Seeing old objects draws forth a response from everyone; to those who used them, nostalgia, to those who have not, fascination and curiosity. I felt both when I had dinner with some fellow bloggers in a Filipino restaurant, Dekada.
Scattered about the place is a collection of artifact of bygone years, such as telephone with rotary dial, callus-inducing typewriters, cassette tapes, tape-eating walkman, and betamax copies of sleazy films that made Gardo Verzosa an object of many a woman’s fantasies. I was naturally amused that if I had been using a vintage camera, I would have used all of the shots for taking pictures of the displays alone (thank god this is a camera phone era!).
Because I was mighty impressed with the ambiance I’ve set high expectations on the food. Fortunately, I was not disappointed. We were served with Magwagi, one of their Family Fiesta offerings. It comes with Sinigang na Sugpo, one whole Lechon Manok, Binukadkad na Pla Pla, Adobo Rice, Twice Cooked Adobo, Bicol Express, and Laguna Salad. The food was placed on banana leaves. Had they not served us with plates, forks, and spoons, I would gladly eat with my hands like in a boodle fight.
There is nothing on that table I did not love. Everything was delicious especially the deconstructed Bicol Express. The sauce is separated from the meat, so I mistook it for bagnet, until one of my companions made a comment about it. That’s a pretty creative way of presenting bicol express I must say.
For an honest feedback, the meat of the Twice Cooked Adobo, which I believe is beef, was a bit tough. Same is true with the Lechon Manok, but I think these could be improved.
All in all it was a very pleasant experience; food was good, the staff was warm and nice, and the ambiance, perfect. Dekada Restaurant isn’t just about dining, it’s a little trip down memory lane; two factors that make for an unforgettable dining experience.
2/F, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center,
Glorietta Complex, Makati
Telephone no.: (02) 841-013