Food finds in BF Homes Paranaque

Written by CJ Juntereal, Photos by Pia Puno for Food Magazine

Posted at Mar 07 2013 04:38 PM | Updated as of Mar 13 2013 01:10 AM

Amidst the hubbub of BF Homes Parañaque, you can find some lovely spots that offer more than a few delicious surprises.

It all started with Conti's and Amalia's, two restaurants that placed BF Homes Parañaque on the radars of people who like to eat. Then more restaurants opened up, run by people with an enthusiastic love of food and cooking that they wanted to share.

These were small restaurants, family-run, housed in renovated residences along Aguirre Street and President's Avenue. Unlike Amalia's and Conti's, most did not expand, but remained small and passionate. Today, eating along these streets come pretty close to taking a trip around the world.

Just in front of the Tahanan Village gate along President's Avenue, you will find Tito Chef Restaurant and All Things Culinary with its casual vibe and light interiors. The restaurant is owned by Chef Menoy Gimenez who has peppered its menu with an eclectic mix of Asian, European and American dishes. The generous portions, quality ingredients and straightforward, well-executed cooking tie everything together.

Inside Tito Chef Restaurant

Along Aguirre Street is Hanakazu. Run by Chef Hiroaki Otsuka and his wife Lorna, its reputation has grown by word-of-mouth and praises are sung about the outstanding freshness of its sashimi. You may opt for omakase, which means that you leave it all up to the chef; or else you can order a la carte.

Assorted sashimi at Hanakazu

No longer a tiny hole-in-the-wall, Sen Lek offers affordable and tasty Thai street food. You can't go wrong with their P90 bowl of Mix Thai Noodle with its clean, tangy broth, redolent with fresh herbs.

Sen Lek's Mix Thai Noodles

Go to Daniele's Casa Mia along A. Santos Avenue for home-style Italian food. Daniele is the son of Roberto Bellini, who owns the well-known restaurant in Cubao. The many-paged menu is the tip of the iceberg; Daniele explains that he has more that 70 different pizzas and pastas in his repertoire.

For the serious food lover, there is Tina's Table. Chef Tina Legarda, trained in Le Souffle under Chef Jessie Sincioco, worked with the L'opera group and at The French Corner, and most recently cooked at Chef Mario Batali's Osteria Mozza at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. At Tina's Table, which she opened in her family home only last December, her cooking and her family's style of entertaining guests combine into a special private dining experience. Dinners may be booked for a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 people.

Private dining at Tina's Table

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