The fun and delicious world of Azadore

Chef Myke “Tatung” Sarthou is at it again, doing what he does best, which is opening a new restaurant with a winning formula. It’s called Azadore, and it can be found along Scout Fernandez Street in the barangay of Sacred Heart in Quezon City. The name is a play between asador (grill) and adore, which gives you a fair idea of the kind of food that the restaurant serves. Barely two months after its soft opening, Azadore already distinguished itself for its signature dishes, such as grilled pork chop (pork tomahawk), as well as its line of steaks, including Certified US Angus Ribeye Steak and Smoked BBQ Ribs.

photograph COURTESY OF Azadore
Chef Myke ‘Tatung’ Sarthou.

More than just the grills, however, Azadore became a favorite dining place of families, who loved the home-cooked meals served by the restaurant for the whole family. It offered traditional to modern interpretations of classic Spanish and international favorites that are sure to satisfy the cravings of everyone in the family. Early favorites are the restaurant’s signature Azadore Salad, Paella Mixta, Paella Negra, Salpicao, Grilled Pork Chop, Truffle Pasta and Oyster Rockefeller.

photographs by dolly dy-zulueta
for the daily tribune

Diners feel perfectly at home in the beautifully restored 1950s multi-level home built in post-American era style, with a spacious garden area that’s perfect for outdoor dining. One of the biggest restaurants in Quezon City today, Azadore has a seating capacity of 113 people indoors and almost 200 in the Breezeway Terrace or al fresco area. Its size makes Azadore a good venue for familial celebrations such as birthdays, anniversaries, christenings and weddings, as well as corporate parties and annual events.

Creamy Three-Mushroom Truffle Pasta.

Tasked to transform the place into a commercial unit, well-respected and celebrity interior designer Ivy Almario decided to focus on two major concepts in restoring and re-designing: the restaurant. One is to respect the house’s original layout, as it will serve as the anchor for the restaurant, and another is to give it a modern vibe by introducing designs that will allow the place to be relevant for relaxed family gatherings. As a result, Azadore can be considered one of the most tastefully re-designed restaurants in the area.

Steak Pizza.

Azadore is special to Chef Tatung. It is the second restaurant he has opened with his Pandan Asian Café partners, the continuation of a journey he has taken with a group of people he now considers as his corporate family.

“Azadore is me, moving out of the box. It is me pushing limits and boundaries and finding comfort in it. Of course, it may not be a ground-breaking concept, but its scale is bigger than any resto I have done before, but I did it with so much ease,” says Chef Tatung.

He adds: “I am proud of Azadore as a whole. The result of my creative collaboration with Ivy Almario is one of my career highs. It’s not just the food or the design, it’s the world we have created with Azadore. So fun!”

photograph by dolly dy-zulueta for the daily tribune
The restaurant is designed by well-respected and celebrity interior designer Ivy Almario.