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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lunch At Crisostomo

It's holiday Wednesday, and an important day for me. We had lunch at Crisostomo located at Nuvali Sta Rosa, a Filipino Cuisine owned by a famous Chef Florabel Co Yatco.

As the waiter handed their menu, I noticed that most of the dishes are named or soundlike names of the characters in Jose Rizal's novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.

Kapitan Valentine: Chopsuey with Tokwa and quail egg

Chiken Inasal

BAM Guisado

Sinigang Mestizo

The interiors of Crisostomo are quite unexpected. Lush settings with modern artwork bathed in warm, soft lighting.

Chef Florabel has some other chains of restaurants like Florabel in Podium, Sweet Pea in McKinley, Johnny Chow at Resorts World, Felix in Greenbelt, and Sumo Sam which are all dedicated and named after her love ones. So I've searched for the truth behind the name Crisostomo and turns out that Crisostomo was not named after Rizal's protagonist, but after her husband, Christopher.

"It's amazing how she has been able to run a concept of an old spanish colonial setting suited to the name of Crisostomo and came up for dishes that are trully Filipino classics. Chef Florabel keeps on pushing the envelope, steadfastly providing more choices for the Filipino palate and in her own way, telling us, that there will be more exciting things to expect and hope for in the future." 

 - The Manila Bulletin

I've read this on Manila Bulletin and Crisostomo is truly an original Filipino Inspired Cuisine that has it all. Chef Florable is truly one of the Filipino's pride.