It took me 3 months just to get a reservation at Denlim's Kitchen. We travelled 3 hours from Manila just to experience the most raved about (but hush-hush) private dining resto in Pampanga.
Was it worth it? Check this out...
It was a bit hard to find because there was no sign. The only sign was the LA Bakery billboard.
Upon entering, you get the East London hipster vibe of the bakery-turned-kitchen with a chef's table.
This is the staircase that leads to their home. I wonder what it looks like?
The kitchen is an organized mess. :)
The toilets are decent and you'll probably need to go after that long trek to Pampanga.
Sink with a beer bottle collection. Every corner is photogenic.
They only serve soda or tamarind soda. I suggested having more fresh juice options.
Denlim cooks dinner exclusively for one group only almost every night.
The bread is baked on the spot and served directly from the oven.
One of the good spots to put your signature after the meal.
It's energizing to see passion in action.
bread n spread. Nice! Eat it while it's hot. :)
Family-sized salad is freshly prepared.
summer salad. A refreshing combination of apple, walnuts, raisins, cheese, and sauce.
This is a good family or team bonding session over good food.
The pasta is also cooked and prepared on the spot.
squid spaghetti marinana. Yummy! Love the simple flavor combination of tomato, garlic, herbs and cheese.
The food is photogenic at any angle, especially from the top.
This could get a bit filling, so best to pace yourself.
Shrimp! Ooh la la...
An instagrammable moment indeed!
shrimp elena. Big, juicy, hot, and very flavorful. What more can you ask for?
Ordinary shelves turned into installation art.
classic chicken roast. Just the way I like it, roasted with the meat still juicy.
The Mercato Centrale team.
Bring your own booze (BYOB) -- no corkage! :)
Brought a nice full-bodied red wine to complement the meats.
After cooking, Denlim would personally bring the food to your table.
beef ala dione. I think this was the least favorite of all the dishes. Best to eat with rice.
The winner of the night was the lechon ribs -- with crispy skin and buro!
pugon liempo wrap. The lechon is cooked in a pugon with slices of crispy skin (with a layer of fat) and my favorite, the lechon ribs. :)
It's recommended to wrap the lechon with lettuce, tomatoes, and buro.
After the meal, savor the tea of freshly picked herbs with hot water served from an old-school big kettle.
fresh tea. Just perfect for cleaning your system after eating something fatty and oily.
Let loose your inner graffiti artist and leave a mark anywhere in the kitchen.
Awesome hipster ambiance, yummy Kapampangan food, and great bespoke service. Highly recommended and worth the drive to and back from Pampanga.
They only accept one group for dinner, and no mixed crowds are allowed. Reservations are 3 months out already so best to reserve 6 months in advance.
The menu is customizable. Our particular menu was based on the bestsellers of Denlim's Kitchen.
This is one of those dining experiences you'll cherish in your stomach, heart, and instagram forever.
Best to bring your own booze. Drink options are only limited to soda. I do hope they serve fresh juices at least, like dalandan.
They don't have dessert so consider bringing your own or buying a Kapampangan dessert on your way to Denlim's.
Somewhere in San Fernando, Pampanga
Mobile: +63 917 528-2520
P850/head minimum of 12 persons (~$20 or £14/head)
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P.S. The secret map to Denlim's Kitchen handwritten by the owner.