FOOD REVIEW: Chef Tatung at Acacia Estates

12:24 PM

When my friends and I were deciding where to eat for our Christmas dinner, Bagong Bayani Jenie suggested Chef Tatung at Acacia Estates in Taguig. Never having been there, I thought I might as well give it a try so I said yes.  Thank goodness, our Christmas dinner turned out to be yum. 

Acacia Estates, Brgy. Ususan
Taguig City 1637
Mobile: 0915-846-3234
Business Hours: Open daily from 11 am to 11pm

FOOD: The menu read "heirloom" Filipino dishes and  Philippine regional specialities. "[D]ishes Chef Tatung loved while growing up in his hometown Cebu in the Visayas; recipes he learned from his grandmother who was from Bicol in Southern Luzon and specialties he discovered on his travels around the country," says the description on the website. 

The food was indeed yum and my tummy was really happy. It was also nice to eat dishes I wouldn't normally have everyday like the Yellow Chicken Adobo or the Seafood Gising-Gising. They also offer the Aligue Fried Rice with Adobo Flakes which I kid you not, can be eaten on its own. 

SERVICE:  It's family style with the dishes served in the sharing portions and laid-out in the center of the table. 

The service started out rather good. While waiting for the others to arrive, (starving pigs that we were) Jenie, Raffy, and I decided to skip the appetizer and went to order a main - the Yellow Chicken Adobo. The dish and three servings of plain rice came out of the kitchen  impressively quick since perhaps there were only three tables to wait on. But service got a bit slower when more guests came in for dinner. I guess, that's to be expected? 

The servers were polite and didn't seem annoyed when we kept ordering for more food as well as for more service water. 

AMBIANCE: The dining area was cozy and laid-back. It felt like an updated lolo & lola house with its antique wooden chairs and tables, complimented with contemporary touches like the photos, art, and lamps.  

But there's a catch though. When you alight from your car, brace yourself for the stench from the nearby creek. It really reeks! 

PRICE: Given the charming cozy dining area and the yummy food served in sharing portions, their prices are reasonable. Chef Tatung is a good place for a Sunday family lunch or if you just want good Filipino food. 

This sculpture greets you as you enter the dining area.
I love these photographs of an elder. Aren't they lovely?
The dining area is a charming mix of antique tables and chairs.
Happy Holidays from the Tampeeps! Missing a few this year - Ramil, Tatoff who was in Singapore, and the couple from our Chicago Chapter, Jeff and Tin. Photo grabbed from Jenie Gabriel's fb account. 
This is the Yellow Chicken Adobo.  (P380). 

Behind us is the Sugbahan by Chef Tatung. It's an alfresco grill station and bar that's adjacent to the restaurant. Photo grabbed from Jenie Gabriel's fb account. 

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