LRI Design Plaza in Makati is starting to be known as the high-end sibling of Cubao eXpo. It’s an art haven, hub for design artists, home of great photographers and now a destination for yummy food, too.
You can find the artist and business dwellers in their favorite hangout in LRI called The Room Upstairs. Owned by Ari and Pinky Peralta, it is an interior design studio-cum-organic cafe found in the center of LRI Design Plaza.
They now serve fresh, organic vegetables from their own farm in Tagaytay and they use locally produced ingredients in their menu. I like their homey approach to food and their design philosophy.
Dining Room furniture on display — everything is for sale.
I love eating fresh and, if possible, organic vegetables. We appreciated this since we like our salad with simple ingredients and a light dressing.
★ Kesong Puti & Tomato Pandesal (P70). Laguna kesong puti, fresh basil and ripe tomatoes in pandesal.
This simple merienda of Kesong Puti pandesal hit the spot. 🙂
Nothing beats a fresh bowl of soup on a rainy day… (Pricing is just a bit on the high side, though.)
They pay careful attention to the presentation of the food, and they select only the best ingredients for their classic paninis, like this Italian Trio.
Their pasta offerings are simple and have that home-cooked taste. You might also want to try their Vigan Longganisa in Cream Sauce or Creamy Tuyo Pasta.
Best of all, they have a good selection of cookies for dessert, which I paired with a strong, black Barako coffee.
Overall, The Room Upstairs is a nice, cozy place to hang out with friends or to discuss business deals. One more great thing about them? They have free and reliable wifi. 🙂
The Room Upstairs
2nd Floor, LRI Design Plaza
210 N. Garcia St. (formerly Reposo St.)
Bel Air 3, Makati City
Concept: The Room Upstairs is the creative and gastronomic collaboration of Ari and Pinky Peralta. It combines the modern style of its furniture store with a hole-in-the-wall cafe that provides fresh, inspired offerings.
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: We paid for our meals. The couple who owns The Room Upstairs is one of our neighbors in our community. We blogged about this not because of that relationship but because the cafe is really good. 🙂
P.S. I’ll be covering all the destination shops/lifetyle places in LRI. Please let me know if you have a favorite place or a secret tip about LRI.