Recommendation by Lemi
Cafe Adriatico is the result of a gamble that paid off in the hundredfold. In 1979, armed only with his own culinary and travel experiences, Larry J. Cruz abandoned his post as a journalist and opened a tiny cafe in the Manila district of Malate. Top-quality food and warm service helped word about this restaurant spread, until it became the new place to be for the Manila elite, from celebrities to politicians to business tycoons. Cafe Adriatico now operates in multiple locations, and continues to welcome swarms of families craving their Chicken Ala Kiev (chicken fillet rolled in butter), Salpicao Rice (beef salpicao on rice, topped with special sauce), and Spareribs Adobo (stewed spareribs). A perfect Cafe Adriatico meal ends with “Chocolate Eh,” a cup of authentic Spanish hot chocolate drink.