Private Kitchens Inviting You for a Special Dining Experience
By Shen Mascariñas
Some occasions call for a dining experience beyond one that the trendiest food spot, fanciest restaurant or biggest food park can provide. And sometimes, a desire to try something unique surfaces strong—especially for foodies always hungry for the newest, freshest culinary concepts.
For that, quite ironically, you’ll find the delicious answer in home kitchens. Not yours, though, so don’t worry! Check out these 8 private kitchens sharing topnotch meals, beautiful homes and interesting stories.
8. My Mother’s Garden
2650 Zamora Street, Pasay City
(02) 831 8407, 0917 600 8886 | Facebook
You’ll be dining in fashion designer Malu Veloso’s ancestral home made by National Artist for Architecture Pablo Antonio. It’s tucked in the busy, almost chaotic, city of Pasay—acting like a secret haven that serves intimate meals. Upon entering the gate, you’ll be greeted with a lush garden leading to an elegant house. Your belly, on the other hand, will be entertained with simple and flavor-packed dishes.
7. Isabelo Garden Restaurant
Isabelo Garden Restaurant makes the drive to Marikina worth it. Here, you’ll be surrounded by relaxing greenery and quirky décor as you eat. They serve a mix of well-executed international cuisines from French to Italian. Just some must-tries are the 4-Hour Pugon-Baked Osso Bucco, Beef Bourguignon and Grilled Pineapple Bacon Pizza.
6. The Purple Owl
Gardenia Loop, Villa Pura, Tagaytay City | Facebook
This private restaurant slash event venue can make almost any dining fantasy come to life. The Purple Owl lets you customize their space, making it perfect for special occasions (like proposals or high-roller dates). Want a movie night under the stars, wonderfully-complemented with a full course meal? Easy. Purple Owl offers several date packages you can choose from.
5. Milagros Private Kitchen
Enjoy expertly-cooked heirloom recipes with Tagaytay’s breezy weather at Milagros Private Kitchen. Their specialties include Porchetta Tagalog, Pata sa Mais and Shrimp Lumpia. Set menus vary, however, depending on the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients. And for those escaping the city, look forward to an outdoor dining area with a lovely garden ambiance.
Aspiring chefs will be happy to know that they offer cooking classes, too.