We were honored to be invited by Nuffnang to partake and experience Manila’s Signature Dishes 2010. Unilever Foodsolutions, Casillero del Diablo and BPI, who are the sponsors of this event, found the need to feature many of Manila’s talented chefs and restaurateurs. We were excited to join this activity, since it was in line with Manila Reviews ideals — to feature what we Filipinos can be proud of. We started our journey by visiting Metro Cuisines and checking out what owner, Marco Tan had to offer.

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Manila's Signature Dishes 2010


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Metro Cuisines with Chef Marco Tan

Metro Cuisines with Chef Marco Tan


As it was a declared a non-working holiday, it was the perfect time to relax and enjoy home cooked meals. We were lucky that the first stop of our journey was Metro Cuisines, a simple and cozy restaurant in N.S. Amoranto Sr. Street (formerly Retiro) in Quezon City. The place was quite easy to find and there was parking space immediately available. We were greeted by a server and by Mr. Marco Tan, the owner of Metro Cuisines.
Metro Cuisines QC

Metro Cuisines in Quezon City

This restaurant in Quezon City was a little place that had a seating capacity of just around 30 people. Since it last opened a year ago, the place was still quite new with its white walls and yellow lights, which made the place look bigger and quite comfy.

Metro Cuisines Restaurant

Metro Cuisines Restaurant


Metro Cuisines Lights

Love the Metro Cuisines Lights

The first thing we did was ordered the Metro Ice Tea. It was made out of fresh tea leaves and had a hint of orange. As we were sipping our tea, we got to know the inspiration behind the dishes that we were about to try.

Metro Cuisines Metro Iced Tea

Metro Cuisines Metro Iced Tea

Metro Cuisines is really a family business. As you will notice in the menu, the restaurant offers a wide range of dishes from the Chinese like Lomi and Pata Tim, to the Italian Pasta to Spanish favorites like Paella. There was no common “theme”. When we asked Mr. Tan about this, he said that the dishes were all family favorites. They are catering to what the Filipino Family wants. They make the dishes as authentic as possible and most of their clientele make Metro Cuisines the place to go when they want comfort food.

As we tried the Soup of the Day, Cream of Lettuce Soup, we found it delicious. The soup was creamy, and just right to heat up our stomachs. It would be a good dish, even for the health conscious.

Metro Cuisines Soup of the Day

Metro Cuisines Soup of the Day

Speaking of those health-conscious individuals, the meal that Metro Cuisines Owner, Marco Tan, prepared for us was a healthy meal. He said that a lot of the dishes in their menu were made from ingredients that were not as fattening (even the meat that he uses are all lean and the oil would be olive oil). He said that he gets a lot of customers who appreciate these kinds of dishes, healthy yet delicious and filled with flavor.

The next appetizer that we had was Sizzling Mushroom Aioli. The mushrooms were fresh and firm. These were cooked with olive oil and garlic.

Metro Cuisines Appetizer

Metro Cuisines Appetizer

For the main dish, we were served Baked Herb Salmon. The meal was composed of fresh salmon with steamed plain rice, Caesar salad on the side and tomato puree sauce. I really enjoyed this one. The salmon had tarragon, basil, parsley and garlic on top. I loved the tarragon since it gave the salmon texture. The salmon was fresh and was definitely not under cooked. My husband found the sauce really appetizing. It complimented the dish.

Metro Cuisines Main Course

Metro Cuisines Main Course


Metro Cuisines Fish with wine

Metro Cuisines Fish with wine


Also, this dish goes well with Casillero del Diablo white wine. Don’t forget to order it with this dish.

We also ordered what was one of the unique dishes that they have in Metro Cuisines. This is a favorite of their regular customers. It’s the Pork Liver in Soy Vinaigrette Sauce. This is a recipe of Mr. Tan’s aunt. I’m a “liver lover” and this is a dish that I would recommend to other “liver lovers”. The pork liver was fried and then sautéed in the Soy Vinaigrette Sauce. It drowned the bitter taste of liver. I was so intrigued by the dish that I didn’t notice that I was eating a lot of it (pinapapak ko na sya pala!).

Metro Cuisines Main dish

Metro Cuisines Main dish


To cap off our first stop for Manila’s Signature Dishes 2010, we were served Panna Cota. It was chocolate panna cota, a light egg based dessert. It was just the right “closing” for our relaxed visit to Metro Cuisines.
Metro Cuisines Dessert

Metro Cuisines Dessert


We had a great and a very relaxed conversation with the owner of Metro Cuisines. It was inspiring to hear about his stories about his passion for food, and how he started Metro Cuisines with his family. Metro Cuisines for me is an extension of your dining table at home. If you want to get up and go to a comfortable restaurant where you can bring your family or have a chill night with friends, then Metro Cuisines is that place you would want to go to.

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Unilever Food Solutions (UFS), being the preferred foodservice business partners among restaurateurs, felt the need to acknowledge notable restaurants who are developing Manila as a culinary city. They have partnerered with select restaurants within the metropolis in coming up with signature dishes. UFS has synergized with these restaurants, both through dish development and promotion campaign for these signature dishes, in achieving one common goal: coming up with a different culinary experiences that provide value for money and culinary memories for diners.

If you’re a restaurateur (or an aspiring one) and in need of help in coming with your signature dish, call (632) 588-8855 or email at foodsolutions.philippines@unilever.com.

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