As I was staring at the table my son had just broke, this song from my daughter's phone caught my attention:
There's a place that I go that nobody knows
Where the rivers flow and I call it home
And there's no more lies in the darkness there's light
And nobody cries, there's only butterfliesIt's part of a song from Natasha Beddingfield's Pocketful of Sunshine. Getting a bit nostalgic, I remembered about the place along P. Guevarra, where I had lunch with a friend and had a talk with one of the country's celebrated pastry chef, Chef Jackie Laudico.
As my way to introduce this barely new restaurant on a non-commercialized venue, let me entitle this place as My Pocketful of Sunshine.
Chef Laudico Guevarra's is a new dining place that is completely an all-you-can-eat buffet serving authentic Filipino dishes.
Why do you think I called it My Pocketful of Sunshine?
First, because when I saw the place it's like I was brought back to my lola's vacation house in Bohol. Not that the structure of the house is similar, but being an old house turned restaurant exudes a rustic feel to it. I think I've been beaten by a love bug when we had the trip to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, I have this something now for vintage houses you see. It was a cheerful and inviting place in spite of the antiquity, with a wide grass-laid garden that's perfect for an al fresco event, across the driveway leading to the parking lot at the end side of the building,
The carving station located at the far end seemed to entice the diners even more with Angus Beef Tapa which the Laudico's are famous for, and some other roasted meats..
Of course, how can you beat a meal without rice. On that occasion they had Annato rice and steamed pandan rice, in some days they would have Tuyo rice and Paellas.
Here are my plates.
According to Chef Jackie, it was fun managing the menu of Guevarra's unlike Bistro Filipino (which they also own plus The Pugon Roast at Ayala Triangle), which is ala carte. Everyday at Guevarra's is a surprise, much like the usual birthday celebrations of old aunts and uncles where only specialty dishes from the ancestors are served. The chefs have all the freedom to choose which dishes to prepare for the day, with the pure guidance from the Laudico couple, of course.
The simplest idea of naming their new baby as such comes from Chef Jackie. According to her she often gets lost when going to places when driving on her own. Clever in her ways, since the place they got is along P. Guevarra St., she thought that it is the easiest way to remember a restaurant and even the street, not disregarding the rich history of San Juan.
I think P. Guevarra Street is the next Kapitolyo, Pasig or Jupiter Makati, where new restaurants and whole in the walls are popping up.
A festive spread is not complete without "panghimagas" or desserts. Their dessert line is a delightful rendition of Filipino delicacies with the touch of modernity, Chef Jackie's prowess.
A message of advice, do come here with stomachs empty and hearts full of loving memories from your Grandma's. Make sure to take note of the restaurant time.
They open daily at 11 am and closes down at 2 pm for lunch, then operation continues at 6 pm till 10 pm for dinner.
For an affordable weekday (Monday to Friday) lunch of P 399;
weekday dinner (Monday to Thursday) of P 499 and
weekend lunch and dinner (Friday to Sunday) of P 599, don't you think it is such a steal?
Also, do make sure to call for reservation first, because they can only accommodate up to 200 pax. And getting seats is hard for many of the Laudico's clients have been quite informed about this and since they have opened up they are always full.
Since it's Mother's Day and I have been thinking of my mom, sisters, aunts and lolas let me share Guevarra's Mother's Day promo.
Address: 387 P. Guevarra St. cor. Argonne St., Addition Hills, San Juan
Phone: 02 705 1874 or 02 705 1811