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Barbara’s, an old world elegance

Saturday was one hundred percent enchanting for as we (Nanay, SAM, Leoncio and yours truly) visit downtown for a change. Well, exactly I don’t remember the last time I stepped foot in Manila particularly in Intramuros.

The reason of this break from the usual Makati-Taguig routine, will sample the luxury of fine dining at Barbara’s.  

Barbara’s, the restaurant, opened its doors to public in February 1993 and its historical location across San Agustin Church became a perfect venue for celebrations following weddings, baptismal and birthdays.


The Ambiance.  As we walked in to Barbara’s you can imagine the old times, the Spanish era, the Guardia civil, the Don and Dona’s, the Insulares.

It’s like going back on the 1800 century.

I suddenly remember El Fili and the rest of its personae when this dining hall welcomes us.

High ceilings and crystal chandeliers

The furnishings if not antique were all replicas of the ancient times. The overall setting is definitely world-apart from the modern day shopping mall restaurants or even to five star hotels.

It was absolutely a different venue to experience a dinner buffet.

Truly, Barbara’s is a place reminiscent of old world elegance.



The Food. We enjoyed a traditional Filipino house specialties which include also include Soup, Pandan Rice, Pancit Sotanghon, Vegetable Fritter (Okoy), Fish Fillet, Chicken and Beef Caldereta. Except for the soup everything is appetizing.

I especially love the Chicken with Rosemary with an option to douse with Black Vinegar (Sam didn’t like this at all…)

And we end up the filling dinner with assortment of sweet something –Banana Sesame, Tropical Fruit Cocktail, Coffee Jelly and Buko Pandan.

Nanay and I enjoyed the Banana Sesame; we had more than two servings 😀 .


The Cultural Show. The highlight of the dinner buffet at Barbara’s, guest enjoyed an hour of traditional Filipino dances by the Dancing Scholars. I remember the same concept with the former Josephine’s Restaurant in Greenbelt, Makati.

It was an awesome experience to witness the grace and beauty of these young dancers while depicting folk dances.

And guests are invited to participate on our very own National Dance –Tinikling 🙂 !

Overall, this dining event is so worth my single penny. At P250 for each, I cannot say more. By the way, I paid only half because of the voucher I bought from Metrodeal. We our paid drinks too as this not part of the voucher.

I would definitely recommend this place to visiting friends from abroad!



Barbara’s Restaurant
Plaza San Luis Complex
Intramuros, Manila
Tel. +632 527-3893 / 527-4086
Opened every day from 10 am to 10 pm
Lunch Buffet with Acoustic Entertainment P395+
Dinner Buffet with Cultural Show P495+

7 responses to “Barbara’s, an old world elegance

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  2. docgelo August 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    WOW! I hope I remember this post as we go home in December for Christmas and New Year. I wish to bring Tina’s balikbayan dad here when we get the chance. Truly, a Filipino experience!

  3. ->SaM August 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    What a nice experience it was ninang, thanks for taking me there…


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