The first time I’ve been to Cafe Juanita was a year ago. It was my soul buddy’s birthday treat. As far as I can remember we bloated ourselves then and consumed 2 orders of their famous mechado. T’was the best one I’ve tasted except that I still remember the mechado of my aunt Tasing – papa’s eldest sister. It was very famous in our clan. My papas brood are all good in the kitchen, most of them has something to be proud of – papa for one is famous for his morcon… My all time favorite.
In the Philippines, when a place is being built, it is lined with a church, a municipal hall, public market, a street long of food and if there’s more space, a commercial place will be intended for supermarkets, stalls and a movie house. It is still being practiced nowadays after hundreds of years only that a specific trend has been carried on for almost a decade now.
The CBD that they call (Central business district) started in Makati. Makati was known to have everything that you will need. It is compared to a gold that shines bright especially to those in the provinces. It flourished on its own. The once field of wild grass became the center of business in the Philippines. This is why it is called “Makati”. It meant itchy in the English word. I witnessed its’ evolution as a place to visit during weekends. Top corporations, Private offices, Law firms, Call centers, Embassies, Consuls, Signature shops, etc.
Then, BGC made it better. This time with a twist. And a huge lift. They went back to the basics. Au naturel (All natural), being “green”, even hi-rise buildings had to pass certain policies (strict policies) for them to be able to put up business in BGC. Others followed. There’s Arca south in Bicutan, Vertis north in Quezon City, etc. Parts of the south wouldn’t wanna be left out there’s South park in Alabang, Southwoods City in Binan, Nuvali and Paseo in Sta. Rosa, Vista City in Cavite, I must assume this will go all the way to the provinces of VISMIN (Visayas & Mindanao). I sensed it is the direction.
Just like hundreds of years ago. when a place is built, it is complete with all the necessities specifically food! I hold great admiration to the endless list of restaurants which I wanna try (had to lessen consumption of coffee that’s more expensive than my fuel) for me to be able to try if not all some of those in 5 stars.
Filipinos are truly foodies. Cafe Juanita came up with several branches now and the newest is the one in Molito, Alabang. Let’s take a look at their branch in Kapitolyo…
I think when I said that it’s a resto with a soul. There’s no need for me to elaborate. The photos says it all.
It’s a shame for a blogger like me not to be able to share the grandeur of the place and the food that they serve… Being in TIME magazine, I could imagine the fulfillment of whoever conceptualized the interiors of Cafe Juanita.
It is literally eclectic.
Eclectic – deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
If I may say – it’s so me. The gypsy in me. Cluttered and orderly. I was a gypsy remember? =) It’s interiors are pleasures that pleased me no matter what.
Each detail, each color, each shape mesmerized me.
I’m grateful to my soul sis for making me discover such a dining place with a soul. Absolute gratefulness of witnessing a place that has a lot of stories to tell. What else can i ask for? Bon Appetit! (–,)
I shall post their offerings soon!