Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother’s Day Treat To The Ultimate Coco-Loco at Coconut House

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to treat the ‘superwoman’ in my life to a restaurant which serves one of her ultimate faves? Since coconut is on top of my mom’s favorite food, we decided to go to the restaurant famous for serving all-coconut meals–The Coconut House.
The Coconut House is located inside Quezon Memorial Circle near the Commonwealth Entrance (across the Philippine Coconut Authority. It was quite a far ride from our house in Manila, but I insisted on going to this restaurant since Mama’s been talking about wanting to go to this place when she saw it being featured in Jessica Soho Reports a couple of weeks back. Two night before, I’ve been thinking of where to bring Mama for Mother’s Day and good thing I remembered her fascination to that Jessica Soho feature on the coconut restaurant. I ‘munchpunched’ Coconut House, found its exact location and operating hours and its menu.
And can I just say I love Munchpunch a lot? This site is so useful and could even have you prepare how much money you’ll be needing if you decide to go a certain resto in their directory. It has a complete list of the restos’ updated menu and prices so you already know what to expect.
End of the promotion. Back to regular programming:-)
Alright so we finally found The Coconut House inside the confusing Quezon Memorial Circle. It’s a small one-level little house of wood and cement, neatly done and brightly lit by the sunlight that comes through the glass walls and windows. They have a huge menu which shows their Pampagana (starters),the Almusal (breakfast meals), the Tanghap (lunch and dinner meals), the Binalot (wrapped in banana leaf meals), the Panghimagas (desserts) section, and the Inumin (drinks).  Like any fast food chain, you have to go to the counter to order and pay.
Mama ordered Gising-gising (P125) — fresh Baguio beans, coco milk and ground pork paired with deep-fried galunggong fillet wrapped in a banana leaf. My sister went for Coco Calamari (P125) which is your usual Calamari favorite only cooked in using coconut and with mayo dip. I would love to try their Coco Veggie Pizza (75) but it wasn’t available so I decided to just share with my sister and just ordered two organic rice for us. For desserts, we got Macapuno Con Leche (P55)  and their signature Special Halo-Halo with Coconut Ice Cream (P90) on top. Mama also had fresh Buko Juice (P20) since she doesn’t want to drink water in restaurants.
Coco Calamari
I would give a 4 thumbs up for the Gising-gising and the Coco Calamari but a delightful 5 thumbs up goes to the desserts we ordered including the Buko Juice. Their Macapuno con Leche was a luscious choice and should not be missed if you’re planning to visit this resto. The Halo-Halo was also hard to resist because of its coco cream and non-dairy Ice Cream on top. According to Mama, the Buko juice tasted really good because it’s so fresh and with no additives.
Fresh Buko Juice, Special Halo-Halo and Macapuno con Leche
Before we left The Coconut House, we decided to buy Pancit Buco (P90)  for Nanay Sitang (our loving grandmother), another round of Macapuno con Leche, and the mini Buko Pie (P65). And yes, they were all a delectable choice! The Buko Pie was a surprise since I didn’t expect I could find a real tasty buko pie with big chunks of buko in Manila. Now, we don’t have to go to Laguna to experience buko pie goodness.
My mom was so happy with the treat. It was really worth the ride. Plus, we only spent approximately P600 for everything we ordered (including the take-out). I am definitely going back to The Coconut House. I’ve yet to taste their Veggie pizza and the Coco Sherbet.
Indeed, it was a Happy Mother’s (and daughters) Day!
Me and my superwoman:-)
mom and sis

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