November 22, 2010

Old world elegance

As I mentioned at the start of this series about the ancestral home of the Legarda family, the house is now also a fine dining restaurant called La Cocina de Tita Moning. Appetizers are served in the sala (living room) while you wait for your table in the dining room to be prepared. All the china, glassware and silverware on each table were actually used by the family and their guests across three generations, and the beautiful table settings are complemented by elegant Italian glass birds of different shapes and sizes. The menu of the restaurant are from recipes which date back to the time of Alejandro and Ramona—European and Filipino family favorites and special occasion dishes served to their distinguished guests. La Cocina de Tita Moning is operated by the long-time servants of the Legarda family, and the small scroll on the table introduces each of them and tells their stories. • LEGARDA ANCESTRAL HOUSE #8

pumpkin soup at La Cocina de Tita Moning in the ancestral home of the Legarda clan

12 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

What a scrumptious and elegant table setting! I always set the dining room table when guests come for dinner as my wife is left-handed!
Cheers!

☺lani☺ said...

I thought they're mango cake sprinkled with flowers :), that's realy an elegant table setting!

Happy Week ahead!

brattcat said...

This light really enhances the appetite.

bfarr said...

Beautiful table settings and the food looks scrumptious.

Olivier said...

la vaisselle est magnifique, j'oserais pas manger dedans de peur de la casser

Dina said...

I LOVE the idea of those scrolls!

Photo Cache said...

that looks like a special occasion only dining destination. it must be so nice to use these beautiful china.

VP said...

An interesting story, sala has the same meaning in Italian.

Rob and Mandy said...

Very nice presentation, le food looks absolutely yummy, and the plates, ah the plates! You ever only find them in antiques shops in Europe! Marvelous!

Birdman said...

Nice still life. Reminds me of food coming this week.

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George said...

What a wonderful idea for a restaurant. I hope it does well -- it certainly looks very elegant.