Google Research shows that we tend to eat more in colder months. I couldn't agree more. Especially if we're experiencing a typhoon named "Labuyo" —not helping.

Based on what I read, our appetites change when the days grow shorter. One interesting bit from the article is how our body responds to the cold season automatically relating it to the holidays. And when we say holidays, we think of a warm cup of cocoa, hot soup, comfort food in general —Filipino in particular. But not only that, we also think of home. Feeling all warm and fuzzy already?

Now I consider myself lucky for getting the chance to indulge in my favorite Filipino comfort foods (with a twist!) when I visited Cucina ni Bunso last week. Lucky because the place is like less than a 15 minute ride from where I live!

The visit was the result of the spontaneity of a Facebook message from my good friend May inviting me to catch up over dinner. As in agad-agad. I got the message while I was at the movies (The Purge was very disturbing) and since I was not doing anything else that night, I agreed.

Cucina ni Bunso sounded very humble. I honestly didn't expect much other than the thought that "hey, maybe the conversation will make up for what I thought will lack." But thoughts can be deceiving you know. Look at the place!

And then there's the food…

Meliton's Spring Roll - Php135
Bomba - Php155
Tiktilaok soup - Php145
Salad - Php185
Meliton's Spaghetti - Php185
Chicken ni Mel - Php295
Bangus in Banana leaves with Talangka sauce - Php295
Halo-Halo Turon Php120
Heavenly Chiffon Cake - Php85
My favorites are the spring rolls, Bomba, Chiken ni Mel and the Halo-Halo Turon. I can still taste the freshness of the Alfalfa which I found present in most of their dishes while I'm writing this. Seriously.

Cucina ni Bunso is owned and operated by Mel Martinez. Yes, the awesome actor (don't wonder) who happens to be Maricel Soriano's younger brother. He's the youngest in their brood that's why it's Cucina ni Bunso. Kuha mo?
Cucina ni Bunso's varying wall and ceiling adornments made the restaurant even more charming.
What made the place perfect in my vocabulary are its deliberate imperfections.

Very charming eh? Even the washrooms are plain wow!
Gentlemen | Ladies
Cucina ni Bunso is a feast for both your eyes and your palate. The best part? Every food selection is affordable!

And oh, the place is very Instagram-friendly so don't forget to bring your iPhones when you visit alright?

Cucina ni Bunso is located at 117 Sct. Lozano St. Quezon City.
Monday - Thursday : 11:00am − 2:00pm, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, 6:00pm - 11:00pm

For reservations, you can call them at (02) 414 3151 or email them at
They also cater! For more information, like Cucina ni Bunso on Facebook!


  1. i love the interesting interiors.. a must visit resto :)


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