Heard about Takuri Cafe from friends. So I decided to hold my lunch meeting there last Monday. I reserved through their Facebook page and received a prompt reply and confirmation.
It is located at Cuartero in Jaro. I flagged a cab from SM City and in less than 10 minutes we were there. With or without GPS, not hard to find. The neighborhood evoked the familiar yet fast-disappering “laid-back mood” of the city and so it was a welcome respite from the urbanized Diversion Road.
It serves Asian cuisines like laksa, nasi lemak, nasi goreng, fresh rolls; Malaysian coffee, and traditional Filipino desserts.
I was happy to had my fill of crabs.
Reasonable price. Homey, and intimate as it is small. They call the owner-chef Tita Daisy. I was shy to introduce myself so we had no exchange of pleasantries. Maybe next time.
The place served my purpose, we enjoyed the dishes, and lingered for a while – I’m coming back.
Hopped into a Nasugbu-bound bus this Sunday to check-out Marcia Adams in Alfonso. Went down along Residence Inn and walked toward the arch to the right side of the road. From there, I walked down the road and found Marcia Adams. From Manila, this is after Antonio’s and before Sonya’s.
I arrived an hour earlier before their opening time, which is 11:30 in the morning. Obviously, I was the first customer, and I must say the staff were all friendly and welcoming. I chose this table by the window in the main dining hall. For the sunrise.
My most memorable story: I met Nanay Loida, Marcia’s 80-year-old Mom. When she knew I’m from Antique, we conversed in Kinaray-a. Before my lunch came, she offered me a plate of nilagang saba, and afterwards, brewed coffee. For free. But what delighted me most of all is this: when I told Nanay that I write in Kinaray-a, she replied: “So you’re like Magdalena…” Magdalena here is Magdalena Jalandoni, the considered grand dame of Hiligaynon literature in the early to the middle-part of the last century. Her novels were serialized in local magazines and Nanay had read them. Nanay also regaled me with stories about the Japanese Occupation in Sibalom, her hometown in Antique. Then Nanay walked me up back to the main road, and I was certain I will return – with friends.