2nd Level, Building B
Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang-hari
Since discovering the new Evia Lifestyle Center sometime last year (see post here) I’ve been meaning to try this new concept restaurant that always catches my eye whenever we’re there. Luckily, lunch time came upon us while scouting for a place to celebrate the Baby Ball’s birthday, and we were able to step into Another Story.
The place itself is honestly, quite visually stunning. The charm it exudes comes from a mix of all the interesting and seemingly uncoordinated objects which remarkably come together to make it seem like you stepped into the pages of a storybook. I actually felt like I was going inside the house of Mr. Tumnus (the faun from “The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe”) to have tea, but that his house had recently undergone an episode of The Great Interior Design Challenge.. that sort of thing. Oh OK, I know: think Mr. Tumnus house meets Café Juanita.
Anyway, I’ll let the photos speak more about what I mean.
You can see the eclectic and rustic tones in the way they use mismatched patterns and colors in their table settings and dining sets, and the seemingly carefully curated items put together to give out that storybook vibe.
Here’s the menu (taken from zomato) for reference.
The Hubby decided on the Baby Back Ribs, while I chose the Pork Milanese. We also got a extra side order of potato gratin to share.
The food was satisfactory, but quite frankly, was lackluster after the build-up of that ambience. And I don’t know if the service was just off that day, but there were several times during our meal that we had to make a little bit of a ruckus just to get the attention of the serving staff. I mean, you can see from the photos that the restaurant was far from crowded when we went, so I don’t think the staff were especially preoccupied with other customers. Also, I have to mention that we were honestly considering this place for one of our family celebrations, but were a bit put off when the servers seemed to lack knowledge on the menu items and our inquiries on event packages and arrangements. Pity, since the restaurant’s interiors make it seem like a cozy and relaxing place for special family gatherings and celebrations.
I still haven’t tried their desserts, though. I’ll see if the Hubby will be amenable to giving this another try soon. And that’ll be… another story.