Casa Roces

1153 JP Laurel Sr. St. cor. Aguado St., Manila, Metro Manila

Casa Roces
4.1
4.0 Stars

75 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 28
  • 4 stars 32
  • 3 stars 11
  • 2 stars 4
  • 1 star 0
  • 80 Reviews
  • 179 Recommend
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Category:
Fusion
Business Hours
Reopens: 10:00a - 10:00p
Phone
+6324881929

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Wi-Fi:
Free
Parking:
Valet
Reservations:
Yes
Kids Menu:
No
Delivery:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
Ambience:
Casual
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Udnshsjsn H.
5.0 Stars
6

Casa Roces is a fine dining restaurant located in Malacañang. I gave five stars to this restaurant because I have never been to a very classy restaurant in Manila as classy as Casa Roces.

Casa Roces was said to be one of the oldest house in our country. It was build in 1930+ and was preserved and maintained till present. The house is owned by the Roces family, same blood line as Chino Roces.

Let us go with the food. I highly recommend their Paellas!! Must try Paella Negra (black paella topped with seafood and garlic aioli)

The pictures I posted here (in no particular order) are:
Paella Negra (must try)
Pork Stew Binagoongan
Fideos with Spanish Chorizo
Ox Tail Kare Kare
Pollo Iberico (roasted chicken)

The price is pricy but it is all worth it!

The parking lot is not that spacious, but they have a valet service.

They are also open for reservation.

This is a perfect place for those who loves some privacy and those who loves vintage.

President Noynoy is one of their valued customer. The President is a frequent customer here. What more can you say? 128522

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Tommy T.
4.0 Stars

An old house across Malacanang Palace converted to a restaurant serving fusion Filipino, Spanish food. Old house charm gave a nostalgic ambiance, we had pancit molo soup, a bit salty, green salad , fried salmon with capers, chicken, lengua, and pasta. Fried turon for dessert.

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Muffy T.
4.0 Stars

Casa Roces is an old ancentral house-turned restaurant nestled in the Middle of the Malacañang compound in Manila. I honestly dont think we would've known or visited this place if not for the DG* voucher given to us for Christmas.

The place is easy to find thanks to Waze, and it only took us about thirty minutes from Katipunan to get there for Sunday dinner.

As soon as you enter the gate, big heavy wooden doors would greet and lead you to a receiving area full of the Roces family's pictures. The furniture was quaint and comfortable; and typical of what you would find in homes prolly during the eighties. Entering Casa Roces really made me feel like i was being welcomed into someones home.

The food menu was exciting. There were a lot of things we wanted to try. Aside from what was included in the deal, we decided to order a couple of more dishes just because of the rave reviews they got on looloo and other sites (yes i did my research first 128517).

The deal we got included two servings of fettuccine with blue cheese and roasted mushrooms; pollo iberico which was roasted chicken; 'sangria te' iced tea; and a slice of cake. In addition to that, we also ordered oyster mushroom frittura, lengua in mushroom sauce, and oven baked salmon wellington. I wanted the steak chuleton, but there were 'no steaks available' during my visit.

Our appetizer came, and the fried oyster mushrooms with marinara suace quickly got mixed reviews. I thought it was fantastic! The mushrooms were crunchy, well seasoned, and totally went well with the marinara sauce. Alec C, on the other hand, wasn't convinced. He said that it had a weird aftertaste.

Served next were the baked salmon wellington and lengua in mushroom sauce.

We're both giving the baked salmon wellington a thumbs up - salmon was well cooked and not at all dry; was fresh and seasoned perfectly; and the pastry was flaky and golden brown.

The lengua in mushroom sauce was a disappointment mainly because the lengua itself had no flavour. Also, the cook on it was horrible. It was tough and rubbery. I just had a few bites before i gave up on the dish.

Soon after, our 'voucher meal' was served. The servers claimed that these two were their "best sellers". The pollo iberico or roasted chicken looked appetizing. The pasta - not so much.

The pollo iberico was moist, tender, and even the white meat melted in your mouth. The sauce had a nice sweet and tangy flavour, with an underlying hint of smokeyness. I even thought it tasted a little bit fruity at some point. Would've eaten more if i wasn't already full.

What surprised me the most during our meal was the fettuccine with blue cheese and roasted mushrooms. I expected more of this dish. The pasta was overcooked; the sauce was thin, bland, and tasted nothing of blue cheese; and the 'roasted mushrooms' came straight out of a can. It basically reminded me of pasta served during kids' birthday parties.

At this point, i was stuffed and didn't really care for cake so Alec C had the whole slice of white chocolate sansrival. For a guy who doesn't like eating cake, he sure finished it fast. Must've been really good.

