Life is full of surprises.
Like when you reach into your 3-month old jeans pocket and you find hundred peso bills. Like when you were just thinking about your crush and pop, he/she appears in front of you.
I had one of those delightful surprises on my last night in Manila. As the PTB Bagets meetup got cancelled, I took off with my brother and friends for a late night dinner. It was too bad I wasn’t able to meet them, but then Leona and I wouldn’t meet.
We were hunting for a good place to eat in UP village, a well-known strip for affordable and great food. Since nobody among us have tried the new Art Resto that just opened, so there we went. I did not know where to eat in UP Diliman, so I just went with them.
The place was homely, and curious artworks abound. Inside the resto, my exotic aesthetic sensors were flooded; I felt post-modernism reeking from the canvasses and other quaint objects. Later on I found out from the manager that Leona Art Restaurant was designed by their mother, an interior designer.
One of the gauges when I size up a person’s house or establishment is through its washroom. Man, their washroom was very clean, tidy, well-kept, and maintained! They gave much effort to impress on users that it’s not just a lavatory.
When we ordered, along came this industrious waiter. Though lacking enthusiasm like Bubbles, he gave commendable and professional customer service. When food was served, everybody got astonished at how presentable they were, and how good it tasted! I ordered bacon as I was craving for one, and avocado shake (my most fave shake) as its in season.
Funny thing is, we were all guys and we don’t usually comment and share the food because its delicious. Usually, we just eat and keep the appreciation to ourselves. But we liked it so much that not only we did that, but we gave a kudos to the manager for a job well done as well.
The manager explained to me that it’s their family owned business. Her two brothers are the chefs, she’s the manager, and her mom is the interior designer. I got to meet one of the chefs and thanked him for the delicious meal he cooked for us.
I rarely blog about food and places to eat, but this one is an exception for me. The food was great and the prices were quite affordable.
We found Leona Art Restaurant along Matimtiman St., corner Magiting St., in Teacher’s Village UP Diliman, Quezon City.