Explore this stylish restaurant tucked away in historic Manila.
Casa Roces is a restaurant/café located in the historic district of San Miguel, Manila, right across the most influential address in the country: Malacañan Palace. This quaint ancestral home owned by the Roces family, a long line of freedom fighters, pioneer journalists and artists, has been recreated into a stylish, classic restaurant in partnership with The Cravings Group (operator of the successful Cravings, C2 Classic Cuisine, and The Coffee Beanery chain). Peachy Roces Prieto and her daughter Bianca Santos have transformed this house into a delightful place for great food, art appreciation, and intriguing Philippine history.
A CLASSIC ABODE
On the first floor there is a coffeehouse aptly called Kape Chino, after longtime Manila Times publisher Chino Roces. Here you will find an outdoor wooden deck that features artwork of famous artists Eduardo Castillo and Impy Pilapil, a dessert bar, and a memorabilia and accessories shop. A bar also serves cocktails, wine, beer and liquor for evening patrons. On the second floor are a bistro, an art and family heritage gallery as well as private rooms decorated with a mix of Commonwealth elegance and modern touches. Paintings of great Filipino artists like Juan Luna line the walls.
Casa Roces caters also to private functions for meetings, conferences, parties and other celebrations as the facility has several function rooms that can accommodate small groups from five up to 200 guests. These function rooms are named after the family newspapers of past, specifically La Vanguardia, The Daily Tribune, The Daily Mirror, Liwayway, and Manila Times.
THE ROCES RECIPES
Casa Roces features the timehonored recipes of the Roces Family, highlighting the rich culinary heritage of Filipino and Spanish cuisines, providing sophisticated, sensual and yet a casual dining experience to the delight of even the most finicky guests. The Roces family is known for hospitality centered on food, thus the dedication to serve only the finest food amidst elegant surroundings and refined service.
Casa Roces’ wonderfully crafted Casa Roces’ wonderfully crafted menu of Filipino and Spanish dishes includes Lengua in Mushroom Cognac Sauce, Salmon Wellington and Pork Stew Binagoongan. The house dessert craved for by Casa patrons is hands down the Malacañan Souffle.
The peaceful and lush surroundings add to the pleasurable dining experience in this highly influential setting. Add to that the magnificentview of the Palace and its immediate surroundings. If you have time after your meal, you may want to have atour of Malacañan Palace and some other historic landmarks in the area like the centuries-old San Miguel Parish Church.
Casa Roces boasts of having served President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino and his cabinet, ambassadors and dignitaries, and the crème de la crème of Philippine society.
Despite this very exclusive guest list, the average check for a satisfying meal in Casa Roces can range from P450 to P700 per cover only!
That is indeed a culinary delight, made more memorable with a touch of history interwoven into the dining experience.
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