Inside the historic walled city of Manila is a beautiful quaint restaurant that will make you travel back in time. Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant will let every visitors experience dining like an Illustrado during the Spanish era. The restaurant offers home-cooked, Spanish-inspired meals, meticulously prepared for their guest’s satisfaction.
Just recently, I visited the place with my family, Aris, and Rochelle after attending a Catholic mass at the Manila Cathedral Church in celebration of the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The restaurant follows the DOH Covid 19 standard health protocol, like getting your temperature checked, filling out of contact tracing form, and social distancing.
Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant is open for ala cart dining only from 8AM to 8PM during weekdays, 8AM to 9PM during weekends. The lunch/dinner buffet is not yet available. Kindly wait until further notice.
Both the exterior and the interior of the restaurant looks like an old-fashioned Spanish home that gives a nostalgic atmosphere. If you love classic things, you’ll surely enjoy visiting here. The large dining area has a lot of stylish chandeliers, beautiful antique wooden furniture, fabulous wall mirrors, and old portraits. And to set a relaxing mood, Christmas carol is in the air in time for the season.
Food we tried:
Barbara’s Special Salad—P245
Mesclun Greens with Caramelized Walnuts and Shaved Parmesan, topped with fresh fruits in season accompanied with your choice vinaigrette: Raspberry, Lychee, or Balsamic
I liked the combination of the crisp leafy greens and the freshly cut fruits with sweet and tangy salad dressing. This fiber-rich salad is cool and refreshing to eat with a mixture of sweet, sour, and salty tastes that burst into your mouth.
Paella De Mariscos—P485
A flavorful Spanish dish made with varying combinations of rice, vegetables, seafood, and meat.
This Seafood Paella was the best-tasting I’ve ever tried so far. The rice was creamy and savory, topped with a generous kind of seafood. The plating is very presentable and appealing. Serving size is good for sharing.
Hot off the grill, the well seasoned Salmon was perfectly cooked. The fish was so flavorful, served with a slice of lemon and buttered vegetables (zucchini, corn, carrots, and beans).
This wholesome drink is somewhat sour yet sweet in taste. It has a very cooling and refreshing effect, perfect for the warm weather in Manila.
Blueberry Cheese Cake—P150
Blueberry Cheese Cake was smooth and creamy, sweet and tangy, tastes like ice cream dessert. This rich and semi-sweet cake is reasonably satisfying.
We enjoyed the food, especially the Paella because it was packed with flavor. The food served is well cooked, with an appetizing presentation. The servers are friendly, polite, and attentive. Serving time was more than 30 minutes, which is understandable since they cooked the food as you order.
We wandered around the house to take photos of some old items like a manual typewriter, many decades old piano, and other similar stuff. The restaurant has a museum located in the attic, but unfortunately, it remained closed due to the pandemic.
The place is perfect for groups or a casual lunch or dinner date. It is also recommended for returning OFW’s and foreign visitors. We will definitely revisit this place sometime soon to try their buffet.
- Food: Very good
- Service: Good
- Place: Very Good
Address: Casa Manila, Calle General Luna, Intramuros, Manila, 1002
Contact number: 0917-7921792 / 0920-9326702 / (02) 82447260
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