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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

BUFFET DINNER PLUS DAILY CULTURAL PRESENTATION AT BARBARA'S RESTAURANT IN INTRAMUROS, MANILA


 
I was wowed over by the beautiful and well kept facade of BARBARA'S RESTAURANT located in Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. 
We walked along the historic streets of the walled city to reach Barbara's Restaurant located along the historical General Luna street in Intramuros. The restaurant evokes the charm and beauty of a bygone era. It is as if we were transported back in time to the Spanish Era in the 16th century.
Barbara's Restaurant is just in front of Saint Agustin church and is inside the grandiose Plaza San Luis Complex just beside White Knight Hotel.
We went up the intricately-carved staircase and were greeted by magnificent silver-gilted mirrors.
When we entered Barbara's restaurant it is as if we stepped into a place reminiscent of old world elegance. We then walked towards the main hall and get seated at the round dining table to experience the luxury of fine dining at its finest.
Barbara's Restaurant table settings are very well organized and coordinated. Barbara's Restaurant use tablecloths as part of their table setting complete with folded napkins. I personally considered it much more enjoyable to eat my food on a pleasantly arranged table and Barbara's Restaurant did not fail me. The tableware for this buffet dinner includes soup spoon, entree fork and spoon for dessert (variations exist), side plate, side knife, wine glasses, napkin and a beautiful flower center piece.
Barbara's Restaurant has high ceilings and crystal chandeliers the setting is a world-apart from your modern-day shopping mall restaurant. 

Barbara's Restaurant with a beautiful flower center piece and candle-lit table set.

Barbara's Restaurant offers buffet lunches and dinners as well as A la Carte choices. Buffet is only 500 pesos. Not bad for a buffet dinner with one-hour cultural presentation from the in-house student dance group who, I should mention, are very good dancers.
 Yummy food yum yum!
 
Roasted Chicken two thumbs up!
The salads are fresh and delicious.

Barbara's restaurant lumpia is to die for! I love it!
Barbara Restaurant's Linguini Alessandro pasta is delicious.
The delicious mix vegetables.
 
Pastel de Lengua
  
Salad mixed with lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes with shrimp paste or vinaigrette for dressing

We enjoyed our dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. while taking in the grace and beauty of traditional Filipino Dance, music and very cozy and warm ambiance @ Barbara's restaurant. The young performers are Barbara's Restaurant scholars. They made the audience cheerful with their exciting fiesta dances like sayaw sa bangko, binasuan, pastores, and the perennial favorite, the tinikling! They even invited some volunteers from the audience to dance w/ them. It was fun to see some volunteers tripping in the tinikling dance. It really added to the fun. Making it a really fantastic night for everyone.
The audience were in good spirits. This quintet serenaded us while we were eating dinner.
We were entertained by this Traditional Filipino Dancers
The crowd's favorite is the Tinikling dance
We ought to introduce to another generation the joys of Philippine folk dance.
Our folk dances are colorful, vivid and vibrant - alive and exciting, charming and inviting.
Amazing native dance entertainment

Barbara's Restaurant staff were all very accommodating and they truly provide a very good service. There was no discrimination at all between the foreigners or Filipino guests. The food were very palatable. The servers always refill the buffet trays. For dessert we ate squares of Brazo de Mercedes, brownies topped with cherry, Café Gelatin con Sago served in wine glasses and banana fritters. For me, the banana with sesame seeds dessert is the best!

Everybody love the cultural dance. It was superb! There's no guest in that room that night who is not watching the cultural presentation. Kudos to the dancers especially to the guy who is shouting so loud. He made it more fun @ Barbara's restaurant that night. The Spanish colonial style architecture with live music and cultural presentation every evening and the neighborhood of Intramuros is a little oasis in chaotic Manila. We enjoyed the show tremendously. Barbara's Restaurant is worth a try. See and experience Barbara's Restaurant classic elegance for yourself.

Barbara's Restaurant
Gen. Luna St. (just beside San Agustin Church)
Plaza San Luis Complex
Intramuros, Manila

(+632) 527-3893
(+632) 527-4086
 


41 comments:

Blanca Dela Cruz said...

Thanks, will try this place for Valentines date with hubby.:)

violy vallester said...

Wow napaka elegante and I love the cultural performances sana dyan ako dalhin ng ka date ko sa valentine's.... Wishful thinking out loud.. Lol! ;)

chrisair said...

ang ganda ng loob, very classic

Sining Factory said...

Damn. Superb! I really love your shots! Sobrang nakakainggit ka. Ganda ng napuntahan nyo! Hehe.

Tess Chancellor said...

A place to visit when in Intramuros.Good food ,good service,perfect ambiance and affordable price. Hope to get there one day.I love the high ceiling and the chandelier.

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Mc said...

Thanks for sharing this. Good job :)

punto de vista said...

I've been to Barbara's years ago for an ala carte lunch. I love their callos & lengua. But I never tried their dinner buffet with cultural show. Maybe one of these days with a foreign or balikbayan guest. I think Ensogo or Metrodeal offered a discounted rate for this buffet.

More power, Cha! Do continue posting beautiful places. You've improved a lot on your photography. Next time, pwede ako naman model mo? hahaha

Lady_In_Rhed said...

