Ilustrado at The Maya Kitchen

Bonifacio Pimentel2This weekend October 26, Saturday at 9AM to 1PM, Ilustrado, the home of heritage Filipino-Spanish cuisine will be demonstrating at the Maya Kitchen. I’ve known Ilustrado for quite sometime now because it is my family’s favorite dining place during my teen years. We go there occasionally especially special days. I can still remember the remarkable old Filipino-Spanish ambiance and food of the restaurant.


Ilustrado located at 744 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila opened its doors in 1989. Through the years it has expanded all over the metro and has also made a name in catering for clients such as Malacañang Palace and other government agencies, foreign embassies, multinational corporations, local businesses and prominent personalities. It is also a favorite wedding reception venue due in part to its proximity to some of Manila’s historic churches.

At the Maya kitchen, Ilustrado will be sharing some of its famous Filipino – Spansih dishes, dishes known from our heros hometowns. It will be demonstrated by Boni Pimentel, the president of Ilustrado and his chefs.

Here are dishes:

Umbuyantinapa flakes sautéed in olive oil and wrapped in pechay leaves has its origins in Manila where Andres Bonifacio was born.

Bagnet with KBL Sauceis an Ilocano version of lechon kawali with kamatis, bagoong and lasuna as sauce. Juan Luna and Antonio Luna are the proud sons of Ilocos Norte.

Manok ng mga Bayani chicken simmered in bold textures of dill, kamias, ground peanuts and toasted rice is inspired by no less than President Manuel Luis Quezon who hailed from Baler, Aurora.

National hero Jose Rizal from Biñan, Laguna inspired Jaleang Bayabasvery ripe guavas peeled and mashed in milk and sugar.

Rounding off the recipe line-up is Paella Ilustrado Spanish rice dish with pork, chicken, seafood, chorizo bilbao, peppers and peas which is a consistent bestseller in the restaurant menu.

If interested, you may contact The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center is located on the 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City with numbers 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 and mobile No. +63947 835 2290. You can also log on to or [email protected].

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