Thursday, June 4, 2015


I first heard about Casa San Miguel when I saw the film "Boses," shown during the 2008 Cinemalaya Film Festival. The film tells the story of Onyok, a seven-year old boy rescued by a concerned neighbor from his abusive father. The films lyricism was reflected by the locale, beautiful and haunting at the same time.
Casa San Miguel was established by renowned concert violinist Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata to integrate culture and community development in Pundaquit,  Zambales. Aside from housing a museum and serving as a school to talented music scholars like Julian Duque who played Onyok in "Boses," there is the bed and breakfast for visitors who want to stay for a night or two.
For tourists who just want a quick stopover,  there's the Backstage Cafe. There's a patio perfect for outdoor dining. 
The indoor area is airy and has a shabby chic air with lots of corners filled with curios and antiques.
No, there is no one playing the piano
Yes, that's a mannequin standing in the corner, not a neckless jester.
Was able to sample their breakfast fare, the choices of which are mostly Filipino food. I had the tuyo  (dried fish) and tocino (sweet pork meat) combo, served with sinangag (fried rice) and sliced tomatoes. I orderd a cup of brewed coffee to complete the filling meal.
The hubby tried the cafe's specialty, tuyo pasta. The linguini is served with fresh egg to thicken and add to the creaminess of the carbonara sauce, lightly flavored with tuyo flakes. The simplicity of the dish is the its secret.
My favorite was the molten lava cake, which reminded me of the souffle cake of Cafe Lawis in Bohol. The tanginess of the fresh strawberries helped balance the heaviness of the chocolate flavor. Like a teenage love affair, the cake was pretty, moist and bittersweet.

Address: Barangay San Miguel, San Antonio, 2206 Zambales, Philippines
Telephone: +63 47 903 8657

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