The Aristocrat Restaurant “Home of the BEST Chicken Barbecue in Town”, has been celebrating generations of Filipino tradition for the past 80 years. And now…here is the commemorative book “The Aristocrat Stories since 1936 : 38,888,888 Chicken Barbecues at Iba Pa!”. The book contains wholesome, joyful, delicious memories and historical anecdotes written by prestigious writers and Reyes family members.
In the book are two divisions: A for Aristocrat (the Mothership) and A for Aling Asiang (the Mother of the Mothership). Interesting trivia jump out of the book into one’s memory bank – and is delightful reading for all ages from the 80-year olds to the millennials. Nancy Reyes Lumen, a 3rd generation Reyes edited and worked with an editorial team (Mike Reyes- Gomez, Joyce Lapus Sandoval and Priscilla Reyes Pacheco) in inviting guest writers, gathering old photos and historical records, recomposing the Comedor recipes and anecdotes. It is a collection of stories that span from the 30’s to the present, plus a special section on the “old” family recipes of Aling Asiang dishes she herself bought from the “palengke”, prepared, cooked and served to family and friends in her Comedor, of course with accompanying cooking secrets shared by family members who learned first-hand from their Lola Asiang.
The book is another title added to the laurels of award-winning book designer Ige Ramos. He conceptualized a unique design which combines both Instagrammable and classic 50’s images. The cover of the book says it all the icon Aristocrat Chicken Barbecue with the Java Rice, Atchara and Java Sauce (not shown in photo) is the sum of its chapters that appeal to balikbayans, baby boomers, yuppies, senior citizens and Aristocrat patrons of the years.
Established in 1936, founded by Doña Engracia “Aling Asiang” Cruz-Reyes and her husband, Justice Alex A. Reyes, the Aristocrat has evolved into one of the country’s most popular restaurants. As the founder, she is survived She by 5, going on 6 generations of Reyeses many of who have ventured into their own food-related businesses, with much gratefulness to Lola Asiang for their legacy. The success of this chain of restaurants is a testimony that a traditional menu with classic Filipino favourites is what Filipinos all over the world still love and crave for here or overseas.
How about you do you have fond memories of dining in Aristocrat? First date, last date, first pay check, secret meeting, promotion, wedding, baptism, friends’ night out, midnight snack, joy ride, after the disco / CCP show/ Remedios Circle, to watch the sunset, Motorco ride, one for the road after night clubbing, after winning the lotto, paseo, or just simply in need of comfort food… share it with us!
The Aristocrat Restaurant now has 14 branches located at Roxas Boulevard in Malate (open 24 hours), Jupiter in Makati (open 24 hours), Robinsons Place Manila, 518 Banawe St., Sta Mesa Heights, Quezon City, Banawe 238, Brgy. Manresa, Quezon City, SM Manila, SM City San Lazaro, SM Mall of Asia, Subic Bay, S&R Shaw Boulevard, SM City Dasmariñas, Marcos Highway, Antipolo, Anabu, Imus Cavite, Malolos, Bulacan. SOON TO OPEN: Lipa, Batangas