zherwin said...

abaniko, hmm style ni peter parker yun ah. hehehe.

walang wine eh. :)

IA. said...

Ka romantic naman eh! Kaka-inlab ang setting! Whatever that secret is Zherwin, tiyak nakakatuwa at nakakapagpasaya yan!

Ferdz said...

Ayus na naman tong discovery mo Zherwin. Iba talga pag inspired. hahaha.

Pero seriously the place looks nice. What would be the average price range of a full course meal kaya?

Belle said...

i love the way you took the pictures. the lighting, setting and everything are very romantic.

i so envy you and lyn for being endowed with a good metabolism. if i indulge myself with those kind of food, in my age (40 +),i would turn blimp in no time. so enjoy while you can.

zherwin said...

ia, thanks. :)

zherwin said...

ferdz, from P700 to P900 ang set menu nila, full meal na, as in full na full ka pagkakain!

zherwin said...

thanks belle. you know what, the next day, nag-jogging ako hehehe.

Bugsybee said...

Zherwin, whenever I am in Manila, I stay in Pasay City (old old house of my lola). So I will surely check this up - not for a romantic date but (1) to see the late architect's house - I've heard so much about him and (2) of course, to indulge in the gastronomic fare of the Velosos of whom I have also heard a lot.

Thank you for this tip and your beautiful, inviting pictures!

Panaderos said...

Pards, thank you very much for sharing. I want to check this place out next time I'm in Manila (soon). Hehehe Pero seriously, mukhang ok na ok ito. Salamat!

zherwin said...

bugsybee, the house itself is an architectural feat and even if your inside you have this feeling of being outside because of the see-through window, it's like a covered garden! there's even a pond inside the house.

zherwin said...

panaderos, wow! so you're really coming? go and include this on your list!

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