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food + drinks by Alyssa Castillo

The NBHD Round-up: Where to Take Your Mom This Weekend

Just for the most special woman in your life, here’s a list of date-worthy spots in Makati, Manila, The Fort, Mandaluyong, QC, and Alabang.

Mother’s Day is a big deal—you and I both know it. So in celebration of our mothers, The Neighborhood has taken the liberty to show you around the metro with a list of restaurants you can impress your mom with. After all, she freaking deserves it.

MAKATI: Mudpie Heavenmudpie-3I know, it’s summer, and you (and your mom) are probably on some restrictive diet. But we meant it when we said, “save your next cheat meal for Mudpie Heaven” because these made-from-scratch dishes are just too irresistible to pass up on. How do Bone Marrow Steak Pie, Pepperoni Pizza Dip, and Asian Nachos sound to you? The temptation is real, but so worth it. You can also try their mudpie selection, which is all made with gelato, FYI.

MAKATI: Bon Pho & Rollbon-6This quiet hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese house serves up authentic dishes, fresh and handmade daily. Mr. Thao, the man behind the Bon Banhmi sandwich chain, cooks up homemade classics like the Pho Bon Dac Biet (Bon House Special Pho), the spiced up Bun Thit Nuong (noodles with in-house marinated pork BBQ), and the Cha Gio (fried spring rolls). Don’t forget to top off your celebration with traditional Café Sua—Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk.

MANILA: Café AdriaticoScreen Shot 2017-05-11 at 4.57.07 PMThere are currently four Café Adriatico branches, but the best one to go to is still its founding location in Malate. A classic restaurant that serves up affordable dishes from both Filipino and European cuisines, you can never go wrong with a combo of their Beef Salpicao and a slice of their Sansrival.

THE FORT: CargoFishcargofish-3This is especially perfect for deep fryer-loving palates—like that of our NBHD editor, Sam Potenciano. If you and your mom share a fondness for authentic British fish & chips, try the chef’s recommendations: one order of the cod with chips and slaw salad, mushy peas, and chip shop curry; and another order of salmon, cargo rice, and onion rings, honey jalapeño, and lime chili cilantro sauce. Treat your mom to beer on tap or an icy lemonade at this casual, al-fresco dining setup.

MANDALUYONG + PASIG: Sunnies Café sunnies-1Brunch is always a good idea, especially for bright Sunday mornings and conversations with your mom—who, by the way, should be the star of this weekend. Sounds ultra cliché but if you’re planning to post an Instagram greeting, this is where you need to take it. You can’t go wrong with either the sun-dreched Sunnies Café in Bonifacio High Street or the millennial-pink walls of their Megamall branch. Cute milkshakes are optional but highly recommended.

QC: Provenciano


Provenciano serves elevated Filipino cuisine to go with its posh Spanish colonial interiors. It’s also a great option for bigger family gatherings because their servings were made to share. Among the must-haves are their Adobong PusitLaing, and (my personal recommendation) the Kare-Kare with the insane peanut sauce. You know it’s a power mom-approved setting when ladies like VP Leni Robredo are well-known customers.

ALABANG: Another Storyas-6Another Story’s jump-across-styles food menu is only one of the reasons you need to book a reservation this weekend. Try their French Onion Gratinée, Vongole Manila Clams, and All Meat Platter—which is a complete meal in itself with roast pork belly, beef brisket, roast chicken, and corn gratin. It seems that the possibilities are endless here—much like its quirky and eccentric interiors that will give your mom a peek inside the Mad Hatter’s mind.

Mudpie Heaven photo by Shanne Lauron.
Bon Pho & Roll, Sunnies Café photos by Ralph Mendoza.
Café Adriatico photo courtesy of @nielgq from Instagram.
Provenciano photo courtesy of @abettinnacarlos from Instagram.
Another Story photo by Erwin Canlas.

