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.
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unches 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.
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. T
he 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.