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SERVICE WITH NO RESERVATIONS

The effervescent, nothing-dampens-her-positive-mood Karla Reyes is a force to be reckoned with. And this is simply not due to her illustrious culinary family background. No, it is definitely more than that.

A proud descendant of a seasoned lineage of local restaurateurs, Karla's great-grandmother Lola Asyang—the Mother of Philippine Cooking—founded the fabled The Aristocrat, a pioneer of Filipino cuisine.

This restaurant along is a great leveler. Customers fromall walks of life would dine in the same familiar halls, where extended families celebrated their milestones. Entire clans welcomed their OFW relatives after years-long contracts abroad. It was where Makati and Alabang ladies of style and substance would lunch whenever they were in the area of Old Manila.

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