The restaurant scene in Bacolod City is bustling with the opening of another new restaurant two Sundays ago. Maria Kucina Familia started to serve Bacolodnons last August 20, 2017.
As one enters the gate of the restaurant, it seems like going to a party in someone’s house with cars parked upfront. Maria Kucina Familia used to be a family home. Upon setting foot inside, it feels so welcoming. The old wood side door opens to a foyer which leads to a non-airconditioned dining area and the bar/counter. Beyond is a very spacious yard with simple but beautifully landscaped garden. There is also a sizeable fishpond and a grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Beside this is another non-airconditioned dining area bigger than the one at the entrance. The restaurant has two airconditioned dining areas.
One of the owners of Maria Kucina Familia is a daughter of one of Bacolod’s top caterers who also owns Bascon Café. With this background, the customers are assured of a very good food offering. The menu is very extensive. There are many interesting choices. The food that we ordered came with rice and the servings were good for one to two persons. The prices are reasonable.
For appetizer, we had Sisig Croquetas. These are deep fried potato balls stuffed with pork sisig. I so love this! They were so soft and creamy and the sinfulness of the pork sisig could barely be felt. I highly recommend this. The price is P170.
The Lamb Stew was very delicious. This is tomato based slow cooked lamb with potatoes and drenched in wine. The lamb was tender and the sauce was very flavorful. The price is P210.
Our waiter recommended the Pepper Steak and we were glad that he did because we liked it. The steak which sits on mashed potatoes and topped with fried onions was tender and juicy. The price is P 375.
We also liked the Glazed Chicken with Lemon and Garlic. The dish is crispy chicken cutlets with a sweet sauce. Missed to take the price of this dish.
The Parmesan Crusted Salmon is pan seared salmon topped with parmesan cheese. This comes with a yogurt dressing, paella rice and green salad as sides. The salmon was cooked just right and very tasty. The price is P235.
For desserts we had Tres Leches ala Mode and Apple Pie ala Mode. The Tres Leches was heavenly! It was so soft and creamy. At P145, it is a little bit pricey for dessert per Bacolod standards but it was so worth it.
I am not very fond of apple pies but I liked the Apple Pie ala Mode of Maria Kucina Familia. The apple slices were generous and you can munch on real apples. The price is P135.
The restaurant also sells some goodies like lengua de gato, pastillas, taro chips, raisin cookies, sambag sambag, cheese cookies and Cookies ni Maria.
Aside from having good food, Maria Kucina Familia is elegantly decorated. There are so many art pieces which gives the restaurant a very homey ambiance. It felt like dining in your grandparents’ old home. You don’t get bored waiting for your food because there are so many things to interest you.
For big groups, the airconditioned dining areas could be made into function rooms. The Majong Room has a capacity of 15 to 20 persons with a consumable of P 3,500. With a capacity of 30 to 40 persons, the Commidor Room has a consumable of P 15,000.
The Terasa is non-aircon and has a capacity of 40 to 50 persons. This room opens to the very spacious yard. No minimum charge with this room.
Buffet service is offered for a minimum of 40 persons
Service is very good.
Maria Kucina Familia is located at 24th Street. If you are coming from the south, it is the street after Sky Cable. As you turn left, it is the second property on the right fronting the Mormons Church.
The restaurant is always full house. Making a reservation is highly recommended especially if you are a big group. You may contact them at 445-4458.
Breakfast 7 am to 10 am
Lunch 11 am to 2 pm
Dinner 5:30 pm to 10 pm
Maria Kucina Familia is a very welcome addition to the continually growing Bacolod restaurants. It is seldom that we find a set up like theirs. The combination of a homey ambiance and very good food is just perfect. I would love to return and try the other dishes.