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A Restaurante Pia Y Damaso Lunch

Had a good lunch with our wedding ninang when I passed by Manila before settling down here in Iloilo!

She brought me to Restaurante Pia Y Damaso in Greenbelt 5 for lunch.

The restaurant occupies a small space, kind of cramped in fact because tables and chairs are too near each other. My ninang would have wanted us to have a table on the patio but for some reason we stayed inside the restuarant. Well, I guess I missed the view:-). Though small, the place makes up for the food it serves.

We first had the Mixed Greens with seared Davao goat’s cheese. This cheese you have to taste!

Mixed Greens - with seared Davao goat's cheese

I liked the Bacalao a la Vizcaina. I would not hesitate ordering this the next time I visit… but it should be in the patio:-).

Bacalao a la Vizcaina


This pork belly with chorizo chickpeas has a sundae-looking chorizo. It tastes like one also:-).

pork belly with chorizo and chickpeas

We got interested with Tubig ni Maria for our drinks. It is served in a pitcher and is a concoction of cucumber juice, ginger syrup and citrus water. The ginger taste was too strong for my taste.

tubig ni Maria Clara

We ended the almost 2-hour lunch with coffee and Maria Clara’s velvety white cheesecake.

Maria Clara's Velvety White Cheesecake

The names of the drinks and the desserts are amusing.

They are as amusing as the name of the restaurant itself. Pia Y Damaso? Pia Alba is the mother of Maria Clara and Damaso is that Spanish friar who is believed to be her father. That’s Rizal and Noli Me Tangere for you and me… have a good day ahead!

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