XO46 is a ten year old brand born out of our desire to have a place to bring foreign friends and balikbayans . Back in the early 2000s there was nowhere to bring foreigners for Filipino cuisine aside from your own home or a “turo-turo” joint. So we envisioned a place with an old world atmosphere, something more formal than what Filipinos associated with local cuisine. The late Mon Jimenez, former secretary of tourism encouraged us to put up such a place. And so the first XO46 along Valero street came to be.
Our founder, Andrew Masigan, grew up in the food business. His family owns Popperoo popcorn and were the first importers of popcorn kernels and machines in the early 60s. SO it was a natural progression for him to strike out on his own in the same industry right after college. Our vice president and co-founder Sandee Siytangco – Masigan, grew up in a family of foodies and homecooks hailing from Bicol and Pampanga. Food is a common thread in both their lives.
XO49 Heritage Bistro aims to feed people not just food but stories and history as well by helping people discover new things, new dishes to try and love. As keepers of history and cuisine for almost three decades, they love being able to gather people around the table and tell them stories through serving new dishes and tweaking old ones, always keeping Filipino tastes and values in mind.