DEKADA: Historic Filipino Cuisine in Glorietta

I got an invite from a dear friend a week ago along with a group of bloggers to try out DEKADA in Glorietta 3. 

DEKADA serves Historic Filipino Cuisine, the dishes of which were culled from our national heroes. They recently opened last Independence Day of last year 2013 to pay tribute to historic events and heroes. They imagine it would be great if they can prepare Bonifacio's, Juan Luna's or Tandang Sora's favourite dishes. 
DEKADA is right before the entrance of Landmark Department Store. 
Upon entering DEKADA, I was transported into a time of grandiose memories filled with so much stories. 

Old suitcase with interesting throwback things. I spotted the first ever mobile phone, and family computer tape. I remember my childhood, Hinihipan ko yung ilalim ng tape sa Family computer para gumana.
Shelves with vintage knick knacks and replica of old times. 
An old collection of cassette tapes, stereo, records, books and old classic Filipino movies.  

KAIN NA sa DEKADA: Historic Filipino Cuisine in Glorietta 3. ♥   
Our gastronomic journey for authentic Filipino cuisine. 

I had a refreshing bottomless Aquino Green Mango Shake  (P128). I love this drink. It's indeed thirst for freedom. A favorite among Filipino fruit shake lovers. One would love it for it's tangy and real fruit taste. 
To start our meal, we had Fresh Lumpiang Ubod (P118) A very healthy snack that every Filipino loves. Fresh Lumpiang Ubod by DEKADA is definitely a must try! It's drizzled with a peanut sauce and the veggies are so fresh and crisp. It's just perfect as an appetizer! Absolutely delicious!
To rev up our taste buds, we dive into a bowl of The Open City Sinigang na Salmon Head sa Miso (P328) that immediately warms our hearts and our bellies. 
Murphy Crispy Pla Pla with Eggplant (P289), crisp, and so full of flavor, and this dish is beautifully presented. 
Rizal Lechon Manok (Whole P578, Half P298). My childhood has revolved around eating lechon manok so eating this brings back many happy memories. The traditional recipe of Lechon Manok has captured the palate of generations. Marinated in essential ingredients and boiled in good broth ensures the juiciness and flavor, the tender and soft meat matched by the chewy and tasty skin of the chicken. 
We also tried the Kempeitai Gising Gising (P168), ground pork and green bean dish cooked in coconut milk and chili. I love spicy ginataang dishes so this was one of my favorite. It definitely awakens our senses.
Aguinaldo Twice-Cooked Adobo (P389). If there was a dish that's emblematic of the Filipino culture, it's the adobo. It was tender and tasty. 
Best-seller and DEKADA's version of one of my most favorite Filipino dishes- Gomburza Ox-Tail and Tripe Kare Kare (P348), a roasted beef oxtail and tripe stew with assorted vegetables cooked in peanut sauce, and served with bagoong. I love its rich peanut flavor. 

Of course, we didn't forget to order rice. What's Filipino food without the all-important rice? The first on our table was this serving of Quirino Adobo Flakes with Kesong Puti and Salted Eggs (P208) 

Next was the Franciscano Dilis Rice (P268), crispy baby dilis, scrambled egg and annatto oil stir-fried into garlic fried rice. 
My favorite among the ones we've tried was this serving of Agustino Bagoong Rice (P328) Shrimp paste fried rice topped with Grilled liempo, Green Mango strips, Scrambled Eggs. 

Then it was time for dessert. We had a Puto Bumbong with cheese (P148). 4 puto bumbong pieces topped with butter, shredded coconut, muscovado sugar and to infuse extra Filipino flavor to this decadent delight, sprinkle with cheese! Yum! 
Then we had Oplan Sagittarius Leche Flan (P68), Melt-in-your-mouth milk custard- the smoothest and richest you'll ever experience. I love that it wasn't overly sweet and it has all the right amounts of flavor.  
No Filipino restaurant is complete without Halo-Halo. Proclamation No. 1081 Buko Halo-Halo Espesyal (P138) loaded with scoop of ube ice cream, ube, leche flan, gulaman, nata de coco, beans, coconut in a buko shell with cherry on topped. Served with cup of milk on the side. 
This was really interesting for me as a Filipino; Looking at the menu made me nostalgic of the time when I had to remember the names of our subject in Philippine History. We enjoyed our lunch very much,  I will definitely take my mom and all my balikbayan or foreign friends and family to DEKADA for some traditional Filipino cooking. The food are tasteful and delicious and was well prepared, generous portions. Servings can be shared, perfect for the whole family or groupie feast to enjoy and everybody won't fail to remember and would keep everyone wanting for more! DEKADA, thank you for a wonderful Filipino dining experience. I shall return! 

DEKADA  Price List Menu
Prices are very reasonable and the menu is very extensive!
Address: Second Lower Floor, Glorietta 3 Glorietta Complex, Makati City, Philippines
Telephone: 02 842-0131 
Operating hours: 
10:00AM-9:00PM (Mon-Thurs)
10:00AM-10:00 PM (Fri-Sun)

Tell me what you think? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions.

THANKS, Much Love, Rochelle

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  1. The food looks yummy and the prices are so cheap! It's definitely worth a try. The food really make me drool. Haha. We'll definitely try dekada when we get to glorietta. :) And it's a plus that the place brings us back to our historical past. Love the antique items

  2. Great find! :D Will definitely check this out!

  3. Ang cute naman ng concept nila :) Natuwa ako kasi hindi ko inabot yung mga ganung bagay. Sana may time machine, so I can visit the old times :) Thanks naman dito sa resto na to at mala-antique ang figurines, sana yung wall nila is made from kahoy and capiz as well para feel na feel talaga ang throwback :) Anyways, ang sasarap ng foods, nagutom ako by just looking at your photos, galing mo talaga kumuha Ms. Rochelle :) The leche flan looks uber yummy! hihi. Parang nagtour na din ako dito. nakaktuwa naman, sana makapunta ako sa mga gantong lugar when I get back to makati.. yay! sarap magfood trip here. The menus are really extensive, pinoy na pinoy :) Thanks for sharing Ms. Rochelle! Godbless!! <3

  4. sit back and relax while history unfolds before your very eyes! welcoming dining area arouses one's interest to our past, the chairs alone would make us reminisce the old figure and life that has taken our culture down to its beginning with such illustration of quite a number of objects shown on it....that glass container where they served you the unfamous green mango shakes made me smile, why? common natin yan ginagamit till now, it's garapon! the food looks good and yummy, and i'm always after sa panghimagas...can't wait to try these.....

  5. What you're saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I'm sure you'll reach so many people with what you've got to say.


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