I had always been in search of secret nooks that do not require one to go out of the city. I do love to explore places but it has to be accessible by commuters. I like places where one can find some solace, peace or just about anything that helps you commune with nature or simply a place where you and your loved ones can spend time with each other. When you find all of these stuff under one particular place and add on the chance to feast on some fantastic gastronomical experience, you know pretty much that you’re able to find a very rare gem of a place—and for me, that’s how I could describe Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico. Discovering such venue in the suburbs of San Juan created happiness in my heart with rippling effect.
I actually got lost while looking for Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico. As a commuter, I had to admit that my knowledge of San Juan is limited to that of the Greenhills area. Good thing, the locals knew the place so it was easier to locate. So getting there may not seem to be a problem at all. Besides, I highly recommend that you visit the place; it’s definitely worth the trip.
|Female Filipino folk dancers danced during the opening to the audience's delight.|
|Filipino male folk dancers danced during the grand opening.|
|The author is flanked by culinary idols Chef Jackie and Rolando Laudico|
|Owners Chef Jackie and Rolando Laudico|
|Senator JV Ejercito-Estrada, Mayor Guia Gomez and San Juan Vice Mayor Franci Guevarra graced the opening day.|
|Taken during the opening: Chef Jackie and Rolando Laudico flanked San Juan Mayo Guia Gomez during the ribbon cutting ceremony.|
|Adding charm is an old bucket like this one.|
Chef Jackie’s specialty cakes such as Mango Cream Pie, Tablea Tart, Chunky Monkey, Queso de Bola Cheesecake, Classic New York Cheesecake (in Blueberry, Strawberry and Mango topping), White Chocolate Cheesecake and Dark Chocolate Cheesecake are sold by whole, JR sized, mini sized or by the slice. Chef Jackie Laudico’s creations of truffles and pralines made from the finest Swiss and Belgian couverture (read: chocolate made with extra cocoa butter to give a high gloss, used for covering sweets and cakes) with best Filipino flavors are also sold at Php55.00 each piece and are sold in boxes. Available in unique flavors such as Calamansi, Sugarfree Champorado, Rosas, Tanglad, Cacao, Rosas, Sugarfree Salabat, Dulce de Leche.
|Cute Sugarfree Salabat pralines and Lip shaped Dulce de Leche|
|Our favorite: Kalabasa Pastillas|
|Tanglad flavored pralines|
The food at Guevarra’s is wonderful and I ate (again) to my stomach’s content! I went home happy to have met the lovely and gracious Laudico couple (Chef Rolando and Chef Jackie) and to have visited such awesome restaurant! So if you’re looking for a place that captures the feeling of the old-world without having to travel far, replete your hungry stomach with sumptuous yet affordable buffet meals at Guevarra’s.
|The author with Chef Jackie Laudico|
|Guevarra's at Night time is so romantic.|
If you’re up for the challenge of a Filipino buffet, Guevarra’s is open from 11:00AM to 2:00PM and 6:00PM to 10:00PM. A word of advice though, it’s best to call ahead to make reservations as they are in-demand.
Here are the prices and schedules:
Weekday Lunch (Monday to Friday)- P399 + 10% Service Charge
Weekend Dinner (Monday to Thursday)- P499 + 10% Service Charge
Weekend Lunch and Dinner (Friday Dinner to Sunday Dinner) –P599 + 10% Service Charge
Lunch is from 11:00AM -2:00PM while dinner is from 6:00PM-10:00PM.
Those interested to come in the in-between time, they do serve merienda on special occasions (events of 50 pax and above) at P399 from 3:00-5:00 PM.
Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico is located at 387 P. Guevarra Street corner Argonne Street, Addition Hills, San Juan
Call 705-1874/705-1811 or through their mobile at 0917-311-2222
email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special thanks to Ms. Joy Calipes-Felizardo.