I picked up Ariel at 7pm (we were booked at 8pm). Yes, I drove that day because Ariel's office is in UN Ave. It doesn't make sense for him to drive all the way to Makati only to drive back to Manila for our dinner. So, I dropped him off to work in the morning and picked him up for our dinner.
We were welcomed into the patio with some drinks and queso de bola toast. YUMMY!
Ariel soaking in the old feel of the house
Lemon Grass Iced Tea and Queso De Bola Toast
Just before dinner, we were ushered into the main house for a tour of the place which is now converted into a museum.
The Camera Room
Some of the prized paintings - this one is by Juan Luna
The wedding gown of one of Tita Moning's daughters - I wondered how she was able to walk down the aisle in this, it was so heavy!!!
Some priceless heirloom China hanging on the wall
The table setting
The family room
I told Ariel to take it slowly as there's a lot on the menu. We have to pace ourselves, otherwise, we won't be able to enjoy everything.
Puree of Fabada with Wantons of Chorizo - sounds good, tastes even better)
White wine with our dinner
Ariel enjoying his soup (although hindi sya mukhang masaya dito)
Fresh Ubod and Lengua Cooked in White Wine
The cute bells used to call the servers
Cheese and Fruit Platter
Rice Pudding with Flambed Banana and Rosemary Chocolate Sauce (by the time, I was so full, I barely touched this yummy dessert)
Native Chocolate with Marshmallows
I wasn't able to take photos of the kangkong salad (my favorite!) and the poached lapu-lapu. I was surprised to see Ariel enjoying the Lapu-Lapu. He doesn't usually like poached, boiled or steamed food so I'm happy that he enjoyed it.
Oh, I have to mention that we were the only guests that night. Had I known, I would have convinced Ariel to come in period clothing. You know, the formal wear the old Illustrados wear for banquets. That would complete the Spanish-era dinner experience. Haha! I can just imagine the horror on his face!