March 25, 2012

Restaurant Review: Tutto Domani

 Tutto Domani, the latest creation by chef Anthony and his master architect brother, Joey is without a doubt, Manila’s newest and only benchmark modern cafe. Just outside Greenbelt on Esperanza St, one step inside and the contemporary artistic and architectural wonder transports you to another place entirely. Custom Italian furniture, artwork, art toys and contrasting textures, materials and colors evoke the defiant eclecticism of Saatchi’s Gallery with the laid-back cool of Berlin or Silver Lake in LA; but to be fair, there is nothing on earth that can quite compare to the cafe’s design. Every piece is a modern work of art, seemingly chosen with Tolkienesque grain and depth.

 The cosy dining area provides a sense of giggly exclusivity. Sitting down, you instantly know you’re not part of the trend-chasing parvenu milling about town. Yet, the close proximity to the open kitchen makes you feel included - Anthony comes out and has a chat before cooking up a storm, whilst the amazing staff make you feel instantly involved with the cooking process and even dish out cool puzzles while you wait. It’s all a rare feat of service that brings back the oft lost sense of personal hospitality and collegiality in today’s restos.

It’s absolute mayhem at peak lunch hour, but it brings a welcome sense frenetic joviality. But who could blame the lunch crowd? Saffron smoked salmon cream with homemade penne, grilled Angus patties on ciabatta with mustard and adobo in its own reduction-style sauce swimming with intense flavor on triangled focaccia all provide impressive twists on classics. But that’s not all - homemade deserts from perfect chocolate soufflés to pastel iced pastries are an exercise in craftsmanship. We love that every coffee and every dish comes on a little wooden chopping board, bespoke cut to hold glasses and dishes. The plating and presentation reflect the culinary philosophy: effortlessly cool, yet nuanced in the complexity of flavor and construction. Each dish is so thought-out and so precisely executed, from the cream in the saffron smoked salmon sauce to the combination of leafy greens in each tortilla salad shot glass, that accompanies each meal.

The coffee is another major drawcard, with a delightful crema as Italian as the furniture. None of that American crap - Tutto Domani does the real deal: finely pulled shots with real lattes, mochas, cappuccinos and machiattos. And if coffee isn’t your bag, the homemade iced tea is served in delightful mugs. Thick and hearty with a head of foam, it’s like drinking the tea version of a stout ale, only bittersweet.

Whilst Sydney’s cafe scene has been reduced to a duel to the death in minimalism - less interior design, less food on the plate, less avocado on the toast, hell - less milk in the lattes if the mannerless baristas could get away with it; Manila’s has just experienced a re-birth in the whole concept of what a cafe is, in spectacular style.

Mark's uncle, chef and co-owner of Tutto Domani, Anthony Yupangco

Anthony and Mark
From start to finish, Tutto Domani doesn’t try to be cool, because it doesn’t have to. It simply is. Few places in the world have that certain je ne sais quoi about it; that whiff of nonchalant and inherent cool that stems from confidence in the quality of ingredients and skill in the construction of each dish. So drop those shopping bags, book a table, grab a puzzle and scull down a mug of home-made iced tea. 

What: Tutto Domani
Where: Store #9, New World Hotel, Esperanza St, Cnr Makati Ave, Makati City, Metro Manila

* Easily the coolest looking cafe in Manila
* Amazing food, complex flavors and quality ingredients - Anthony is a master chef
* Great coffee, some of the best in the city
* Exclusive, yet incredibly inclusive, with a strong personal touch
* Absolute bang for your buck

* Busy lunch hours usually require a booking
* Closed on Sundays
* What’s that? You say you don’t like hipsters? Er, well…
* We want more! Keep that menu rolling...

Listening to : Cameo Lover by Kimbra
             <3: Davao
            =( : Captain


  1. Hybrid Places are one of the things that keep Manila alive and young and modern :) Super bet ko yung kitsch interiors nito <3 So when are we gonna go on a date here? :)

    1. Super true. hahah Thanks Krista and yes! We should! congrats pala sa final project mo!! galing! :D

  2. Many people choose great dining restaurants for a special occasion, so the food must not disappoint- in either selection or quality. You don’t need to feature a huge menu, but it should be interesting, offering unique items that patrons wouldn’t find at any other restaurant.

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