Café Rizal at Pinto Art Museum

We went to Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo, Rizal two Sundays ago upon the prodding of hubby’s friend and officemate. After visiting the six art galleries inside the museum, we headed straight to Café Rizal. Hubby’s friend said this restaurant serves good food, too.

Café Rizal’s interiors are adorned with various Jose Rizal memorabilia.

We arrived at Café Rizal a few minutes before their 6:00 p.m. closing time. And because we were the last diners for the day, we ordered what we thought were easy to prepare but suited to our tastes.

Fried Mozzarella Sticks, Php355

These Fried Mozzarella Sticks were a great dinner starter. Crunchy on the outside and filled with gooey goodness of mozzarella inside. What made these appetizers more palatable was the peppermill dressing. We loved these!

Cinco de Mayo, Php355

Café Rizal serves oval thin crust pizzas, like this Cinco de Mayo. It’s a 5-cheese pizza with mozzarella, cheddar, cream cheese, Padano and Amichi. The dough was consistently soft and the taste of the different kinds of cheese blended perfectly with just the right amount of saltiness. The entire pizza was gone in no time. Lol!

Callos, Php325

This Callos, served with plain rice and ordered by hubby, combines beef, pork, ox tripe, garbanzos and chorizo. I wasn’t able to try this Callos, but judging by how hubby finished his meal, that is, without complaints, was enough indication that he liked it.

Dr. JC’s Batanes Roulade, P385

I was meaning to try their Baked Salmon Duo, but it wasn’t available that time, so I opted for Dr. JC’s Batanes Roulade instead. This is steamed fish dory with coconut milk, laing (inside) and prawn, served with garlic parsley rice. It was so creamy and rightly seasoned. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

If you happen to visit Pinto Art Museum, please do try the food offerings at Café Rizal. I’m sure you’ll also find pleasing items on their menu.

Café Rizal
Inside Pinto Art Museum
1 Sierra Madre Street
Grand Heights Subdivision
Antipolo, Rizal
Telephone No.: (02) 697-1015

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Seafood Symphony at Marco Polo’s Cucina

Seafood lovers, rejoice! All-day dining restaurant Cucina showcases a bountiful catch from Philippine waters in its seafood station.


Bursting with ocean-to-table goodness, the spread has netted an indulgent and mouth-watering display of homegrown shellfish, Manila clams, elephant shells, mussels and succulent crustaceans, like blue crabs and prawns.

You can have this finest seafood catch simply grilled, sautéed with garlic and butter, steam-poached or baked with cheese. Enjoy this juiciness daily, either for lunch or dinner or both.

Cucina offers a versatile dining experience, complemented by a well-curated range of international cuisines that boast interesting flavors and quality ingredients. Without peer introducing fresh insights to Metro Manila’s buffet scene, the restaurant’s talented kitchen team continue to satisfy the market’s cravings for new food adventures. This latest offering of a seafood symphony at Cucina honors that commitment.

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Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen at The Podium

We already dined at Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen at The Podium last month. We’ve enjoyed the food and found the prices affordable, too, so hubby decided to have our son’s post-graduation celebration with the fambam here. It wasn’t only the three of us this time but also his grandparents, aunts and cousins. They were present, too, at our son’s grade school graduation ceremony earlier in the day to witness this milestone in our young man’s life.

You’ll definitely want to come back again and again to this elegant-looking, brightly lit and spacious restaurant.

Lechon Belly de Cebu (1 kilo), Php975

Don’t leave Golden Cowrie without trying this authentic Lechon Belly de Cebu. We ordered 1 kilo, had it chopped into smaller pieces and placed in two separate platters. This was the second time that our son had it, and he still enjoyed its flavorful, tender meat and crunchy skin. They serve this with vinegar.

Cowrie Pinakbet, Php195

One of their best-sellers, this Cowrie Pinakbet is really delish! A tinge of sweetness perfectly balanced the natural saltiness of the shrimp paste mixed with fresh local veggies.

Crispy Pata (Mas Grande), Php780

We ordered the biggest Crispy Pata Golden Cowrie has because we’re a group of ten hungry people. Both crispy (outside) and tender (inside), this all-time favorite Pinoy dish didn’t disappoint. Please pardon the blurry photo.

Seafood Kare-Kare, Php545

Justin’s lola and lolo (grandparents) enjoyed this Seafood Kare-Kare so much that they finished one serving bowl of this. Lol! It had mussels, squid and shrimp.

Tangigue Sinigang, Php335

We needed something soupy and healthy to go with our Crispy Pata and Lechon Belly de Cebu, so we added Tangigue Sinigang to our lovely dinner. It was served just the way we like it, not too sour, and it had generous servings of tangigue chunks. Yummy!

You bet we all went home satisfied from a hearty feast of delectable Filipino dishes! Congratulations again, Justin! The entire family is proud of you!

Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen
5/F Expansion
The Podium
Mandaluyong City

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