Nothing beats home cook foods because every bite is oozing with love. That’s why I’m in the lookout of discovering and exploring restaurants in and out of the metropolis that serves nothing but authentic home recipes. And just recently, my friends – Ate Joy of gastronomybyjoy.com and Marj of livingmarjorney.com; and I had an awesome food getaway at Aurora Filipino Cuisine in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. What it makes to stand out is that, this restaurant was put up because of passion and love for cooking.
Owned by Salongas, the 96 years old ancestral house that once became a parlor during the Japanese era where Imelda Marcos’ grandmother was a regular client, is now offering sumptuous dishes from Chef Day Salonga’s grandmother.
Aurora Filipino Cuisine is inspired by Chef Day’s grandmother named Aurora who loves to cook and documented her creations which was being preserved over the years. And few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to indulge with the food cultured with love and history and to add, an authentic Filipino dishes that only uses ingredients fresh from the neighborhood farms. Thus, it is not just offering what a Filipino food really taste like but also supporting our local farmers by being their suppliers. So, why not visit Sta.Cruz, Laguna anytime soon and pamper on its beauty and sumptuous offering.
The 2-storey old house located at P. Guevarra St., Sta. Cruz, Laguna was built in 1940. It was burnt by the Japanese during the Japanese era and was rebuilt. It was in 1950 – 1960 when the first floor was converted into a parlor where known personalities and celebrities during that time were their regular customers (and it was great to see that some of the curlers and other salon equipment were still present at the second floor ‘til as of this writing) while the second floor served as their home. Later on, the family, together with Chef Mon and Chef Day, the ancestral house became a destination restaurant in Sta.Cruz, Laguna named Aurora Filipino Cuisine.
Everything that were being served to us were part of their best sellers! To start the dining session, we had the freshest and colorful Enselada Sta.Cruz in town! This green salad is composed of pickled ubod, pako, and kesong puti tossed in salted egg vinaigrette. Oh boy, this is a must try and with the serving that is good for sharing for only Php 145.00 and this alone is already worth a visit.