Chef Laudico Guevarra’s is a Filipino buffet restaurant nestled in the idyllic part of San Juan City. It is surrounded by residential buildings, but the 1920’s old heritage house that was converted into a multiple-rooms restaurant has kept its old-world charm. More on this in my next entry.
Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico has six serving stations, all located in the left side of the restaurant, with natural light flooding in, which is good for ambience (but not so good for photos hehe). The appetizers are tucked away in a little corner, looking like a garden in full bloom. The main dishes are lined up on a long table, looking like valiant soldiers ready to battle the monsters that will devour them. The carving station is at the tailend of the long table, manned by one of the staff. Beside the carving station is the hot and grilled station. Across the carving and hot and grilled stations are the beverages, one machine for carbonated drinks, two dispensers for iced tea and red iced tea, and tall pitchers of milk tea (I noticed at least three varieties). Immediately to the left of the milk teas are the ingredients to make halo-halo. A couple of steps from it is a long table, albeit shorter than that of the main dishes table, containing mini-cupcakes, mini-cakes, Filipino desserts and a fruit platter. Rounding out this mouth-watering trip is the ice cream station with two flavors, chocolate and ube.
I made four trips to the serving stations (I had upset stomach that day and I could not enjoy the food properly, hence the fewer trips), a two to three-minute walk from our secluded room in the back of the restaurant. These are some of the photos (the usable ones. I realized that it is hard to take photos of food with one hand while the other is holding a platter of food) I took during different stages of our 2 ½ hour-lunch.
The main dishes:
The carving and hot and grilled stations:
The dessert station:
Steve’s plates of food:
My plates of food, which paled in comparison to Steve’s in terms of beauty and substance:
To wash them down, I had two glasses of water, a glass of milk tea (which was bad move for someone in my situation, but it was just so enticing), a glass of iced tea, and a glass of red tea.
I enjoyed my lunch at Guevarra’s. The Filipino food was diverse and most of it tasted great – no dish was too salty or too bland – and the staff refilled the dishes rather quickly. The staff was accommodating and answered my (unnecessary) questions with smiles on their faces.
The place was packed to the rafters, on a weekend lunch, but the noise was thankfully diffused. The guests were seated in multiple rooms, half of which have huge windows to let whatever little sunshine that downcast day had permitted to escape from its clutches. Unfortunately, our secluded room with around 30 guests had no windows, but the Filipino-themed artworks and signed plates hanging on the walls sort of made up for the lack of view. A number of people have told me that the ambience at night is better, with the lights hanging down from the trees and the well-lit fountain and pathway. I am definitely going back for second serving soon, and next time I will make sure my stomach is Man-Vs.-Food ready for battle. 🙂
It is advisable to call Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico ahead of time for reservation. I called them three weeks ago, on a Saturday morning for a Sunday lunch reservation. Sunday Lunch and Dinner were full. This time around, I called on a Monday morning for a Tuesday lunch reservation, also a little last minute. Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico has a 15-minute holding period before reservations are revoked
Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico’s Rates:
Weekday Lunch: P399.00 (US $7.98) + VAT = P446.88 (US $8.93)
Weekday Dinner: P499.00 (US $9.98) + VAT = P558.88 (US $11.18)
Weekends: P599.00 (US $11.98) + VAT = P670.88 (US $13.42)
Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico’s Contact Numbers for Reservation:
(02) 705 – 1811, (02) 705 – 1874 and 0917-3112222.
Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico’s Operating Hours:
Monday to Thursday – 11am to 2pm (Lunch) and 5pm to 10pm (Dinner)
Friday – 11am to 2pm (Lunch) and 5pm to 1030pm (Dinner)
Saturday and Sunday – 11am to 230pm (Lunch) and 5pm to 1030pm (Dinner)
Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico’s Address:
387 P. Guevarra Street, San Juan City, Metro Manila