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Gata na Gata sa Sarap!

Gata na Gata sa Sarap!

Opened April 16, 2018 by managing partners Marian Lim, Earl Lim, Marion Ibasco and restaurant’s Chef Alan Kakilala executed the heirloom dishes from Marian’s family (from Naga, Bicol) to home cooked Bicolano dishes using niyog’s first press preserving the lush gata or coconut. Milk’s flavor that perfectly balances hot and spicy character of every dish. They’ve brought Bicolano favorites in Manila.

I was worried at first that majority of their food are spicy since I’m not a fan of it but they’ve mixed it up with the usual Filipino favorites and gave it a gata twist to make it their own specialty. They used the best ingredients in the market and certainly didn’t scrimp on it to highlight the best of the best Filipino dishes.


Dagos po kamo = Tuloy po kayo
Marhay na Aldaw = Good Day
Dios Mabalos = Thank you!

Another noble thing this restaurant has done is to help their fellow Bicolanos as they source their ingredients from Bicol like gata, malunggay,  tinapa, vinegar and other ingredients that their province has to offer. 

Their dishes are ideal for sharing and can serve 2-3 people. 

Crispy Okoy with Sukang Tuba (Php 150) 
They got their tuba from Bicol and mixed it in a way that worked well with their crispy okoy. The vinegar was sweet and tangy highlighted the okoy better. 

Laing (Php 235)
Creamy gata sauce with shredded gabi leaves. 

Bicol Express (Php 250)

I was told that the spicy level of this dish is mild compared to the ones they had in Bicol. They adjusted it to Manilenos palate.

Chicken Binakol (Php 320) 
Sweetened soup, it is another dish famous in Bicol. I found it unusual though since the soup was sweet. I normally go for sour or tangy soup-based dishes. 

Kinunot na Pagi (Php 295) 
Alimasag with malunggay leaves and flaked stingray then stewed in gata.

Sizzling Kandingga (Php 179) 
Made from pork lungs and heart, it is a well-known Bicolano delicacy. 

Beef Kaldereta with Gata (Php 380)
My ultimate favorite. It is my first to try kalderate with gata. Tender beef simmered in ginataan kalderate sauce.

Pork Binagoongan (Php 260)
Perfectly balanced binagoongan sauce with sautéed pork. 

Tinapa Rice (Php 180) 
Bicolano tinapa fried rice. Since majority of our dishes were flavorful the smokey taste of this rice didn't stood out. Plain rice will suffice but ask the servers which dish is suitable with this fried rice. 

I will certainly go back for their Beef Kaldereta with Gata with plain rice I'm a happy camper. I've indicated their current schedule below and they have split hours of operation. They have ample parking space too. The complex were Gata is situation is currently going under constructions to it can get a bit dusty outside. 

Gata Flavors of Bicolandia Atbp.
Unit 3, The Grandia Place, Mother Ignacia Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City
(0995) 462 7251

Monday-Sunday 11:00AM-2:00PM then 3:30PM-10:00PM

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