Monday, May 23, 2022

Monalisa Kitchen a Filipino Comfort Food Restaurant

"We keep on improving. We will have more in our menu and of course, we will maintain our good quality service, which we are known for. My mantra was always tough times don’t last but tough people do. I knew the pandemic would end but I just did not know when. Maybe two or three years so I told myself I need to outlast the pandemic. My goal then was to just survive the pandemic. Most of the business then were dying which made opening a resto so hard." ~Maria Charissa Uanang-Josef, Founder/CEO of Monalisa Kitchen

Monalisa Kitchen started in November, 2020, during pandemic as an event place which catered to various functions and intimate events like wedding, baptismal, birthday and the like, observing and practicing health protocols as mandated by IATF.

It used to be an ancestral house that has been converted as a restaurant. A garden feel, relaxing vibe type of restaurant. It has a refreshing, cozy and homey ambiance to dine-in. 

During the Media Launch held on Saturday, May 21, with special guest Miss Earth Air 2018 Melanie Mader. Maria Charissa Uanang-Josef, Founder/CEO of Monalisa Kitchen, announced that they are now accepting walk-in, and dine-in customers. 

Maria Charissa Uanang-JosefFounder/CEO of Monalisa Kitchen

Just a few months before COVID-19, Monalisa Kitchen kept its business afloat by delivering good food to intimate family occasions during the pandemic. 70 percent of its revenues came from catering for intimate events; 20 percent from dine-in and 10 percent from food deliveries. During the pandemic, she also gave free food to the frontliners.

Three things she learned during the pandemic: 
  1. Be consistent (with your offerings, service and offering) and this would differentiate you from the rest.
  2. Be resilient (since people could not go out during the pandemic, we delivered the same quality food to them).
  3. Care for your network (because they will bring the clients to you).

The MENU includes:

Price ranges from Php 200 to Php 300 for a family, while the drinks cost less than Php 100 to Php120 depends on the flavor.


Beef Kare-Kare

Sinigang na Liempo

Inihaw na Liempo

Grilled Tuna Belly




Baked Tahong


Pinaputok na Tilapia

Pork Belly Lechon

Fish & Chips

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Mango Graham

Cheesy Lumpia

Pancit Canton

Lumpiang Sariwa

Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

Creamy Seafood Pesto

Bolognese Pasta

Walnut Banana Loaf

Classic Banana Loaf

Monalisa Kitchen also bakes cakes for any themed-occasion. Food packs are also available for take-out orders. They also accept catering services for all occasions, including in funeral.

Monalisa Kitchen can accomodate 45 pax (1st floor), 30 pax (2nd floor) and 30 pax (Al Fresco). They accept intimate events & catering. 

Follow their social media accounts at Facebook and Instagram.

For inquiries/reservarions, message their page or call: 
09175087067 / (02) 8641 7420

Open daily from 11am to 9pm. 

Located at:
98 East Dela Paz Street, Barangay San Roque 1801 Marikina City, Philippines

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