Nothing may pique your fancy more than experiencing our Filipino culture from the olden days. If you are somewhat of a ‘picker’ and love to bask in the presence of antiques, then going to this ancestral home will be a treat for you and well worth the travel.
If you are particularly in search of great Filipino heritage cuisine, then put this restaurant on your bucket list because your discerning tastebuds will not be disappointed by it.
In the heart of the capital of Laguna, Sta Cruz lies a charming ancestral home that has been converted into a restaurant: Aurora Filipino Cuisine. Owned by the Salongas since the Japanese war and nearing almost a hundred years old, this place has a lot to offer your senses.
It is from Aurora, the grandmother of Chef Day Salonga (owner of Ted’s Laguna, Tapeo in Fort, and cofounder of MonDay Chefs, a restaurant consultancy firm), whose passion for cooking produced a family of culinary artists who came forth to bring the heritage food of Laguna onto everyone’s plates .
From the moment you step in, you’ll be able to soak in the ambiance of this old ancestral home.
It will be impossible for you to just sit down and not look around because every nook has a story to tell, which the staff will happily tell you about. Ask about the old cash register up front, for instance, and the photo of the place when it was a parlor back in the day.
Check out the perming machines way back then! They can be found on the second floor.
The second floor also houses function rooms where intimate dinners/lunches can be served.
It is in the details that you know that a lot of love and passion have been put in preserving the place, so that people may enjoy meals the way they are meant to be enjoyed.
Read on for the food!