On my birthday, we decided to go to Malacañang...
Well, we went to the restaurant in front of Malacañang Palace, to be exact. :)
The Casa Roces Restaurant is called Kape Chino by their official food concessionaire, Cravings, which also runs the C2 Classic Cuisine restaurants.
Casa Roces is a marketing concept, and the details of why it was called Casa Roces can be found in this original article in the Inquirer: "Roces clan opens ancestral home for dining", but that was corrected later on in this subsequent article: "Casa Roces should have been ‘Casa Filomena'" in the same newspaper.
Besides a wide array of dishes, expect a visual feast in Casa Roces, where every nook and cranny is interesting. You can move from the sala, to the patio and then tour the second floor of the house before or after dining.
(Read more about the interiors of the house at Daphne's Casa Roces post in her blog.)
The first floor can accommodate 100 diners. You can find my favorite tables to reserve here.
Kape Chino Menu (*corkcage fees apply):
Choritos en Balsamico (P295). Crispy fried Spanish pork sausages drizzled with balsamic syrup.
Bacalao Caviar Pate (P425). Warm, creamy salt cod and potato pate topped with black caviar and served with warm baguette.
Both the Chorizo and the Bacalao appetizers were too salty for me, but they went well with the slices of crunchy baguette. The Bacalao gets my vote, though, because it does not have a malansa taste and it has a smoother texture.
This is a simple Caesar salad made interesting by the fried ox tongue cubes, which tasted like tender bagnet pieces. The serving size and price are good value for money.
The greens looked a bit tired. Sadly, once the goat cheese was finished, the salad was not that good anymore.
Anything with truffle is delicious! :) You just have to mix the oil around the mushroom soup to get that consistent taste.
This is one of the best molo soups I've had. You get flavorful soup with a generous serving of pork dumplings at a reasonable price. It's good while hot, but it easily cools down (maybe because it is served in a large bowl).
This was a great choice for the kids. :)
This dish had a nicely textured presentation, but the taste was just OK...
This was also just all right. The lengua was tender, the sauce was good, the presentation was well put-together, but it lacked that home-cooked-goodness quality.
The salmon came out dry. (We were excited to eat it pa naman because of the presentation.)
Chocolate Caramel Cake (Whole - P850 / Junior - P150). See Cakes selection.
We tried their highly recommended cake -- the Chocolate Caramel Cake. As their best seller, we had high hopes for it, but the chocolate cake itself was dry. We noticed that the cakes did not seem that fresh; we would have been better off bringing our own cake.
I must say, this was surprisingly good! It had the right amount of custard, the sweetness was tempered by the lemon, and the pistachio provided texture to the whole dessert experience. Sarap!
Overall, my Casa Roces birthday experience was pleasant. The food got mixed reviews, but the lovely house interiors more than made up for it. The staff was friendly but not very attentive. Nevertheless, I would still recommend it for get-togethers, treating a balikbayan, or just hanging out with friends.
Kafe Chino @ Casa Roces
1153 JP Laurel cor Aguado St. San Miguel, Manila
(near Malacañang Palace Gate #4) see map
Telephone: +632 735-5896 • 708-4020
Open daily 7.00am to 9.00pm
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: We paid for our meals. We are not connected in any way with the owners of this establishment or the PR group promoting this establishment.
★ Happily recommended :)
P.S. September 1 na! Two days to go to Rockwell's Ultimate Taste Test! We have 55 vendors offering their best food for this coming BER season. We still have tickets but we are only limiting it to 1,000 foodies.
Check out this post for more info: The Foodies' Guide to Rockwell's Ultimate Taste Test