Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cucina ni Bunso in Quezon City

Cucina ni Bunso

Cucina ni Bunso is a newly opened Filipino Fusion restaurant in Quezon City. It is the "baby" of celebrity chef Mel Martinez. Located along Scout Lozano Street (near the corner of Tomas Morato), Cusina ni Bunso serves everyday favorite Filipino cuisine with Chef Mel's creative twist to the recipe.

Welcome to Cucina ni Bunso
Welcome to Cucina ni Bunso
When you enter the restaurant, you will be greeted by the bright interior and the colorful plates decorating the wall. The faded white tables and the warm lights bring a homey feel inside the restaurant.

colorful plates decorate the wall

Further into the restaurant, a more spacious hall welcomes the guests with long tables, elegant chandeliers and colorful decors. The restaurant's ambiance evokes a sentimental feeling of one's home and family, which is what Cucina ni Bunso is all about.

table with different chairs at Cucina ni Bunso
table with different chairs
Most of Chef Mel's dishes are recipes he learned from his mom. Cooking and eating home recipes bring back memories of our childhood, the fun experiences we had with our siblings, and the story of us growing up in the loving care of our parents.

Make sure you post a note on the Message Board, and check out who else visited Cucina ni Bunso

As soon as you are seated, order their refreshing Lemongrass Cooler. It will instantly set your mood while ordering your food. No wonder it is a bestseller at Cucina ni Bunso. It is available per glass, or for a bigger group, you can order it in a carafe.

Lemongrass Cooler by Cucina ni Bunso
Lemongrass Cooler (P45.00/US$1.00 per glass or P95.00/US$2.10 per carafe)

Meliton's Spring Roll
For appetizer, we recommend Meliton's Spring Roll. It is a vegetarian dish served with their special peanut sauce. The sauce gives the fresh veggies and the mangoes an exotic flavor. The taste is somewhere between the Filipino peanut sauce used for the lumpiang sariwa, and the Thai peanut sauce used for satay. Really interesting blend of flavors.

Meliton's Spring Roll by Cucina ni Bunso
Meliton's Spring Roll (P155.00/US$3.40)


Sisig Turon
We have seen different versions of sisig, and this one is truly unique. Unlike the usual sisig, the meat used here isn't fatty at all. They don't feel heavy on the taste. To balance this dish, Chef Mel created this very wonderful sauce that we really loved. The lemon vinaigrette perfectly matches the sisig turon. It helps a lot in eliminating the umay effect, making this dish actually quite refreshing to taste.

Sisig Turon by Cucina ni Bunso
Sisig Turon (P185.00/US$4.10)

Seafood Chowder
This seafood stew is deliciously creamy. Served with a generous amount of clams, squid and shrimp, this is definitely perfect for seafood lovers. Chef Mel's version is slightly spicy, which is quite okay for a seafood dish as it lessens the stench of the seafood ingredients. You'd surely want this whole bowl of soup for yourself!

Seafood Chowder by Cucina ni Bunso
Seafood Chowder (P180.00/US$4.00)

Bangus in Banana Leaves with Talangka Sauce
I love my mom's daing na bangus (milkfish) which made me a big fan of this fish. That is why I was delighted to learn that there's a bangus dish at Cucina ni Bunso. In addition to the usual tomatoes and onions, their bangus is also topped with mangoes. The tomatoes gives the dish a sweet and sour taste, a perfect ingredient to balance the flavors. It is then wrapped in banana leaves and served with talangka sauce. The talangka sauce is actually make of crab-fat (aligue in Tagalog) which make this dish very rich and oh sooo yummy. This dish is perfect with steaming hot plain rice.

Bangus in Banana Leaves with Talangka Sauce by Cucina ni Bunso
Bangus in Banana Leaves with Talangka Sauce (P295.00/US$6.50)

American Adobo
Chef Mel gave an American twist to our favorite Filipino dish, the adobo, by serving it like a stake on a bed of mushed potatoes. It is then topped with parsley and green olives. The adobo sauce is served separately, functioning like a gravy for the stake. It tastes like adobo with a bit of a smokey flavor. This dish was Edgar's favorite because it reminded him of his childhood, how their home-cooked adobo tasted.

American Adobo by Cucina ni Bunso
American Adobo (P320.00/US$7.00)

Mikael's Fruity Turon
For dessert, we had this cross between fruit salad and turon. Instead of canned fruits, Chef Mel used fresh fruits which we wrapped in lumpia wrappers, and fried until golden brown. It served with a scoop of buko-pandan ice cream. It's really quite simple, but very original and creative. Why "Mikael"? It was named after celebrity Mikael Daez who requested Chef Mel to create a dessert for the Christmas season. Chef Mel made one and named it after him.

Mikael's Fruity Turon by Cucina ni Bunso
Mikael's Fruity Turon (P170.00/US$3.70)

We are happy that Chef Mel Martinez decided to open a Filipino restaurant. No other food is closer to every Filipino's heart that Filipino food. Overall, Cucina ni Bunso is perfect for families and friends craving for their favorite Filipino dishes. We assure you that Chef Mel's creative twist to his recipes will surely surprise and delight everyone.


We would like to thank Chef Mel for having us at his very own Cucina ni Bunso. We learned that Chef Mel also loves to travel and plans to visit different parts of the Philippines to learn other regional dishes which he can recreate in his restaurant. We are looking forward to your travels and your culinary discoveries Chef Mel.


We invite you to visit Cucina ni Bunso and try their Filipino fusion dishes. Check out their menu and let us know what you think about their food. We might also try your recommendations when we revisit the restaurant.

Bring it to the next level by inviting your barkada on a weekend staycation in Quezon City. Tune Hotel Quezon City is located along Timog Avenue, only a few blocks away from Scout Lozano Street. Don't forget to include Cucina ni Bunso in your dining itinerary.

Cucina ni Bunso Menu (Page 1)

Cucina ni Bunso Menu (Page 2)

Cucina ni Bunso
117 Scout Lozano Street (near corner Tomas Morato Avenue), Quezon City
Store Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00am−2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday-Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Sunday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Contact Number: (02) 414 3151
Email: cucinanibunso@gmail.com
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