Damaso Restaurant

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Damaso Restaurant otherwise known as Restaurante Pia y Damaso in Greenbelt 5, Makati, is a nouveau Filipino bistro restaurant owned by Bambi Sy-Gobio of Kookie & Luscious fame. It opened in December 2007.

The name is inspired by one of the most memorable Jose Rizal characters in his landmark novel Noli Me Tangere. In the book Padre Damaso, a Spanish friar is rumored to have been the real father of Maria Clara, one of the key protaganists. Pia was the native mother of Maria Clara. The twist in the restaurant's name conjures the happy blend of native, Spanish, and Chinese culinary cultures with a distinctly modern re-interpretation.

Among the featured menu items are classic Filipino comfort food: chicken pastel, chicken and pork adobo, binagoonan with okra, bacalao a la vizcaina, lengua sevillano and several distinctive dishes such as:

  • Lang-lang Noodle Soup, based on an old Binondo family recipe, featuring shredded chicken, woodear mushrooms, and three types of noodles: molo, lomi and sotanghon, guaranteed to sit heavy on your stomach
  • Smoked Tapang Usa with a roasted vegetable scramble, featuring salted venison from Nueva Ecija with a side of green mango pickeles, and garlic rice
  • Lemon tuyo pasta, with the traditional smoked fish serving as a topping of lemon-infused spaghetti.

Contact info

Unit 2-053 Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila Tel. 02 729 5511 Email: kaffedamaso@yahoo.com


  • Cathy_bythe sea's review in Midlife Mysteries blog: "The restaurant is small but its interiors are oh-so-charming, lovely and very-well done. Owned by Chef Bambi Sy-Gobio (she of Kooky and Luscious fame), it's no wonder that the dessert menu is a fabulous and interesting one.

Spotted at Damaso Restaurant

  • Pauline Suaco-Juan, editor-in-chief of Preview magazine
  • Jeremy Barnes, director of Malacañang Museum
  • Tats Manahan, restoration and surface artist
  • Ben Chan, Bench
  • Tessa Prieto-Valdes
  • Mia Borromeo, managing editor of Town & Country
  • Juan MIgual Ongsiako
  • Philip and Sandy Prieto Romualdez
  • Jana del Prado, Lakbay TV
  • Dr. Vicky Belo and Dr. Hayden Kho
  • Anna Sobrepeña, editor-in-chief of Lifestyle Asia
  • Josie Lichauco
  • Richard & Lucy Gomez
  • Pepito Albert
  • Randy Ortiz
  • Tilda Olondriz
  • Miguel Pastor
  • Anton San Diego
  • Gemma Suzara
  • Ivy Almario
  • Kate Torralba
  • Juana and Magee Manahan
  • Gus Vibal
  • Jerry Digo
  • Rick Yupangco

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