Thanks for sharing! This is a MUST see place. Very nice really!

Didi said...

Made me hungry and want to go there lol

joy said...

That was indeed a good place to dine in, very inviting to commemorate the past Spanish Era, surely my youngest son will enjoy dining there. I already jot it down in my list of restaurants for our resto-hop. Nice pics :)

bariles said...

I will definitely drop by this place sooner than later!

Thanks for this tip. This will surely satisfy my historical-cultural fix! :D

Yedy Calaguas said...

I've been wanting to try Barbara's Buffet for a time now and your post definitely encourage me to go there asap! I'm excited to see the place and to be entertained with the performances.

Leon said...

Nakakain na ako dyan and I must say it was sulit dahil masarap (lalo na at libre), by the way walking distance lang yan from our office. ;)

Gil Camporazo | RandomThoughts! said...

This is something to crave for especially at Valentine's Day. Young and old could find this Spanish antique place like Barbara's Restaurant ideal for recollecting the ancient Spanish era where elegant, grandiose, memorable cultural presentation by talented youth. Spending an affordable dinner at this historical resto is something to be proud of as a Filipino.

markpogi said...

Went there last October 2011 and their cultural show was one of a kind. I didn't took my camera with me, hence, I wasn't able to write down about our experience.

But I'll give them one more try sometime soon =)

Gladys | WanderingTandem.com said...

once in a while, my family and i would love to eat somewhere nice. sometimes, we got to barbara's too! great food!

ROM @ In2ndLife said...

Nice place. A lot of people will definitely make reservations to this place on Valentines Day. So, guys better reserve your table now.

Jenny O'Toole said...

Fantastic! Great food, ambieance and entertain in one place. Good choice!

lakwatsero said...

The place looks fab! Good job.

Sumi Go said...

Sayang I wasn't able to attend this one. Would love to see the cultural presentation and meet you as well.. :)

Gellie Abogado said...

This is where my Grandma celebrated her birthday! :D

Frustrated Something said...

Another Intramuros must-visits! Thank you for sharing this.

Lady_In_Rhed said...

Ganda naman, sana ma visit ko one time.

Thanks for sharing!

Kei said...

Wow! I think my parents and grandma would definitely have a great time here. Hope the food won't dissapoint as well!

Ion Gonzaga said...

first, great shots. second, great review... i never knew na may mga ganitong place pa rin pala sa manila, i've only heard some in provinces kasi... sana dumami pa - nakakaaliw na ma-entertain ng sarili nating culture while enjoying our most favorite foods... i hope dumami pa ang tulad nito...

Simurgh said...

I had dinner here last year a week before Christmas.. Its amazing!
Everyone wearing traditional clothes of a different era.
I felt I was really on a different time!
Too bad for me though, I miss the cultural show.
The food is great!
It's also nice to take pictures outside,
like having your picture taken with the Guardia Sibil!
I was hoping you got yours in here, but then the cultural pictures are a winner! :)

Yuki Anne said...

Wow! A very nice review indeed. You're really so good Tita, especially the photos. I love it! I hope me and mommy can visit this place. :) IT LOOKS SPECTACULAR!

Richard said...

I've heard a lot about the place but actually never been there. Should be a nice place to bring foreign friends.

stacy said...

The place is verycultural but the food is just okay for me except maybe for the desserts =)

Prettywoman said...

Very nice and interesting blog Cha. I haven't been to any restaurant of this cultural kind. Thank you for sharing this to us. The photos are great! Looking at it is a feast in the eye. I will definitely go there with Yuki Anne and Kuya IC.

kRyStLe said...

i want to bring my family at barbara's.. =)

Carl.Napp said...

Could be a good alternative instead of Sofitel in August

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

thanks for featuring this! kala ko expensive sobra ang food dyan kaya di ko sinusubukan, 500 for a dinner buffet is not bad na rin

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

Addendum:
Nanghihingi ka pala ng tips regarding this post, sorry ngayun ko lang nabasa hehe.

Medyo mahirap talaga kumuha lalo na pag indoors at gabi na. You either have to use external flash to bounce the light or push your camera's ISO up so you can shoot without blurring your photos

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Carl.Napp are you visiting the Philippines again this August? Yes, I believe Barbara's Restaurant is a good alternative to Sofitel.

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Christian I joined the food blog and photo contest pero sobrang hirap kumuha ng magandang shots dapat ako manalo para matuto ako ng proper lightings etc. Please pa LIKE AT PA COMMENT po. Salamat. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=378279488858209&set=o.340629635955538&type=1&theater&notif_t=like

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Ha ha ha! Parang seryus =)) pero like ko talaga manalo po :-p! Salamat po sa mag like. God bless us all!

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Thank you so much to everyone who always visit/ read my blog, and to those people who liked, tweet and shared my post. God Bless us all!

Anonymous said...

Meron yung tatlong lalakeng magagaling na gitara at kumanta sa Intramuros, I don't know them pa.. If somebody know them, please tell me, hehehe. Paki-add na lang po ako sa Facebook kung sinong may alam, Partz Parilla Matsuzawa (Email: mmmm_awesome@yahoo.com)

janica said...

What a lovely restaurants is this. This is such a nice restaurant I ever see.

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