June 22, 2011
One of the restaurateurs that I follow is Raymund Magdaluyo, the next Larry Cruz of Manila's restaurant scene. Like Larry, he can come up with winning restaurant concepts that boast of yummy food and a unique ambiance.
Together with his cousins, he opened Patio Carlito -- a tribute restaurant to his grandfather, Carlos V. Magdaluyo, who's acknowledged as the pioneer and master of the casinos during his time.
Patio Carlito is similar to Abe (a tribute restaurant focused on old Kapampangan cuisine), except that it has a 1960's feel. It competes directly with Mario's for group dining and the Sunday family buffet crowd. It is a good alternative to the best Filipino restos in the area -- Bagoong Club and Romulo Cafe -- and would make a nice venue for a get-together with balikbayans.
I thought it was a bit dodgy at first with its old-school, disco ambiance. But the combination of unique Filipino food with its variety of pulutan won me over. We will surely return to this place for our next family celebration. :)
Patio Carlito Restaurant Dining Area
Patio Carlito Private Rooms
You can reserve the rooms for a minimum consumable amount for food and drinks:
7-10 Pax - P10,000; 11-15 Pax - P15,000; and 16-25 Pax - P20,000.
It has its own restroom that can be shared with the adjacent Bar Room.
(It's a good thing we ate on a Sunday night with the boys because the kids don't like a lot of noise yet.)
Patio Carlito, Old Manila Bistro Menu:
- Palaisdaan ni Ray, Manang Berta's Vegetable Garden, Day Kanin Naman!
- Pula, Steak and Seafoods, From the Grill
- Romeo's Pampagana Specials, Old Pateros Poultry, All Day Dining
- Sweet Endings, Pampalamig, Pampainit
Cuchifrito (the crispy cuchinillo) is like a suckling pig lechon that's been oven-roasted and then fried until it's super crispy. You can order a full serving for P345 or order a few strips on top of the Adobong Kangkong.
It's really good! Think of it as chicharong lechon. We liked how the rib strips went well with the kangkong.
This is now one of my favorite sinigang dishes in Manila. :) It has generous servings of vegetables and bangus belly, good for 4-5 people.
I thoroughly enjoyed the contrast of the sinigang's sourness with the tinapa taste.
The overall taste was very good, but the vegetables looked a bit tired already. :(
(Maybe I'm just used to the fresh look and taste of organic vegetables in Mercato Centrale...)
This is a good pulutan to order while waiting for your main dishes.
The adobo was lighter in taste and not too saucy. We were expecting the meat to be softer, though.
We did not try the desserts anymore because the options were not that unique and appetizing. :(
With winning dishes such as the crispy cuchinillo and the sinigang, we are excited to go back to try the Pavada Kapampangan, Kilayin and Tidtad Double Feature, and Patio Carlito's Fiesta Paella.
What's your favorite food in Patio Carlito?
Patio Carlito, Old Manila Bistro
South Triangle 84 Sct. Tuason St. cor. E. Lopez Sr. Ave.,
Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Operating Hours: Monday to Saturdays 11am to 3am and Sundays 10am to 12mn.
Telephone: +632 352-7140
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals and we are not connected in any way with the owners.
P.S. Congratulations on your new ventures, Raymund Magdaluyo!