Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Last month, I went to check out this place in Manila.  It's called Cucina Ni Chef. It's located at 1335 Casa Tesoro building along A. Mabini in Ermita Manila.  

We arrived early at the restaurant so we had time to hang out in the bar to have some cocktails.

Here's the Mojito. It was pretty good.

I had a Sangria. It was good but I wish it had more fruits for me to munch on while drinking it.

We had some snacks...Diablo Wings. It was served in flames!

Here's their version of the Cheesy Fries.

While sipping my drink, I took time to take photos of the cozy dining area.

Here's the bar, well stocked with the good stuff!

We started off with a minestrone soup.

After the soup, we were given to try a slice of their pizza.

We were then served with pasta, with chicken and aglio olio.

Here's their iced tea. It's really good.

Here's the interesting dish that they served...caldereta risotto.  It was spicy and it had beef rolled with asparagus.

Here's the mango torte that has layers and layers of flavors and textures. It was very interesting.

Here are some of the cakes that they had on their display chiller. Hope we could try the other cakes as well.

Cucina Ni Chef is best described as a new dining destination restaurant where you'll feel right at home, tucking into combination of simple and flavorful dishes using the finest ingredients available in the market. It is located at the historical Casa Tesoro Bldg. Ermita, Manila, built in 1930's and one of the only remaining American Colonial structure in Manila. A perfect place where its not just about the food presentation but about the experience of the meal.

Velmor De Rona, the Executive Chef of Cucina, developed a wide variety of classic cuisines with multicultural influences that appeals to any palate. Every dish at Cucina is best shared with family and friends because of its serving size and the philosophy of Chef Velmor that food is meant to be enjoyed by sharing with the people you love.