“Hurry, don’t be late, I can’t hardly wait
I said to myself when we’re old
We’ll go dancing in the dark
Walking through the park and reminiscing”
The lyrics of the song may be familiar to some of you but it’s Reminiscing by The Little River Band. And what better way to take a trip down memory lane than by way of a new bistro in Tomas Morato that celebrates the fun, nostalgic vibe of the decades past.
Reminisque Bistro opened its doors to the public last July 30, and as the name suggests, this cozy dining hub aims to provide a venue for adult professionals and yuppies who are craving for some straight-up, comfort grub with the distinct feel of hometown goodness. Metro Manila’s newest go-to place for foodies and pub crawlers steers clear of the usual culinary fix being served by nearby restos and cafes in the area. Instead, it focuses on exquisite, traditional Filipino cuisine, but the kind that incorporates fresh new ideas with delicious regional taste.
Almost everything that comes out of the kitchen is a specialty prepared in classic, flavorful glory: kansi, a rare Ilonggo delicacy that straddles the fine line between bulalo and sinigang, is a huge hit among regulars, especially after giving its thick, tangy taste a try. Their traditionally prepared kare-kare brings a slice of home: earthily smoothened and savored with grounded peanuts and roasted rice grains. Reminisque Bistro also offers lengua—a rich and tasty ox tongue recipe in creamy mushroom sauce and red wine; the classic sisig with pita—a popular Filipino appetizer that goes well with beer and surprisingly, pita bread; and the famous Reminisque chicken— fried to golden brown with a unique savory taste you’ll surely remember. “We hired a chef, experienced in creating various dishes including his old recipes gathered,” Matias says about how they sort through and curate the food in their menu.
Reminisque Bistro’s homey, modern Filipino interiors are the perfect setting for people who just want to unwind after a stressful day at work. A service cocktail bar features a wide array of drinks—pure, concocted and fondly stirred with alcoholic mixes, spirits, vodka, seasonal fruits, and sweeteners. Their private function rooms with 35-seating capacity can also hold special meetings, gatherings, and small parties.
Apart from its cozy, contemporary ambiance and delightful homegrown food, Reminisque Bistro holds themed nights that cater to adult audiences seeking for nostalgic music of the past. Their pool of DJs plays expertly curated songs that span from the ‘70s, ’80s, ‘90s to the present while acoustic performers provide guests with relaxing chill music that they can sing along to and enjoy in the background.
For quality dining experience that takes you back to the good ole days, Reminisque Bistro is the perfect go-to place for a much-deserved indulgence. Visit Reminisque Bistro at Scout Lozano Street corner Tomas Morato, Quezon City. The bistro is open daily for lunch up until the last call, which is usually at 2:00 am. Call (02) 4415302 / 0476182093 for inquiries and reservations. Add us on Facebook: facebook.com/Reminisquebistro.
Here are some photos from the Reminisque Bistro Launch. Click photo to enlarge.