La Cocina de Tita Moning: My Farewell Tribute (Closing For Good on May 31, 2016)

May 17, 2016

In the food industry, many establishments come and go.  But, nothing as shocking and saddening for me than to hear the 15-year old La Cocina de Tita Moning closing for good on May 31, 2016.

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The family decided to dine and remember the experience before we bid it farewell.  I encourage you to take the opportunity as well.
 
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My mom invited her college friend who came all the way from the United States to join us.  We booked a week in advance.  The dining experience begins with a tour around the Legarda Home.

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Our last stop of course, is the dining area where our table was already set up with a Murano Bird centerpiece and laden with rose petals.  The Murano Birds were purchased by Don Alejardo and Dona Ramona Legarda during their first trip to Italy.  And, were used as far as the 1920's.  

Food

Starters: Salad
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Fresh Papaya Salad with Jamon Serrano, Fresh Basil, Carabao Cheese and Honey Calamansi Vinaigrette (350 php)
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Roasted Beet Salad with Organic Greens, Torched Davao Goat Cheese and Caramelized Walnuts (350 php)
Between the two salads, I liked the
Roasted Beet Salad with Organic Greens, Torched Davao Goat Cheese and Caramelized Walnuts more.

Starters: Soup
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Sopa de Oro (Cream of Pumpkin Soup) (275 php)
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Sopa de Molo (Native Pork Dumpling Soup) (275 php)
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Main entries and side dishes were served individually by their servers. The Whole Baked Lapu Lapu and Grilled Eggplant Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette were light courses.  They go well with their Salsa Monja which the nuns used to make for the friars as meal acaccompaniment.  It is also found at the center of the table.
 
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Paella Vallenciana
Then, we proceeded to heavier ones.
 
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Lengua Cooked in White Wine with Sauteed Vegetables and Brown Rice

The Lengua Cooked in White Wine tastes so clean and so soft that it melts in the mouth.


slow roasted pork
Tita Moning's Slowly Roasted Pork with Its Own Cracklings and Candied Sweet Camote with Sauteed Vegetables and Brown Rice
The Tita Moning's Slowly Roasted Pork with Its Own Cracklings is so good!  It is a tastier, leaner and softer than Lechon.  And, cracklings is super crispy!

Desserts
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Tita Moning's Bread and Pudding and Churros Con Chocolate-Eh with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and Calamansi Tart and Fresh Cream
We were all impressed with the Tita Moning's Bread and Pudding.

Drinks
hot chocolate
Hot Chocolate
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The siblings had Coffee and Herbal Tea.  And, they surprised my little sister with a birthday song and complimentary cake.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
La Cocina de Tita Moning offers an unforgettable and timeless dining experience.  It is so sad that it has to close its doors for good.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Menu
Ambiance N/A
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
La Cocina de Tita Moning
Business Address San Rafael St, San Miguel, Manila
Business Hours 11am-3pm
6pm-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 1,000-2,000
Free WiFi Yes
Contact (02) 734-2146
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