Chef Laudico Guevarra's formally held its grand opening yesterday, July 16, 2013. The event started by ribbon cutting led by San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez together with Vice Mayor Francis Zamora and Senator JV Ejercito Estrada. Chef Laudico Guevarra's is a complete buffet service restaurant that serves traditional and modern Filipino dishes.
My first step inside the gate of Guevarra's was like stepping back in time and I was amazed how the place was preserved and transformed into a beautiful place, old style yet with a modern twist. No wonder since its soft opening last March, Guevara's has been visited by guests and wouldn't mind getting a bit lost in the suburb area of San Juan. The city must be very proud to have Guevarra's. And I am talking only about the place.. and the food.. YES it's a different story altogether!
From food, to architecture, to fine art – Guevarra's does its part in preserving and promoting Filipino culture and history by paying homage to Filipino genius through culinary artistry and visual arts.
An exhibit was done that coincides at the grand opening of Guevarra's. Vincent Padilla's work at Guevarra's. The artist, Padilla, finished the master piece on the spot, a portrait of Chef Jackie and Chef Roland Laudico and was sold to highest bidder to be donated for a cause.
Just to give you a little background, Vincent Padilla was born there on September 27, 1976. However, his talent and artistic voice was truly honed during his family's time in Antipolo where he met and spent time with artists from the acclaimed Grupong Saling Pusa such as Elmer Borlongan, Mark Justiniani and Manny Garibay.
The exhibit which will run for a month is entitled “Time Taken by Brushstrokes” and features more than a dozen oil paintings done by the artist. The specific technique used in creating still images of a particular moment in time, forever frozen on canvas, is called Transparent Oil Painting.
Mark Mabasa, X-Factor Finalist performed two songs during the event. I honestly was impressed of his rendition. He is currently working on his new album, which is soon to be released and so I'm gonna watch out for this.
Folk Dance Troupe as they performed Filipino folk dance
And the talented daughter of Artist Vincent Padilla as she played the piano
After the short program, ribbon cutting at Buffet Table was done immediately where guests then feasted the food at the long buffet.
Tempting, salivating, mouth-watering food. I will post more of the photos separately. The food photos deserve a separate post. And ooh.. the sweets at Dessert Station.. Tsokolate, Brigaderos, Cupcakes, Suman, Bicho-bicho, Chocolate Fountain. and more.. and my favorite dessert, Kalabasa Pastillas. Now are you ready for more of mouth salivating food?
Traditional Kare-Kare! Yes, Angus Beef Kare-Kare
Chili Crab.. And these are just some of the few dishes at the buffet..
Spotted celebrities at the event..
and the Beauty Queens who considered that day as cheat day. I happened to be in the same line at the buffet table and I discovered that everyday is a cheat day for me. Who would want to miss to taste the sinful desserts at dessert station. Oh, they're just so yummy!
And my plate. A bit of everything and this was just my first round.. Now I regret because I did not taste a bit of Fried Adobo because my tummy was full at the second round. And from online review, this Adobo with a twist was unexpected that just blew them away.
Now, are you ready to experience a full-blown Filipino buffet too? You have to call ahead for reservation. Yes! They're that in-demand.
The place is perfect for wedding, small meeting, debut, birthday party or any other kind of event that involves a lot of food and a lot of people. In this or world insta, there is a place where you can have both in full... your tummy and your photo memories with a beautiful backdrop!
Guevarra's is open for lunch from 11:00am-2:00pm.
They also offer a dinner buffet if you prefer to eat like a king in the evening.
Here are the prices and schedules:
Weekday Lunch (Monday to Friday) - P399 + 10% Service Charge
Weekday Dinner (Monday to Thursday) - P499 + 10% Service Charge
Weekend Lunch and Dinner (Friday Dinner to Sunday Dinner) - P599 + 10% Service Charge
Lunch is from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM while dinner is from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
And for those interested in the in-between time, they do serve merienda on special occasions (events of 50 pax and above) at P399 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
For inquiries and reservations, dial 705 1811, 705 1874
0917 311 2222
Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico
387 P. Guevarra St. cor. Argonne St.,
Addition Hills, San Juan