Monday, May 30, 2005


195 Tomas Morato corner Scout Fuentebella Street, (Near Ratsky's) Quezon City. P. 374-0774
The Restaurant Nobody wants You to Know About
I first heard of this place years ago from Televisionista Daphne Osena Paez, who called it the "little secret she never wanted anyone to know" for fear that it might get packed with the culinary hoi poloi. Well, the secret is out. Tucked away in a corner of Tomas Morato in Quezon City, Uno is undeniably the classiest alternative to all the frantic family fare readily available in the neighborhood. It's chef-slash-owner Mari Relucio is one of Manila's most underrated culinary figures and she has a well balanced menu that changes every few months and special which changes daily. The decor is unfussy, the lighting incandescent, and the specials are recited to you by a smartly dressed English speaking staff. Order the lamb; it's heaven on a bone and a fantastic take home treat for the house dog. The soups and pasta dishes are all safe bets, but their cheesecake is exceptional. Their prices are also beyond reasonable. The Creme Brulee is a steal at Php30.00. Parking available along Scout Fuentebella.