My food experience in Casa Roces was "okay". It had a few highs and a few lows. Some things i didn't really care for were the lengua in mushroom sauce, and fettuccine with blue cheese and roasted mushrooms. While others i enjoyed, like the baked salmon wellington and mushroom friturra.

Overall, i believe this place still has potential. The wonderful homey ambiance and polite servers make me want to visit again.. and next time, i'll already know what to order!

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Chloe F.
4.0 Stars

So I ordered Crispy Lengua Caesar Salad, Fettucine with Blue Cheese and Grilled Mushrooms, Bacon Cheeseburger Ensaymada (yes you read that right), and the amaaazing Loacker cake

The place is a classic! It was an old house-turned-restaurant. It has that certain charm to it of being homey.

I was not too crazy about the food but it was fine. I would go back here to have a nice time every once in a while. The salad was fresh, Fettucine lacked seasoning and the sauce was a little thin, Bacon Cheeseburger Ensaymada was fun but the taste doesn't mix too well. I think it needs more bacon *wink* hahahaha.

About that loacker (as in the wafer) cake they sell in their mini bakery, it was the bomb. I would definitely want to get more of that! I got the last pieced this day luckily.

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Allan D.
4.0 Stars

We availed of the Malacanang tour w lunch at Casa Roces.

We came in early and initially felt irritated because the tour guide/coordinator was absent and nobody seemed to know our arrangements.

Good thing that resto manager,Ms Marlene Carlos, came to the rescue and accomodated us.

After a good educational tour for the kids at Malacanang...we walked back to Casa Roces and anticipated good food for our famished stomachs.

The interiors of the resto brings you back in colonial Spanish times and decors that adorn the resto accentuate the alta sociedad ambiance.

We had the ff menu for our lunch
Marinated artichoke salad
Pumpkin soup
Classic chicken adobo
Pescado en salsa verde
Grilled pork ribs
Palabok
Carbonara (special request from my youngest)

Total bill is around P4500 inclusive of the Malacanang tour

Service was excellent

Food was just ok,nothing out of the ordinary

Well worth every penny to have experienced the tour and lunch.

Would like to go back here again to try their dinner menu and cocktails .

Note: Parking is a nightmare so better bring a driver

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Cheska G.
3.0 Stars

We availed of an online deal that offers a 4-course meal at Casa Roces. The reviews I read regarding this restaurant looks promising so we decided to give it a try.

We had difficulties reaching this place because waze app led us to the side streets of Manila. Hubby really dislikes driving within Manila because of the narrow streets, sidewalk vendors, pedicabs and jeepneys.

The food was just OK for me except for the creamy carbonara. Other than that, nothing really special that would make us want to go back to this place.

Note: There's no parking available inside the restaurant and you can just park on the side streets.

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Yina M.
5.0 Stars

Manila, I have a love-hate relationship with you. To get to you, I have to pass smaller streets, sometimes dingy, and there are jeeps that stop right where they wanna stop like the whole road was their business. Another thing is that there are so many people loitering! Whoever was Sgt. At arms in high school, could have a career in writing down a long list of people standing and loitering!! 128545 Ah, but Manila, there are times I fall in love with you. This is one of those times.

After hearing mass in San Beda, my mom suggested to eat in Casa Roces. So we took a trip down my mom's nostalgia driving around the area. She mentioned that this used to be open to the public before Imelda M. (Parang looloo user Lang) had it closed off due to all the protesters going to Malacañang. Thank you for the map, looloo because my parents were beginning to debate which street it was on as their references were the old places they'd date at! Terrific memories they now have! Wow!

Inside Malacañang is an old mansion owned by the Roces family (yes, the Chino Roces, I believe) that they converted into a restaurant. You can immediately see that the architecture and set-up is of old. The doors and tiles scream rustic. As you enter the restaurant, a wide foyer is there to receive you. There are frames of family portraits and photos (I would assume of the Roces clan) and the restaurant is surprisingly spacious! What a mansion this is!! We were seated near sliding glass windows that lead to the lanai. Outdoor seating is also available for those who want to smoke but for lunch, I doubt any Filipino would sit outside given the heat.

We ordered the OYSTER MUSHROOMS FRITURRA as our appetizer. This was excellent! Meaty and a bit oily, it was perfect with the marinara sauce but I preferred it without. If someone would cook this everyday as my substitute for meat, I would comply. The mushrooms were huge but not thick and the oil did not dribble down your chin the way I would imagine chicharon bulaklak would but it had the same feel. I am guessing with fewer calories, too.

My dad had some ROASTED TOMATO SOUP. I had some to taste and it was great! No acidity kicks there! His chosen entree? A PRAWNS THERMIDOR LINGUINI. Didn't get the chance to taste it but I would assume that it was up to par with the restaurant's charm.

