I only learned about the sad news today – Laya, that beautiful and cozy personal dining restaurant in Antipolo that went we to last July 2010, has closed down.

It is so unfortunate – both for those who have not been given the chance to experience the incredible dining experience at Laya, and for those people like me who have tried it, but couldn’t wait to eat there again.

Laya is just perfect – it is near the metro but far enough to avoid the pollution and usual rush. The place is pretty, the owners and the servers very friendly, and of course, the food is superb. Even if they charge 750/head, it was all worth it. Even cheap actually, considering the quality.

I haven’t had the chance to blog about our unique experience there last July, so allow me to share with you some photos of the place, and the food that we were served, as a fitting tribute to Laya.

Both C and I had the Laya Signatures Menu. It is composed of a 5-course lunch set with unlimited Laya Signature Pandan Iced Tea (that is so refreshing I think I gulped 5 tall glasses during the whole meal!

Refreshing Signature Laya Pandan Iced Tea
Trio of Appetizers: Crabstick & Cream Cheese Dumpling with Spicy Mango Sauce; Shrimp & Chicken Wanton Bag with Thai Sweet Chili; and Stirfried Kaffir Lime Pork in Lettuce Wrap
Spiced Pumpkin & Cashew Nut Soup with Coconut Cream Froth
Grilled Spice-crusted Chicken Strips with Mixed Greens in Ginger Soy Dressing
Fresh Lime & Mango Sorbet
For the main course, we both had Herb-Marinated US HangingTender Steak in a Red Wine & Rosemary Reduction with Spiced Crushed Potatoes
Dark Chocolate and Black Pepper Tart with Candied Ginger & Basil-infused Crème Anglaise
So sweet! complimentary turon in chocnut dip (we were celebrating our 14th monthsary at that time)

We were so full after eating all those yummy food! It was one of those situations where in you are already full but can’t stop eating because all that were served looks and tastes yummy! This, coupled with the great ambience from our table.

Thank you to the talented husband-and-wife duo of Irene and Chef Ricci. Whatever your plan is, we’re all excited to see and feel your awesome existence in the scene again! 🙂

4 comments on “A Tribute to Laya”

  1. very nice photos sis. And I’d really love to try the trio of appetizers plate someday. Hope they could open one of their restos here in Pasig City 🙁 It’s too bad they closed when their food has so much potential.
    .-= AnneMP´s last blog ..Spicy Ginataang Sigarilyas =-.

  2. Hi Miss May! This is Irene from Laya.

    Wow! Thank you so much for such a wonderful post! We are so happy that you guys enjoyed your anniversary lunch with us! 🙂

    Do you mind if we share this link on our Facebook page?

    Btw, we’re reopening LAYA! Yay! 😀 We’re moving to our new home at the lovely Pinto Art Museum. Just a stone’s throw away from our old location. We hope you can visit us there, too. We’d love to see you guys again! 🙂
    .-= Irene´s last blog ..Writing from Paradise =-.

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