Last Tuesday, I woke up early to meet up with fellow foodies at Aristocrat Restaurant Roxas Blvd. for our San Pablo City food tour.
Enjoying Breakfast at Aristocrat Manila (photo by Dante Ward)
While waiting for the rest inside the restaurant, I suddenly missed my relatives after looking at some of the diners enjoying breakfast in one long table. The festive mood in the dining area reminds me of our family reunion back in my childhood days, How can I forget eating my favorite Filipino dishes with the people that i love?
Longanisa and Chicken Pork Adobo Plate
My daydreaming ended after realizing that we were already complete in the table. I finally met Nancy Reyes Lumen – the Philippine Adobo Queen, well-known culinary expert, a TV host and a cookbook author. While waiting for our food, we were introduced to Ms. Maryjo Ferren – the Marketing head of the restaurant chain.
Apart from being one of the few restaurants recognized by the National Historical Institute, Aristocrat Restaurant also became an inspiration to some local food businesses. Aristocrat first appeared as a mobile canteen similar to the “JollyJeep’s” we normally see in Makati City until it evolved into an actual restaurant in Dewey Boulevard that is now popularly known as Roxas Blvd.
Aristocrat Original Pancit Canton
Before we started our journey to San Pablo City, we first had our breakfast at the restaurant. I ordered Longanisa and Chicken Pork Adobo Plate – a huge plate with a combination of 1pc each of chicken / pork adobo and their Special Longanisa. I love how they cooked adobo, its so tender and flavorful. I also like their longganisa, its not too salty and it has the right amount of sweetness.
After almost two hours on the road, we finally reached San Pablo City. Our first stop was at the San Pablo Cathedral to take some photos and pay homage to their patron St. Paul the First Hermit.
Aristocrat Seafood Kare Kare
Our next stop was at Aristocrat Restaurant in San Pablo City’s Ultimart Mall where we had lunch with one of the mall officers who also oversee the Aristocrat franchise operation in San Pablo City.
Nancy Reyes Lumen Standee at Aristocrat Restaurant in San Pablo City
For lunch I ordered Pork Spareribs Barbeque and a glass of Sago’t Gulaman drink while the rest had Boneless Chicken Bbq, Crispy Pata, Laing, Seafood Kare-Kare, Aristocrat Pancit Canton and Ampalaya con Carne. For dessert I had special Halo-Halo. I was already full but Ive been craving for Halo Halo for two days already and to satisfy my cravings, I ordered one hoping I can finish it.. Guess What? I finished it! haha
Pork Spareribs Barbeque
Their version of spareribs is to die for, with well marinated and tender meat paired with their signature Java rice and special sauce. Now I found my new alternative to Aristocrat’s boneless chicken BBQ. Hurrah!
Aristocrat Restaurant in San Pablo City is located inside Ultimart Shopping Mall – an open air mall that is complete with various retail outlets, dining and activity center. The mall is easy to find since its located along the main road and just a stone throw away from San Pablo City Cathedral.
Bibingka in San Pablo City
While enroute to Manila, we had a short stopover at a bibingka store along the national highway. For only 15 pesos each, it was truly an afternoon delight. We had a taste of authentic bibingka that is loaded with coconut meat and perfectly cooked in a makeshift pugon. The authentic taste and the smell of the burnt banana leaf is something that makes their Bibingka special.
Ice Cream made from Goats Milk
Our Bibingka fix was followed by another stopover in Alaminos Goat Farm where we sampled their Ice Cream made from fresh Goats Milk. The Ice cream was creamy and delightfully good but with its price, I’d rather buy a Magnum Ice Cream stick.
Aristocrat Beef Caldereta
After more than an hour on the road, we were finally back at Aristocrat Roxas Blvd for our last and final food stop.
Aristocrat Ebi Tempura
For dinner, we had Pork Spareribs Barbecue, Crab Foo Yeung, Ebi Tempura, Camaron Rebosado, Chicken Potato Salad and Lumpiang Shanghai. All the dishes served were all delicious but I particularly liked their Lumpiang Shanghai – it really taste so good and its a lot different compare to other restaurants version.
For dessert, we enjoyed a huge slice of Torta delos Reyes – their famous version of sansrival with chocolate with chocolate and butter icing.
Pinoy Foodies at Aristocrat Manila (photo by Dante Ward)
Out of Town Trips will never be complete without discovering the destinations food landscape. Our food exploration in San Pablo might not be that extensive but it was definitely an awesome treat for all of us who enjoyed the fulfilled journey.
Thanks to Ms. Nancy Reyes-Lumen and my fellow foodies Annalyn, Arpee, Juned, Azrael, Rowena and Dante for sharing this wonderful experience with me.
Aristocrat Restaurant Roxas Blvd
Manila Roxas Blvd
432 San Andres Street, Malate, Manila
Phone: 524-7671 to 80
Ultimart Shopping Plaza
M.Paulino Street, San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines, 4000
Tel. No.: (+6349) 562-0852 or (+6349) 562-0701