A few months ago. I encountered a Facebook post featuring this Cafe. Its location was quite a surprise. It is situated in the stretch of Juan Luna Street, a few steps from Pasig River dock in Manila and the popular arch of Binondo. The surrounding area is not really the safest place in Manila. I never imagined a grand restaurant to emerge in the area. 

My curiosity never failed to bother me so last week, I was able to convince a few friends to finally try 1919 Grand Cafe.

What greeted us on the entrance :) The bears are exclusively produced for the Cafe. I wanted to acquire one, but restaurant policy says a minimum of Php 2,500 is required to acquire the bear. #Sawi Hahaha

Apologies for my unnecessary observation, but I don't like the candles placed with the bears. :D It feels like a mismatch in my standard. 

True to the photos shared by netizens, interior design is 5 out of 5 stars.

I love all the mismatched furniture and contrasting colors of each piece. A lot has also observed, the Cafe's interiors is a contrary to its facade. The building used to be Manila headquarters of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation constructed back in 1919. Hence, the name of the Cafe.

I believe these coffee paraphernalia are on sale. 

While waiting for our food, I decided to explore the second floor.

The second floor houses a number of function rooms

Here are the other seats available on the second floor

What we ordered after having a full dinner in another place :p

Assorted flavored pizza 

I also had a slice of Mocha cake and freshly squeezed Calamansi

And to those who might be interested, here are photos of their menu

I failed to take photos of the other food we ordered. But in general, here are my observations

1. Food offering is a combination of American, Italian, Filipino and Chinese
2. Expect longer time for food preparation
3. Cake slices are just okay, nothing really special. I also had a slice of my friend's red velvet cake, it was just ordinary.
4. Customer service is great. Servers are courteous and reliable.
5. Lastly, I noticed that food servings are small. I was able to validate the observations of other food reviewers. I observed, most dishes are only enough for two persons.
6. As for taste, I'm giving 3 out of 5 stars. Food was good, but nothing really special or extraordinary.