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. :)