Filipino families will always delight in delicious Spanish-Filipino heritage food to grace the holiday table. And one of the best places in town to get it is in Ilustrado.
Here’s some of their offerings in time for Noche Buena:
Callos Madrilena – a hearty and extra thick version of the traditional Madrid dish. It is slow-stewed Ox Tripe with Garbanzos, Chorizo de Bilbao, Pimientos and Bacon Slab. One order is good for 8 at P795.
Pineapple Glazed Leg of Ham is a whole leg roasted in a thick, sweet and sour pineapple sauce. A leg is approximately 5-6 kilograms at P1,350 per kilo.
Paella Ilustrado is a meat and seafood rice dish spiced with Annatto Oil and Pimenton served with Chicken, Chorizo, Prawns, Mussels, Squid, Fish, Shrimps, Bell Peppers and Boiled Egg. One order is good for 8 at P995.
For a unique sweet treat, there is Red Velvet Cheesecake, soft and creamy, no bake cheesecake sandwiched in between moist layers of red velvet cake, frosted with cream cheese frosting and shaved white chocolate. A whole 8-inch cake goes for P1,250.
Ilustrado offers homemade specials for those looking for holiday food gifts. The treats include Spicy Cheeseball, Quezon de Bola Dip spiced with garlic, olive oil and herbs; Cheese Pimiento Spread, creamy cheddar cheese and pimiento spread; Boursin Cheese, soft and creamy cheese with garlic, lemon and parsley; Duck and Chicken Liver Pâté, duck and chicken liver sautéed in cognac and herbs then poached to a spreadable paste; Moringga Pesto made from malunggay leaves; Atchara, pickled papaya; Bagoong, shrimp paste; Tablea chocolate and Ilustrado Blend Coffee Beans.
For more information, visit or call Ilustrado Restaurant, Intramuros Manila, 527-2345 or 527-3674; Solstice By Ilustrado, Rockwell, 802-1891 or 0977-7488861; Cafe Ilustrado, 4F SM Makati, 818-6760; V By Ilustrado, Volkswagen Showroom, BGC, 0998-4795628; Pasteleria Ilustrado, 1F Madrigal Ave, Alabang Town Center. You can also log on to firstname.lastname@example.org and www.ilustradorestaurant.com.ph.