Friday, November 03, 2006


Along the streets of Socorro Fernandez, intersecting Torres St. in Mandaluyong, you will find a cozy restaurant called the Cookbook Kitchen. I found this place with the help of my friend, Cielo, whose tita owns the place. The semblance of a local painter’s version of Vincent Van Gogh‘s Café Terrace at Night complements the well-ventilated and well-lit room. Capacity is at 40 to 50 seats, ideal for intimate gatherings for family and friends. It’s also good for a warm get-together with significant others and colleagues.

The Cookbook Kitchen offers delectable Italian cuisine just right to the Filipino taste. Not only does it cater to our native tongue but also to our thriving budget. Appetizers range from Php 88.00 to Php 100.00 with pasta dishes amounting between Php 180.00 to Php 220.00. They also have rice meals for heavy eaters – chicken, sausage, pork and fish dishes priced from Php 180.00 to Php 260.00. Desserts are also offered for those with the sweet tooth, from ice-cream to cakes.

Must try is the Parmesan-crusted White Fish at Php 240.00, which is good for two. The fish is very tasty as it is served on an oven-baked dish plate complemented by the steamed rice.

What is also nice about the place is the service provided by the staff who are always smiling and welcoming. You can also get a free palm reading when Cookbook Kitchen is not that busy. Just ask for one of the staff, Teta, who can give you her own interpretations of your fate or luck.

Dessert samplers: To die for

So next time you visit Mandaluyong or if you are craving for Italian food, go visit Cookbook Kitchen. They are open from Mondays to Sundays, 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm. Enjoy the food because I sure did!

Our rating (5/5):
3.5 for Taste
3 for Ambiance
3.5 for Customer Service

Deng Perez is HDI's Quality Management Manager.

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