“I am not sure if I am ready to run a full restaurant and go commercial. For now, it’s the test kitchen,” admits the food connoisseur.

Collaborations between client and cook distinguished Ana’s latest venture from other dining establishments. Tucked in a hidden abode reconstructed and configured to host small parties looking to dine in privacy, Test Kitchen is a place for gathering with family and friends over meals made with heart. The experience it offers can be likened to dining in one’s own residence with a private chef whipping up specialties.

Opening a private dining room wasn’t in Ana Asis’ plans. “I wasn’t ready for it,” says the 51-year-old home cook. But when the opportunity presented itself in the form of a vacant Poblacion unit owned by an acquaintance she knew from way back—with a little nudge from another friend—she realized, “If not now, when?”