There is a hidden restaurant inside the University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus called Chateau Verde along G. Apacible St. (Near the PNB - UP Shopping Center, back of UP Infirmary) where you can dine in a garden and enjoy good continental dishes which are comparable to 1st class fine dining restaurants in Metro Manila. The menu consists of Spanish (paella, lengua) , Italian (pasta) and French dishes. Each time we feel like eating food with fancy-preparation, we head to Chateau Verde. Our favorite appetizer is their baked oysters topped with ground spinach and cheese. Andy's favorite entree is the poached fillet of fish - steamed fish with shrimps, potato and vegetables and white sauce. Another favorite of ours is the lengua - it's composed of slices of very soft ox-tongue with special sauce. We ordered just recently their Sizzling Ribs - the serving was generous and the rib was tender, tasty, and sweet (comparable to Racks). It's served with pickled veggies and java rice (although I think they need to improve on the java rice preparation). Their pasta dishes are also good. The price ranges from P150 to P350 (main entree is between P190 to P350). Obviously the pricing is not for students (but still low enough to be affordable to UP Profs :-) . If you are in UP and you want to treat visitors to a tasteful lunch or dinner, Chateau Verde is one place we recommend. The ambiance is very relaxing - you can hear the falling water at the side garden and watch the green plants and flowers sorrounding the garden restaurant. (However, it's about time that the owner redecorate and clean the resto to give it a new and more refreshing look to develop more loyal diners.) View photos of Chateau Verde.
NEWS FLASH: June 2010. Chateau Verde is NOW CLOSED FOR BUSINESS. Finally, UP succeeded in closing the restaurant for the following reasons: 1) It's a fire hazard, and 2)Neighbors complain about the noise. I hope the owner, Mrs. Cervantes will transfer to a new place. I miss their food especailly the poached fish fillet.