House-Turned-Restaurant Limbaga 77 Serves Filipino Food with a Quirky SpinMay 5, 2015
With this blistering summer heat, going outside becomes a struggle. To ask someone to go outside and eat out—an even greater struggle. But perhaps, the food trip becomes less daunting when the restaurant is your house. Okay, maybe not your house, but it’s a house, all right.
Limbaga 77, named for its own address on Sct. Limbaga, initially comes off less as a restaurant and more as a mini-mansion rising over the establishments of Tomas Morato. The vast estate of sorts was once a dilapidated structure with no tenants and with pipes peering out from the crevices of the residence. After extensive refurbishment and renovation, the place became what we now know as Limbaga 77. What may have been a living room is now a kitchen. What may have been someone’s bedroom is now a function room for parties or meetings. What was once a driveway is now a patio for al fresco dining. Their gorgeous interiors (spiraling and custom, handmade chairs) are combined with the house’s original architecture (the grills on the windows of the restaurant’s third floor reminded me of the grills on my childhood bedroom window) to create an experience that is both new and nostalgic.
Feeling at home is an experience not limited to the venue, but also the food itself. Chef PJ Lanot sought to serve dishes that did not adhere to a ‘foodie’s sensibility’, but rather to plain old good food, much like the food we eat at home. To ‘eat out at your house’ was the goal. I had some new spins on common dishes, like a spicy seafood adobo with shrimp, squid, mussels, and crabs, as well as a danggit fried rice with scallions, scrambled egg, and a sliver of dried danggit sticking out of the rice bowl. Aside from inherently Filipino standbys, like the creamy kare-kare with freshly-ground peanuts, Chef Lanot’s menu features our distinctively Filipino (and wrongfully maligned) Spaghetti complete with hotdogs and banana ketchup.
Limbaga 77 also offers a variety of drinks for your summer days dining al fresco, like their refreshing Lychee-Grape Shake and their sweet, earthy Grass Citrus Iced Tea (with pandan, lemongrass, and calamansi). I usually hate celery, but I did not hate their Mabuhay Smoothie, a concoction of coconut milk syrup, pineapple, and, of course, celery. But my favorite drink overall was their Pastillas de Leche shake, a tall glass of cold creamy joy that I can maybe attribute to my bias for anything-milkshake, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t love a pastillas milkshake.
So for anyone who wants to go out but doesn’t want to leave the house, you should probably stop by Limbaga 77. This restaurant is definitely one of the more beautifully designed in the Tomas Morato area, and the menu does exemplify the comforts of home. Who said that going out ever meant leaving the house?
Have you been to Limbaga 77? Which dish did you love the most? Tell us by leaving a comment below!
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Address: 77 Sct. Limbaga Street, Diliman, Quezon City
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