For Christmas lunch, my lola had a hankering for paella. So off to Eastwood we went to look for an open restaurant that served her chosen dish. After asking around, we were directed to the 2nd floor where a Spanish and a Filipino restaurant were located. Both serve paella but we chose to dine in Crisostomo.
Crisostomo specializes in Filipino cuisine–the restaurant’s facade even boasts that they serve “turn of the century Filipino cuisine”. In the 1800s, Jose Rizal wrote the novel Noli Me Tangere wherein Crisostomo Ibarra is the name of the protagonist. This restaurant is named after that character.
Crisostomo can be found on the 2nd floor veranda of the new Eastwood Mall. You can opt to eat outside and enjoy the fresh air or inside to enjoy the restaurant’s ambiance.
Here’s a shot of Crisostomo’s part of the veranda. Bigger parties are served outside the restaurant as shown by the long table arrangement.
Here’s the inside. I find it more intimate and cozy than eating out on the veranda.
The photographs on the walls are drawings of Noli Me Tangere characters.
And then there’s your life-size Crisostomo backlit acrylic.
And now for what you’ve all been waiting for: The Food.
Here’s the Paella my lola was craving for. The dish looked pretty small but we soon realized it was compact. This was just right for a party of four.
Kangkong Selo, a tasty garlic kangkong dish.
Sisig Lengua. I didn’t try this because I’ve never eaten lengua and I have no plans to. Am I missing out?
And their bestseller, Don Rafael. Hands down, this is the best crispy pata I’ve tasted. Crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. I would go back there just for this. We managed to finish this, just the four of us.
Here’s a close-up. Is your mouth watering yet?
The restaurant has their branding down to a T–from their decorations, tissues, placemats and even their water bottles.
The service was excellent. The waiters were very good and knew facts about the restaurant and its other upcoming branches (an Elias branch will open soon). The owner was also present and was very accommodating. He checked on customers and when we wanted to transfer to another table, he made sure that we switched without much fuss.
The verdict? I had a great Christmas lunch at Crisostomo. The food was great, the wait wasn’t long (pizzeria’s take longer to serve food!), the ambiance and people were nice. For that experience, I’d give it five stars. And I’m definitely coming back.
Crisostomo is open from Monday to Sunday, 11:00am to 11:00pm.