Manila’s Signature Dishes 2010 : C2 Classic Cuisine

Here’s the last restaurant that I visited for the Manila’s Signature Dishes of Unilever Foodsolutions. I really wanted to visit all 16 but with the Christmas traffic and the fear of growing a huge tummy, I settled for my lucky 7.

You’ve read about Pizza Hut’s Lechon Pizza, Red Crab Café’s delicious Salt and Pepper Crabs, Barcino’s Paella Valenciana, Chef Robert’s Lengua ala Pobre, Metro Cuisines’ Baked Salmon with Herbs and Bordeaux’ Boeuf Bourguignon, now we went local and tried C2’s wide array of classic pinoy dishes.


We joined part of The Club that evening at C2 Classic Cuisine in Katipunan. I really like the interiors where they have a salad bar in one end and long native-looking tables all around the ground floor.

I really enjoy dining out with The Club as everyone has lots of stories to tell and we would finish eating till 10 or 11 due to the numerous stories shared. That evening, we were joined by Nikki, Keith, Hannah and Dani – really good friends of The Club, honorary members I must say.

Our dinner began with bowls of Crispy Ribs Sinigang. I always like having soup to start my meal and this sour warm soup was just perfect given the cold Christmas air outside. The ribs was very meaty and it easily falls off the bone.


We also had Dory Escabeche which was very tender and I liked the sweet and sour sauce that goes well with my rice.


The Adobong Sitaw was one dish that I liked as I was really just craving for veggies that evening and contrary to your ordinary adobo, this one has a hint of coconut milk added into the sauce. I think I got a lot of serving of this dish which was conveniently placed in front of me.


When enjoying Filipino dishes, do not forget the rice. We were served with huge bowls of Garlic Rice which was good for a group of 3. You’ll definitely enjoy the dishes more when eaten with rice.


Dessert was a different version of Panna Cotta, it has gooey chocolate inside the creamy custard. Just like the one in Metro Cuisines, Paul and I enjoyed this very much and found ourselves finishing off a tall glass each. Yum!

*photo credit: Paul Ang

Check out the Filipino dishes offered at C2 Classic Cuisine. They have a branch along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City, Missouri street in Greenhills and at the 6th level of Shangri-la Plaza Mall.

Unilever Foodsolutions (UFS), being the preferred foodservice business partners among restaurateurs, felt the need to acknowledge notable restaurants who are developing Manila as a culinary city. They have partnered with select restaurants within the metropolis in coming up with signature dishes. UFS has synergized with these restaurants, both through dish development and promotion campaign for these signature dishes, in achieving one common goal: coming up with a different culinary experiences that provide value for money and culinary memories for diners.

If you're a restaurateur (or an aspiring one) and in need of help in coming with your signature dish, call (02) 588-8855 or email at

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