Casa Verde Opens in Manila (Fuck Yeah!)

I have some great news for all the Cebu food aficionados like myself: Casa Verde has finally opened a branch in Manila! On September 27, Casa Verde announced through their Facebook page that they are invading Manila soon:

photo credit: Casa Verde Facebook page

Imagine how thrilled I was when I saw this!

Casa Verde opened its first Manila branch last September 30, at the 2nd Level of Ayala UP Town Center, Katipunan in Quezon City. Now I have a reason to go back and hangout on the area near my beloved Alma Mater!

If you have been following my blog, you would have gathered that I adore Cebu and its smorgasbord of restaurants. Therefore, hearing about Casa Verde’s awesome move to bring this delight to Manila was like a wish being granted. I hope other Cebu restaurants follow suit. One down, a hundred more to go!

I’m just wondering if Casa Verde offers the same menu and prices, given the tight competition in the Metro. Despite food establishments and hangout venues quickly popping up in QC, especially in Maginhawa and Katipunan, I have no doubts that Casa Verde can compete in terms of quality.

When my mother and my sister went to Cebu last month to watch me compete in the 6th Dancesport sa Sugbu (and witnessed me lose, hahaha) I treated them to a fantastic dinner at Casa Verde afterwards. The I.T. Park branch was the nearest one from Waterfront Hotel, so even if I found that branch a bit cramped, we went ahead anyway.

In spite of the server’s remark that their famous Brian’s Ribs was good enough for two, we ordered two other dishes to share among the three of us. We got the Jon Jay’s Steak and Pasta combo, as well as the Chicken, Mushroom, and Cheese Fajitas.

My Mom didn’t like the mildly sweet sauce; I on the other hand found it to be one of the few “sweet” meat dishes I like. I liked how the ribs are smothered in a thick, tangy sauce that just demands to be savored. Good thing my mother barely touched it—that means more portions for me, haha!

We shouldn’t have ordered extra rice because Jon Jay’s Steak and Pasta is sure to fill up whatever stomach space left after consuming Brian’s Ribs. The flavor of the USDA steak cutlets in brown gravy blended perfectly with the spaghetti noodles cooked in oil and garlic. I love olive-oil based pasta dishes—I ALWAYS (no exaggeration) get the Pasta al Ajillo in Mozu Café—and holy cow, this dish reminded me of it.

It’s a bit of a challenge to eat out with my mother because she is so picky with food, so when she expressed genuine happiness with the Chicken, Mushroom, and Cheese Fajitas, I was absolutely delighted! I totally agree with her extreme fondness for the dish. It was an exquisite medley of tender, grilled chicken, sautéed mushrooms, red and green peppers, creamy cheese, and bacon! Talk about bursts of different flavors in one bite!

Casa Verde’s fajita sour cream was so good I was eating it as if it were ice cream. Since it was a deconstructed version, I prepared myself only one small wrap, after which I felt as if I would burst anytime.

Chicken, Mushroom, and Cheese
For dessert, my sister recommended Lauren’s Lava Cake. I’m not too fond of sweets so we only got one to share. This is one exciting dessert—“multi-layered”, if that description is fit—because of the crunchy shell that encases a ball of vanilla ice cream, on top of the chocolate lava-filled cake. I featured it in my earlier post, 4 Desserts from Cebu Worth Traveling for, because it really is a must-try!

Lauren's Lava Cake

But now you won’t have to book a trip just to try this cake and Casa Verde’s other scrumptious dishes. All you have to do is head over to QC and check out their newly-opened branch! The store is open from 11:00am to 9:00pm, so plan a sumptuous lunch with friends or family. I am anticipating a huge UP or Ateneo crowd, so I’m aiming for a weekday visit. Can’t wait to try their burgers, steaks, and milkshakes!


Casa Verde (Cebu)

Ramos Branch
#69 Lim Tian Teng Street, Ramos, Cebu City
Monday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
+63 32 253.6472

IT Park
The Walk, A104, Asiatown IT Park, Cebu City
Monday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
+63 32 412.3336

The Terraces
Stall 304, 3rd level, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City
Monday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
+63 32 233.8885

Casa Verde (Manila) 
Ayala UP Town Center
2/F, Ayala UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
Monday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Casa Verde Official Sites:
Website: Casa Verde
Instagram: Casa Verde PH
Facebook: Casa Verde
Twitter: Casa Verde PH
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  1. Woot! I'm glad that Casa Verde is already in Manila. Brian's Ribs has always been a personal favorite. You must try their death by chocolate is sinfully delicious!

    The Exaggerated Zeal

    1. So excited to go there soon. Hehe. Sige, tatry ko yan. Thanks for the recommendation! :)

  2. Wow! Awesome! Watch out, Manila! Cebu invasion is starting. Hahaha. You gotta try Dong Juan's gambas pasta too! They're in Manila now, too. Search it up lang. hahaha. ;)

    Babe for Food - your BFF in Cebu dining! :)

    1. I tried Dong Juan in Cebu, but not yet here in Paranaque. Sige try ko yang pasta na yan haha. Thanks!

  3. do they have the same prices?
    mura yon sa Cebu e...

  4. Brians ribs is really cheap and good for sharing


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