We were hesitant at first to visit Taumbayan (near the Kamuning/Tomas Morato area) because we thought it was a bar that’s only open at night. Curiosity won out though, so we brought Aidan and Joshua along to check it out. We were pleased with our Taumbayan experience that we wished there’s a tambayan like this in the Makati area. It reminded me of the original Trellis along McKinley road.
Taumbayan is the artists’ tambayan, conceptualized by 9 theater artist friends. It is a house converted into a haven for yuppies who miss the college tambayan vibe and for performance artists who want a place to hang out after rehearsals. The dress code is “come as you are” so don’t be surprised if Ge (one of the owners) welcomes you in pambahay clothes. The place is air-cooled with electric fans, which is now becoming a trend.
The menu is in Tagalog and offers traditional pulutan (which Filipinos just love) and weekly specials that rotate to ensure you come back every week. Taumbayan also serves San Mig Light, vodka, brandy, scotch, tequila and wine like any typical bar.
Wifi is free so you’ll see people with their laptops. Tuesday is “Game Night” (but I didn’t notice anyone playing board games). Thursday, on the other hand, is “Videoke Night”. On Saturdays, acoustic performances are held there. We were told that as soon as the place gets the operations systematized, it will be open for lunch too.
Taumbayan is a Filipino Tambayan in a class of its own.
Ge (Geraldine Villamil), one of the owners, gave us a grand tour of Taumbayan.
There is a second floor with a function room and veranda for more intimate gatherings.
The veranda is ideal for barkada inuman for up to 10 people.
The restaurant also serves as a gallery for various artists. Most of the art on display are for sale.
After feasting our eyes on the colorful artwork, we sat down to eat our Taumbayan feast. 🙂
Inihaw na Adobo (P160) Liempong inadobo tsaka inihaw.
The liempo is cooked adobo-style where the juices are absorbed by the meat and then cooked inihaw style (grilled) to get the smoky flavor. It was served as a whole liempo but I guess you can ask to have it served chopped already. “Sarapski!” as Teddy would say…
Kudos to Stella Balucas (with her screen name “Canete”), who is the chef of Taumbayan.
Bar-BQ ni Manong Jaime (P105) Pork bbq sticks na timplang estero
I’ve always wanted to eat the kind of BBQ that is served on the streets in a restaurant. Finally, I got that experience here. As soon as it was placed on our table, I immediately wanted to order another serving.
Make Tusok Tusok (P100) d fishballs, d quekiam & d squid balls.
I couldn’t resist ordering the Make Tusok Tusok. It not only makes a great pulutan but it’s also something the kids would love. When the fishballs were served, the little boys competed to finish the most fishballs.
Ensalada Platter (P120) Inisteam na native gulay na may bagoong balayan.
After a serving of meat protein, you need to balance it with vegetable carbohydrates. The platter of eggplant, baguio beans, okra and tomato with bagoong balayan is very Filipino.
Kasuy Kare Kare (P330) Ox Tripe & Short Ribs sa malinamnam na Cashew Sauce.
We also ordered the weekly specials like the Kasuy Kare Kare and Binagoongan. Both were disappointing because they tasted a bit diluted. The weekly specials are priced at P200-P300+ per dish, which can be shared with 2-3 persons.
If you find yourself in the Kamuning or Tomas Morato Area, drop by Taumbayan and let me know what you think. Would you make Taumbayan your new tambayan?
Driving Directions: If you are coming from E. Rodriguez, turn into Tomas Morato and make a right turn on Kamuning. Then, turn right on 40 T. Gener Street, which is the second right. The first corner after Kamuning is K-1st where you would see Hot Grills first, which is across Taumbayan.
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