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Elegant Filipino Hospitality at Elias

I would like to take this opportunity for the wonderful feedback I am getting from my Chic-Boy review. I have been getting a lot of messages that management should really get into training their staff. Who knew a lot of people were feeling the same way?

To my readers: thank you so much for the feedback. Hopefully, the same message would echo to other establishments, so that instead of loosing customers, they would gain patrons!

Since I’ve been starting this website, most of my friends are giving me feedback on what they want featured here. I wish I could accommodate all. Really. But given that I need to attend to other projects, I am constrained to whatever is near me or when I have the opportunity to go out with friends (like the review I am about to show you).

Anyway, two of my girlfriends and I tried this restaurant in Fort Bonifacio High Street – Central called Elias.

Come and visit Elias sometime :)

Come and visit Elias sometime 🙂

Have you guys been there?

My friend, who is a foodie herself, said that you can never go wrong with this restaurant choice because the dishes are all Filipino. Again, I was very hungry and anything sounded good.

Dinner with some girlfriends: Joyce and Jade.

Dinner with some girlfriends: Joyce and Jade.

Based from the interiors of the restaurant, the owners wanted to imbibe the “elegance of a 16th century Filipino home during the Spanish colonial period while infusing the modern, classy restaurant of the 21st century.”

Guess what? They nailed it.

If you have been to Vigan and Ilocos, you will know what I am talking about. Years back, I once stayed in an inn at Vigan and that inn still had the remnants of the style and function of a home of what our Spanish/Filipino ancestors once had.

The restaurant brought back memories of my trips to Pagudpod beach, the kalesa rides at the cobblestone streets of Vigan, and the infamous bagnet and sukang Ilocos.

And you can sense the Filipino history from the chandeliers, the names of the dining staff and event the menu itself!

A 16th century Filipino home during the Spanish colonial period...

A 16th century Filipino home during the Spanish colonial period…

When I flipped over the menu, I was tickled pink by the ingenuity of the dish names: Noli Me Talong, Pilosopong Pinakbet, Mi Ultimo Felicidad, Crispin At Basilio.

Obviously, the person who made the menu was quite the Rizal fan.

What we had: Calamares ni Tales, Sinigang Gomez, Enseladang Erehe and Pandan Plain Rice.

Food verdict: Lahat masarap!

Let’s not forget the most important part: customer service. (It’s funny when I talk about customer service and professionalism, some people don’t know that these go hand in hand.)

“It is the service that we are not obliged to give that people value the most.”

My rating: Superb.

This cute little pugo bird was how they gave the bill to their clients. Cute concept.  Wanted to take home my pugo bird...

This cute little pugo bird was how they gave the bill to their clients. Cute concept.
Wanted to take home my pugo bird…

The place (including their wash rooms) was spotless. The dining staff, all smiles and very attentive: all of which reflect the trademark Filipino’s are known for the world over, hospitality.

You want delicious food combined with elegant Filipino hospitality where you can entertain family, friends and colleagues? Drop by Elias.

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