Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Exotic Cafe Juanita

Cafe Juanita is definitely overwhelming.  The eclectic decor, vivid colors and gypsyish feel were a bit too much to take in for the first few minutes.  But as I sat down and surveyed the place, I started to like its exotic, baroque interiors.  Pardon my ignorance but I never heard of Cafe Juanita until Franzia mentioned it when we were at Starbucks on Monday afternoon.  It's a Filipino, Asian, fusion restaurant in Brgy. Kapitolyo in Pasig, a short drive from my office.

 Looking at the collections of china, ceramics, dolls, and curios full of knick-knacks, I would imagine the owner of Cafe Juanita is quite a collector.  A myriad of textures  fill  this restaurant---from lace to gingham, shantung to brocade; crocheted chair covers, beaded curtains, overhead lighting draped with beaded fabrics, Indian shawl on the wall, embroidered curtains, capiz and colored glass windows.   The chandeliers were  bold and elaborate, they reminded me of Tessa Prieto's flamboyant head-dresses.

Franzia and I agreed that Cafe Juanita is a perfect place for a romantic date.  The intimate ambiance and stimulating interiors would definitely set the mood.    And the food?  Ah,  we have sampled four dishes [including dessert] from their menu that I will post on Friday, and I will definitely come back to try some more.

Reds...and some blues as well.

Posted for Ruby Tuesday


Hootin Anni said...

Absolutely beautiful....and below, I love your weekend photo also!

MY R. T. is now posted...scroll down from my Tuesday's Heads or Tails post....

Felisol said...

Thank you for bring me to these exotic surroundings.
I think the premises have a lot to say also for the taste of the food. That's probably why the Mac Donald's never will become my place on earth.
The Café Juanita on the other hand is quite my cup of tea (or coffee).
From Felisol

JunieRose2005 said...

Lots of wonderful color here!


maryt/theteach said...

Lovely Ruby Tuesday post, miranda! :)

Stephanie V said...

What a lovely glow that restaurant has. You captured the ambiance well. Too bad I can't taste the food.
Thanks for the visit to my RT.

storyteller said...

Looks like a delightful place to dine ;--)
Hugs and blessings,
Small Reflections

Miranda said...

Very pretty colorful restaurant. I love it!

MaR said...

What a wonderful, inviting place!! Love the name too :)
Happy RT!

Photo Cache said...

the decor can be too overwhelming. but i guess after the initial shock, one learns to enjoy each individual detail.

hope you and your family are safe.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Café Juanita—
where we savor not just food
but the ambiance.

My Ruby Tuesday

Terry said...

hi miranda...thank you so much for your visit.
i had no idea that you were filipino and i now am hoping that you are doing ok in the floods that you are having.
i have two blogging friends that live there.
one is "crown of beauty" and the other one is mel avila allarilla..they both have wonderful blogs and by the looks of it you do too!
i just love the reds in your restaurant and i must say a hot cup of tea with you, drinking out of fancy china cups, would be a pleasure!
what a warm and cozy looking restaurant!
this is beautiful!
please look after yourself and i pray that the floods will soon be over and that your countrymen will be all ok.....love terry

ps..i just love that cute little heartbeat at your feet...what a cutie he is!
his name fritz means "ruler in peace"...nice!

Gattina said...

That's a country to visit with all these very special decorated cafés !
I made already a big tour in the London Pubs, now I should start with cafés in the Philipines !

I saw pictures of the typhoon which went over your country, it's horrible, I hope the worst is over now. I heard that around 250 people were killed ! Poor families !!

Carletta said...

Lovely decor!
Almost too much to look at distracting one from the meal. :)

Unknown said...

hello, Terry! thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers. the victims of the flood are still struggling to get back on their feet. it won't be easy but i have faith in the Filipino spirit and resilience.

i'm glad you enjoyed your visit here.

Unknown said...

hello, Gattina! the worst is not over yet...those who perished from the flood will be remembered. those who survived the catastrophe will have to start from scratch.

i'm sure you'd enjoy a tour of interesting cafes here.:P

♥peachkins♥ said...

great capture!

Jim said...

This is a very pretty restaurant that you found. Did you have a four-desert dinner or was it a sampler after your dinner.
I think I would like to try this place.
I hope your RT was happy, I am late in making rounds. Thank you bunches for peeking in on mine.

witsandnuts said...

I'm jealous. This one's on my list. Hopefully, I'd be able to visit on my next vacation.