FOOD STOPS: Barbara's

In the modern society we have to day with every world cuisine is now available via the number of restaurants in the metro, it's time to break away from the present time and go back to the simple era in the Philippines. And the best place for that is within the walls of Intramuros.

The famed walled city still have its charm of the old Manila which used to the the seat of power back in the Spanish colonial period. And even if the district was ravaged back in World War 2, it is slowly brought to life by the Intramuros Administration by rehabilitating and rebuilding the glory of the walled city.
Now we talk about going on a historical and cultural food trip inside intramuros, the best place to start is in Plaza San Luis Complex, which I think is the best place that gives that old walled city feel. And in this block, we came across BARBARA's Restaurant. A family business managed by JC Delos Reyes, whose mother is where the name came from. Barbara's is built inside an old house with its furniture vintage as the home itself. 
Though the feel is old, the aura of the place is warm and hospitable. They offer a buffet and a cultural night (except sundays) that will let you not only enjoy Filipino cuisine but also a fun experience with performers of different Filipino dances like the Pandango sa Ilaw, Sayaw sa Bangko, Tinikling, Igorot and Muslim dances. Interesting is that these dances are scholars of PLM (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila) which makes them talented and smart getting themselves through college.
For this stop, we went for the buffet and tasted almost everything . They have Pasta, Cream of Asparagus Soup, Fish Fillet, Lumpia,  Roasted Chicken, Rice, and Fresh Salads. Desserts include coffee jelly, Buko Pandan Jelly and Braso de Mercedes. While dining you will also be serenaded by a banduria, which originated in the Philippines when the cabeza de baranggay   was reffering to a group of guitar players. 
For our highly recommended for this Food Stop is the Pichi Pichi and the Buchi bananas, which are great while watching the performance. I also (forced) to volunteer in dancing the tinikling (and I survived). And even I studied inside Intramuros for almost 4 years, this is the first time to experience Barbara's cuisine and cultural night which is also a highly recommended event for food lovers and tourist alike.


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This is a Food Write-up entry to the Intramuros Bloggers Challenge 2012 organized by IntramurosManila.Asia


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