Table Conversation: Becoming a Regular

By franco on 2 December, 2009

Deep Fried Flatbread with Blackbean Hummus from Restaurant Uno

Fried Flatbread with Black Bean Hummus

I want to be a regular.

You know that breed of restaurant customer that makes a restaurant a second home. Part personal kitchen. Part clubhouse. Being a regular means understanding the ins and outs of your chosen eatery and the restaurant staff knowing you beyond your name and credit card number.

Salmon Kilinlaw from Restaurant Uno

Salmon Kinilaw

feeds your soul as much as it feeds your stomach. It should be a place where you can retreat from the world.

Lately, business meetings and doing lunch with friends has meant spending an unusual amount of time in Quezon City. And for some unknown reason, the restaurant of choice has always been Restaurant Uno.

Bak Kut Teh from Restaurant Uno

Bak Kut Teh

I love Uno. This Tomas Morato staple has been at the same location for so many years that it is practically an area institution. Over the years, the restaurant has seen some improvements: a second floor and a bit of color on the walls and a menu that continues to change and evolve.

But at the core of all these changes is its philosophy of simplicity, f  ocusing a customer’s attention on the food and the joys of the meal.

Cheesecake from Restaurant Uno

Cheesecake with an Espresso

In the past month, I have been to Restaurant Uno at least five times. From full-course meals to a scrumptious snack of cheesecake with a cup of espresso, every meal has been delightfully comforting. Admittedly, this is not a sophisticated place that provides ‘wow’ moments with every bite and the service staff may need a bit of warming up. But I always return because this restaurant is slowly becoming my home away from home. And when my meal ends, I always leave rejuvenated, with a smile on my face.

Restaurant Uno

195-C Tomas Morato cor.

Scout Funtabella Street

Quezon City

Telphone: (02) 374-0774

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  • DECEMBER 6, 2009 4:37 PM

    gourmandtales said...

    one of the best resto in quezon city

  • DECEMBER 7, 2009 9:06 AM

    dyosa said...

    I haven't been to this place but the photos of the food certainly looks wonderful. Being a regular has its perks. I'm actually a regular of one coffee shop and a Chinese restaurant. Whenever I visit, I feel at home already and the warm welcome of the staff-turned-friends always brings pleasure.

  • DECEMBER 10, 2009 8:11 AM

    MrsLavendula said...

    sounds like a nice place!

  • DECEMBER 10, 2009 2:59 PM

    daphneosena said...

    just by looking at the photos i knew it was Uno. i recognized the new wall paper.

    i'm proud to say that i am a "regular" at Uno. been going there since 1997 when it was just a one floor 8 table resto. ate there almost everyday when i used to work around the area. the staff know me and my favourite spot. for a while i wanted to keep it our little secret, i never featured it in the food segment of my tv show (my bad i know). but i've long made up for that and spread the word via blogs and flickr.

    now i live in the south and i trek to qc at least once a month to get a taste of uno's lunch specials. i'm proud that uno didn't grow too big too fast.

    it is still my favourite restaurant.

  • JANUARY 14, 2010 7:29 AM

    Anonymous said...

    best baked NY cheesecake ever! and it costs like what..60 bucks a slice! hubby and I keep coming back for this the last 5 years.. love it!