New Manila: Private Kitchen
Myrna Segismundo’s is a name recognised instantly all across the Philippines – the local chef has become one of the country’s most renowned, donning many hats (or should we say toques?) in her roles encompassing cookbook author, restaurateur, and perhaps most famously, managing director of the critically-acclaimed Restaurant 9501 in Manila. Earlier this summer the Peninsula Manila tapped her to be the guest chef at the two week-long Lasang Pinoy (Filipino Flavours) festival, but if you’re hoping to taste more of the chef’s signature cuisine, you’d do best to consider booking in for dinner at Segismundo’s famed private kitchen in New Manila.
Opened in 2011 in the basement of Segismundo’s home, the space functions by day as a cooking workshop, where locals and visitors have the chance to learn Filipino staple dishes, but by night tables are set and candles are lit for a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Helmed by both Segismundo and her nephew Mike Navarra, NMPK serves up modernised, elevated favourites like Adobo pate and empanaditas, as well as heirloom family recipes like the kaldereta (traditional goat stew with tomato sauce and plenty of hot peppers) and creamy queso de bola cheesecake. A chance to dine in Myrna’s own kitchen? You’d better book well ahead!