Heirloom Culinary Delights at Bernie’s Kitchenette in Cavite City

Exploring Cavite City is fun and exciting when one visits Bernie’s Kitchenette. The home- cooked style dishes were the specialties of Ms. Bernadita Rojas-Fontanilla, She is called Bernie. She believes that one does not have to be a trained chef or a good cook just to present good food.


Bernie’s Kitchenette dishes

We met Tita Bernadita Rojas- Fontanilla few years ago during an organized tour of the city by Mr. Jhon Gorme in October 2016.  Whenever have a chance to visit the city. We always make a stopover at this place.


She was the granddaughter of Leopoldo Salcedo, who is famous Filipino celebrity and had been cooking traditional dishes for over 30 years.


l-r Mr. Philip Reyes, Ms.Vonnette Fernandez, Mr. Paulo Ortega and Ms. Lin Deres

Most of which are heirloom family recipes and popular dishes. They opened the place in 2015.


Manila Standard article, newspaper clippings and photo gallery


Dishes at Bernie’s Kitchenette


popular tourist spots in Cavite

The restaurant had a sitting capacity of between 100 to 120 people at any given time.


popular meal combination were the TAPSILOG meals, which never fails to satisfy one’s palate.


different kind of dishes

Another plus point were historical photos , batibot chairs and large wooden tables.


The atmosphere is like a fiesta with festive buntings which decorates the dining area.


restaurant interiors


menu board

The restaurant also sells Sukang Cavite ( Cavite vinegar), coffee and other specialties


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Pancit Pusit or sometimes called Pancit Choco en su Tinta, Pancit Negra, Pancit Itim

Among the popular dishes served at the restaurant includes, Pansit (noodle dishes): Pansit Pusit, which includes rice vermicelli / cellophane noodles which incorporates squid ink in its savory sauce. There are bits of squid and it is topped with crushed chicharon (pork rind), kinchay (coriander), diced mangoes and deep fried garlic. (completing the terno-terno [matching] concept of mixing food of the same color). ( Php 250 good for sharing between 3 to 4 people).


deep fried lao-lao

These were complemented with crispy lao-lao (fried fish) best dipped in Cavite vinegar or Sukang Cavite. (Php 80 per order) Morcon (a savory meat roll), Bacalao (sautéed salt cod), a dish that is usually served on Good Friday or during fridays.


Beef Kaldereta with a lot of sauce is only Php 80 per serving . The meat is tender and mildly spiced.


Pork Asado is well seasoned and the meat is tender. It is also best paired with white rice . The serving only cost Php 80.


Bernie’s Kitchenette facade

For large group, it is wise to pre-order some of their well-loved dishes, since the dishes are limited. The place is also an ideal spot of events and venue place.

Bernie’s Kitchenette

Address: 843 Midtown Bldg., Molina Street, Caridad, Cavite City

Operations : 9:00am to 7:00pm Tuesday to Sunday. There were times that the restaurant will close a little bit early on Sunday.

Contact: (046) 431 2088


Manyaman Mangan Restaurant in Glorietta 2

Manyaman is delicious in Kapampangan language . This is not our first time to eat at this Kapampangan fine dining restaurant .

Mangan Glorietta 2, Makati

This is one of the regional food that is quite close to our hearts . Since 2001, Mangan Restaurant has been serving Filipino food that celebrates the uniqueness of Kapampangan cuisine. From the name of the brand which means “Let’s eat”, it has become the company tagline in enticing guests to try and enjoy home cooked meals despite their busy schedules.

Kapampangan Culinary Magic “Mangan” is the Pampango word for eat. This restaurant is quite accessible to the commuting public as this is near MRT Ayala -Makati station . The restaurant boast of larger sitting capacity of between 120 to 130 people at any given time .


There was some sort of contest for online group and we were grouped into 4 persons per group . We were given 10 minutes to review the menus. After the short 10 minutes , Our group was given 3 kinds of dishes which  we all guessed correctly .

tibok-tibok with latik ( Php 120) per serving

There was a tie between our group ( together with Astig writers and founder Mr. Dennison Uy  )  and group 3 , which is just adjacent table – the host made our eyes closed and one of our team member fed me a dessert . I was thinking that it could be maja blanca or tibok-tibok since this is a Kapampangan dessert and i have not tasted any corn bits. Giving a wild guess and whispering to the host . Our group got it right ! It was creme ala creme of the night !


 sisig , crispy pata , crispy pata- diablo , bulalo , bibingka 

Mangan had three kinds of pata – Prichon Pata , Patang Demonyo ( spicy ) and Original Crispy Pata

aligi rice


pancit pusit

This is another specialty dish which uses squid ink and squid as part of the ingredients. We liked the kamias and chicharon ( pork cracking ) as toppings. MUST TRY

pancit puti 

This is another MUST TRY for those who wanted a different taste and version of our pancit with shredded chicken .


puto bumbong

fruit shakes

online writers, media and guests take time for a souvenir shot

Address: Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Office Dr, Makati, 1224 Metro Manila
Phone:(02) 625 5288
Operation : Everyday -10:00 am to 9:00 pm 

Note : prices are subject to change without prior notification . 





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