Circa 1900

We've read an article about this restaurant on the web a few days ago and we then decided to check it out because the place was near our apartment. It was intensely hot that time and we were thankful that there was a little shade for use to park in when we arrived a thirty minutes past our reservation time. 
The place wasn't even that packed at 12nn, true to their word when we called in to reserve ourselves a place. And as soon as we entered the restaurant cool air from the air conditioning willingly accepted us in its wake. The ambiance was like a blast in the past; with chandeliers hanging and the place looked like a renovated old house complete with a garden with fresh vegetables and spices at the back. On the second floor where out seat was, there was a piano and a small stage for dinner performances. There were several wine glasses on the see through cabinets and several wine bottles on the rack. Ancient pictures also hung from the walls filled with several other memorabilia and decorations.

The servers were attentive and prompt to action when needed. Never did our glasses went empty of water. For appetizers, we had Asian Pancake Rolls and imported New Zealand Green lip Mussels. Both of them shared between myself, my sister, my brother and my mother. The Asian Pancake Rolls had slow cooked orange tamarind duck strips with bean curd strips and Chinese pancake while the Mussels were served in a bowl of smooth coconut milk and a slice of bread.
 But before that, we were served a small spoonful of lettuce and wild mushroom as a complementary appetizer. 

 How cute!

Now for the main course, I had myself a serving of boneless pork loin chops, my sister a serving of their best selling crunchy slow roast pork belly. My brother who sat diagonally across me got himself a plate of chicken bringhe turmeric and chicken and vegetable paella cake infused with coconut and raisins topped with sauted chicken and sprouts. My mom went with a serving of braised Moroccan lamb because she was allergic to a lot of food lately. :(


My boneless pork loin chops were delicious because it had several juicy bits. and just the right amount of fat in it. There was too much mashed potato in it though, too much for me that I got myself some sauteed vegetables instead.


I also liked my sister's pork belly, but I wish they let you choose to dictate the amount of sauce there was inside the dish instead of just half drowning the plate with the meaty liquid.  

My brother's dish was a little bit complicated because there was just one too many flavors at once in my mouth when I tasted it. But if he's happy with it, then I suppose it's good enough for me!

 The dish on my mom's plate has got to be the prettiest of them all, in my opinion. Although not as tasty or juicy as my steak and my sister's, it was just seasoned right so that it wasn't too overpowered not too spiced. The cous cous added a special flare to the dish in my opinion.

Dessert was a little disappointing, in my opinion. because it wasn't THAT exceptional. I did like the maja blanca cheesecake because it had a mix of cream and the maja blanca itself poured into a butter cookie cup and then chilled in the fridge before being served. The granny smith apple stuffed with dried fruit and nut compote wasn't that great and the chocolate cream cheese and walnut cake did not taste like chocolate with cream cheese.

Circa 1900
San Jercasville, Lahug

 A: 3.75/5

I'll give this a 3.75/5 because I think the food is too expensive and the serving sizes are a little bit on the small side for the price (for the lamb and the bringhe dish) Excellent place and ambiance, though.

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