CHECK IT OUT: Casa Roces Malacañan
This former ancestral home now serves heirloom Filipino-Spanish recipes from the famous Roces clan.
Casa Roces Malacañan
1153 J.P. Laurel corner Aguado Sts.,
San Miguel, Manila
Tel. No. 735-5896 or 708-4020
Lengua in Mushroom-Cognac Sauce. To see more dishes, click for more.
(SPOT.ph) From the famous Roces clan of media moguls comes Casa Roces Malacañan, a Filipino-Spanish restaurant reminiscient of the Commonwealth era as characterized by its art-filled walls, book-lined shelves, cozy interiors and heirloom recipes from the Roces family's own brand of comfort food. The space, which used to be a quiet ancestral home in San Miguel, was uninhabited for 15 years. Now, it’s been transformed into a bustling full-service restaurant that also houses a bistro, dessert bar, accessories shop, and an art gallery.
The Roces family teamed up with the Cravings Group to run Casa Roces' restaurant Kape Chino (named after media baron Joaquin "Chino" Roces) and is helmed by Chef Menoy Gimenez. Start off your feast with Chorizos en Balsamico (P295), piquant chorizo slices with balsamic vinegar, or Mussels ala Roces (P355)-chilled lemon and olive oil-dressed mussel salad with dill and arugula. Whet your appetite even more with their Truffle Mushroom Puree (P190)-creamy mushroom soup with truffle oil. If you’re craving for salad, try the Crispy Lengua Caesar Salad (P145) with romaine lettuce, garlic anchovy dressing, and topped with crunchy deep fried ox tongue croutons.
Take a tour inside Casa Roces. Click for more.
Other must-try dishes include the Lengua in Mushroom-Cognac Sauce (P330) featuring tender ox tongue smothered with thick and rich sauce, and the Oven-Baked Salmon Wellington (P380)-a hearty serving of freshly baked salmon wrapped in puff pastry. Classic Pinoy fare are also on the menu: Ox Tail Kare-Kare (P240), Bulalo Steak ala Pobre (P285), Visayan Chicken Inasal (P245), Pork Stew Binagoongan (P265), and Pinakbet with Vigan Bagnet (P195), among others. Spanish-inspired pasta dishes like Fettuccine with Bleu Cheese and Roasted Mushrooms (P185), Fideos with Spanish Chorizo ala Diablo (P255) come with sliced chorizos and paprika, while the Spaghetti Gambas ala Jillo (P195) uses angel hair pasta and is topped with sautéed shrimps and garlic. Their sandwich selection includes the Casa Roces Club (P245), a classic Ham and Cheese Sandwich (P240), and the Gourmet Tapa Sandwich (P235).
Cap off your meal with their signature dessert, the Malacañan Frozen Soufflé (P380), said to be a homage to the seat of power inside the neighboring Malacañang Palace. The dessert flaunts a frozen lemon custard soufflé with chocolate flakes, pistachio nuts, and lemon lavender sauce.
Casa Roces was refurbished by architects Rey Ilagan, Al Carongan, and Bettina Bonoan, and has retained that old world look and feel but with contemporary flair. The ground floor is home to a memorabilia and accessories shop featuring the creations of designer Bianca Prieto Santos, while the second floor houses a bistro, an art and family heritage gallery featuring works by members of the Roces clan, and five function rooms named after the various publications the Roces clan built their empire on-La Vanguardia, Tribune, Liwayway, Daily Mirror, and the Manila Times.
Photos courtesy of Casa Roces Malacañan