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As someone who was born and raised in various cities where noise can be overbearing , developed communities are not my top choice for a quick, quiet escape. Once in a while though, I come across places that digress from the negative characteristics of urban living.
Patio Vera, a new restaurant located within a community of modern and old houses in Marikina serves generous portions of Spanish and Filipino cuisines amidst an outdoor, classy yet comfortable set-up. It induces a relaxing vibe that entices friends, lovers, families and colleagues to openly converse. Despite being located along a busy street frequented by cars and jeepneys, the noise does not make it past the gate and diners are able to enjoy a quiet, filling meal.
Patio Vera is furnished with art works, antique decors and footwear creations. It formally opened on the 1st of October 2011 and is owned by a member of the Caballes family. Vera is the name of their grandmother who was a shoemaker. Today, their shoemaking business is continued by a fresher generation of the family.
Last Friday, me and several blogger friends (Josiah of LakasNgTrip, Dennis of Running Pinoy and Laiza of Batanggala) accepted an invite from Patio Vera to sample several of their dishes. (My kind of assignment!!!)
|Seafood Pasta (Good for 2)|
|Dinamita, a bestseller! It's not spicy, I swear!|
After munching on some appetizers and while waiting for the main course, we were toured around the house. Much as I wanted to maintain my composure, it was difficult to restrain myself from oohing as I circled around the house. It was like being in a museum where you're allowed to sit around and touch the display. It was amusing how they made the various design concepts fit together. It was a mixture of modern, homey, chic and classic elements.
We capped off the night by talking just about any topic in our heads. There’s just something about this place that imbibes sharing about yourself. Haha!
Location: 70 General F. Santos St., Calumpang, Marikina
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Cuisine : Filipino, Spanish
Price Range : 300 Pesos Above
Email : email@example.com
Note : They accept walk-ins but if going on a Friday or the weekend, a reservation is strongly advised.
More food photos here