EXPERIENCING LINA’S AL FRESCO DINING
Our curiosity about the newly opened restaurant, Lina’s Al Fresco Dining brought us there, to experience and catch up with my two other friends.
Lina’s Al Fresco Dining is located at 1st Street, near SSS Building. Lina’s Al Fresco Dining is a garden converted into a beautiful restaurant.Unlike ay another restaurant, their signage outside was just small, as small as one piece of Cartolina and not even lighted. The place is in a residential area so no one would think that there’s a restaurant inside. What distinguished the place from other houses in the place was the wooden door which I suppose a gate before of the house.
Dining sets made of hardwood at Lina’s Al Fresco Dining, Ideal for big groups
As soon as you enter, you will be greeted by the vertical display of potted greens which serves as a blind for the entire restaurant. To the right there is a bar wherein waiters are waiting to usher guests to their reserved seats. Reserved seats because for the first month of their operation they are always fully booked and if you wish to have a good spot in the restaurant you need to reserve especially if you come as a group. We saw a few groups who arrived without reservations, but they were lucky because others had left when they arrived so they were able to sit. Others were given a table against the wall in a dark corner…
The water feature added a different dimension in the place
I love the ambiance of Lina’s Al Fresco Dining. That was about 6PM when I arrived and its quite dark already. The lighting were just perfect and cozy great for a date I suppose…and don’t worry about mosquitoes because the electric fans were all over.
The dining sets were made of various wooden furniture. There was even one daybed in a corner used as a dining seat.
Daybed use as part of the dining set
At the main cabana, elegant upholstered comfortable sofas in lavender were used for lounging and dining .We wished that we had reserved those spots …the best spot I guess in the entire Lina’s Al Fresco Dining.
The water feature made the place more interesting.
Some of the waiters were familiar to us, because some of them were from other restos we’d eaten before.
The bar right at the entrance of the restaurant
The food were just fine. But the price when compared to the serving size was relatively high. Their serving size was just enough for one person but if you are a large eater you need to order at least two dishes to enjoy. If you’ll ask me how much would be the budget per person…maybe you need to prepare PhP 600 to PhP 1,500/person depending on your appetite and on the dish you will order.
I like particularly their Bagoong Fried Chicken. The bagoong in the dish was not visible but the moment you try it you can tell that it was marinated from Bagoong (Shrimp Paste).
For those who planned to try the restaurant, aside from making a reservation in advance, you’d better come early as theres no parking space outside. I was able to park beside the restaurant but when we went home I realized that others were having difficulty of parking their cars.
Bagoong Fried Chicken
OTHER PHOTOS TAKEN AT LINA’S AL FRESCO DINING
With my two friends: Femmy Magbanua and Louie Jomero with her son
Having our last pose at the main entrance of the restaurant