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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 Justine Limjoco

Save Your Next Cheat Meal for Mudpie Heaven

Sweet and savory dishes with a side of homemade warmth.

In this era of cycling classes and acai smoothie bowls, everyone seems to be hyped up about health and fitness. But then there’s lil ole me—who should probably care more for her health than she does. Everyday is cheat day and that’s probably why I’m the target market for this charming new place called Mudpie Heaven.img_5600
Ashley Cayuca, one of Mudpie Heaven’s owners, tells us that this passion project of hers is a combination of the two things she’s best at: style and food. A fashion stylist by profession, she just couldn’t keep herself away from the kitchen. Co-owner AJ Galvan confesses to us that while everyone was socializing at Ashley’s house parties, he would steal nutella cups from her fridge. And with Mudpie Heaven opening its first branch, everyone can finally take a bite out of those little cups of joy. I curiously tried them myself, and spoiler alert: they’re as decadently delicious as they sound.img_5638
But before you try anything else on their menu, I recommend—obviously—their Mudpie. Decades ago, a reporter once described the Cayuca family’s mudpie as ‘mudpie heaven’—hence name. If that anecdote isn’t enough of an indication of how good their dessert is, one bite of its layers of crumbly crust topped with homemade gelato should do the trick.mudpie-3
If you don’t have a sweet tooth (who are you?), don’t let the name of the place throw you off; their dishes from the hot kitchen are not to be missed. At first, I thought Ashley was trying to use her marketing tactics on me by swearing that their Kare-Kare is the best in the Metro, but she may, arguably, be right. I’m not sure if it was because it was my first meal of the day, but I got goosebumps after my first bite. It’s paired perfectly with dirty fried rice and their homemade bagoong, and I have to say that it’s a match made in (Mudpie) heaven.

If that’s still not savory enough for you, then I dare you to try their Bone Marrow Steak Pie. Served piping hot from the oven, the pie was to die for. Literally. Served with mashed potatoes, the dish is a heart attack on a plate, perfect for cheat days—or for those who don’t particularly care for their health like me.img_5697
Another dish not for the weak hearted is the Crispy Pork Knuckles with three types of sauces: bistek sauce, gravy, and my personal favorite, the hoisin sauce. It’s inspired by your typical Asian peking duck wrap and is best served enveloped in their homemade tortilla.img_5653
If you’re feeling a bit more on the healthy side, treat yourself to their Surf and Turf Sandwich. Pair it with the Pepperoni Pizza Dip with soft pretzels or even their Asian Nachos. I know what you’re thinking—what’s so Asian about nachos? The Mudpie Heaven version is topped with fried pork dumplings (made from scratch) and layers of kimchi.mudpie-2
If you’re feeling too guilty to pay this restaurant a visit, take comfort in the fact that while totally decadent, all the dishes are made from scratch and additive-free; meaning they’re just as wholesome as the homemade meals we grew up with and loved.

Mudpie Heaven is even building an herb garden in the balcony of the restaurant so that they can start serving fresh greens with their dishes. Freshly picked produce with a side of crispy pork knuckles? Sounds like our idea of a compromise.

Produced by Alyssa Castillo
Photos by Shanne Lauron

Justine Limjoco
Justine Limjoco is a contributor to The Neighborhood.