My mom on the other hand was already on a roll with her nostalgia, so she ordered food of the past - LENGUA IN MUSHROOM SAUCE. A favorite of the olds as my mom would call it. And if you tasted it, you'd know why! The lengua is tender and if you had a nimbly plastic fork just graze it, the meat would fall off. I can imagine my grandfather enjoying this dish with his ill-fitting teeth on and have no complains whatsoever! Apart from that, the taste of mushroom sauce is pure! It's rich! It doesn't resemble ready mix sauce taste so you won't fear burping a taste of preservatives til the next day. I could be wrong, of course.

If mom was entitled to her memories, I was entitled to indulge in what I thought was part of the Christmas menu at home. I missed Callos last year and as an homage to my lost Christmas lunch, I ordered CALLOS A LA ABUELITA. While I was used to a thicker sauce due to cheaper ingredients, I enjoyed the splendid taste of this dish. The sauce was tasty despite the lack of body I normally am used to and the tripe was spectacular! The chickpeas were cooked well and were not mushy. So you could tell the taste of each element in your mouth. I felt I was transported to a different Philippine era. I also had a back-up plan in case I didn't enjoy the Callos, I ordered the RATATOUILLE VEGAN ENSAIMADA. Honestly, I did not have room for this but I needed to take a bite out of it so that my mom wouldn't get angry i ordered it. The color of this dish made it look so appetizing! The vegetables were fresh and crunchy. The balsamic syrup completed the sandwich BUT, I realized at this point that I hate carrots in a sandwich. I dislike carrots except when served as a crudité. So that sandwich ended up as lunch the next day.

The meal let us savor each dish but left us with the need for postre afterwards. Casa Roces' best-seller in the dessert category is the MALACAÑANG FROZEN SOUFFLÉ. I should've been warned with frozen because I didn't enjoy the ice cream. There is a tartness to it that could only belong to the flavor of a lemon. It looked so enticing in the other table with the pistachio and dark choco flakes around the soufflé that we ordered it. Thank goodness my back-up plan for this worked! I ordered the LECHE FLAN BRÛLÉE that ended up more to my liking. Am glad that my mom liked the frozen soufflé that she ended up finishing it! Major YAY!

The servers know what they're recommending and they have a full grasp of the menu. Although, the part with the ensaimada sort of failed. I like that they are quick to serve and that they serve well.

I don't usually say this, but I'd consider Casa Roces a good date place. I'd go back! The ambience has a relaxing Sunday feel without the butterflies in your stomach knowing Monday's around the bend. I'm easily charmed by big doors, framed photos and paintings and bookshelves! Even if they are books that are just posers. The rusticity gives off a homey vibe that's true to the era without the musty smell that comes along with the memory or the color sepia. If I were an old soul, I'd say I'd be an old Filipina soul with the matching pamaypay. I can say that my guffaw doesn't match that look, though.

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Ana S.
4.0 Stars

Who would've thought this place could serve awesome burgers??? We got the bacon cheese ensaiburger. Yes, you read it right, ensaymada bun for the burger. Thought it would be weird but it was awesome. Because it was huge, I split it with my partner (photo only shows half the burger, ladies and gents). My partner also thoroughly enjoyed the dish. We both finished off our half-burgers and the home-baked fries that went with it. Yum!

So, for a plate at Php385 split between us plus the refreshing fresh fruit shakes (watermelon and mango), making this a pitstop to "decompress," after a very long program review in nearby Intramuros, was worth it. :)

One challenge was, still, getting the attention of the servers (you need buzzers, people!). Also, service was not as fast as it used to be (took about 15-20 mins to get our burger but it was worth the wait)...

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Ana S.
4.0 Stars

Why would others like this place? Quiet enough, excellent food, a break away from the city.... Feels like home. I have gone here many times for mid-afternoon meetings and luncheons... Reliable quality food. Service is fast. Wait staff was waning a bit this last visit (they may need buzzers to keep customers from having to wave at them for concerns)... Understandably understaffed as we went there this Saturday. People generally not expected immediately after Christmas but they were open (thank goodness!)... Had a great meeting and was stuffed from the jamon with Iberian cheese on baguette slices (they ran out of manchego)... Yummy idea with salsa. :) had the Caesars salad with Lechon bits... A little indulgence since it is still the holidays :)

My friends got the baked salmon (yummy melts in your mouth, photo attached) and the lengua (melts in your mouth, too!).

Ultimate dessert is the malacanan lemon soufflé ... I forget what it's called but it's the only soufflé on the menu. Sarap! With pistachio bits on top! Takes out the umay/ilay/sum-od :)

I also discovered that Casa Roces has function rooms on the second floor... Very nice. Will probably celebrate my birthday here... Or a planned book launch next year for my company... :) KEWL!

