It's my first time to ever hear a Peruvian kitchen existing in Metro Manila, or even anywhere else in the Philippines. I guess Peru's culinary cuisine is not as famous as Thailand's, Spain's or any other country whose influence have reached our country significantly.
But this could only mean Filipinos are actually always looking for something new for their taste buds. This is why many restaurateurs have tried introducing other foreign cuisines that would surely be loved by the Filipinos penchant to eat good food especially on special occasions where we deserve a rewarding treat.
Only six months old, Don Andres is surprisingly already making a name for itself based on the influx of customers trying out their new assortment of dishes. With some drinks and dishes that you can only find at Don Andres, you will surely get curious with what they have to offer.
Who's Don Andres you may ask, well it is still unclear to us since the staff couldn't agree on a single story. But most of them say it was derived from no less than Filipino hero Andres Bonifacio. Why did they name the restaurant after one of the Philippines' heroes? That also remains an enigma.
However, who wants to ponder on the accuracy of their name's historical origins when there's so many good food presently in front of us? Just as what Master Oogway said at the Kung Fu Panda movie "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift, that is why it is called 'present'." You will definitely forget everything else once you've been gifted with the opportunity to try out their awesome dishes.
Located at St. Esguerra street near the two of the biggest TV networks in the country, there is a big chance you'll catch a celebrity checking them out too. Having a selfie with your favorite tele-serye character may just be something worthwhile to anticipate. It will surely be a big bonus aside from getting your tummies filled up.
The place is huge enough to cater to an entire bus load of employees but you may have to call for reservations just to be sure you'll have a seat when you get there especially during dinner time. The neighborhood is at a peak during night time when most offices are already closed for the day. Nothing beats a sumptuous dinner at Don Andres to end the day right.
You may want to ask the staff about the dishes since their present menu only has a short description of the dish and doesn't have any photos except for the ones at their counter where a few pictures of the dishes are shown. Since the names are in Spanish, which is quite close to the Filipino language, you'll more or less get an idea what the dishes are all about. Also, you'll never be disappointed of any of their dishes since they are all good from the starters to the main meals up to their desserts.
You'll find out that they are the only ones who carry the Inca Kola brand. This is definitely not your traditional drink at any other restaurant in Manila. You should try this bubblegum-flavored bubbly right away for something new to the taste.
|Inca Kola (Php 175)|
|Choros A La Chalaca (Php 320)|
|Pulpo Al Olivo (Php 290)|
|Peruvian Sangria (Php 425 for Carafe, Php 135 per glass)|
|Cevinche De Pescado (Php 280)|
|Chorizo Al Plato Php 260)|
|Brochetas De Lomo (Php 420)|
|Arros Con Mariscos (Php 380)|
|Pescado Al Ajillo (Php 420)|
|Sanguchon De Chicharon (Php 225)|
|Arroz Con Mejillones (Php 380)|
Another rice dish is the Arroz Con Mejillones which is similar to the Arroz Con Mariscos except that its purely composed of mussels as the prime ingredients. It also cost the same reasonable price.
|Lomo Saltado (Php 420)|
|Pollo A La Brasa (Whole Chicken: Php 590 without sides, Php 650 with sides)|
|Lengua Guisada (Php 420)|
|Pie De Limon (Php 145)|
|Tres Leches (Php 165)|
Eat it quickly as served before the milk turns it all soggy and gooey, but I kinda like it that way more since it offered a welcome change to the usual dessert we often have.
|Alfajores (Php 65 for three pieces)|
|Peach Mango Smoothie (Php 145)|
|Mojito (their menu has no indicated price)|
Good luck to Don Andres Peruvian Kitchen. I think they are planning to setup a new branch soon in Makati so we are looking forward for that branch since it will be nearer to us.
Some of my foodie friends with one of the owners of Dona Andres Peruvian Kitchen. Others had to leave already because of other important errands.
Foodies like us will definitely flock the restaurant soon so they can also indulge on the many exciting dishes Don Andres Peruvian Kitchen has to offer. Don't be left behind. Be sure to visit the restaurant at #26 Courtside Building Sgt. Esguerra Avenue South Triangle, Quezon City after reading this story.
Thank you again to Don Andres Peruvian Kitchen for an amazing lunch treat!