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Alyssa Castillo
Alyssa Castillo is a freelance writer and is concurrently Rogue Media's Editorial Assistant for The NBHD. She reads for fun, writes for a living, and wastes too much time entertaining the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. Find her on Instagram as @alyssakcastillo.
food + drinks by Emil Hofileña

Down the Rabbit Hole

Alabang restaurant Another Story rejects structure and embraces imagination—allowing customers to piece together their own story.

“People tell me that their impression of this place is like they’re inside the Mad Hatter’s imagination. I can really say that’s it. I can say I’m very crazy,” Ica Sebastian says before laughing heartily. Instead of backing away slowly, you believe her and sit a little closer.

She is referring to Another Story, a disarming blast of color and intricate interior design that opened at the Evia Lifestyle Center in Alabang in May earlier this year. Whereas Sebastian’s first restaurant, Café Voi La in Tagaytay, is inspired by her travels throughout Asia, Another Story is made up of virtually every other place in the world that has made an impression on her. It’s a place that Sebastian acknowledges has no real form or style; anything goes.

as-3There doesn’t seem to be a real front entrance for Another Story; it opens up like an indoor patio, with tables, chairs, and couches of different colors set around a counter that eventually curves into a bar by the other end. For that matter, there doesn’t seem to be a real up or down to Another Story either; wooden panels are suspended from the ceiling — making it seem like customers could choose to dine upside down if the place gets too full. (If Sebastian had more time and money, she probably would have found a way to make that possible.)

as-4On nearly every available surface are quotes from an eclectic selection of books and films, or narration from Sebastian herself—dedicated to those who are about to take part in her story by dining here. Even the mirrors (which are from Sebastian’s personal collection) that adorn the restaurant’s walls are subtly marked with the words, “Who is the fairest of them all?” Every inch of Another Story is designed to come across like you are walking into a storybook, but Sebastian doesn’t make an attempt at linearity. Instead, customers are free to piece together their own story in whichever way they choose as they discover new details. It’s a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book, without any of the corny endings.

as-2And there are details galore — teacups, bottles, hints of greenery, wrought iron, honeycomb tiles, Turkish lanterns, statuettes of various animals, and too many others that this writer couldn’t begin to try listing down. But of all the trinkets and ornaments scattered throughout Another Story, Sebastian’s favorites are the very first ones she put in place: several door handles in the shape of a swan and of an elephant. These became the basis of the entire restaurant’s look and feel — beginning a process of free association resulting in something crazier than she would have ever expected.

as-6Reining in all these eccentricities are Another Story’s food selections, which are thankfully not as insane as the Mad Hatter’s meals. Servings in every course are just as varied but all rooted in the warmth of home cooked cuisine, even as they jump across styles and influences: you have the French Onion Gratinée and signature Another Story Salad, which pave the way for totally different main course dishes like the Cheese Sandwich or Vongole Manila Clams. Much larger groups of people can also go for broke and just order an All Meat Platter right off the bat — replete with roast pork belly, beef brisket, roast chicken, and corn gratin. For those who would prefer to relax and feast on the restaurant’s visuals, they can indulge themselves with a slice of Salted Caramel Cheesecake and a cup of Vietnamese Latte.

as-5With all these disparate elements, the common thread all throughout Another Story is still Ica Sebastian. You can feel her presence bringing everything together — from her messages on the walls all the way down to her descriptions in the menu. However, this doesn’t mean that she is the protagonist of Another Story. As much as the restaurant is a product of her imagination and her travels, she still cares about the customer’s journey. “They need not have to travel elsewhere to experience [what I’ve experienced],” Sebastian says. For her, she hopes that Another Story will not only be an escape, but a testament to the idea that the beauty of foreign countries can be seen in the Philippines as well—and you don’t have to be insane to see it.

as-7Photography by Erwin Canlas

Emil Hofileña
Emil is a staff writer at Rogue Media. He spends way too much time and money watching movies, crying to Hamilton, and fawning over Carly Rae Jepsen. He believes all stories are worth telling. Follow him on Youtube at youtube.com/cinemil and on Twitter at @EmilHofilena.