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Jasper S.
3.0 Stars

I like the ambiance. It's a home turned into a restaurant that's why it gives off a cozy feel. When we went there today for lunch, it was packed and so it was crazy noisy as hell! Lots of families were chatting so loud that we can barely hear each other anymore.

As for the food, I found it just average. We had the truffle and bleu cheese pasta. It wasn't creamy which is just how I like it.

We had the chicken cooked in olive oil and some spices. The chicken meat was moist which is okay. The chicken by itself can't deliver a good dish though. Without mixing the sauce, it was just bland. It really needs the sauce to be a good dish.

We also ordered a fish dish with herbs and nuts on top and a mashed potato underneath. I liked the mashed potato because they clearly used real potatoes. As for the fish, it was clearly cream dory. I'm not a big fan of the fish but it was cooked okay.

I liked the paella negra. We think they used purely real squid ink to make the dish which made the dish stand out.

The crispy lengua caesar salad may sound somehing worth trying but be ready to be disappointed. It doesn't go together well and the lengua fried to crispiness doesn't taste anything good. In fact, I feel it just wastes a perfectly good lengua that could have been used to make other usual lengua dishes.

For dessert, we tried the frozen soufflé and the chocolate cake with dulce de leche. Both are worth a try and the frozen soufflé can be shared by three persons easily. It tasted more like a frozen brazo on the top part with lemon syrup and a plain ice cream at the bottom part. The chocolate cake with dulce de leche tasted better. The chocolate and the caramel mixed well inside my mouth plus the chocolate cake was moist! I like my cakes like that.

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Alex O.
3.0 Stars

Drove al the way to Malacanang Palace to try Casa Roces. It's an old house turned into a restaurant right across Malacanang. Food was good, mix of Filipino and international cuisine, but really nothing special worth traveling all the way. It is more of the experience of eating in this area and the old house/ old charm ambiance that makes it special. If you are in the area, it's worth checking out though.

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Jaysica S.
4.0 Stars

after attending mass at St. Jude, a few blocks away is an old house of the Roces turned restuarant. It has a nice ambience. a good place to have intimate dates, whether breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Tin L.
5.0 Stars

I love the ambiance of this place. Very elegant and classy. The service crew are accommodating as well. One time, we were even seated in Pinoy's favorite room.

Must try are: Lengua in mushroom-cognac sauce, Callos, and Salmon Wellington. Love their Fettuccine with blue cheese and their Ceasar salad. For the cakes, I think it's locally supplied.

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Denise Q.
4.0 Stars

Celebrated my sister's birthday right smack midworkweek! Imagine the traffic jam! 128517

Anyhow, I met up with my family after work and boy I was starving when I arrived. Good thing they left a few servings of the appetizers they ordered.

Among those were the following..
Oysters Mushroom Frittura, Baked Laing Dip with Lavash, Crispy Lengua Caesar Salad, Truffle Mushroom Puree. For the appetizers, I especially loved the oysters mushroom frittura with its special salsa.

The Berenjana Casada was another of my favorite - cheese gratinated baked eggplant with homemade Spanish tomato sauce and balsamic reduction. 128077

Pinakbet with Vigan Bagnet, Pescado en Salsa Verde and Paella Negra were some of the main course dishes too. These are authentic Filipino dishes indeed. 128079

The Malacanan Frozen Souffle is the one worth coming back for after during this second visit - frozen lemon custard with dark choco, pistachio and lemon lavender sauce, who could say no to that? 128539 and the Cherry Walnut cheesecake my sister chose for her cake, was delicious! A little too bit sweet for my taste, but it's cheesecake!!! Super delicious for all those with sweet tooth! 10084127856127874

As for the service and ambiance, quite good actually that you get to have a little quick tour of the historical vintage home. They even showed the private room where Dingdong and Marian had their Valentines' date. 128516

Overall, a quiet place for private dining or celebrations with pretty backdrops for pictorials too 128521

Credits to my mom for her collage-making skills, hee hee. 128077

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Shiela S.
4.0 Stars

Never fail to go here every time we had a meeting inside Malacanang

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Shiela S.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Jenny A.
5.0 Stars

Celebrated our 6th year anniv here. Perfect for date night ambiance. Food was great. Staff were so polite and friendly. I would love to come back soon! :)

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KatKat F.
5.0 Stars

I love the ambience of this place!
The pork binagoongan has crispy pork skins.
And malacańan souffle is highly recommended.

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Trisha S.
4.0 Stars

Food tasting for my nephew's party. Had a feast of different Spanish dishes... Wasn't able to take photos of all of them, though. 128528

Buuut loved the molo and tomato soup, pollo iberico, this eggplant dish whose name I can't remember, and the desserts.

So excited to come back this Saturday for the party!!! 127881127881127881

On a side note, met the owners of the restaurant and they were such nice people! ♡

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Lee Y.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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